Our professional and friendly staff consists of full time, part-time, and contractual employees who implement programs and oversee the day-to-day operations.
To reach a staff member by phone, dial 831-471-9970 and enter their extension when prompted.
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Celeste has nearly 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 CalNonprofits and the Coalition of State Museum Associations, haven previously represented the museum field on the Steering Committee of the California Preservation Program and the California Alliance for Arts Education' Policy Council.
Sharon Layman was employed in the Daycare, Preschool and After School Care field as a Center Director for over ten years. She handled enrollment, staffing, curriculum and bookkeeping. She has been employed as the Children's Ministry Director, Bookkeeper and/or Church Administrator at local churches for over 15 years. Sharon also operated her own Home Daycare for several years.
Membership & 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.
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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.
Administrative & Communications Coordinator
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Emily has experience adminstering non-profits and supporting a busy team. Before joining CAM in June 2016, she was the Administrative Manager at LEVYdance, a non-profit dance company in San Francisco and a Development Intern at Zaccho Dance Theater. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) with a B.F.A in Dance and Choreography and was recognized as the Awarded Outstanding Leader within her department. Emily currently serves on the Board of Directors for Carrie's Dream Scholarship Fund and is an Organizing Commitee Member for Piper's Song Fundraiser - supporting the Dravet Syndrome Foundation. In addtion to ther non-profit work, she is a dance and fitness instructor at local studios.
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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.
California Association of Museums
P.O. Box 1455
Santa Cruz, CA 95061-1455
California Association of Museums
115 McAllister Way
Santa Cruz, CA 95060