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    Dana Springs
    Executive Director

    Executive Director Dana Springs is an arts administrator with over 18 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 administered 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 managed the care and exhibition of the 1,000 artworks in the City's 110-year-old Civic Art Collection. Springs oversaw the permanent installation of the largest exhibition of City-owned artworks in the City's history when the Central Library opened in late 2013. She previously collaborated 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 held the role of Interim Executive Director of the Commission prior to being named to the permanent role in August 2014 following a nationwide search. 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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    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: