San Bernardino County Museum Association, the nonprofit organization established to support the San Bernardino County Museum, announced Monday, April 15, the selection of Geoff Corbin as chief executive officer, following a nationwide search conducted by Arts Consulting Group. His appointment is effective April 15.
Corbin will lead the 60-year-old Museum Association in its goal to provide financial sustainability, resource development and capacity building for the museum, which has successfully embarked on new initiatives led by Museum Director Melissa Russo, including an annual lecture series, revamped exhibits and a renovated gift shop.
Museum Association Board President Abby Flores said, “This past year, the museum has experienced tremendous growth, so the museum association is pleased that Geoff joins us at this exciting time full of opportunity. Geoff has expertise leading nonprofits through transitions, turnarounds and breakthroughs, which we believe will be instrumental to the museum association’s evolution.”
Flores said the museum is “the launching point for many children’s fascination with lifelong exploration.
“As the museum association, our mission is to support these experiences and ensure that the museum is open and accessible to all – because there shouldn’t be limits on learning,” she said.
“My career is dedicated exclusively to advancing the missions of social impact and cultural agencies. I am inspired by the power of nonprofits to connect people, create community and improve lives,” Corbin said.
“The San Bernardino County Museum is a special place, with a deep connection to its regional community. It is on an impressive trajectory, so this is an exciting time to lead the association in its support of the museum’s growth,” he added.
Prior to relocating to Southern California this year, Corbin, 52, served as president and CEO of Sawtooth School for Visual Art, a regional community arts and crafts school and visual arts center in Winston-Salem, N.C.
During his time at Sawtooth, Corbin repositioned the school to embark on its 75th year with a renewed sense of community engagement and bold artistic vision. He crafted donor-centric messaging and communications to support development and revenue functions to meet the community’s shifting philanthropic and entertainment landscapes.
Corbin brings to the position an extensive background in nonprofit management and a passion for developing stronger communities through their nonprofit assets.
He has served in consulting and employment roles with nonprofits from Seattle to Miami, including the Washington State Historical Society. Born and raised in Seattle, Corbin attained a master’s degree in nonprofit leadership from Seattle University. He resides with his husband and son in the Coachella Valley.