Program Officer Community Investments, San Francisco Arts Commission

Ebony McKinney has extensive experience in grantmaking, arts management, and community development. Most recently she’s consulted with entities such as The African American Art & Culture Complex and The Sprout Fund on capacity building initiatives. McKinney was also one of the co-founders of Arts for a Better Bay Area, which developed 2015-2016 budget and policy recommendations for the City of San Francisco. Additionally, Ebony co-founded Emerging Arts Professionals/SFBA, a network focused on leadership and network development for next generation arts and culture workers. She has held positions with The Britdoc Foundation, The San Francisco Arts Commission, Intersection for the Arts, and the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater. Ebony has also participated in grant review panels for the California College for the Art’s Center for Art & Public Life, the National Endowment for the Arts, the San Jose Department of Cultural Affairs, the Oakland Cultural Affairs Commission and Americans for the Arts/Joyce Foundation’s Emerging Leader of Color Fellowship. McKinney participated in the Emerging Leader Council of Americans for the Arts, where she co-chaired the Engagement and Emerging Ideas committees and she currently serves on the on the Citizen’s Advisory Committee of Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund. Ebony holds a BA in Communications from Chatham University and MA’s in both Cultural Entrepreneurship and Visual Anthropology from Goldsmiths, University of London.