Our professional and friendly staff consists of three full and part-time employees who implement programs and oversee the day-to-day operations. A legislative advocate serves the organization on a contractual basis.
Celeste has over 20 years experience working in the museum field and became Executive Director of CAM in May 2004. While pursuing her Bachelor's Degree in Art History at UC Santa Cruz, she was introduced to museum work when she assisted with the development of a mobile art museum that traveled to elementary schools. She became fascinated with the vibrant role museums can play in communities in learning about history, science, and the arts. She interned at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African Art and the San Jose Museum of Art. Celeste's first [paid] job in the museum field was at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History where she had a hand in both administration and education programs. She worked as the Director of Education and Public Programs at a start-up museum, the National Steinbeck Center, where she developed county-wide K-12 programs and cultivated partnerships in a predominately Latino community. Celeste graduated from John F. Kennedy University with a Master’s Degree in Museum Studies, where she was named the “Outstanding Student of the Liberal Arts Department.” Celeste currently is: on the Steering Committee of the California Preservation Program; a Co-Coordinator of Californians Connecting to Collections; a member of the California Alliance of Arts Education's Policy Council; and the Western Representative for the National Alliance of State Museum Associations.
Sarah (Post) Sagouspe
Sarah became the Program Coordinator for CAM in June 2008. She obtained her B.A. from San Diego State University in Classics with an emphasis in Classical Humanities and a minor in Art History. In May 2008, Sarah completed her M.A. in Museums Studies from San Francisco State University. Her master’s thesis was titled Building a Better Board in California Historical Societies. Previously, she worked for the San Diego Historical Society and the San Francisco Museum of Craft+Design and interned with the Hayward Area Historical Society and Wells Fargo Historical Services. Sarah has a deep interest in California museums, especially historical societies and small history museums.
Sarah became the Program Assistant for CAM in June 2011. She graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2010 with a degree in the History of Art and Visual Culture. She interned for the Curatorial Department of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History and currently works there as a Visitor Services Representative. She enjoys critiquing Latin American collections in museums and practicing speaking Spanish. However, she likes traveling to Latin America to visit museums even more than reading about them!
Kathryn A. Lynch
Legislative Advocate / Lynch & Associates
For over 20 years, Kathy has represented a wide variety of clients including business and trade associations, education interests, and nonprofits involved in culture, museums, and arts education in their interactions with the State of California. Her firm, Lynch & Associates, provides a full range of advocacy services including but not limited to monitoring, lobbying, coalition building, consulting, and regulatory advocacy. Lynch & Associates is a nonpartisan firm that enjoys a long-standing reputation for professionalism among legislators, regulators, and the administration.