Headlands Center for the Arts

Holly Blake | Residency Manager

As Residency Manager, I oversee the Artist in Residence Program and the Affiliate Artist Program.  That involves everything from answering inquiries about the programs to organizing the application and jurying processes, scheduling artists and assigning artist housing and studio space. I’ve worked at Headlands for over 30 years: my past job experience ranged from being the Circulation Services Manager at a Public Library, a real estate paralegal in both Florida and California and a Nautilus trainer. I’m a painter and have an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute.

MJ Brown | Senior Manager, Major Gifts

As Senior Manager, Major Gifts at Headlands I support the organization’s fundraising efforts and Executive Department. This includes donor stewardship, special event support, and managing Headlands’ Artist Limited Edition program. I made my way to the hills via Michigan and St. Louis, previously working at Christie’s and the Kemper Art Museum. In my spare time, I’m likely on the hunt for new collage materials, hiking in the Marin Headlands, or spending lengthy amounts of time examining wine and beer labels at the grocery store.

Dorothy Dávila | Deputy Director for Operations

As Deputy Director for Operations, I work closely with the team to realize strategic objectives through the effective management of resources, including finance, human resources, and operations. I have over twenty years of experience as an arts administrator in the museum field, and have held positions ranging from curatorial to operational at institutions like Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and Harvard Art Museums. In my free time I enjoy practicing ballet, biking around the city, reading, looking at art, and cuddling with my cats.

Juliana Gerdts Dager | Auction Coordinator

As Auction Coordinator, I work with donors, artists, galleries, and others to help organize the annual Headlands Benefit Art Auction. Prior to joining the development team at Headlands, I have worked for the past six years at local arts organizations, including the de Young Museum, Creativity Explored, and Jack Fischer Gallery. In my spare time, I enjoy hiking, reading novels, volunteering, and attending artist talks and exhibitions.

Daniel Glendening | Communication & Outreach Manager

As Communications & Outreach Manager I support and implement communications strategies, from web to print to on-site way-finding—all in service of supporting our artists’ work and welcoming audiences. Prior to and outside of Headlands I’ve taken on many roles, including as educator, UFO-hunter, science fiction publisher, city government arts administrator, preparator, and arts librarian. Other interests include trying to make a painting, reading things, trying to grow a garden, and prepping my D&D campaign. I also bake bread.

Nicole Kite | Senior Manager, Institutional Giving & Administration

As a Development Manager, I work across our staff to identify funding opportunities and prepare proposals supporting Headlands’ unique programs and campus. I have an MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and serve on the Advisory Board for the Wormfarm Institute, an organization working at the intersection of culture and agriculture in rural Wisconsin. When not at Headlands, you’ll find me and my pup Moo at home in Sausalito, dabbling in creative projects and lingering in the sunshine.

Alison Konecki | Director of Communications & Outreach

As Headlands’ Director of Communications & Outreach I oversee communications and audience engagement, helping the public connect with the artistic process and the rich array of programming here. Prior to Headlands I worked at Transformer, an alternative art space in Washington, DC, and the public art nonprofit FOR-SITE in San Francisco. In my spare time I’m a writer and an inveterate explorer of California (and places further afield whenever I can swing it). I love when I’m on a trail or wrapped up in a sleeping bag under the stars.

Patricia Leal | Development Assistant

As Development Assistant I support the Development and Executive Department, making sure the efforts of our team towards fundraising run smoothly. Outside of Headlands, I’m an artist and a member of CTRL+SHFT Collective in West Oakland—a studio and gallery exhibition space centered on giving a platform to artists of color, women, queer, and gender non-conforming artists. When I’m not in the studio or working to sustain an artist-centered space with my collective members, I like to go for walks, research and listen to a lot of music, and practice my DJ skills.

Damon Little | Chef

As Chef, I’m responsible for the creation of five dinners a week for the resident artists as well as cooking for larger public events. This involves everything from menu planning and shopping at the farmers market to cooking and doing dishes. I began my time at Headlands as a live-in kitchen intern for two years before being appointed Chef. In the past I’ve been a baker and pastry chef and spent some time working in the commercial printing industry. I’m a musician, though my current primary creative focus is food.

