The museum at La Brea Tar Pits and the William S. Hart Museum will remain closed until further notice. Advanced tickets are required for entry for NHM’s Nature Gardens and Butterfly Pavilion. See NHMLAC's response to coronavirus (COVID-19).

Paul Bessire

Chief Advancement Officer

With over 25 years of development experience in museums, Paul Bessire has led fundraising programs at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, the Brooklyn Museum, Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Bessire also worked at the American Museum of Natural History early in his career and founded a consulting practice that provided strategic counsel to Harvard University Art Museums, Public Art Fund, Fundacion Casa Wabi and Swiss Institute. He has directed major capital campaigns and managed institutional transformation that resulted in raising $100 million.  

Bessire is a Brooklyn native and a recent transplant to Los Angeles with a keen interest in arts and culture, natural history, and the environment.  He graduated from Kenyon College and trained as a chef in Paris before beginning his work in museums and development.