Meet your state arts agency staff
We are the staff of the California Arts Council. More than that, we are artists. And activists. And cultural workers. And community organizers who—just like you—understand the power and the capacity of creative work to lift up our state’s diverse communities. It’s our job to invest in you, the individuals and arts organizations that keep California unique, healthy, and vibrant.
Responsible for agency administration; implementing the mission and the strategic vision of the California Arts Council; oversight of all agency policy and programs; local, state and federal level inter-agency activities; state and national legislative relationships; public information; Council support and representation; leadership of civil service staff; and actions requested by the Office of the Governor, Legislature, and other state agency directors.
Ayanna L. Kiburi, M.P.H. (she/her)
Primary advisor to the Council and Director. Oversees the agency’s administrative and programmatic operations. Responsible for identifying and implementing long-range plans to address the resource needs required to support the California Arts Council’s mission and Strategic Plan.
Responsible for managing arts funding programs, leading a multi-disciplinary staff team while implementing program policies and processes to ensure funds are expended in accordance with administrative requirements.
Manages Arts in Corrections activities and contracts. Liaison for CDCR inter-agency partnership. Coordinates the Arts in Corrections contracts/procurement and program development and monitoring.