As Program Assistant, Lillianna provides seamless workflow and administrative support to the Director of Programs. With over nine years of serving Bay Area museums and nonprofits as a development manager and educator, Lillianna is passionate about providing clear communication and timely support to grantees. The Foundation’s purpose of improving life outcomes for young people through education resonates highly with her passion to disrupt longstanding inequities in education.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Lillianna held development positions at The Crucible, Habitot Children’s Museum, and The Mexican Museum where she developed and implemented successful fundraising strategies. Lillianna earned her B.A. in History of Art and Visual Culture at UC Santa Cruz where she had the unique opportunity to participate in a yearlong museum studies program. This experience inspired her to pursue her double Masters in Museum Studies and Business Administration at John F. Kennedy University. While in graduate school, Lillianna worked in the education departments of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and the Children’s Creativity Museum. Shortly after graduating in 2016, Lillianna presented her thesis, Creative Healing for Invisible Victims: How Museums Can Reach Out to Children of Incarcerated Parents, at the Western Museums Association annual meeting.
When not at work, Lillianna enjoys long days in the garden taking care of her vegetables, succulents, and plants. She also enjoys the simplicity of a good book and cup of coffee. Visiting museums and botanical gardens are some of her favorite ways to spend free time.