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Celeste has nearly 25 years of experience working in the museum field, in both administrative and educational areas. While pursuing her Bachelor's Degree in Art History at UC Santa Cruz, she was introduced to museum work when she assisted with the development of a mobile art museum that traveled to elementary schools. She became fascinated with the vibrant role museums can play in communities in learning about history, science, and the arts. She interned at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African Art and the San Jose Museum of Art. Celeste's first [paid] job in the museum field was at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History where she had a hand in both administration and education programs. She worked as the Director of Education and Public Programs at a start-up museum, the National Steinbeck Center, where she developed county-wide K-12 programs and cultivated partnerships in a predominately Latino community. Celeste has a Master's Degree in Museums Studies from John F. Kennedy University. She became Executive Director of CAM in May 2004 and has enjoyed being an advocate for museums and helping them become more relevant and effective organizations.
Project Director, Museums United Phase 2
Paige began her work with the IMLS-funded project Museums United Phase 2 in April 2015. She has over three years’ experience as the founding Director of the Balboa Park Learning Institute, an innovative program that provides online and in-person collaborative learning experiences for museum professionals in San Diego.
Membership and Communications Manager
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Joni comes to CAM with many years of experience in membership programs, communications, and developing standards for member databases. She was most recently the Annual Giving and Volunteer Manager at Lincoln Child Center. Previously, she was at the Oakland Museum of California for six years, including nearly three as Membership Manager. Joni has a MBA in addition to a Masters in Museum Studies from John F. Kennedy University. Joni has always felt museums play an incredible role in building community and has been a longtime admirer of CAM's work.
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Jessica grew up in Chicago and has spent her career in the zoo and aquarium community. She began her career at the John G. Shedd Aquarium and most recently worked as the Director of Public Programs and Guest Engagement at Lincoln Park Zoo. During her tenure, she launched a variety of creative fee-based programs including the adult lecture series, Wine and Wildlife, the family program Sleep Under the Skyscrapers, and Yoga at the Zoo. She has experience in grant-writing and developed interpretive signage and innovative program carts as part of an IMLS Museums for America grant. Jessica has a Masters Degree in Public Service Management (with a concentration in Philanthropy and Volunteerism) from DePaul University and a Bachelors Degree in Animal Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Melanie began working for CAM in June 2015. She also works as a bookkeeper for Community Television in Santa Cruz.
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Emily has experience managing an office and supporting a busy and creative team. Before joining CAM in June 2016, she was the Administrative Manager at LEVYdance, a non-profit dance company in San Francisco. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a B.F.A in Dance and Choreography and was recognized as the Awarded Outstanding Leader within her department. In addition to her part-time work with CAM, she is a dance and fitness instructor at local studios.
Project Director, California Networks for Collaboration
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Ivy joined CAM in November 2014 to direct the California Networks for Collaboration program. As early as high school, she became engaged by museums with an internship at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido and continued her education through internships at both the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York and the Al Wasiti Art Center in Jerusalem, Israel. In order to gain more knowledge about how people learn and how communities flourish, Ivy worked as an elementary educator in progressive schools throughout the San Francisco Bay Area for nearly a decade. Ivy graduated from John F. Kennedy University with a Master’s Degrees in Museum Studies and Business Administration, where she was the inaugural recipient of the “Visionary Leadership Award.” More recently she has worked for the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, Gail Anderson & Associations, and ArtRise Projects.
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Pamela has been managing CAM's government relations and advocacy program since January 2014. She studied law at the Widener University School of Law in Pennsylvania and was a practicing attorney in Minnesota and Colorado, most recently serving as an Assistant County Attorney for Dakota County (in St. Paul). Pamela has experience advocating for nonprofit organizations, including drafting legislation and lobbying for the passage of a bill on behalf of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence. In California, Pamela has experienced firsthand the vital role museums play in communities and schools.