MUSEUM STAFF                                                          

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Executive Director

Felicia Shaw

Previously, Felicia W. Shaw served in executive leadership position with the Regional Arts Commission of St Louis, and director positions with the San Diego Foundation and City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.

Ms Shaw currently serves on the boards of Californians for the Arts and California Advocates and on the Steering Committee of the San Diego Regional Arts and Culture Coalition. 

A graduate of Northwestern University with a degree in Communications, Ms Shaw completed additional undergraduate study at the University of California San Diego with a focus in art history, theory and criticism. She is also an alumna of the James P Shannon Leadership Institute.

Programs Coordinator

Yessenia Perez

Yessenia graduated from San Diego State with a BA in Anthropology and Latin American Studies. She continued her studies at San Diego Mesa College where she earned her Museum Studies Certificate focusing on museum education.


She has been a part of multiple gallery and museum installations throughout San Diego and is excited for her new role at the Women’s Museum of California. Yessenia is looking forward to strengthening our relationship with the local community.

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Director of Marketing

Melissa Jones

Dedicated to ensuring that women have a voice at every table, Melissa works for various women's organizations in San Diego including the Women's Museum of California and Run Women Run. She is experienced in social media, event organizing, and volunteer management. Melissa has a BA in History from Sonoma State University and a masters in International Relations from Kingston University in London. 

Artistic Director

Katie Ruiz

Katie Ruiz is a Chicana artist (1984-current), She is an interdisciplinary artist, making work in painting and fiber sculpture. She is most well known for her blanket series in which she portrays couples standing or lying under colorful Mexican blankets. She is also known for her activism work with refugees, The US/Mexico Border and the creator of The Pompom Project.


Ruiz creates interactive exhibits with museums including the New Children's Museum, The Oceanside Museum of Art and The San Diego International Airport. She has a Bachelors' Degree of Fine Art from Northern Arizona University and a Masters degree of Fine Art from The New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting & Sculpture in NYC.