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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

Amada Cruz
Illsley Ball Nordstrom Director and CEO​​

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

Chris Landman
Chief Development Officer

Kathleen Maki
Director of Human Resources

Cindy McKinley
Acting Director of Communications

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

Nicholas Dorman
Chief Conservator

Regan Pro
Kayla Skinner Deputy Director for Education & Public Engagement

Cindy Bolton
Chief Financial Officer

Manish Engineer
Chief Technology Officer

Viviana Pitta
Legal Counsel​​

Zora Foy
Deputy Director for Art Administration

Financial Reporting

The Seattle Art Museum is committed to financial transparency by making its annual audited statements, Form 990, and Form 990-T 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, 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.

The Seattle Art Museum acknowledges that we are located on the ancestral land of the Coast Salish people.