Victoria Hamilton is the Arts and Cultural Advocate at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation. Victoria was for 24 years the founding executive director of the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture. San Diego was a very different place when she arrived from Santa Barbara in 1988 to head up the newly formed Commission and her impact and influence have reverberated throughout the community. Today, it is a vibrant cultural destination with a fair and transparent funding process that benefits over 120 arts and culture organizations. At the Commission, she achieved unanimous approval of a plan for 2% for public art in capital improvement and 1% in private development as well as for the Penny for the Arts Blueprint for increased arts funding
With over 30 years as an arts administrator, Victoria has earned national recognition by forging strategic alliances, empowering volunteer leadership boards, and advancing an entrepreneurial approach to innovative arts and culture programs and partnerships. She has compiled an outstanding record of business model and resource development by successfully building broad bipartisan political coalitions and vigorous stakeholder involvement and commitment. She has been a grant review panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, California Arts Council and San Diego Foundation. She currently serves as Vice-President for the Californians for the Arts and Co-Chair on the steering committee of the San Diego Regional Arts and Culture Coalition. Victoria has received numerous awards including the Ray Hanley Innovation Award given by the United States Urban Arts Federation for “outstanding individual contributions to arts in American cities,” and the Selena Roberts Ottum Award given by Americans for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts “for outstanding contributions in the local arts agency field.