Newsom appoints new cultural affairs director

Gavin Newsom announced Monday that Luis Cancel has been named San Francisco's new director of cultural affairs.

The San Francisco Arts Commission voted unanimously on Jan. 7 to appoint Cancel to the post. His 25-year career includes stints as New York City arts commissioner and Bronx Museum director.

“Luis Cancel has done amazing work in New York, both inside and outside of government, to promote the value of the arts in everyday life, and he's going to do amazing work in here in San Francisco,” Newsom said in a

statement.

Cancel has a distinguished 25-year career as a public servant, leading various not-for-profit and public agencies, including the Bronx Museum of Arts where he spent 14 years, according to the mayor's office.

Cancel became the first Latino to serve as New York City Commissioner to the Department of Cultural Affairs, from 1991-1994, in then

Mayor David Dinkins' administration. Prior to his tenure as the head of the

Department of Cultural Affairs, Cancel built the Bronx Museum of the Arts and oversaw its expansion and renovation.

Cancel willbegin his new San Francisco position later this month, after relocating with his wife Regina Miranda, the mayor's office said.

Nancy Gonchar has served as interim executive director of the San Francisco arts commission since April, when longtime director Richard Newirth announced his resignation.

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