Committees



Like most nonprofits, CAM relies heavily on volunteers to achieve our mission. Each committee’s work is guided by a charter and annual objectives, approved by the Board of Directors. Members of the association are able to serve on Member Committees. Thank you to all the committee members who volunteer their time and expertise to strengthen and unify California museums.  

MEMBER COMMITTEES

Current CAM Individual, Institutional, and Business Members are eligible to serve on the following committees.

* = Non-Board members

California Networks Council 

The California Networks Council  fosters collaborative learning networks for the benefit of California museums and museum professionals. The organizational members of the California Networks Council are local, regional, or statewide networks that serve California museums.
Chair: Lisa McDermott, Director, Carnegie Arts Center Foundation
Members:
Manuel Aguilar, President, San Diego EMP*
Maya Austin, Arts Program Specialist, California Arts Council*
Lauren Baines, Interim Director, de Saisset Museum, Santa Clara University
Julie Baker, Executive Director, Californians for the Arts*
Ariana Bayer, President, Cultural Connections*
Amy Cohen, Executive Director, Exhibit Envoy*
Rebekah Harding, Past President, Museum Educators of Southern California*
Roberta Harlan, Representative, Eastern Sierra Cultural Heritage Alliance*
Felicia Harmer Kelley, Project and Evaluation Director, California Humanities*
Delta Pick Mello, Chair, Sacramento Association of Museums
Kristen Mihalko, Director of Operations, Balboa Park Cultural Partnership
Lu Spriggs, President, SoCal Museums*
TBA
, San Diego Museum Council

 

Equity Task Force

Chair: Kristen Mihalko, Director of Operations, Balboa Park Cultural Partnership
Members:
Carolynn Birilli, Assistant Curator, Museums of Lake County
Demetri Broxton, Senior Director of Education, Museum of the African Diaspora
Carolyn Lopez, Assistant Curator & Registrar, LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes*
Nicole Miller-Coleman, Board Treasurer & Fundraising Co-Chair, Women’s Museum of California*
John Echeveste, CEO, LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes
Brittani Orona, Tribal Affairs Program Manager, California State Parks
Solimar Salas, VP of Museum Content and Programming, Museum of Latin American Art

 

Finance Committee

CAM's Finance Committee reviews financial statements and budgets prior to presentation to the Board of Directors, monitors the organization's financial health, recommends an accounting firm for the organization's annual review, among other responsibilities.
Chair: 
Horacio Correa Jr., Chief Operating Officer, Fleet Science Center
Members:
Anthony Brown, VP of Finance/CFO, Aquarium of the Pacific*
Katrice Lee, Senior Director of Development and Grants, San Diego Natural History Museum
Rick Noguchi, Chief Operating Officer, Japanese American National Museum

 

Fund Development Committee

Co-Chairs: Rick West, President and CEO, Autry Museum of the American West
Karen Kienzle, Director, Palo Alto Art Center*
Members:
Tim Aceves, Associate Director of Advancement, Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation*

Keasha Dumas Heath, Board member, Museum of African American Art*
Jennifer Jordan, Director of Membership, Los Angeles County Museum of Art*
Kim Kirkhart, Director of Membership, Santa Barbara Zoo*
Kevin McGarry, Associate Director for Public Engagement, Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation
Nicole Miller-Coleman, Board Treasurer & Fundraising Co-chair, Women’s Museum of California*

Rick Noguchi, Chief Operating Officer, Japanese American National Museum
 

Government Relations Committee

The Government Relations Committee monitors proposed California legislation that will have an impact on museums, plans advocacy events, and oversee efforts to encourage advocacy from the field. 
Co-Chairs: 
Christine Stokes, Museum Director, Coronado Historical Association
Katrice Lee, Senior Director of Development and Grants, San Diego Natural History Museum
Members:
David Burton, Executive Director, Grace Hudson Museum
Horacio Correa, Jr., Chief Operating Officer, Fleet Science Center
John Echeveste, CEO, LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes
Fred Goldstein, former Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Museum Associates, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art*
Keasha Dumas Heath, Board member, Museum of African American Art*
Nikki Lim, Executive Director, California Indian Museum and Cultural Center*
Lisa McDermott, Director, Carnegie Arts Center Foundation
Brittani Orona, Tribal Affairs Program Manager, California State Parks
Michael Shanklin, Executive Director, kidSTREAM Children’s Museum*
Cate Thurston, Associate Curator, Skirball Cultural Center*

