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Civic Café: Civic Journey Spotlight: Shira Berkowitz

Tuesday, October 17, 2023 | 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Stix House 6470 Forsyth Blvd.

On Tuesday, Oct. 17 from 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m., the Gephardt Institute is thrilled to welcome Shira Berkowitz for a conversation on her civic journey.  

For this Civic Journey Spotlight, we are thrilled to welcome Shira Berkowitz to share their story. Shira serves as PROMO's Senior Director of Public Policy and Advocacy leading the statewide strategy for the LGBTQ+ public policy, organizing and advocacy. They bring a range of experience having worked on statewide policy and advocacy campaigns, as a social impact artist, and as a social entrepreneur. They hold a Master of Fine Arts from Washington University of St. Louis, and are dedicated to building spaces for people to grow in community while addressing civic and social challenges in our built environment. 

They are a founding board member of MaTovu, a Jewish neighborhood center in the City, serve on the Board of Directors for the Jewish Federation of St. Louis, and are a founding member of MARSH – a queer bio-culture laboratory and mutual aid hub. They are also a founder of the first local summer camp for trans, gender expansive and LGBTQ+ youth.

Event Type

Lectures & Presentations, Seminar/Colloquia


Humanities & Society, Campus & Community


civic action week



Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement
Event Contact

Scott Allen

Speaker Information

Shira Berkowitz


Roots as an artist, mind as a strategist. I find myself immersed in the world of designing better solutions for built environments and communities to thrive in. I invest my time in public policy strategy, human rights advocacy, entrepreneurial ventures, and visual design. As a graphic designer I’m skilled as a narrative weaver, an empathy-driven researcher, and a mindful and engaging brander.

If you’re interested in the projects, communities, or collaborations already in motion – be in touch. And if you have new ideas or re-brand desires – be in touch. 

Much of my reality is being a skillfully trained printmaker, with a tremendously large background in nonprofit graphic design. Find me pouring the perfect cup of coffee and cycling around town.

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