LEADERSHIP

October 2019 – Present
Lead Consultant
TeenTix, Los Angeles, CA
Leading the creation of TeenTix LA based on the Seattle model that includes developing an Advisory Board, budgets, fundraising, creating local partnerships, strategic planning, and managing all digital components.      

November 2019 – January 2020
Strategic Consultant for Art Collection
AltaMed Health Services Corporation, Los Angeles, CA
Advising President and CEO on strategic planning for corporate art collection of mostly Latinx/Chicanx art, working with senior staff and arts leaders in Los Angeles and Mexico to develop a mission, vision, and strategic plan for the collection.

May 2017 – October 2018
Executive Director
Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena, CA
I took a founder-created museum through a transition by organizing the board of directors, instituting board committees, reorganization of staff, diversifying sources of fundraising and earned revenue, and developing new exhibition interpretive materials and culturally diverse exhibitions and programming, while completing two years in the black. At the request of the Board of Directors, the museum closed down permanently in October 2018, and I was responsible for leading this process together with an external legal team and the Board.

2014 – 2016
Director of Public Engagement
USC Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, CA
After the museum hired an executive director, I was asked to stay on and built a new museum department that included education, communication and marketing, visitor services, and the new area of academic relations. Hired new staff, developed new goals, started Academic Advisory Committee, created digital plan and new exhibition interpretive materials, managed budgets, grants, volunteers, docents, and interns.

2013 – 2014
Interim Deputy Director
USC Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, CA
I was hired to help take the museum through a transition after it became part of the University of Southern California, including daily operations, master planning, working with the transition team, Office of the Provost, former museum board of directors and community, hiring and onboarding new staff.

2002 – 2005
Executive Director/Curator
Mexican Cultural Institute of Los Angeles, CA
Non-profit cultural organization founded by the Mexican government. Responsible for development, marketing, public relations & outreach, established budgets, managed programming, worked with schools and Mexican Consulate, created community partnerships, and curated Mexican and Latinx art exhibitions.

2000 – 2002
Editorial Director
LatinArt.com, Los Angeles, CA
Part of a leadership team that launched the bilingual online journal LatinArt.com, creating a structure and editorial focus on contemporary art in Latin America and Latino art in the U.S. by meeting with curators, scholars, artists and galleries in Latin America, and managing local events and participation in art fairs. LatinArt.com closed in 2014 and is archived here: www.LatinArt.com

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

2018 – Present
American Alliance of Museums, Washington, D.C.

2011 – Present
Westridge School, Pasadena, CA
Chair of School Committee (led creation of Transgender Policy)
1st Board Diversity Chair (2018 – 2020)

2017 – 2019
Clazzical Notes, Pasadena, CA

2000 – 2002
Latino Museum of History, Art, and Culture, Los Angeles, CA

CIVIC LEADERSHIP

Invited judge for City of San Diego, Arts and Culture annual grants program, 2020
Public art selection committee for the City of Sacramento, 2018
MAP Peer Reviewer, American Alliance of Museums, 2015–Present
Mentor and conference presenter for Adelante Youth Alliance, Pasadena, CA, 2017 and 2018
Member of Advisory Committee for exhibition Murales Rebeldes/Contested Chicana/o Public Art, organized by the California Historical Society and La Plaza de Cultura y Artes as part of Getty PST: LA/LA, Los Angeles, 2016–2017
Member of Advisory Committee for The Horizon Report–Museum Edition, New Media Consortium, 2012 and 2013
Appointed Member of the Arts and Culture Commission, City of Pasadena, 2002–2007
Appointed Member of the Design Commission, City of Pasadena, 2006–2007
Member of Advisory Council for Southwest Chamber Music, Pasadena, CA, 2004–2008
Invited judge for Los Angeles Metro Art division, Metropolitan Transportation Authority, 2005
Invited judge for Open Call LA 2004, Barnsdall Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, 2004
Invited judge for City of Los Angeles, Cultural Affairs Division annual grants program, 2004 and 2020
Member of Advisory Panel for Exhibits USA, Kansas City, MO, 2001–2003
Invited judge for City of Pasadena, Cultural Affairs annual grants program, 2001, 2002, 2009
President, USC Association of Art History Graduate Students, 1998–1999
Committee member of “The Spirit of Aztlan” festival for The Road to Aztlan exhibition, organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1999–2001
Volunteer for The Los Angeles Conservancy, 1997–2002