Office of the Director
The Office of the Director is the Museum’s principal administrative unit.
Benjamin W. Porter, PhD
The Development Division maintains communications with friends and supporters, and secures private gifts and grants to support the Museum’s mission.
Jenny Meyer, MA
Head of Development
Collections & Conservation
The Collections and Conservation Division is responsible for all aspects of care and preservation of the Museum’s collections and for facilitating access to them.
Madeleine Fang, MA, MAC
Leslie Freund, MA
Natasha Johnson, MA
Education & Interpretation
The Education and Interpretation Division oversees the use of the Museum for teaching and learning. This includes exhibit development and design, planning of tours, and making the Museum’s collections and exhibits accessible and engaging for audiences from the Berkeley community and beyond.
Adam Nilsen, PhD
Head of Education and Interpretation
Gallery Manager and Education Coordinator
Assistant Gallery Manager
Cultural Policy & Repatriation
In partnership with UC Berkeley and UC system decision-makers, the Cultural Policy and Repatriation Division administers the Museum’s continued compliance with the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA). The Division also coordinates the Museum’s response to international restitution and traditional care requests, provides assessments as part of Museum due diligence for potential acquisitions, contributes to stakeholder outreach for programming, and serves as liaison to the Museum’s Native American Advisory Council.
Jordan Jacobs, MPhil
Head of Cultural Policy and Repatriation
Martina Smith, MA
Cultural Policy and Repatriation Specialist
The Registration Division oversees and implements collections policies and procedures on acquisitions, deaccessions, loans, analytical sampling, insurance, and risk management, and coordinates research access and maintains the intellectual documentation and records related to the Museum’s collections. The Division supports professional education through museum studies internships on the Berkeley campus and in partnership with accredited graduate museum studies programs.
Linda Waterfield, MA
Head of Registration
Research, Information, & Publications
The Research, Information, and Publications Division is responsible for managing and improving the Museum’s knowledge about its collections, providing the means and tools to use this information, facilitating research on the collections, and disseminating information about the Museum’s collections to its many audiences.
Michael Black, PhD
Head of Research and Information
Ira Jacknis, PhD
Senior Research Anthropologist, Emeritus
Kevin Gibbs, PhD
Paolo Pellegatti, MA
Systems and Support Analyst
Visiting Research Scholars
The Hearst Museum regularly hosts campus-approved visiting research scholars who are investigating and publishing collections.
Vanessa Davies, PhD
Project: Conversations on Race and Egyptology in the Early Twentieth Century
Project: 3D Palaeographic Analysis of Scarabs from the Phoebe A. Hearst Expedition to Naga ed-Deir, Egypt