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Richard (Ric) Ambrose
Executive Director

Ric brings his extensive experience in art administration and strategic planning which includes fundraising, donor cultivation, marketing, facility operations and program development to the Art Center. In more than twenty-eight years, Ric has managed or curated more than 200 exhibitions in art, science and history in a variety of multimedia formats. He is a practicing artist and has taught studio art at several colleges. Ric is represented by Hespe Gallery in San Francisco. His only unchanging part of the workday is having a can of soup for lunch, as Andy Warhol reportedly did throughout his life. or 510.620.6772

Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo
Studio Education Coordinator

Lukaza is a graduate from California College of the Arts in printmaking and works in a wide range of media. She was the Screen Print Studio Manager at CCA and taught art classes at Chabot Elementary School and at Camp 2545, a youth summer camp she founded and ran. Lukaza has worked with the education department at the Santa Monica Museum of Art and has been an Artist in Residence with the Richmond Rosie’s Girls Program. She is extremely interested in the conversation between social justice and the arts and believes that art has a very important role in making this world a more just and equitable place. On her free time, Lukaza loves collecting art books and trying out new dessert recipes! or 510.620.1245


Marisa Burman
Ceramics Manager

Marisa started throwing on the wheel in 2006 and hasn’t stopped since. She works primarily in porcelain because she loves its smooth, luscious quality and ability to portray softness, delicateness and organic form. A 2011 Niche Award winner, she has exhibited her work across the Bay Area. She earned a BA in sociology from UC Santa Cruz and studied ceramics at San Francisco State University. Marisa likes ice cream and collects birds’ eggs and animal skulls. or 510.620.1245


Nisha Chauhan-McGrath
Volunteer and Visitor Services Coordinator

Nisha is a graduate from UCLA where she recieved her BA in Anthropology. A Los Angeles native, she has worked at The Broad Museum and The La Brea Tar Pits before coming to The Richmond Art Center. She is passionate about people, communities, and the power art has to transform minds and lives. Her studies have focused on the intersection between art and society and the power each has to transform the other. Her creative pursuits are in writing, and she is always on the lookout for other artists to collobrate with. She is incredibly excited about the opportunity to work with all of the amazing volunteers that belong to The Richmond Art Center. or 510.620.6778


Jessica Eastburn
Art in the Community Coordinator

Jessica is originally from Oregon, and now based out of Oakland, CA. She attended San Jose State University where she received an MFA in Pictorial Art. Jessica has previously worked in arts administration at the Community School of Music and Art in Mountain View, where she was the Onsite Art Program Coordinator, as well as an instructor. She is also currently a Drawing instructor at San Joaquin Delta College, and has previously taught at City College of San Francisco and Gavilan College. Jessica is also a practicing artist working primarily in drawing and painting. She has shown her work throughout the Bay Area and beyond. or 510.620.6781


Dominique Enriquez
Studio Director

Dominique – a Bay Area native born and raised in Pittsburg, CA – is a visual artist and educator working with youth and adult learners in a number of different community settings. She served as Director of Education at Leap Arts in Education in San Francisco and as the Manager of Teacher Programs at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. Dominique received her B.A. in Studio Art from San Diego State University and M.Ed. from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Dominique is passionate about the arts and social justice and believes in the inherent value of the arts in making meaning of our lived experiences. In her spare time, she loves to adventure in new places and make mischief with her puppy, Goose. or 510.620.6773

Addela Garboos
Visitor Services Coordinator

An arts aficionado, Addela is a Richmond native and graduate of De Anza High School.  She has a BA in Classics with a concentration in Art History from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College and a MA in Museum Studies from SF State.  She spent the junior year of her bachelor’s living in England, feeding her love of art by exploring the wealth of museums and art institutions Britain has to offer.  Now back home in her beloved Bay Area, Addela is thrilled to be surrounded by the talent that fills the Art Center and is looking forward to trying her hand at wheel-throwing! or 510.620.6772

Cristina Haley
Art in the Community Coordinator

An arts educator at heart, Cristina brings her enthusiasm and love of collaboration to her work as the Art in the Community Coordinator. She has a B.A. in Art History from Sonoma State University, and before coming to the center worked as a Senior Teaching Artist for the de Young and Legion of Honor Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. There she worked to develop projects and curricula for students, teachers and visitors. A Bay Area native, and a current Richmond resident, Cristina loves exploring new places, fostering dogs in need, and working to create spaces for all individuals to explore their own curiosities and connections to art. or 510.620.5539


Carolyn Rodkin
Finance Director

For more than 25 years Carolyn has been in financial management for the software, high-tech, architecture and design industries and then for nonprofits. Perhaps more inspiring is Carolyn’s past life as a ceramic artist. Her work was featured in a two-year traveling exhibition “American Ceramics Now” and some of her pieces are in the George & Dorothy Saxe contemporary crafts collection. When she’s not working, she’s probably gardening or out walking in nature. or 510.620.6775

Severo “Pete” Rodriguez
Facilities Coordinator

Severo is a native of Richmond, CA and a graduate of Richmond High School.  Severo loves traveling to his native country, Mexico to learn more about his culture and family.  Severo joined the Richmond Art Center team as a  volunteer, then soon after, he became an addition to our staff. Severo is very family oriented and looks forward to sharing the Richmond Art Center and its rich culture with his family! or 510.620.6772

Rachel Schaffran
Art in the Community Programs Director

A Richmond native, Rachel brings her first-hand experience as a teaching artist in our Art in the Community program and summer STEAM camps. Rachel holds a BA in Visual Arts from Oberlin College and a Masters in Education from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art, where her work was focused in the Community Arts Practices program. Rachel is a practicing, interdisciplinary artist who has worked in fiber arts, installation, sculpture and performance. She also enjoys using her creativity to experiment and create homemade herbal products in her kitchen apothecary. or 510.620.5543

Julie Sparenberg
Communications Manager

Julie brings her experience as a devoted nonprofit creative and technical professional to her position at the Richmond Art Center. As a former street photographer and graffiti hunter in San Francisco, she has spent a lot of time behind a camera for a range of projects and collaborations. Julie holds a BS in Industrial Technology from San Jose State University. She first became acquainted with the Art Center by taking an encaustics workshop and most recently completed Etching as a Sustainable Practice. She spends a lot of her free time learning stopmotion animation and video editing software, and obsessively studying Brothers Quay short films with her trusty sidekick, a baby green cheek conure named Birdie Sanders. or 510.620.5525

Jan Wurm
Exhibitions Director and Curator of Art

Jan has taught painting and drawing and lectured in California and Europe. She has organized and facilitated lecture series, symposia, and a mentoring program. Her interest in a forum for contemporary art has fueled her passion for curating, public programs, and documentation. As an artist, Jan has exhibited internationally and her work is in museum collections in the United States and Europe. The Richmond Art Center encompasses the many elements of art that she finds most meaningful. or 510.620.1252


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