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Governance

Board of trustees

The museum has an active, talented, and committed board of trustees. As the governing body of SAM, the board, in consultation with SAM's director and senior staff, determines the museum's strategic direction and oversight. The board's Executive Committee meets monthly, while the full board convenes six times a year. Board members provide expertise for every aspect of the museum's affairs, and they generously give their time, leadership, business acumen, and financial support to SAM.

SAM Leadership

Kimerly Rorschach
Illsley Ball Nordstrom Director and CEO​​

Elizabeth Detels
Director of Human Resources

Nicholas Dorman
Chief Conservator

Cara Egan
Director of Public Relations and Marketing

Chiyo Ishikawa
Susan Brotman Deputy Director for Art and Curator of European Painting and Sculpture

Richard Beckerman
Chief Operating Officer​​

Bernel Goldberg
General Counsel

Chris Landman
Director of Development

Lauren Mellon
Director of Museum Services and Chief Registrar​​​

Financial Rep​orting

The Seattle Art Museum is committed to financial transparency by making its annual audited statements and Form 990 available to the public. Audited statements for the Museum Development Authority, a public authority organized to support the museum, are also available. Please note that these documents report the museum’s financial information on a consolidated basis by including non-operating activity as well as the activity which directly supports the daily operations of a public art museum. Additionally as required by the IRS, the Form 990 excludes certain financial information such as unrealized gains or losses, bad debt, and in-kind gifts of services. If you should have any questions or require further information, please contact the Seattle Art Museum’s Finance department.​​​