Elisabeth Ward is the Museum’s Executive Director. She grew up in Southern California and spent her summers with family in Iceland. She holds a Master’s degree in Anthropology with a concentration in Museum Studies, and a PhD in Scandinavian Languages and Literature from University of California, Berkeley. Before coming to Los Altos History Museum, she worked at the Smithsonian Institution’s Natural History Museum and at Pacific Lutheran University.
As Museum Educator, Georgianna Shea facilitates changing exhibitions, lecture series, school group tours, and the teen docent program. Prior to coming to the museum, Georgianna spent over twenty years as a classroom teacher in local secondary schools, including Castilleja School in Palo Alto, and devoted her summers to organizing and leading adventure and educational experiences for adults. She holds a degree in Cinematic Arts from the University of Southern California.
As the Museum’s Director of Communications, Diane Holcomb generates all publicity, manages communications and oversees the membership database. Previously she managed programs for Music for Minors and Hidden Villa, and was the book buyer for East West Bookshop in Mountain View. She also freelances as a copywriter for entrepreneurs and nonprofits. Diane has an A.A. degree in Theater Arts from Foothill College, and attended the American Conservatory Theater training program.
Jacqui Marchessini is the Museum’s Events Manager. A local of Mountain View, and a Los Altos High School alumna, Jacqui studied Communications at Cal State Hayward. She managed special events for San Jose Museum of Art and Mountain View Chamber of Commerce, among others, and ran her own event management business. Most recently, she expanded an online-candle business into a studio space experience in Mountain View.
Ensuring the smooth operations of the Museum offices and business transactions is Farshad “Shawn” Fallah. He holds a B.S. in Business from San Jose State. Fluent in Farsi, English, and Spanish, he completed MBA coursework through MCA School of Business. A Los Altos Hills native, Farshad attended St. Francis High School, and has worked for Intuit, Booking.com, and Tishman Speyer, among others.