Elisabeth I. Ward

Executive Director

Elisabeth Ward is the Museum’s Executive Director. Most recently she was Director of Pacific Lutheran University's Scandinavian Cultural Center, with a collection of over 3,000 artifacts and numerous original exhibitions. A frequent history lecturer and course instructor, she has provided advisory services to other exhibitions and shows. Elisabeth holds a Ph.D. in Scandinavian Languages and Literature from the University of California, Berkeley, a M.A. in Anthropology, and Accredited Concentration in Museum Studies from George Washington University, and a B.A. in Scandinavian Languages and Literature from University of California, Berkeley.

Amy Noel Ellison

Exhibition Curator

Amy Noel Ellison is the Museum’s Exhibition Curator. Born and raised in the Central Valley, she received a B.A. in History from Fresno State. She went on to get her Ph.D. from Boston University in 2016, writing her dissertation on the 1775-1776 American invasion of Canada. She was a Mellon Post-Doctoral Curatorial Fellow at the American Philosophical Society Museum in Philadelphia, where she curated an exhibition celebrating the Society’s 275th anniversary. She has also worked at the Philadelphia Museum of Art researching American silversmiths.

Diane Holcomb

Outreach Coordinator

As the Museum's Outreach Coordinator, 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.

Dianne Shen

Collections Strategist

Dianne Lee Shen is the Museum’s Collections Strategist. Born and raised in the Los Angeles area, she received a B.A. in International Studies with a minor in History from UC Irvine. She has a Master’s degree from the University of Southern California in East Asian Area Studies, where she focused on representations of Asian immigrants in film, art, and culture in 20th century California. She is fluent in spoken and written Korean. Prior to joining the Museum staff she worked at the J. Paul Getty Museum, followed by the Metropolitan Water District, and finally at The Broad Museum.

Mark Perry

Event Rental Vendor

Mark Perry is the owner/operator of MAP1000, the vendor that coordinates weekend weddings and special events on behalf of the Los Altos History Museum. Mark has managed weddings at the Los Altos History Museum since 2008. In addition, he serves in multiple sales executive roles at SunWize Power & Battery and SunWize Technologies, as well as VP and CFO at Lux Image Agency. Mark holds a B.S in History, Art History, and Political Science from University of California, Santa Barbara.

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