San Diego Museum Council Hires New Executive Director

| January 7, 2019 | 0 Comments

Nicole Miller-Coleman has an extensive background in non-profit fundraising and leadership.

The San Diego Museum Council (SDMC) announced the appointment of Nicole Miller-Coleman to the position of executive director. In her role, Miller-Coleman will oversee the strategy and operational execution of the SDMC’s programs in fulfillment of its mission to increase awareness, connect, provide services, and advocate for the diverse museums within its membership.

“The San Diego Museum Council is thrilled to have Nicole Miller-Coleman stepping into the Executive Director role,” states Rebecca Handelsman, board president for SDMC. “Nicole’s impressive background and familiarity with the San Diego museum community, as well as her proven leadership skills, will serve the Council well as it continues to grow and provide greater impact to the local arts and culture community.”

Miller-Coleman takes the helm of the organization in January, following the departure of Theresa Kosen who served as executive director for 18 years. Miller-Coleman previously served as the chief officer for Institutional Advancement at the San Diego Model Railroad Museum. In addition to previous positions with the Community Resource Center North County, San Diego Botanic Garden and USS Midway Museum, she also brings with her more than 10 years of experience consulting on fundraising and leadership for a variety of non-profit organizations. Miller-Coleman holds a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from the University of San Diego and a Bachelor’s degree in Art History/Theory/Criticism from the University of California San Diego.

“I am excited to work with the San Diego Museum Council’s exceptional board of directors to create a wider appreciation for, increased access to, and new programs and services for San Diego County museums, historic sites, science centers and cultural institutions,” said Miller-Coleman. “I look forward to supporting a Council that serves a wide membership, provides more opportunities for professional growth, fosters dialogue and inquiry and is increasingly responsive to the needs of members and the communities they serve.”

In her role as executive director, Miller-Coleman will lead SDMC’s administration and operations, as well as fundraising, marketing and delivery of its popular programs, including Museum Month in February, The Big Exchange in May, and Kids Free in October, as well as additional community-oriented programs and events aimed at providing museum access for all.

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