New Faces at the SDCHM
Summer is upon us and with the new season comes a change to the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum – new staff! While we are sad to see Priscila and Jessica go, we are happy to see them thriving and wish them nothing but the best in the future. In their place we welcome Ianna and Diana, two friendly and talented young women that we are sure will bring a lot to the museum. Because our museum family is so small, we would like to provide you with a bit of information on each of our new staff members and we hope that you will come to visit them soon!
Born in San Diego, but having lived all over California, Nevada, and Arizona, Ianna went to Mt. Carmel High School in Rancho Peñasquitos. After graduating, she went on to pursue her education at UC Santa Cruz, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology with a focus in archaeology and a minor in the History of Art and Visual Culture.While in Santa Cruz, she gained a lot of relevant experience interning in the Collections Department at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History. She also dedicated time there to the Community Programs Department, which was focused in creating projects geared towards community outreach and education for the public. On top of this, Ianna was also the Assistant Curator at the Monterey Bay Archaeology Archives, where she aided in collection management and supervising interns. She is thrilled to be joining the SDCHM staff, where she hopes to contribute to the museum's great community outreach and educational programs. She is also very excited about the upcoming SDCHM Archive and Learning Center that is anticipated to be opening in late fall, where she hopes to learn a great deal working with the SDCHM collection.
Born in Cavite, Philippines, Diana came to America with her mother at the age of five and lived at the Naval Air Station Point Magu where her father was stationed. In 1993, her family moved to South San Diego where they still reside. Diana graduated from Montgomery High School and studied Asian American Studies at UC Berkeley. After earning her Bachelors degree, Diana worked at the Southwestern College Sun Newspaper, first as the Photography Editor and then Editor-In-Chief for two semesters. While at the Sun Newspaper she developed her love for layout and graphic design, she began working with the Union Tribune Spanish paper MiEnlace as a freelance photographer. Currently, Diana is the Layout and Project Designer for local newspaper, FilipinoPress in National City, and is thrilled to add her passion and knowledge of creative design to the SDCHM team.