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Commission Staff

Lara Bullock

Civic Art Project Manager

Lara joined the City of San Diego in April 2019. She assists with management of the Civic Art Collection, coordination of public art commissions, and siting art in the public realm. Lara is a contemporary art historian, writer, curator, and educator. She has remained committed to the local arts community by serving as co-chair and chair of the Rising Arts Leaders of San Diego, by serving as a member of the Arts, Culture, and Design Committee at the San Diego Unified Port District, and by serving three years on the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture’s Public Art Committee. She received her B.A. in Art History with Honors and Minor in English, followed by her M.A. in Art History, Theory, and Criticism from the University of British Columbia. She earned her Ph.D. in Contemporary Art History at the University of California, San Diego.

Karla Centeno

Arts and Culture Project Manager

Karla began her career with the City of San Diego in April 2019. She prepares communication materials for effective engagement as well as assists in: budget development, managing the grant making program, and contract management. Karla has been deeply involved with the arts, both locally and internationally, throughout her career. Most recently, she was Director of Education and Programs at San Diego Art Institute where she led the department and implemented a series of dynamic and innovative public programs that engaged the community. Prior to her tenure at SDAI, she was a Gallery Educator at Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD), and while living in Mexico City, she worked with Material Art Fair, an international art fair devoted to emerging art practices, and as MCASD liaison at Mexico City’s Museo Rufino Tamayo. She received her B.A. in Art History from San Diego State University.

Jonathon Glus

Executive Director

Jonathon GlusJonathon joined the City of San Diego in November 2018. He leads and facilitates the strategic vision of the office. Prior to working in San Diego, he was the Director of Culture and Creative Economy for the City of Sacramento, CA where he led the city’s first cultural planning process in more than 20 years. Jonathon set in place an assessment of Sacramento’s film sector and an equity audit of the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission. Prior to Sacramento, he served as the first CEO of Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) for more than nine years. While at HAA, he worked closely with a board of more than 30, multiple committees, staff and partner agencies including VisitHouston, the Greater Houston Partnership, cultural districts and universities. Jonathon co-chaired the tourism committee of VisitHouston, partnered on multiple cultural tourism initiatives, and lead two studies on the creative economy in Houston region. He was also the chairman of the board of Texans for the Arts (TFA), a statewide arts advocacy organization. He was Executive Director of Arts & Culture for the City of Pasadena, CA where he led multiple cultural tourism initiatives and partnerships, represented that city with the Rachmaninoff International Piano Competition & Festival, and led the city’s cultural planning process, in partnership with the Pasadena Arts & Culture Commission. Jonathon began his career with city arts agencies in Evanston, IL, and his arts career with the International Sculpture Center, in Washington, DC where he wrote for SCULPTURE magazine and traveling exhibitions internationally. He studied urban economics and public policy at Indiana University, and art and architectural history at University of Illinois. He also studied at University of Kent, in Canterbury, England, where he focused on British urban policy.

Leticia Gomez Franco

Civic Art Project Manager

Leticia Gomez FrancoLeticia began her career with the City of San Diego in 2017. She assists with coordination of projects, including public art, grantmaking and strategic initiatives. Leticia is an experienced arts administrator, exhibition curator and community organizer. Leticia 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 museum and led curatorial efforts. Her career 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. Over the last decade, she has curated and overseen the production of arts programs, festivals and exhibitions. She holds a B.A. degree from the University of California, Berkeley in English and Chicana/o Studies and M.A. in Curatorial Theory from San Diego State University's Liberal Arts & Sciences Program.

Christine E. Jones

Chief of Civic Art Strategies

Christine JonesChristine began her career at the City of San Diego in 2006, holding positions of leadership in public art and most recently served as interim executive director. Christine oversees programmatic direction and develops cross program, department and sector initiatives. She is an accomplished curator, collections manager and public art program manager with over two decades of experience in government organizations, museums, galleries and consultancies, as well as an Accredited Senior Appraiser recognized by the American Society of Appraisers, specializing in ancient and contemporary Asian art. Between 2015 and 2017, Christine served as the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture’s Senior Public Art Manager administering two “percent-for-art” programs and managed the Civic Art Collection, which is the largest government-held public art collection in San Diego County. From 2011 to 2015, she was a consulting collections manager and public art project manager for the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture and performed a pivotal role in project management for the redevelopment of San Diego's North Embarcadero. As a consultant for the San Diego Unified Port District Public Art Office from 2009 to 2013, Christine guided development of the Port's first public art curatorial strategy to realize public art commissions and exhibitions on the tidelands. She served as Project Manager, Public Art & Civic Art Collection for the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture from 2006 to 2009 and previously held positions at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco and Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Christine 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.

Charles (Chuck) Miller

Senior Public Art Manager

Chuck MillerChuck joined the City of San Diego in January 2019. He manages the Civic Art Collection, engages artists to design, fabricate and install public art commission and collaborates with private developers to site art in the public realm. Chuck is an artist, designer, media producer, educator and organizer with 16 years of experience engaging a broad range of the arts and culture sector. Most recently, he was a consultant at the Port of San Diego’s Waterfront Arts & Activation department and the Design Lab at UCSD. He taught architectural design foundations, graphic representation, and special studios on art and urbanism at NewSchool of Architecture and Design, as well as studios in video production and ideation at the University of California, San Diego. Chuck helped re-establish The Periscope Project, an architectural intervention in Downtown San Diego’s East Village, as an arts / architecture / urbanism educational non-profit organization. From 2010 to 2013, he served as the project’s curatorial and residency director, instructor for the project’s Summer Urban Labs educational series, and in leading roles in the project’s capacity as a public art and design collaborative. Notably, The Periscope Project was featured in the American Pavilion at the Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2012. He maintains an interdisciplinary artistic practice, exploring the intersections of art, architecture, urbanism, media, and design. Before coming to San Diego, he worked as a preparator for numerous commercial galleries, museums, and art consultancies in Baltimore and New York City, and developed, managed, and fabricated monumental and media-based public artworks for numerous international artists. Chuck holds a BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art and MFA in Visual Arts from the University of California, San Diego.

Stephanie Teel

Executive Assistant

Stephanie TeelStephanie began her career with the City's Commisison for Arts and Culture in November 2018, after serving as Executive Assistant in the San Diego Fire Department since 2016. She serves as the office manager, Commissioner coordinator, and provides administrative support to the Executive Director. Stephanie held positions in sales and management in the San Diego area. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from San Diego State University and her Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership.

Gail Wingfield

Senior Arts and Culture Funding Manager

Gail WingfieldGail joined the City of San Diego in January 2019. She administers arts and culture grantmaking, provides technical assistance to nonprofits, and is the lead facilitator for applicant and panel trainings, and panel deliberations. Gail’s extensive career in the nonprofit sector includes arts administration, operations management, and development. She brings a well-rounded perspective and vast personal creative experience to her work in arts administration. From 2008 – 2018 she provided operations management and executive support for California Ballet Association (CBA) where she launched CBA’s Sharing the Art outreach program. As a Certified Nonprofit Professional, she has consulted with nonprofits throughout San Diego, assisting with board governance, strategic planning, financial assessment, fundraising, grant writing, and marketing. Gail received a B.A. in Performing Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles, and an M.A. in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from the University of San Diego.

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