Past Board Members

Tanya Aubin has worked in the nonprofit sector for nearly five years and has always been passionate about museums, art, and culture. After working at the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum and the Coronado Historical Association, she went on to work in academia at the University of San Diego in the College of Arts and Sciences Marketing Department. Tanya studied International Relations and Chinese at California State University, Long Beach and she moved to China for two years to work and immerse herself in the culture. Upon her return to the states, Tanya got involved in the museum world! As a second-year board member of Emerging Museum Professionals, Tanya is excited to take on the role as San Diego Emerging Museum Professionals’ Treasurer. EMP Involvement: Treasurer/Development 2018-2019, Programs Committee, 2017-2018.

Laura Lover is the Development Coordinator at Mingei International Museum. She has experience working in museums in New York, Miami and San Diego, as well as an MA in English Literary Studies and an MA in Museum Studies. While she does call San Diego home, she considers herself a global citizen and has lived and studied across the United States, Iceland, England, and Italy. She is passionate about art and culture, which is what inspired her to pursue a career in the museum field. She began her career working in collections and archives, but made the change to development as she sees it as a way to advocate for museums. Laura is dedicated to supporting her peers in the arts and has been a board member of the San Diego Emerging Museum Professionals since 2015 and was on the Steering Committee of the Rising Arts Leaders San Diego from 2016-2018. EMP Involvement: President 2018-2019, Board Vice President, 2017-2019, Programs Chair, 2016-2017.

Jasmine Chu is currently the Education and Public Programs Coordinator at the San Diego Museum of Man. She holds a B.A. in History with a minor in French Literature from the University of California, San Diego. Museums and cultural institutions have been an important part of her life since she realized the power of historical context in our lives. She has been an intern, volunteer, and educator in Balboa Park for 18 months, and looks forward to continuing to serve local communities.

Shannon Fowler has been active in the museum field for seven years, with experience in marketing, exhibition development, collections management, and visitor services. She holds a B.A. in History from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and a M.A. in Museum Studies from The George Washington University. Shannon has worked at the San Diego Museum of Man since 2013, first as the Marketing Associate and now as the Marketing and Communications Manager, where she oversees the Museum’s growing social media community, promotes the Museum’s mission and current offerings, and manages public relations. Shannon is passionate about the arts and culture field, and is excited to share in that with fellow EMP’s.

Erika Katayama currently works as the Director of Exhibits at the San Diego Museum of Man. Ms. Katayama has worked in a variety of departments over the years including education, visitor services, curatorial, registration/collections, and operations at many different institutions. She has worked all over the country, including for the Smithsonian Institution, Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, Louisiana State Museum, LSU Museum of Art, Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Dallas Museum of Art, and Mingei International Museum.

Sandy McCann is the Exhibits Content Developer at the San Diego Natural History Museum. Most recently, she worked on developing an engaging and immersive visitor experience for Coast to Cactus in Southern California. She holds an MA in Museum Studies from Johns Hopkins University. Sandy is interested in creating museum experiences that transcend cultural, social, and educational boundaries by developing exhibitions and programs that embrace non-traditional museum goers.

Cory Woodall has worked in the curatorial department of The San Diego Museum of Art for more than three years. She’s interested in fostering relationships of universities and museums through internships and work experience to allow better access to museum careers for young professionals.