Dr. Marianna Adams is the Principal of Audience Focus, Inc., which provides evaluation, research, training, and concept development related to audience experience for museums and cultural institutions nationally and internationally.
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Gail Anderson, president of Gail Anderson & Associates (GA&A), a museum management consultant, helps museum leaders position their institutions for greater relevancy and success in today’s complex world. Working closely with museum trustees, directors, and staff, Anderson facilitates strategic planning, organizational assessment and development, board development, as well as individual coaching.
As the preeminent thought leader at the intersection of psychology and business, and a successful practitioner of emotional intelligence at work, Chip shared his unique rescription for success in PEAK: How Great Companies Get Their Mojo from Maslow. Based on noted psychologist Abraham Maslow’s iconic Hierarchy of Needs theory, PEAK illustrates how business’s three key stakeholders – employees, customers and investors – are ultimately motivated by peak experiences that address their higher, unspoken needs.
Kim Cook comes to Nonprofit Finance Fund after six years of free lance consulting and special projects including resurrecting the Philadelphia Zoo’s corporate leadership program, launching a creative economies project in the Silicon Valley culminating in a new festival of art and technology “ZeroOne”, and directing a performance project on migrant culture touring for five weeks in Kenya in 2007 and funded by the Ford Foundation.
Upon graduating from college, Meredith joined the .com craze where she focused on developing and growing the human resources presence of a small start-up in New York City. From there she went to lead the Human Resources departments for the New York locations of The Gemological Institute of America and Dot Hill Systems. Both of these opportunities brought her out to San Diego often. She fell in love with “America’s Finest City” and in 2001 made the 3000 mile move over to the Dot Hill Systems Carlsbad headquarters. From there she moved on to the Human Resources Team at LPL Financial Services and in 2005 joined Event Network, Inc. as their VP of Human Resources.
Lori Fogarty is the Director and CEO of the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA), an institution that brings together collections of art, history and natural science under one roof to tell the extraordinary stories of California and its people.
San Diego City Councilmember Todd Gloria was elected to represent District Three on November 4, 2008. As a third generation resident of District Three, his roots in the community are deep and his commitment to the community is strong.
Judith Koke, Director of Education & Interpretive Programs for The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, came to Kansas City in August, 2011, from the Art Gallery of Ontario, where she had been Deputy Director of Education and Public Programming since 2007.
Adriana Martinez started her career with the San Diego Zoo nearly 30 years ago. In the early years, she helped to develop the first formal recognition program for the world famous zoo, and contributed to a number of other programs that led to increased opportunities and satisfaction for employees.
Judy McDonald is an experienced community volunteer serving the San Diego Community for more than 35 years. Over the years, she has worked on issues involving the well-being of children, domestic violence, arts education, philanthropy, and many others.
Elizabeth Merritt is the Founding Director of the American Association of Museums (AAM) program, Center for the Future of Museums (CFM).
Joaquin Ortiz has worked with the Museum of Photographic Arts since 2009. Having a background in documentary media production and non-profit arts education, he brings new approaches to visitor engagement and outreach programming.
In her work in museums and community service, Nan Renner focuses on curiosity, creativity, and learning. Her professional history includes the San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Natural History Museum, and the Balboa Park Learning Institute, where she has fulfilled various roles including designer, exhibit developer, evaluator, learning researcher, and mentor.
Paige Simpson is the Interim Executive Director of the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership and the founding Director of the Balboa Park Learning Institute, a collaborative professional development program for staff and volunteers of arts, science, and cultural institutions.
Dalouge Smith joined the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory (SDYS) in February of 2005 with over ten years of arts administration and production experience. At SDYS he has overseen development of the organization’s vision to “make music education accessible and affordable for all students in San Diego County.” In pursuit of this vision, Dalouge has transformed SDYS from solely a program provider into a catalyst for restoring and strengthening music education in schools.
Brandy Vause is the Director of Development at the Bay Area Discovery Museum, a one-of-a-kind indoor and outdoor children’s museum at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge, serving over 300,000 visitors per year on its 7.5 acre Sausalito campus.
American born and raised in Mexico, Roxana Velásquez is the current Executive Director of the San Diego Museum of Art (SDMA) in California. Prior to her appointment in 2010, she has served as director of the Museo Nacional de San Carlos, Museo Nacional de Arte (Munal), and the Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City representing professional, civic, and cultural endeavors that elevated each institution to international recognition.
Michael Wall, Ph.D., joined the San Diego Natural History Museum as Curator of Entomology in January 2006 and was subsequently named Director of the Biodiversity Research Center of the Californias. He also currently serves as Vice President of Research and Public Programs.
Ivy Young, a graduate student of JFK University’s Museum Studies / MBA dual degree program, will be working on both her Master’s thesis and Capstone projects this coming academic year. She is interested in the intersection between the business, government, and non-profit sectors and how these meet in the creation of vibrant and well-educated societies.