Headlands Center for the Arts

Samanda Beeman | Communications Intern

I am currently finishing my BA in Graphic Design with a minor in Fine Art at the University of San Francisco. I have experience working with WordPress, Mailchimp, and Adobe CS, and am excited about supporting and learning about how a non-profit arts organization operates. I am particularly excited about working on the website transition and finding ways to support the Artist community of Headlands.

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.

Dominique Enriquez | Senior Manager, Membership and Special Events

As Senior Manager of Membership and Special Events I support Headlands’ mission through ongoing member engagement and the design and planning of special events. I am a visual artist, educator, and cultural worker with experience working with a number of different community arts organizations across the Bay Area and Chicago, IL.  I’ve been deeply engaged in the investigation of innovative, collaborative, and people-centered experience and am motivated by connecting people with creative practice in their everyday lives.  In my spare time I love dancing, exploring new beaches with my family, and collecting pairs of vintage scissors.

Tesar Freeman | Director of Facilities
As Director of Facilities, I work with the facilities team to oversee the maintenance, repair, and improvements of our dynamic campus and historic buildings and support our daily and special operations. Before joining the Headlands staff, I worked for 14 years assisting artists, curators, and other creatives in the development and execution of exhibitions, events, performances, and permanent commissions in Portland, Pittsburgh, and San Francisco. Most recently, as the facilities director at the Caldera Arts Center, I worked to provide in-person support, improve accommodations, and create systems to support artists and other visitors while in residence at their campus in the Deschutes National Forest in Central Oregon.
Together with my partner Claire, I am a practicing artist and furniture maker and I enjoy learning about artists and their work, challenging my understanding of history, and making friends with our non-human neighbors.
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.

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.

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 | Senior Manager, Accounting

As Senior Manager of Accounting, 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.

Ally Zimmerman | Senior Manager, Operations

As 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.