Dana Springs is a management executive with more than 20 years of experience in public administration, arts administration and project management. Appointed by the Mayor to serve as the Executive Director for the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture, Springs managed a government department with a $15 million budget and was responsible for annual contracts for community programming with more than 140 arts and culture nonprofit organizations in San Diego. She oversaw new public art commissions, cataloging and conservation for the largest publicly held art collection in the San Diego region and advanced arts education for K-12 students through a special initiative with the San Diego Unified School District. Springs launched cultural tourism campaigns in partnership with the San Diego Tourism Authority and collaborated with the University of San Diego to develop new curriculum for training nonprofits on best business practices. As the Public Art Manager at the Commission for Arts and Culture, Springs drove the competitive artist selection and design of the public art in phase one of the North Embarcadero downtown waterfront redevelopment, managed a controversial six-year project to install a 500-foot mural honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and coordinated the installation of the largest permanent exhibition in the history of the Civic Art Collection for the opening of the Central Library in 2013.
Springs holds a B.A. in visual art from the University of California, San Diego and managed account services at marketing, advertising and public relations firms focusing on global consumer brands and regional real estate developments prior to joining the public sector. Springs was named by San Diego Magazine as one of “50 People to Watch” in 2013 and the San Diego City Council proclaimed March 12, 2018 as “Dana Springs Day.”
At KC Nonprofits, Springs provides insight in strategic planning, public relations, branding, change management, human resource development, government contracting and process improvements for business operations.