Staff


CAM staff consists of full- and part-time employees who implement the association's programs and services, as well as oversee the day-to-day operations. CAM is also 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 DeWald 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 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. After interning at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African Art and the San Jose Museum of Art, Celeste worked 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 in Salinas, where she developed K-12 and public programs and cultivated partnerships with social service organizations. 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 has served on the Boards of the Coalition of State Museum Associations and CalNonprofits. 

 

Beryl Briane Ford

Temporary Communications Coordinator January–June 2021

editor@calmuseums.org / x103

Passionate about liberation, Black studies and cultural production, and the vitality of museums across the country, Beryl Briane Ford strives to build community through intentional engagement, cultural mapping and preservation initiatives. She holds a B.A. in Art History with a certificate in Museum Studies from Smith College and an M.A. in Arts Administration from Columbia University’s Teachers College. She is an experienced arts administrator, culture fundraiser, grant writer, and creative consultant working at the intersections of the visual and performing arts, urbanism, and design.

 

Carey Lin

Communications Manager On Leave January–June 2021

communications@calmuseums.org  / x103

Carey joined the CAM team in June 2017 with a wide range of experience in community engagement for nonprofit cultural organizations. Carey developed her strong skills in education, fundraising, marketing and communications through former positions at the Exploratorium, SFMOMA, 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. Aside from her role with CAM, Carey directs Stairwell’s, an itinerant collaborative social practice project with dynamic programs throughout the Bay Area. Her visual art practice spans work in painting, drawing, ceramics, video and installation.

  

Lacey Lieberthal

Program & Membership Manager

admin@calmuseums.org / x101

Lacey Lieberthal is based in Santa Barbara, California. 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 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. She joined the CAM team in August 2018, and she served as the Administrative & Program Coordinator before becoming the Program & Membership Manager in December 2020. Lacey has a commitment to supporting and advocating for museum workers. As of January 2021, she also serves on the Program Committee for the Coalition of State Museum Associations. 

 

Adelaide (Addy) Zou

Administrative Coordinator

programs@calmuseums.org / x105

Addy Zou is a museum professional based in Los Angeles, California. She received her B.A. in Human Rights and Ethnicity & Race Studies from Columbia University in 2019. Addy has honed her administrative skills in a wide array of nonprofit settings, including a statewide advocacy coalition of community-based organizations. Prior to joining CAM, Addy was the Gallery Guide at Art + Practice and supported gallery operations, public programs, and education. In addition to her role at CAM, Addy is a research intern at the ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries.

 

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