President & CEO
FOCUS St. Louis
The Thought Leaders Forum for Culture (The Forum) is a group of community leaders who have expertise, backgrounds and affiliations in specific sectors of civic life – business, economic and community development, education, government, health and human services - that intersect or have the potential to intersect more deeply with arts and culture. They have a broad knowledge of St Louis and its history and have demonstrated through service to their fields or to the community, an interest and commitment to making St. Louis thrive.
The Forum will meet throughout the cultural planning process to provide advice to the initiative and serve as a link to the broader community in the development of the plan. A robust, community engagement process informed by online and phone surveys, town hall meetings, and neighborhood convenings will inform the focus, direction and work of The Forum, strategically directed by RAC staff, Commissioners and consultants hired to oversee the planning process.