Board of Advisors
Ms. Hicks is an established communications professional with more than 15 years of experience in arts, cultural, and mainstream media, most recently as Executive Director of Communications at the Art Institute of Chicago. At the Art Institute, she collaborated across the museum to lead, develop, and implement the strategy for telling the stories of institutional legacy and vision, art and acquisitions, exhibitions, and programs through the many voices of its community of artists, curators and staff, and philanthropic supporters. She created and executed innovative press campaigns to drive attendance—more than 1.5 million visitors annually—and to build local, national, and international reputation.
Hicks previously served in the US Department of State’s Foreign Service as a Public Diplomacy Officer, leading strategic communications, cultural affairs, and press operations in complex environments during assignments including the Bureau of International Organization Affairs (working with UNESCO); US Embassy Doha, Qatar; Regional Command Southwest, Helmand, Afghanistan; US Consulate General Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; US Embassy Bridgetown, Barbados; and others.