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Leadership & Board of Trustees

The Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County (NHMLAC) are governed through a public-private partnership, composed of dedicated individuals serving on our Board of Trustees and the County-appointed Commission of the Board of Governors. Together, the Executive Leadership Team and the Board work to champion the museums' vision, protect the collections, and carry out their strategic goals.

Executive Leadership

The Executive Leadership Team works to advance the museums' strategic priorities—to commit to principles of accessibility and engagement, and to become a hub for discoveries and dialogue around critical issues of global significance and local impact.

The Executive Leadership Team collaborates with the Board of Trustees, various government agencies, private entities and foundations, along with over 480 NHMLAC employees, to inspire wonder, discovery, and responsibility for our natural and cultural worlds.

Paul Bessire
Chief Advancement Officer
Luis M. Chiappe, Ph.D.
Senior VP, Research & Collections and Gretchen Augustyn Director and Curator, Dinosaur Institute
Dawn McDivitt
Chief Deputy Director
Nooshin Nathan
Chief Talent Officer
Su Oh
VP, Education and Programs
Robin Aspinall
Chief Financial Officer
Shana Mathur
Chief Strategy and External Relations Officer

Board of Trustees 2020-2021

The Board of Trustees serves to support all aspects of the Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County (NHMLAC).

Currently consisting of 14 Governors, elected by the County Board of Supervisors, and 24 museum-elected Trustees, the Board works as a cohesive team with the Executive Leadership Team to ensure the missions and values of NHMLAC are upheld, and that the museums fulfill their roles as, of, for, and with L.A.

* Denotes members of the Board of Governors

Anissa Balson

Dr. Lori Bettison-Varga, President and Director of the Museum

James E. Blancarte*

Louisa R. Cardenas*

Esther chui Chao

Kermit Crawford

Heather de Roos, President of the Board of trustees

Susan Dever*

Charlene Dimas-Peinado*

Nancy Edwards

Shannon Faulk, CHAIR of the Board

William M. Garland, III

Stanley Gold

Karen A. Hoffman

Andrew Jameson

Sarah Meeker Jensen

Curtis C. Jung*, President of the Board of Governors

rita kampalath*

Rick Keller

Alexander KeNDALL

Vince Lawler*

Margaret Levy*

Joseph Lumarda*

Walter N. Marks*

Gregg Martin

Megan McGowan epstein, vice president of the Board of trustees

Diane G. Medina*

Eric B. Moore*

Noramae R. Munster*

Diane Naegele

Kathleen patterson, President of the alliance

Joan Payden

Jonathan M. Peacock

Naomi Rainey-Pierson

Mikaela J. Randolph*
Peter Scranton

Jeff Stibel

Sheldon Stone

Richard S. Volpert

Jun Xu


Life Trustees 

From time to time the Board chooses to appoint former Trustees to the position of Life Trustee to recognize past service and to encourage continuing relationships with the museums.

Each Life Trustee is invited to attend meetings of the Board, but they do not vote.

Lynn W. Brengel

Neal H. Brockmeyer

H. Frederick Christie

Paul G. Haaga, Jr.

Patricia Lombard

Dr. Jane G. Pisano

Mrs. Betty Reddin

Richard Roeder

Kevin Sharer

Eric E. Younger