Deborah Cullinan, Founding Partner


Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) CEO Deborah Cullinan is a founding partner of CultureBank. She is one of the nation’s leading thinkers on the pivotal role arts organizations can play in shaping our social and political landscape, and has spent years mobilizing communities through arts and culture. She is committed to revolutionizing the role art centers play in public life. During her tenure at YBCA, Cullinan has launched bold new community programs, engagement strategies, and civic coalitions. She is a cofounder of ArtsForum SF, co-chair of the San Francisco Arts Alliance, and a board member of California Arts Advocates, Californians for the Arts, MissionHub, and the Community Arts Stabilization Trust.


Penelope Douglas, Founding Partner


Penelope Douglas is a founding partner of CultureBank. She has spent the past twenty-five years as a social entrepreneur, pioneer in community development investment, cofounder and CEO of Pacific Community Ventures, and senior executive and board chair of MissionHub and SOCAP. Throughout her career Douglas has been committed to building bridges across banking, community development finance, social enterprise, impact investing, and the arts. She currently serves as an advisor to several women-led social enterprises, is a board member of Startgrid , and a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank, Community Development Division. She has been featured in media outlets such as the New York Times, NPR, the San Francisco Chronicle, and California magazine—that last highlighted her as a pioneer of “compassionate capitalism.” Douglas is also an artist, an athlete, a native Californian, and a graduate of Smith College.


Emily Reynolds, Project Manager

Emily Reynolds is a project manager and marketing specialist for CultureBank. She is a curator and arts administrator with more than ten years of experience in museums and exhibition venues. 


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