jeanette calandra


Development committee co-chair & board member

Lisa Beth Podos, Deputy Director of Advancement and Engagement and a member of the Leadership Team at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, is responsible for strategic planning and execution of a holistic visitor/member/donor experience that advances audience engagement and contributes to institutional sustainability. Prior to joining FAMSF, she was Executive Director of The San Francisco Fall Antiques Show Benefiting Enterprise for High School Students, a charitable event that is considered one of the top ten such fairs in the world. She also served as Vice President for Visitor Experience at Copia: The American Center for Wine, Food & the Arts in Napa, CA, where she led a division in creating programs, exhibitions, publications, and other offerings for visitors, as well as overseeing supporting visitors’ services. Before moving to California, she was founding Director of Public Programs at The Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design, and Culture in New York, NY, in which capacity she was responsible for a diversity of programs and award-winning publications designed for scholarly and general adult and youth audiences. She also has worked at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Lisa has participated in the Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders—Arts presented by National Arts Stabilization and Stanford Graduate School of Business, and earned her M.B.A. from Columbia University Graduate School of Business. In addition, she holds an M.S. in Leadership in Museum Education from Bank Street Graduate School of Education, an M.A. in the History of Decorative Arts from Cooper-Hewitt Museum and Parsons School of Design, and a B.A. in Art History from Princeton University. She attended the New York University School of Continuing Education, Appraisal Studies in Fine Arts and Decorative Arts Program; The Attingham Summer School; and other continuing education programs.

Lisa sits/has sat on various Boards and Committees of organizations dedicated to audience studies and services, museum education, decorative arts and design, and historic preservation. She has been a member of ArtTable since 2001, and served on the National Board since 2008. She also currently serves on the Board of The Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture.