San Diego

Commission Staff


Dana Springs

Executive Director

Photo of Dana SpringsExecutive 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 [email protected]

Christine Jones

Chief of Civic Art Strategies

Photo of Christine JonesChristine 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 Chief of Civic Art Strategies, 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 [email protected]

Anjanette Maraya-Ramey

Senior Manager of Arts and Culture Funding Programs

Photo of Anjanette Maraya-RameyAnjanette Maraya-Ramey is a Certified Nonprofit Professional and holds a Master's degree in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from the University of San Diego, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance Performance and Choreography from CalArts. Maraya-Ramey served as Director of Development and Consensus Organizer for Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company, Grants & Donor Relations Manager for ARTS: A Reason To Survive, Company Manager for La Jolla Playhouse, Theater Operations Manager of The Garfield Theater at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, and Managing Director for CYT San Diego. In 2011, Maraya-Ramey provided essential event, volunteer, and artist management to assist the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture in hosting the Americans for the Arts (AFTA) national convention. She served as a grant panelist for the California Arts Council's Creating Public Value Program, the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation's Village Cultural Celebrations Grant Program, and the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture's Organizational Support Program. She was a dance teacher and musical theatre choreographer at West Hills High School and adjunct professor for the Dance Department at Grossmont Community College. Maraya-Ramey is a Pomegranate Center Fellow, trained to facilitate community-driven, creative placemaking projects. Maraya-Ramey is pursuing a professional certificate in Fundraising and Development from UCSD Extension and remains actively involved in the local dance community as an independent choreographer and founding member of the Steering Committee of San Diego Dance Connect. As the City of San Diego's Senior Manager of Arts and Culture Funding Programs, Maraya-Ramey guides the policies and procedures for the annual distribution of approximately $10 million in public funding to over one hundred nonprofits for support of San Diego's arts and culture. Email Anjanette Maraya-Ramey at [email protected]

J Noland

Public Art Coordinator

Photo of J NolandJ Noland is an experienced arts administrator, project manager and visual artist. Noland has held previous positions at the New Children's Museum (NCM) in San Diego in the Exhibitions, Executive and Curatorial departments. He assisted with the organization and project management of NCM exhibitions from their opening in 2008 through the summer of 2015. In 2009, he and Josh Pavlick co-founded Helmuth Projects, an alternative art space in downtown San Diego, which provides exhibition opportunities to local, national and international artists. Noland completed a Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts at the University of California San Diego in 2014, and he received a Bachelor's degree in Art History and Studio Art from the University of San Diego in 2007. As the Commission for Arts and Culture's Public Art Coordinator, Noland assists with management of the Civic Art Collection, coordination of innovative public art commissions, and communicating with private developers to site art in the public realm. Email J Noland at [email protected]

Whitney Roux

Arts and Culture Funding Programs Coordinator

Photo of Whitney RouxWhitney Roux is an emerging leader in arts administration and community change maker. As the City of San Diego's Arts and Culture Funding Programs Coordinator, Whitney works to guide the policies and procedures for the annual distribution of approximately $10 million in public funding to over one hundred nonprofits for support of San Diego's arts and culture sector. She currently also serves as a member of the Creative Forces Task Force, implementing thought leadership on veterans and arts programs with the California Arts Council. She has served as a resource for to The William and Flora Hewlett’s Moving Arts Leadership Forward and Center for Cultural Innovation’s Future Arts Forward publications. She holds a Master’s Degree in Arts Administration from Drexel University where she was the recipient of the Karen Murdoch Scholarship for Visionary Leadership in the Art. Whitney has served as the Chair of the Steering Committee for Rising Arts Leaders of San Diego, led AFTA’s Emerging Leaders Network’s roundtable at the 2014 national convention. Whitney lives in San Diego with her partner and their cat Sunny, where she also teaches yoga and volunteers. Email Whitney Roux at [email protected] 

Leticia Gomez Franco

Arts and Culture Services Coordinator

Leticia Gomez FrancoLeticia Gomez Franco is an experienced arts administrator, exhibition curator and community organizer. Gomez Franco previously served as Art Gallery Coordinator at San Diego Mesa College and as Director of Programs for the New Americans Museum where she supported the grand reopening of the immigrant narratives and led curatorial efforts for such exhibitions as Becoming All-American: Diversity, Inclusion & Breaking Barriers in Major League Baseball and Inscription: A Monumental Installation by Shinpei Takeda. Her career in the arts began as Exhibitions Director for Casa Familiar’s The Front: A Collaborative of Arts, Culture, Design & Urbanism, where she oversaw development and program management for multiple art spaces as well as headed a rigorous and culturally conscious exhibition calendar with a commitment to local arts, diversity and community empowerment. Over the last decade, she has curated and overseen the production of arts programs, festivals and exhibitions. Most notably, Ni Solo Mujeres: Intersecting Chicana Identities at Southwestern College Art Gallery, 2017, Dia De La Mujer all women art exhibitions throughout San Diego (2008-2016), Jamex & Einar De la Torres’ acclaimed exhibition: Whysydro - New Lenticular & Mixed Media Work On and About La Borda (2014) and the San Ysidro Centennial Celebration (2009). She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley in English and Chicana/o Studies and a Master of Arts in Curatorial Theory from San Diego State University's Liberal Arts & Sciences Program. She is also a fellow of the National Association of Latino Arts & Culture Leadership Institute (NALAC). As an Arts and Culture Services Coordinator for the Commission for Arts and Culture, Gomez Franco assists with management of the Civic Art Collection and coordination of innovative public art commissions. She also assists with guiding the policies and procedures for the annual distribution of approximately $10 million in public funding to over one hundred nonprofits for support of San Diego's arts and culture. Email Leticia Gomez-Franco at [email protected]

Aliscia Anderson

Executive Assistant

Aliscia Anderson is an administrative professional with over ten years of experience in the public and healthcare sectors. Anderson provided essential clerical support and customer service in her positions with the City of San Diego IT-Communications, Public Utilities and Risk Management Departments between 2007 and 2016 and provided patience services at Scripps Clinic from 2005 to 2007. Anderson is a graduate of Urban Corps of San Diego County and holds a vocational degree in Medical Terminology and Office Procedures from Occupational Training Services. Anderson lives in Spring Valley with her husband and three children. She volunteers as the Scholar Director for Los Toros Football and Cheer and supports the Steele Canyon Girls Basketball Team. Anderson joined the Commission for Arts and Culture in 2017 and, in her role as Executive Assistant, Anderson works closely with the Executive Director, serves as the office manager and coordinates the work of the Commissioners. Email Aliscia Anderson at [email protected]

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