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    Dana Springs
    Executive Director

    Dana Springs is an arts administrator with over 15 years of public and private sector experience managing projects and programs involving artists. On staff at the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture since 2000 and in the role of Public Art Program Manager since 2005, Springs administers two “percent-for-art” programs: 2% for art in public construction projects undertaken by the City of San Diego and 1% for art in private development projects. In addition to administering the commission of new artworks for installation in neighborhoods throughout San Diego, Springs manages the care and exhibition of the more than 1,000 City-owned artworks in the Civic Art Collection. At the New Central Library, Springs is overseeing the permanent installation of the largest exhibition of City-owned artworks in the City’s history. She is collaborating with the Port of San Diego and Civic San Diego to realize public art in major redevelopment projects including the North Embarcadero Phase 1 redevelopment and the Horton Plaza Park redevelopment. Springs previously served as Chair of the San Diego International Airport’s Art Advisory Committee, member of the Balboa Art Conservation Center’s Board of Trustees and Co-Chair of the Public Art Coalition of Southern California. Springs holds a B.A. in Visual Art from UCSD and was named by San Diego Magazine as one of “50 People to Watch” in 2013. Springs previously held the role of Interim Executive Director of the Commission for 21 weeks between December 2012 and June 2013. Email Dana Springs at

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    Christine Jones
    Senior Public Art Manager

    Christine Jones is an accomplished visual art curator, appraiser, collections manager and public art project manager with over 20 years of experience in museums, municipalities, galleries and consultancies. Jones is an Accredited Senior Appraiser recognized by the American Society of Appraisers and specializing in ancient and contemporary Asian art. She holds dual Bachelor degrees in Art History and Anthropology from the University of Kansas and a Master of Arts in Museum Studies from San Francisco State University. Jones served as the Project Manager, Public Art & Civic Art Collection for the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture from 2006-2009 and returned as a consulting collections manager and public art project manager from 2011-2015. As a consultant for the San Diego Unified Port District Public Art Office from 2009-2013, Jones guided the development and implementation of the Port’s first public art curatorial strategy to realize public art commissions and exhibitions on the tidelands of five coastal jurisdictions in San Diego County. Jones organized the largest exhibition of city-owned artwork in the City of San Diego’s history at the Central Library in 2012 and performed pivotal roles in public art project management for the redevelopment of San Diego’s North Embarcadero and the restoration of the Aztec Brewing Company rathskeller historic collection of art and artifacts. She has traveled widely in Asia and Europe, appraised over $35 million in private property, negotiated contracts with internationally recognized artists and previously held positions at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco and Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. As the City of San Diego’s Senior Public Art Manager, Jones manages the Civic Art Collection, engages artists to design, fabricate and install innovative public art commissions and collaborates with private developers to site art in the public realm. Email Christine Jones at

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    Gary Margolis
    Funding Program Manager

    Gary Margolis joined the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture in 2007 and manages the Organizational Support and Creative Communities San Diego allocations programs. In that capacity Mr. Margolis works to ensure that Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) funds used to support arts and culture organizations and projects are allocated through a fair and transparent process. Mr. Margolis comes to the Commission with an extensive background in arts administration, nonprofit management, education and evaluation having worked for the Nevada Arts Council, Broward Cultural Division (FL), the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Jewish Community Center, the Allegheny County (PA) Department of Human Services, the Harvard Family Research Project, the New York Public School System, and the American International School of Bamako (Mali, West Africa). Mr. Margolis has a BA degree in dramatic art from the George Washington University and a master's degree in public and international affairs from the University of Pittsburgh. A former member of Actors' Equity Association, Mr. Margolis also worked as an actor/singer/dancer in PA, Washington, DC and New York City. Email Gary Margolis at

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    Nigel Brookes
    Arts Management Specialist

    Nigel Brookes joined the Commission staff in 2005. Mr. Brookes' previous experience includes work for City of San Diego Park and Recreation Department as a grant writer and administrator; a trainer and writer for San Diego Consulting Group; as program manager at the Tariq Khamisa Foundation to reduce youth violence; and as a college instructor at San Diego State University and local community colleges. A native San Diegan, Mr. Brookes has been studying, writing about, creating, and showing art his entire life. As founding member of The Ancient Gallery artist collective, his current interests combine medieval aesthetics with early 20th century surrealism through the use of assemblage sculpture in the service of site-specific black light installations, and as a location for performing myth and ritual. Mr. Brookes earned a Masters Degree in Communication from San Diego State University with a research and teaching emphasis in visual symbolism, philosophy of language, and organizational and cultural theory. He received his BA in Speech, also at SDSU, from which he graduated Magna Cum Laude and earned the 1996 Outstanding Undergraduate Award. As Arts Management Specialist, Mr. Brookes is involved in the administration of the Commission's contract for services program, budget and policy analysis as well as public art project management. Email Nigel Brookes at

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    Teresa Monillas
    Contracts Coordinator

    Teresa Monillas joined the staff of the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture in 1991. Ms. Monillas served 10 years as the Commission's Public Art Administrative Assistant prior to becoming Contracts Coordinator. Her primary responsibility is to coordinate and implement the contracts for over 150 organizations that receive funding through the Commission's Allocations Program each year. In 2006, Ms. Monillas was a recipient of the City's Outstanding Customer Service Award. Ms. Monillas is originally from the Philippines. Email Teresa Monillas at

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    Mauri Hays
    Executive Assistant

    Mauri Hays is an experienced executive assistant, analyst and project manager. At General Dynamics Corporation, Convair Division, she served three years as the Administrative Assistant to the Division Director of Tooling and Tool Accountability and three years as Accounting Clerk and Manufacturing Engineering Analyst. She holds a B.A. in History from University of California, San Diego and a K-12 Substitute Teaching certificate from the Arizona Department of Education. Hays’ administrative experience is enhanced by frontline customer service experience in retail and event planning. Hays devotes significant resources to community involvement through volunteering for organizations such as Santa Sophia Parish School, Albert Einstein Academy Charter School, USA Swimming and San Diego Quilt Show. Hays and her husband reside in Spring Valley with their 17-year-old twin sons and she is an avid yoga practitioner, road cyclist, mountain biker and quilter. At the Commission for Arts and Culture, Hays serves as the assistant to the Executive Director, office manager and liaison to the Commissioners. Contact Mauri Hays: