Indigo K. Sams is President & CEO at COCA–Center of Creative Arts, a leading, multidisciplinary community arts organization committed to enriching lives and building community through the arts. With a more than $5.5 million operating budget, since 1986 COCA has served as a regional hub for learning in and through the arts for all ages from all backgrounds and skill levels.
Prior to joining COCA, Indigo was Vice President of Operations at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis (BGCSTL) and responsible for leading the programs and operational strategy and the strategic goals of strengthening impact of programs. She played an active role in advancing a culture of outcome-driven programming and program quality analysis which allowed her to oversee program department functions, including ensuring high-quality youth development programming, services, and implementation of the organization’s desired outcome data with fidelity; staff development; supervision; and budget management. Indigo developed collaborative partnerships and served as a liaison to community partners, stakeholders, and cultivated relationships with public and private supporters.
While at BGCSTL, Indigo held various positions, including Vice President of Resources Development where she developed and implemented annual strategic plans for government and external relations, public information and media relations, grant and fundraising activities, organizational effectiveness, and promoting the Club and its programs and services to its many constituencies to ensure the Club’s annual campaign reached restricted and unrestricted goals. Indigo also served as the Vice President of Human Resources and Site Director of the flagship Club location.
Previously, Indigo was COCA’s Director of Community Services and provided oversight for its Urban Arts Outreach Department, Volunteer Program, and Pre-Professional Dance Program. She also developed and managed COCA’s scholarship program.
She earned a B.S. in Urban Education from Harris Stowe State University.
Above all, Indigo is a lifelong learner who strives to lead by example and be a positive mentor and role model, both in and outside of her home. She is committed to the growth, development, and empowerment of people and the communities where they live.