SOMArts Staff

Creative & Executive Director

Maria Jenson is recognized as a leader in the arts for advancing innovative strategies to sustain creative communities in the midst of rapidly changing urban environments. As Creative and Executive Director of SOMArts, Jenson has deepened the organization’s commitment to racial equity, creating clear pathways for Bay Area artists to cultivate new ideas and grow their careers. Through her leadership, Jenson has expanded SOMArts’ public programs, advanced new public-private partnerships, and fostered groundbreaking exhibitions such as The Black Woman is God, The Third Muslim: Queer and Trans* Muslim Narratives of Resistance and Resilience, and many more. These projects represent SOMArts’ commitment to incubating the growth and careers of Bay Area artists and curators.

Prior to joining SOMArts, Jenson was a key member of the SFMOMA External Relations team during the museum’s expansion and was the Founding Director of ArtPadSF, an independent art fair launched in the Tenderloin at the Phoenix Hotel in 2010. A graduate of the 2018 Getty Foundation Executive Leadership Institute, Jenson is a sought-after thought leader on the role of cultural institutions advocating for a more democratic and equitable society. 

 

Administrative Staff

Creative Programs Staff

  • Carolina Quintanilla, Curatorial Residency & Partnerships Director
  • Matthew McKinley, Gallery Exhibitions Designer & Technical Coordinator
  • Rebeca Flores, Curatorial Partnerships Associate

Event Rentals Program

Technical & Site Operations

Building Managers & Stage Crew

  • Katie Gilmartin, Building Manager
  • Dion Reiner-Guzman, Building Manager & Technician
  • Colin Johnson, Building Manager & Technician
  • Cathie Anderson, Building Manager & Technician
  • Francis Calimlim, Building Manager
  • Edgar Miranda, Technician
  • Eli Lee, Building Manager & Technician
  • Aja Archuleta, Technician
  • Peter Woods, Art Preparator
  • Sean Garahan, Technician
  • Scot McGoldrick, Event Facilities Staff
 

Image credit: SOMArts team photos courtesy of Joan Osato, Thayer Walker, and Brittney. January 2020. 

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