 

Host Committee

 The Host Committee supports planning and promotion of the annual CAM Conference. Members are selected each year from museums local to the conference location. Due to the fact that our programming in 2021 is virtual, there is no 2020-2021 Host Committee. We hope to be able to gather again in 2022!
Co-Chairs: Tomoko Kuta, Senior Director of Education and Visitor Services, San Diego Botanic Garden
Kevin McGarry, Associate Director for Public Engagement, Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation

 

Program Committee

The Program Committee supports the success of the annual CAM conference, including the selection of sessions and speakers and the planning of the Host Committee. Throughout the year, the Program Committee may also be asked to support other CAM programming.
Co-Chairs: Tomoko Kuta, Senior Director of Education and Visitor Services, San Diego Botanic Garden
Kevin McGarry, Associate Director for Public Engagement, Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation
Members: 
Carolynn Birilli, Assistant Curator, Museums of Lake County
Demetri Broxton, Senior Director of Education, Museum of the African Diaspora
Jennifer Caballero, Marketing Director, Skirball Cultural Center 

Leigh Gleason, Director of Collections, UCR ARTS*
Doug Jenzen, Director of Member and Visitor Services, Ganna Walska Lotusland*
Luanne Kanzawa, Executive Director, Japanese Friendship Garden* 
Karen Kienzle, Director, Palo Alto Art Center*
Susan Lafferty, Independent Museum Professional*
Cody Lee, Director of Communications, Laguna Art Museum*
George Luna-Peña, Program Manager, Diversity Apprenticeship Program, The Broad*

Nicole Meldahl, Executive Director, Western Neighborhoods Project* 
Alex Regan, Events & Exhibitions Librarian, University of California, Santa Barbara*
Kalie Sacco, Chief of Staff, Director's Office, Lawrence Hall of Science* 
Solimar Salas, VP of Museum Content and Programming, Museum of Latin American Art
Vicki Wawerchak, Independent Museum Professional*

 

Strategic Action Committee

The Strategic Action Committee uses foresight research to influence work in the areas of environmental sustainability, emerging professional development, and DEAI (Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion).
Co-Chairs: Solimar Salas, VP of Museum Content and Programming, Museum of Latin American Art
Mark Katrikh, Director, Museum Operations and Experience, Museum of Tolerance*
Members:
Chelsea Anderson, Programming Associate, Getty Research Institute*
Lauren Baines, Interim Director, de Saisset Museum, Santa Clara University
Demetri Broxton, Senior Director of Education, Museum of the African Diaspora

Lisa Eriksen, Accessibility Coordinator, Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo*
Michaeleen Gallagher, Director of Education and Environmental Programs, The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands*
Karen Kienzle, Director, Palo Alto Art Center*
Carolyn Lopez, Assistant Curator & Registrar, LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes*
Kristen Mihalko, Director of Operations, Balboa Park Cultural Partnership
Brittani Orona (Hupa), Ph.D. Candidate in Native American Studies and Human Rights,  UC Davis; Assistant Professor of American Indian Studies, San Diego State University (Fall 2022)
Vickie Stone, Curator of Collections, Coronado Historical Association*
Leah Van Der Mei, Director of Public Operations, California Academy of Sciences

 

STANDING COMMITTEES

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is comprised of the officers of the association and the Chair of the Nominating Committee. They oversee the strategic planning process and the review and compensation of the Executive Director, among other tasks. 
President: Jennifer Caballero, Marketing Director, Skirball Cultural Center
Co Vice Presidents: Tomoko Kuta, Deputy Museum Director, New Children's Museum
Lisa McDermott, Director, Carnegie Arts Center Foundation
Treasurer: Horacio Correa, Jr., Chief Operating Officer, Fleet Science Center
Secretary: Christine Stokes, Museum Director, Coronado Historical Association
Chair of Governance: David Burton, Executive Director, Grace Hudson Museum

 

Governance Committee

The Governance Committee annually selects a slate of nominees for election to fill vacant seats on the board, ensures a diverse membership on the board, and assesses the effectiveness of the Board of Directors.
Chair: David Burton, Executive Director, Grace Hudson Museum
Members: 
Tomoko Kuta, Senior Director of Education and Visitor Services, San Diego Botanic Garden
Delta Pick Mello, Executive Director/CEO, Sacramento History Alliance


CAM's Executive Director and President are ex-officio members of all committees.