Kelly Pollock


Executive Director

Since 1997, Kelly Pollock has been an integral leader at COCA, becoming Executive Director in 2010. She has expanded COCA’s impact through innovative programs, significantly grown its reserves and endowment, and forged key partnerships. Committed to using the arts to address inequities, Kelly shaped COCA’s vision: to use the power of the arts and education to build a vibrant St. Louis that is creative, connected, and inclusive. She recently led COCA’s Create Our Future Campaign, securing $49 million to build the organization’s endowment and expand its building.

Kelly was a 2016 U.S.A. Eisenhower Fellows, a 2018 YWCA Leader of Distinction, a 2015 Saint Louis Visionary Award winner, named one of 35 “bold minds creating a better St. Louis” by ALIVE Magazine, and one of 2015’s Most Influential Business Women by the St. Louis Business Journal. Kelly completed FOCUS’ Leadership St. Louis and CORO Women in Leadership programs. She serves on the Boards of LUME Institute, Radio Arts Foundation, and Americans for the Arts – Arts Education Advisory Council, and serves as adjunct faculty at Webster University. She earned a bachelor’s degree in History from Washington University and a master’s degree in Public Policy Administration from University of Missouri-St. Louis.

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