Staff



Our professional and friendly staff consists of full time and part-time employees who implement CAM's programs services and oversee the day-to-day operations and are supported by key contractors for specific services. 

 

To reach a staff member by phone, dial 831-471-9970 and enter their extension when prompted. 

 

Celeste DeWald

Executive Director

cam@calmuseums.org / x102

Celeste has over 25 years of experience working in the museum field. 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 and assisted with a merger between two organizations. She worked as the Director of Education and Public Programs at a start-up museum, the National Steinbeck Center, where she developed K-12 and public programs and cultivated partnerships with social service organizations 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. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Coalition of State Museum Associations, haven previously represented the museum field on the Board of Directors of CalNonprofits, the Steering Committee of the California Preservation Program and the California Alliance for Arts Education' Policy Council. 

 

Carey Lin

Communications Manager

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Carey joined the CAM team in June 2017 with experience in membership, marketing, and community engagement for nonprofit cultural organizations. Aside from her role with CAM, she is an Adjunct Educator for SFMOMA’s Education and Public Practice department and co-directs Stairwell’s, an itinerant collaborative social practice project with dynamic programs throughout the Bay Area. Carey developed her strong skills in fundraising, membership, and communications through former posts at the Exploratorium, California College of the Arts, Southern Exposure, and the Royal NoneSuch Gallery. She moved to San Francisco in 2008 after earning her M.F.A. at the University of Chicago and her B.A. at New College of Florida. As a visual artist, Carey makes paintings, installations, and ceramic donuts under the moniker Donut Depot. 

 

Sarah Post Sagouspe

Membership Manager

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Sarah has over 15 years of experience working in the California museum field, including nearly 7 years as CAM’s Program Coordinator from 2008–2015. She earned her M.A. in Museum Studies from San Francisco State University, focusing on membership and fundraising, and her B.A. in Classics with a minor in Art History at San Diego State University. As an undergraduate student, Sarah was first introduced to museum work while serving as a docent for the Villa Montezuma and Marston House in San Diego. She has also held positions at institutions around the state, including the Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco, the Hayward Area Historical Society, and the National Ag Science Center. Sarah enthusiastically rejoined the CAM team in June 2018 with a new focus on membership. 

 

Lacey Lieberthal

Administrative Coordinator

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Lacey Lieberthal grew up in Santa Barbara, California, but now calls San Francisco home. She received her B.A. in Art History/Arts Management, with a Minor in French Studies, from the University of San Francisco in 2013, and completed a dual M.B.A./M.A. in Museum Studies at John F. Kennedy University in June 2017. Connecting her passion for people and stories, Lacey’s master’s project explored the ways in which museums educate and support staff to prepare for emotionally-charged exhibitions. Prior to joining the CAM team in August 2018, Lacey worked at The Society of California Pioneers, supporting the organization’s operations, membership services, strategic initiatives, and board relations. Lacey brings this experience to serve and advocate for California museums as CAM’s Administrative Coordinator.

 

Key Contractors:

Fearless Advocacy, Inc.

Outboxed Solutions, LLC

SL Associates Bookkeeping

 

CAM's Mailing Address:

California Association of Museums
P.O. Box 1455
Santa Cruz, CA 95061-1455

For the appropriate shipping address, please contact the Administrative Coordinator at admin@calmuseums.org.