California Museum chooses longtime employee as Executive Director
By Mark Anderson Sacramento Business Journal
July 2, 2015
The California Museum has chosen Amanda Meeker as its new executive director.
She will start at the helm of the museum July 13. She currently is exhibits and programs director at the museum at 1020 O St. in Sacramento.
Meeker began working at the museum in January 1998, five months before the museum opened as the Golden State Museum.
“Amanda is the perfect fit to lead the next chapter of the Museum,” saidRichard Costigan III, chairman of the museum’s board of trustees. “Beyond her 18 years of experience, Amanda brings her passion and unique vision for ground-breaking exhibits and engaging programs to the position, helping us to continue shaping the Museum into the region’s most innovative museum and a leading California cultural institution.”
She fills the vacancy left by former executive director Dori Moorehead, who took a position at the Ocean Institute in Dana Point.
The museum is working on some new initiatives, including the California Unity Center, a permanent 4,000-square foot space dedicated to the state’s efforts to bridge differences of religion, ethnicity and race. The museum has more that 20,000 square feet of exhibit space.
The non-profit museum has contents of the state archives and it presents temporary exhibitions. It also is home to the California Hall of Fame.
During the school year, it sees more than 70,000 school children take its interactive tours.
Meeker earned a bachelor’s degree in medieval European history from the University of California Davis and a master’s degree in public history from California State University Sacramento.