Amy Shimshon-Santo

Faculty / Head of arts Management

PhD and MA, Urban Planning, Luskin School of Public Affairs, UCLA
MFA, Creative Writing, Antioch University
BA Latin American Studies UC Santa Cruz

Dr. Amy Shimshon-Santo is a writer and educator who believes that the arts and culture are powerful tools for personal and social transformation. Her interdisciplinary work bridges the arts, education, and urban planning.

She was recognized on the Honor Roll for Service Learning by the federal government, and represented the State of California to the National Endowment of the Art’s Education Leadership Institute where she was a founding member of Create CA and guided the Diversity and Inclusion policy work group.

Shimshon-Santo has been making art, and leading arts management efforts throughout her life. Earlier in her career she co-founded the Brasil Brasil Cultural Center which housed a transnational professional performing arts company and community art space. She lead the ArtsBridge Program for UCLA Arts, and her work provided the foundation for the University of California’s first visual and performing arts education degree.

She has professional experience in development and has served on grant review panels for the National Endowment for the Arts, the CA Arts Council, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, and various foundations.

Shimshon-Santo founded CREO Worldwide to promote a just society by investing in diverse leadership and bringing great ideas into action. She has earned a number of fellowships, and consulted for agencies including Community Partners, Arts for LA, Chicano Park and Museum, and Latinos in Heritage Conservation.

As an artist, she performed internationally at venues including the Kennedy Center for the Arts, and her writing has been published by SAGE Publications, UC Press, Public!, and SUNY Press, among among others. She serves on the Southern California Regional Cluster for Imagining America, and the Holmes Fund Committee at the Claremont Colleges.