The San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles has selected Kris Jensen as Director, following an executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). He began his tenure on September 26, 2023.
A San Jose native and veteran nonprofit leader, Jensen has held diverse leadership positions across three decades. His most recent role as the Principal at Regenerative Communities Consulting saw him engaging with organizations with a focus in environmental justice, urban agriculture, and the transformation of food systems. Jensen continued these same principles of advocacy, educational, and community work at San Bruno Mountain Watch and Collective Roots as Executive Director. He has additionally served in development roles at Swords to Plowshares, Avenidas, and Alameda County Community Bank.
In making the announcement Board Chair Melissa Leventon said, “The Board is thrilled that we will be working with Kris. With his leadership, we are confident that the museum will be able to deepen and strengthen its bonds with our community while maintaining the high-quality exhibitions and programs it is known for internationally.”
“I have a passion for the arts and teaching people about the arts and bringing people into learning things they may not have known,” said Jensen. “The Museum, like so many other arts institutions, was closed for 15 months. I feel ready to take on the challenge of rebuilding audiences and reconnecting with supporters post-pandemic. I’m looking forward to getting the word out about the organization and getting people excited about quilts and textiles.”
“ACG was delighted to support the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles in guiding the executive search process for a Director,” said ACG Senior Vice President Nan Keeton. “Joining the organization during an exciting period of growth, Kris brings his resourceful leadership and unwavering commitment to the Museum’s mission. He will be invaluable in nurturing deeper community connections and expanding programs.”