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Shelby Gans

Shelby Gans

Shelby Gans has worked actively in the performing and visual arts for more than thirty five years. In the San Francisco Bay Area, she was a founding board member of Cal Performances at the University of California Berkeley, and for twelve years chaired the Special Events Committee. She presently serves on the boards of The Baker Institute for Children with Hearing Loss, and the Friends of the Bancroft Library, at the University of California, Berkeley. Previous board affiliations have included the California Shakespeare Festival, San Francisco Museum of Performance & Design, and Oakland Museum of California. In Washington, D.C., Shelby currently serves as a commissioner of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and is a member of the Smithsonian American Art Forum. In 2007, she joined the Smithsonian’s National Board. In New York, Shelby has served on the board of Mark Morris Dance Group from 2001 to the present. She chaired the Company’s 25th and 30th Anniversary Gala celebrations. Shelby is married to Frederick Gans, who is the founder of Ironwood Capital Management in San Francisco, a firm that manages several hedge funds. Shelby and Frederick have one son, Jonathan, who is President of Ironwood, and a daughter-in-law, Abigail Turin, who is in architect. Shelby received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Mills College.