Our Team

The Friends of Sharon Art Studio Executive Director, Friends' office staff and Board of Directors work in cooperation with the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department to expand and add breadth to the Studio’s programs in an effort to provide accessible and affordable arts education to the community.

Board of Directors


Amy Higgins,

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

Vice President

Mike Parkin
Gurucul, Director of Technical Marketing


Mei Lie Wong

UCSF (retired), Specialist



Amir Yousef

San Francisco State Universtity, Adjunct Lecturer


Ana Manzur-Allen

Hygge Health, Co-Founder

Ceramics, painiting & printing

Andrea Taylor

Stanford Graduate School of Business, Learning Experience Designer and Faculty Developer

Metal Arts and Jewelry, Fabric, Mixed Media, Multimedia


Bri Severaid

Walmart, Associate Merchant


Danielle Waltrip

SFMOMA, Membership Manager


Joshua Min

Checkout.com, Account Manager


Perrin Belway

Jefferson Union High School District (retired), Life Science and Ceramics Teacher

Ceramics, Stained Glass, and Textiles

Jesica Kiever

Office Staff

Executive Director

Nicki Guard

Nicki is driven by her love of our unique art community and 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 a year 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 Poke Origin in the Inner Sunset.

Studio Coordinator

Zach Cantor