New interim director brings enthusiasm, continuity to museum

By May 28, 2024June 18th, 2024In The News

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Julie Bly DeVere is the new interim executive director at the Los Altos History Museum. DeVere, who grew up in Los Altos, succeeds Elisabeth Ward, who left her executive director position last month after leading museum operations the past seven years.

DeVere is a museum professional with more than 20 years of experience. Previously, she was interim director for the Global Museum at San Francisco State University. She continues to teach as part of SFSU faculty. Prior to that, she was director of museum operations and curator for the Filoli Estate in Woodside. She held the Filoli position for 11 1/2 years.

“I followed my mom’s advice to ‘study what you love and you’ll figure out the rest,’” she said. “And that ended up (being) art history and then museum studies.”

A lifelong history buff, like her father, she was drawn to museums and historic sites from childhood. “My parents took me from site to site,” she said…more.


Julie Bly DeVere, Interim Executive Director Los Altos History Museum