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.
Maria Crowder supports the Museum’s nonprofit mission by overseeing its large events. She manages its fundraising and other ticketed affairs, while also booking client rentals for private events, such as weddings, parties, and memorials, on the Museum grounds. She’s worked for the March of Dimes, Arthritis Foundation, and St. Nicholas Catholic Primary School. A long-time Los Altos resident, Maria once owned the Daisy Boutique in downtown Los Altos. She holds an A.A. from Ashford University.
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.
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.