Executive Director

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Desired salary: $150,000.00
Desired position type: Full-Time
Location: San Francisco California, United States

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An accomplished leader in the art world and a passionate advocate for supporting and nurturing contemporary artists. Extensive experience in nonprofit management, artistic programming, and community engagement with an ability to drive continued organizational growth and impact.

Dedicated to fostering a vibrant arts ecosystem that empowers artists and enhances cultural dialogue; successfully led organizations and initiatives that prioritize artist-centric programs, foster community connections, and catalyze innovative artistic practices. Strategic vision and collaborative leadership that propels organizations into a new era of excellence and inclusivity.

Worked directly with artists in both commercial gallery and museum/institute settings in a variety of cities throughout the US. Proven track record of leading organizations in developing and implementing strategic plans that drive growth, increase impact, and ensure long-term sustainability. Strong business acumen with a keen understanding of financial management, fundraising strategies, and revenue diversification. Importantly, I possess the ability to inspire and empower teams while fostering a culture of creativity, collaboration, and continuous improvement.

Strong commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion, ensuring that programs and services reach a diverse range of participants from various backgrounds and communities and actively engage underserved communities to promote social change through the arts.

Skilled in cultivating relationships with individual donors, foundations, corporations, and government agencies, able to articulate a compelling case for philanthropic investment, effectively conveying the value and impact of programs and services. Ability to create meaningful relationships with artists, curators, collectors, arts organizations, and community leaders to foster collaboration, resource sharing, and cross-sector initiatives.



Occidental College LA, CA AB Psychology. Minor: Art History and Religious Studies. The Advanced Bachelor degree uniquely requires students to pass a senior comprehensive in their major as a component of graduation.

Monterey Peninsula College, Creative Writing, 2007

JEID Training 2020-2022, Occidental College

Occidental College, Los Angeles Member of the Board of Trustees, Chair of the Student Life Enrollment and Management Committee; Member, JEID Committee; Member, Special President’s Committee.





Executive Director January 2021- Present


– Led a team of staff, advisors, and partners while managing operating budget and communications

– Amplified and integrated the school’s mission across departments as a valuable community resource and premier art and design school, delivering an eclectic and diverse mix of techniques and traditions from across the globe, and outstanding, hands-on educational programming for young people and adults

– Created strategic exhibition opportunities and partnerships with artists, galleries, and museums to move the mission forward

– Track record of building relationships and working collaboratively with staff, Boards, public partners, government agencies, supporters, nonprofits, business leaders, and the community in a way that draws people in and connects them to mission and/or community

– Managed relationships with high wealth donors and founders, created bridge funding strategies, initiated founder transition

– Expanded donor base, introduced membership program, and increased class attendance rates

– Demonstrated ability to think big and create a vision for greater organizational prominence, reach, and impact, leading the way for a global reputation

– Outstanding oral and written communication skills including the ability to charismatically, authentically, and effectively build enthusiasm for the mission and vision of SFSNAD and younger audiences, especially in the mental health and wellness sector

– Clearly, empathetically, and with determination address issues with a range of diverse people and stakeholders, establishing DEIJ goals and associated policies


Co-Creator – Premieres Fall, 2023

State of the Arts presents a diverse lineup of cultural luminaries at the forefront of their fields for thought-provoking conversations hosted by acclaimed cultural curator and interlocutor, Paul Holdengraber. Topics range from social justice and Indigenous wisdom to the intersection of technology and the arts. Presented by OXY ARTS and Occidental College, the series of conversations provide immersive revelatory experiences that go beyond the classroom, fostering an environment of innovation and creativity. Partnering with institutions such as the Ford Foundation, ONE Archives and REDCAT, the conversations are open to the public at no cost, inviting diverse communities to come together to explore ideas and find inspiration.

P-ART-NERS: a niche visual and performing arts agency

Founder January 2019- January 2021


– Facilitate collaborations between artists and galleries, collectors, consultants and curators.

– Projects include:

NEW MUSEUM LOS GATOS – Curatorial Team Lead (2019-2021)

MUSIC AT KOHL MANSION – Strategic Partner Coordinator and Lead Curator for Violins of Hope: Music as a Vehicle for Resistance and Change (January 2019-March 31, 2020)

- Creative Director for Annual Gala (2016-2019), helping to raise over $3 million.

NEW MUSEUM LOS GATOS (NUMU)/Los Gatos Museum Association

Executive Director July 2014- January 2019


– Led re-branding, strategic planning, design, build out, and relocation of the Association’s two museums to a singular and larger, city centric location

– Coordinated efforts to identify, initiate, contact, and cultivate new individual and corporate donor relationships and oversaw annual giving and direct mail campaigns

– Cultivated diverse, fresh, inclusive and interdisciplinary institutional partnerships and community engagement opportunities

– Created curatorial goals reflecting social justice movements, environment and climate change issues, and in support of native and Indigenous stories


Executive Director/Chief Curate April 2011-September 2012

– Responsible for operations and management of Museum and Association including Curatorial, collections, membership, marketing/social media, finance, programs and events, education, rebranding and reopening, board and community communications.

– Implemented and revised strategic plan. Led organization to comply with mission statement.

– Increased attendance by 1400% and increased membership by 380% in first year.

– Created education programs, volunteer and intern recruitment, department and staff communications.

– Managed 6 historic properties, tenants and leases and relationship with Monterey State Parks.


Owner/Founder 2000-2010

– Responsible for sales, operations and administration, long and short term budgets, artist representation and collector relationships

– Curator of exhibitions: supervised exhibitions: research, design and install of artwork

– Critiqued and reviewed artist portfolios, networked artists, curators and collectors, lectured to school groups, artist groups, non-profits

– Marketing/PR: press releases, artist statements, mailers, brochures, web changes and collateral


Curator “Violins of Hope: A Journey of Heroism, Healing and Humanity”, San Francisco Veterans Gallery January- March 2020 – developed educational APP to accompany the exhibit

– Curator “In the Artist’s Studio: The Workshop of Amnon and Avshalom Weinstein”, New Museum Los Gatos January – April 2020

– Curator “New Additions 2019”, New Museum Los Gatos November 2019-March 2020

– Curator “Bernard Trainor: Grounded”, New Museum Los Gatos September 2019-February 2020

Curator “Flying Ace Museum: Air Cooled Engines and Mid Century America” – traveling exhibit in    various California locations – in a 1960 vintage VW Bus 2012-2014

– Curator Post Ranch Art Program, Big Sur 2005-2010

– Curator “Plastic Free Co-op” for Plastic Pollution Coalition at Lost and Found, Los Angeles. 2011

– Curator “Flows to Bay: Consumerism, Plastics and the Ocean” Museum of Monterey. 2011

– Curator “Bryant Austin: Incite/Insight: Marine Mammal Conservation Through Art” EG Conference, Monterey 2010

– Co-Curator Hollywood/Los Angeles Beautification Team’s Annual Fundraiser: “Icons of LA” Universal Studios. 2009

– Curator Monterey Bay Aquarium’s 20th Anniversary Exhibition, “Los Ojos del
Mar”. 2004

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