Ellyn Parker is a self-described accidental bureaucrat who works to advance the notion that the arts create connection, healing & build strong thriving cities & neighborhoods. She serves as the Public Art Coordinator for the City of Richmond, VA. Ellyn spent 9 years working as a community development specialist in Office of Economic Workforce and Development in San Francisco under Mayor Edwin Lee. During her time at OEWD, she was on the team for the Central Market/Tenderloin Economic Strategy. Her efforts to create equitable public space in San Francisco included bringing Sunset Piano street pianos to the Tenderloin and Market Street, numerous public art installations and support for small businesses and arts groups. Her work on Divisadero Street’s physical remodel created the policy and platform for the country’s first “parklet.” She was catalytic in creating industry programs for the Nightlife and Entertainment sectors and implemented the Fashion SF program. Ellyn has worked in the arts in many incarnations as gallery owner, youth arts educator and is a musician, artist & writer. Ellyn is mom to an awesome 19 old daughter who lives in Brooklyn, NY. She has a BS in Organizational Behavior & Leadership Development from the University of San Francisco.