We’re delighted to announce that MCN’s Board of Directors has appointed Max Evjen, Martin Franzini, and Jen Holmes to serve on the Board each for a three-year term, effective November 2022. Please join us in congratulating each of them on their appointment!
As new faces join the board, others are leaving when their terms end this November: Yvonne Lee (MCN’s outgoing President), Alexis Light, and Mark Osterman. Please join us in thanking them for their time and service over the past three years!
2022 Nominating Committee
- Yvonne Lee, President
- David Newberry, VP/President-Elect
- Andy Cummins, Director
- Jessica Warchall, Director
Faculty, Department of Theatre | Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI)
Max Evjen works at Michigan State University (MSU) as Faculty in the Department of Theatre, where he teaches Site-Specific Performance and is core faculty in the Arts, Cultural Management & Museum Studies program, where he teaches Introduction to Arts & Cultural Management, Learning in Museums, and Museums, Arts & Culture in the Digital Future. He is also Digital Humanities Coordinator in the Digital Humanities program at MSU. He has more than 15 years of experience in arts & cultural management and informal science learning.
Max was the Artistic and Executive Director of Redshift Productions, an organization that facilitated collaboration among scientists and artists to create performances in New York City and Ithaca, NY. He continued informal science education work as the Director of Learning Programs at the John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, where he was responsible for the success of 25 different onsite, offsite, and online learning experiences, and with the Center for Science and the Imagination at Arizona State University where he designed activity stations and the evaluation plan for the Phoenix Art Museum’s Leonardo Da Vinci’s Codex Leicester and the Power of Observation exhibition. Most recently, he was Performance and Digital Engagement Specialist at the Michigan State University Museum. Max also worked with Cornell University’s Interaction Design Lab on the development and implementation of mobile device applications Sundial and Moboogie.
In addition to those roles, Max worked as an actor and freelance theatrical technician in New York City, and worked as a teaching artist for Stages of Learning/Chekhov Theatre Ensemble, teaching New York City public middle school children curriculum through acting skills, while conducting professional development with public school teachers. He is currently guitar and vocals in the band Two-Body Problem.
Head of Digital Product and Experience | National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.)
Martín Franzini is Head of Digital Product and Experience at the National Gallery of Art in Washington. Leading a team of product managers, engineers, designers, and analytics specialists, he ensures that the museum takes a user-centered approach to delivering digital solutions that help welcome all people to explore and experience art, creativity, and our shared humanity. Before joining the museum, he was a managing director at Forum One, a leading digital agency providing strategy, outreach and digital development services for nonprofits, foundations, think tanks and government clients. A recovering product manager, he has spent the last 13 years launching digital initiatives for clients across various sectors and preaching the virtues of good UX.
Martín holds a master’s degree in Political Management from the George Washington University and a master’s degree in International Business from the University of Edinburgh. Outside of the conference room and Zoom, Martín can be found porch sittin’ or grilling steaks around D.C.
Assistant Vice President, Strategic Development Services | Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles, CA)
Jen Holmes is the Assistant Vice President, Strategic Development Services at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She oversees the enterprise relationship management database, advancement operations, prospect research, and analytics. Her team leverages technology to deliver actionable insights and workload-easing automations to departments across the museum, including marketing, visitor services, membership, education, and development.
After getting a degree in studio art and art history, Jen worked in prominent contemporary galleries and as an art museum generalist before shifting to full-time fundraising. She holds an MBA in Management from the University of Wisconsin.
In 2016, Jen pivoted toward technology when she was tapped to lead a major database conversion at LACMA that transformed an outdated legacy system into an adaptable, scalable insights hub. She went on to launch the organization’s first cross-team business intelligence program. She writes on data equity, and mentors early and mid-career women in data.
Jen believes all the intelligence we need is in the room, if we are curious enough to ask good questions and courageous enough to listen well. When she’s not busy wrangling teams or data, she can be found cooking adventurous dishes for friends, building things in her home workshop, or climbing the beautiful desert mountains around Los Angeles.