The New Children’s Museum in San Diego Names New Leader

| December 4, 2021 | 0 Comments

The New Children’s Museum announced today that Elizabeth Yang-Hellewell will take the post of executive director and CEO on January 3, 2022. Yang-Hellewell is an accomplished museum leader with demonstrated success in strategic development and fundraising. The appointment comes at the conclusion of a nationwide search led by Museum Board President Caroline Perry, working with non-profit recruiters Morris and Berger and a Board subcommittee.

“We believe that Elizabeth will have a powerful impact on our organization and lead us into a bright future. Not only does she have solid experience in museum management, strategic planning and philanthropy, she brings a genuine passion for contemporary art and our mission,” said Caroline Perry, board president. “The board of directors and I are confident in her ability to work with our leadership team to continue to fulfill our mission, secure our financial position and elevate our role in the community.”

For the past eight years, Yang-Hellewell has been at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD), where she served as chief advancement officer and member of the three- person executive leadership team. She was responsible for an annual operating budget of $6 million and was part of the team that raised $86 million for MCASD’s La Jolla campus expansion (public opening slated for April, 2022). In addition to fundraising, her responsibilities spanned across the institution to help develop best practices in organizational performance, budget management, forecasting and strategic planning.

“As someone who has dedicated my career to supporting the work of living artists, educators and arts education programming in museums, I am deeply invested in the potential of museums as powerful spaces and resources for community engagement,” explained Yang-Hellewell. “The New Children’s Museum has established itself as a beloved community resource and a brilliantly innovative model for both children’s museums and contemporary art spaces. I’m looking forward to building on their impactful work with a firm commitment to developing increasingly more diverse, equitable, inclusive, accessible – and of course fun – experiences and opportunities for communities inside and outside of the Museum.”

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