Suzanne Tan has over 25 years of experience in museums and cultural organizations in both Northern and Southern California, with past appointments including Executive Director of both Berkeley Art Center and Richmond Art Center; Development Director at Kala Art Institute, Santa Monica Museum of Art, and the Armory Center for the Arts; and Project Manager at the Japanese American National Museum and SFMOMA.
She has taught graduate level classes at JFK University’s Museum Studies Program and has served as an American Alliance for Museums Peer Reviewer for over ten years. Suzanne has also delivered a number of public presentations at national museum conferences and regional venues, and has served on many grant and public art review panels in and around the Bay Area. Her recent consultancy practice focuses on strategic planning, transition/interim management, and community engagement.
Suzanne is an experienced nonprofit organizational consultant with a strong record of excellent leadership and strategic visioning skills developed over a diverse and successful work history, with a specialization in small to medium sized arts organizations and museums. Innovative and empathetic professional with 20+ years’ experience leading strategic planning, fundraising, transition planning, community engagement, and educational/cultural programs for a variety of nonprofit and civic organizations.
She has a solid record of effectiveness helping organizations clarify mission and craft interrelated development, planning, programmatic and communication initiatives to support organizational growth and sustainability, as well as navigate organizational leadership transitions. Current affiliations: C2 Arts Consultant, Bay Area Interim E.D.s and Transition Specialists. Previous directorships: Richmond Art Center, Berkeley Art Center.