Friends of Sharon Art Studio

In 1991 a group of stu­dents founded the non-profit Friends of Sharon Art Stu­dio (FOSAS) in order to advo­cate on behalf of the Sharon Art Studio’s pro­gram and facil­ity. For more than 30 years FOSAS has part­nered with the San Fran­cisco Recre­ation and Parks Depart­ment to sus­tain and enhance the stu­dio and its pro­gram­ming.


Board of Directors

*Their favorite art medium(s)


Danielle Waltrip

Grove Collaborative, Retention Program Senior Manager

*Ceramics & Stained Glass

Committee Chairs

Stephanie Choy

Choy Consulting

*Glass & Ceramics

Jessica Kiever

Docusign, Marketing Strategist

*Pencil Sketching, Painting, & Ceramics

Amy Higgins,

Salesforce, Director, Content Strategy
*Metal Arts and Jewelry, Fabric, & Woodcuts

Committee Members

Krista Walton Potter

Global Fund for Women, Communications and Editorial Manager

*Watercolor & Ceramics

Kaitlin Lee

Fossil Group, Product Manager 

*Graphic Design & Ceramics

Easton Chen

Parallax Volatility Advisers, L.P., Chief Compliance Officer


Executive Director

Friends of Sharon Art Studio

Nicki Guard


Nicki joined as the Executive Director in January 2020. She has been a ceramics student here since 2004. Driven by her love of our unique art community, she is committed to seeing it thrive. Her responsibilities include being an ambassador to the world both inside and outside this beautiful stone building. She listens to what inspires students and partners with the city of San Francisco to keep the arts a priority. Nicki has over 20 years of experience in non-profit leadership. In her previous role at Girls Inc. of Alameda County she managed over 1000 volunteers and served on a team that raised over $7 million per year. Nicki has also directed education programs for the YMCA of San Francisco and Planned Parenthood. If you can't find her in the office, check the pottery studio or Tartine Bakery in the Inner Sunset.

Program Manger

Friends of Sharon Art Studio

Cassandra Sechler





Cassandra began her journey at the Friends of Sharon Art Studio in 2014 as the Administrative Assistant. In 2021 she was promoted to Program Manager. Cassandra is instrumental in growing the selection of classes that align with the studio mission and is a mastermind behind our community events. Her commitment to providing and enhancing the quality of everything we do is inspiring. In addition to her role at the Sharon Art Studio, Cassandra is an artist, filmmaker, and operates her own film production business.

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