Executive Director joins June 26th

I-House Announces the Appointment of Dr. Shelly Gilbride as Executive Director

The International House Davis Board of Directors welcomes Dr. Shelly Gilbride, Ph.D. as its new Executive Director. A longtime Davis resident, Shelly joins I-House after serving for five years as the Programs Officer of the California Arts Council where she was responsible for grant programs to support arts, culture, and creativity across the state. Shelly oversaw the programs at the Arts Council during a period of tremendous growth, initiating and implementing new programs that extended the agency’s reach to support cultural communities, artists and grassroots organizations. She will bring her commitment to supporting and uplifting all cultures to her work at I-House.

Shelly states, “I have learned so much about the incredible cultural richness that shapes California over the past five years, and I am excited and humbled to bring that knowledge to I-House. I look forward to building upon the 40-year history of I-House by uplifting, supporting and sharing the traditions, perspectives, and ideas of the people and cultures that shape Davis, the region and the world.”

Shelly has over 20 years of experience in nonprofit management and cultural policy as well as a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from UC Davis. She spent the first 10 years of her career in nonprofit management working for performing arts organizations, first in her hometown of Philadelphia and then in New York City. Looking for a change of scenery from NYC, she and her husband Sangho Byun moved to Davis in 2004 so she could pursue her graduate work. At
UC Davis, she studied sustainability and community engagement models for dance
organizations. After graduating from UC Davis, she and Sangho decided to stay in Davis to
raise their two children. Shelly’s deep knowledge of non-profit management, her interest in community engagement and
her commitment to cultural exchange and inclusion will coalesce as she begins her new post at
I-House on June 26th.