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Maria Jenson’s career reflects a combination of her interests in arts and civic engagement as well as a passion for supporting strong creative communities.
She relocated to the Bay Area from Los Angeles in 2009 to participate in the special kind of community building engendered by this unique region. Believing that the Bay Area radiates significant change into the global culture, and that arts are central to a strong and thriving community, Maria is proud to serve the Bay Area arts community in her role as Executive Director of SOMArts Cultural Center.
As Executive Director, Maria manages fundraising and grant making activities, supports new and experimental performances and programs, and collaborates on external partnerships and special initiatives. Prior to joining SOMArts, Maria was a key member of the External Relations team in the Marketing and Communications Division managing the transition, rebranding and reopening of SFMOMA during the museum’s