Beth Redmond-Jones is an accomplished and award-winning museum professional, business owner, and former consultant, with a wide range of management, leadership, design, and hands-on project experience. Beth’s strong suits are strategic planning, exhibitions, museum programming, museum operations, donor cultivation, grant writing, human resources, and financial management.
In her present position as vice president of engagement and education at the San Diego Natural History Museum (The Nat), Beth oversees the Exhibits, Education, and Volunteer departments. She has developed, designed, and project managed exhibitions and public programs for numerous cultural institutions and has held a number of executive and senior management positions at museums over the past 29 years. Beth has managed budgets as large at $9 million, has been involved in several capital improvement projects, and has experience with master and interpretive planning.
During her tenure at The Nat, the Museum has won several awards including, most recently, an Honorable Mention for the 2017 Annual Excellence in Exhibition Competition for the permanent exhibition Extraordinary Ideas from Ordinary People: A History of Citizen Science. Other awards include the Overall Excellence Award for the 2016 Annual Excellence in Exhibitions Competition, the 2016 Sustainability Excellence Award, and the 2015 Excellence in Label Writing Award, all of which were for the permanent exhibition Coast to Cactus in Southern California. The digital team also won a 2016 Media and Technology MUSE Award for the three-part video series, Punk Skunk.
In 2006, Beth was recognized as a next-generation leader who demonstrates creativity and innovation in leadership, learning, and organizational change, by the convergence of Museum Talent Project. She has been very active exploring how museums can more effectively serve those in the autism community and those with sensory processing challenges.
Beth holds a master’s degree in museum studies from John F. Kennedy University and a bachelor’s degree in art history from the University of New Hampshire. She serves on the board of the National Association for Museum Exhibition, a professional network of the American Alliance of Museums.