Clayton Shelvin III

Managing Director, Freight and Salvage

Clayton Shelvin is a performing arts administrator and fundraising professional with over 10 years of experience in driving organizational change in the non-profit sector. Clayton’s work is rooted in equity, community partnership, and social justice.

He is currently the Managing Director of Freight & Salvage, a 55-year-old music venue and non-profit in Berkeley, CA that is dedicated to preserving and presenting roots and folk music from around the world., Clayton also served as Director of Development at Alonzo King LINES Ballet and previously in the same role at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley during its major leadership transition and the COVID-19 pandemic. Before moving to the Bay Area, he served as Director of Performing Arts at the Acadiana Center for the Arts where he booked and developed a season of music, theatre, dance, and film, along with created music-based programming like AcA NXT, a program geared towards mentoring and promoting up-and-coming local musicians. He also worked as Associate Producer at Le Petit Theatre, in New Orleans.

Clayton has worked as a fundraising consultant for several organizations across the country, focusing on rebuilding and designing fundraising strategies, implementing a culture of philanthropy throughout their day-to-day work, and refocusing their foundation and corporate strategies. In addition to his work as an arts administrator, he has worked over the past 15 years as a freelance theatre director and choreographer and is currently writing his first full-length stage musical.

Clayton resides with his husband and 5-year-old daughter in San Francisco and continues to be involved in music and theatre in various ways across the country.