Joan Shigekawa

Joan Shigekawa became Acting Chairman for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in December 2012. Previously, Ms. Shigekawa served as NEA Senior Deputy Chairman since 2009. She is the former Associate Director for Foundation Initiatives at the Rockefeller Foundation where she led the NYC Cultural Innovation Fund and was the founding officer for the Southeast Asia cultural exchange program and for the Creativity in a Digital Age area of work. Ms. Shigekawa was the first Director of the Arts Program at the Nathan Cummings Foundation in New York. Prior to that Ms. Shigekawa was with the staff of the Metropolitan Museum of Art where she directed the international Production Laboratory of the Program for Art on Film, a joint venture of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the J. Paul Getty Trust. Ms. Shigekawa has 20 years’ experience in film, television and the theater, and has served as an arts advisor for a broad range of projects in the visual, performing and media arts. She has served as a Mayoral appointee to the New York City Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission. She has also served on the Board of Directors for Grantmakers in the Arts, a national organization of foundation executives in the arts and is the former Chair of Grantmakers in Film and Electronic Media, an affinity group of the Council on Foundations. In addition she has served as a trustee of the New York Foundation for the Arts, Muse Film and Television, the New York Council for the Humanities, and the Independent Television Service (ITVS). Ms. Shigekawa is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College.