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Sandy Shaughnessy

Division Director


Sandy Shaughnessy is the director of the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, and has been with the Department of State for twenty years, administering various programs, special events, and initiatives.

Prior to her initial appointment with the Division of Cultural Affairs, Sandy served as Box Office Manager for Old School Square Cultural Arts Center in Delray Beach and as Director/Treasurer of Box Office Operations for the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center in Tampa. Her extensive experience with performing arts venues, artists, producers, and Broadway road shows helps her lead the state arts agency.

A native New Yorker, Sandy has work experience at ABC’s office of World News Tonight and 20/20 as well as at the Fashion Institute of Technology.  She is a graduate of New York University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dramatic Literature, Theatre History, and the Cinema with a minor in Political Science. Sandy has also completed graduate course work in arts administration and is trained in international protocol.

Sandy is a member of the board of the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, serving on the Nominating and Development Committees. She also serves on the board of South Arts where she co-chairs the Performing Arts Exchange and is on the Governance and Strategic Planning Committees.  She has served as a grant panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts and other State Arts Agencies.  

In her off hours, Sandy is a competitive rower with the Tallahassee Rowing Club. She enjoys meeting people, international collaborations, and serving the community.