Jessica Cusick has been the Cultural Affairs Manager for the City of Santa Monica since early 2005, where she has overseen significant expansion in the City’s support for artists and the creative sector. This includes the establishment of an artist fellowship program. As part of her work in Santa Monica, Cusick developed Glow, a unique all night art event that drew over 200,000 visitors in its first year. She is also President of Cusick Consulting, which specializes in cultural policy, and community development through the arts. She has taught in graduate programs at a number of universities, including Claremont Graduate University, Otis College of Art and Design, the University of Houston, and the University of Southern California. Cusick has a degree in art history from the Sorbonne in Paris, and a master’s degree from New York University. In 2014, Cusick was awarded l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (The Order of Arts and Letters), one of France’s most illustrious titles, for her distinguished career in the arts.