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Katharine DeShaw is the Executive Director of United States Artists. In the fall of 2005, Katharine DeShaw was named the founding executive director of United States Artists.  Katharine has enjoyed a long career in the nonprofit sector working as a consultant, philanthropic advisor, senior development officer, and teacher.  Consulting from 2002–05, she provided strategic management to national nonprofits and philanthropists.  She created and launched the Nimoy Foundation and designed their national program Visual Artist Residences.  She spent 12 years in art museum management, leading development efforts at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis , MN .  She also served as the senior development officer for Gay Men’s Health Crisis raising the first major corporate, foundation, and individual contributions in the fight against AIDS worldwide.  Early in her career, she led record-breaking fundraising campaigns for the Multiple Sclerosis Society and Twyla Tharp Dance, both based in New York City .  Born and raised in Duluth , MN , Katharine now lives in Los Angeles with her husband Mark and son Sam.