The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (FAMSF) has named Lisa Grove as Chief Program and Strategy Officer. She began her tenure in August.
As the Chief Program and Strategy Officer, Grove will supervise the Fine Arts Museums' Art Division, Web and Digital Strategy, and Education departments, with a focus on program planning, resource allocation, and institutional strategy, including the continued execution of the FAMSF’s multi-year strategic plan. A visionary art museum executive with over two decades of experience, Grove most recently served as Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at the Obama Presidential Center, a major new cultural institution in Chicago. During her six-year tenure as Director & CEO of Telfair Museum of Art in Savannah, Georgia, Grove enhanced programming, gained national acclaim for the Slavery and Freedom in Savannah project, and improved financial sustainability with record fundraising and consecutive operating surpluses.
Grove earned a master of arts in the history of art from the Courtauld Institute of Art as a Marshall Scholar and a master of business administration with distinction in strategic management from the Imperial College Business School, London. She received a bachelor of arts in American studies from Stanford University.
In making the announcement, Director and CEO of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco Thomas P. Cambell said, “Coming out of the pandemic period with a full exhibition program and unprecedented attendance this past fiscal year, the Fine Arts Museums are in a strong position to look to its next chapter. Lisa Grove’s extensive arts management experience, her proven track record in leading strategic initiatives, and her deep commitment to equity and inclusion will meaningfully bolster the strong expertise of the Museums’ leadership team.”
“As I return to the Bay Area, I am honored and excited to join Thomas P. Campbell and his team to support the Fine Arts Museums’ continued growth and evolution as a strong proponent of equity and inclusion,” said Grove. “I look forward to advancing a bold strategic vision for this beloved San Francisco institution that centers its artistic and programmatic mission on a diverse offering of exhibitions and programs with strong relevance to audiences across the city’s communities.”
“Congratulations to the board, staff, and artists on welcoming Lisa to the FAMSF leadership team,” said ACG Senior Vice President Nan Keeton. “Lisa’s wealth of experience and demonstration of strategic program building will enhance the collective strength of the Museums.”