Dany Naierman | Director of Facilities

As Director of Facilities, I ensure the well-being of the Headlands campus structures, infrastructures, and surrounding landscape. My role encompasses daily and long-term planning, information technology matters, and dialogue with our GGNRA park partners and the National Park Service. Headlands Center for the Arts embodies its deeply historical grounds and I am thrilled to work in a place where nature drives the day-to-day. My past experiences include working in operations, facilities, and technical direction at various arts organizations. I very much enjoy preparing food, hiking, making art happen, and thinking about historically rich landscapes.

Aay Preston-Myint | Public Events and Outreach Manager

As Headlands’ Public Events and Outreach Manager, I work on developing our programming and our external communications for our varied audiences, helping shape how we experience Headlands in person and afield. I come from an art-making and art-loving family in New York City and arrived at Headlands Center for the Arts by way of Chicago, where I spent 15 years organizing collective, artist-run enterprises such as Chances Dances (a queer dance party and microgrant for local artists), the ACRE Residency, and the Chicago Art Book Fair. As a visual artist myself, when at Headlands my work is motivated by how ideas of value and belonging inform and nurture our practices, and I seek to advocate for criticality, transparency, and a process-oriented mindset both within and in resistance to our institutional frameworks. When I’m not in the office or on the grounds I enjoy finding new music, night life, gardening fruits and vegetables, exploring the Bay Area on foot and bike, and working on my own studio practice with a focus on print, design, and publishing.

Mari Robles | Executive Director

As Executive Director, I work to set and assess the strategic goals of the organization and make sure we are aligned in all we do. As an organizer and arts leader, I support strong and healthy relationships between artists, the public, and the Headlands community, and am deeply passionate about championing the creative process for all. At home, you’ll find me cooking, deep in home improvement projects, or rereading my favorite books. Otherwise, I enjoy discovering new restaurants and neighborhoods by bike, spoiling pets, and visiting galleries and museums as much as possible.

Adrian Skaj | Business Manager

As Business Manager, I work with Headlands staff and the Board Finance Committee to ensure that all business and financial matters run smoothly. I’m a San Francisco native and I’ve spent the last 15 years working for exceptional non-profits to fulfill their missions. When not at the Headlands, I can be found teaching Iyengar yoga, weeding my wildflower patch, and spending time with my family.

Mathilda Stauss | Donor Engagement Coordinator

As Donor Engagement Coordinator, I support the development department through donor cultivation and stewardship and assist with special events. Before this, I was Headlands’ Development Intern, and have also worked at fine art galleries and in production restoring vintage posters. I grew up surrounded by redwoods in the Santa Cruz Mountains, and graduated from Seattle University where I studied Film Studies and Studio Art. In my spare time, I love learning a new craft, roller skating, and taking my dogs to the beach!

Sean Uyehara | Director of Programs

As Director of Programs I oversee the direction and processes of residencies and presentations at Headlands in the service of supporting artists, generating conversations, and offering the public access to ways that artistic approaches and production matter. Prior to joining Headlands, I was a programmer at the San Francisco Film Society, where I developed cross-disciplinary exhibitions, performances, and screenings. I have a PhD in Cinema-Television, Critical Studies from the University of Southern California and there focused my studies on the concept of the virtual.

Ally Zimmerman | Interim Director of Facilities / Senior Manager, Operations

As Interim Director of Facilities / Senior Manager, Operations, I am responsible for booking weddings and venue rentals, and managing Headlands internal logistics and development events throughout the year. Over the last twenty years I’ve worked with park partners within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area: as a naturalist at Fort Funston & The Presidio, Program Manager at Crissy Field, Public Programs Director for NatureBridge Golden Gate, and as a National Park Service Ranger at Alcatraz & in the Marin Headlands. My favorite pastimes include walking in forests and attempting to organize chaos.