Museum of Ventura County
Leaders of Museum of Ventura County
The Museum of Ventura County, through its collections, exhibits, educational programs and publications, celebrates the history, art, and culture of Ventura County and the Channel Islands. venturamuseum.org
Elena Brokaw is Executive Director of the Museum of Ventura County. Having earned a Bachelor’s degree in art history from Harvard, Brokaw has worked extensively in local arts administration and as a consultant on cultural planning, fundraising, marketing, and board development. Brokaw created a non-profit foundation arm for the City of Ventura’s Parks, Recreation, and Community Partnerships Department, and leads extensive local fundraising efforts
Elena currently serves as an officer on the board for Women’s Economic Ventures, is the grants co-chair for the Ventura County Social Justice Fund, and is a member of the Harvard Selection Committee. She is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Americans for the Arts, a national agency located in Washington, DC, and was on the faculty of the Ventura County Community Foundation, providing instruction in organizational development and leadership.
Anna Bermudez is Curator of Collections at the Museum of Ventura County. Her interests are in researching the history of the Mexican American community, specifically in the areas of food culture and recreation and is even working on a cookbook for Mexican American recipes. She is also working with the Smithsonian’s Latino Center on researching artifacts for the opening of the Molina Family Gallery: the first national Latino Gallery on the National Mall. She is currently working for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American history as a West Coast researcher on food production and distribution during the pandemic.