Jon Graves, Executive Director & CEO
Jon has spent his career in the media business both in entrepreneurial start up environments and with senior positions at large prestigious brands including; The Economist, Bloomberg Media, Gartner and Recode. As CEO of “Softworld”, he launched the Palo Alto based US division of a successful UK based technology event business. Jon has extensive experience in business development, marketing, team leadership and financial management.
Jon graduated with a BA majoring in Art History and Fine Art from his native UK. In the early part of his career he was transferred to the Los Angeles office of a London based exhibition company as business development manager for “Art LA”, the largest museum quality contemporary art fair in the Western US.
Jon is excited to combine his extensive business experience with his love of visual art, to help The Pacific Art League significantly expand and build its profile, ahead of celebrating our centenary in 2021.
Denise Curti, Education Programs Director
Denise comes to PAL after spending 15 years at Stanford University where she held positions working closely with Professors and graduate students as Program Manager in Mechanical Engineering Design department's Product Realization Lab and the Dynamic Design Lab, Finance Manager for the Pre-Collegiate Summer Program and Executive Assistant to the Director of Stanford's Graduate School of Business Donor Relations department. Prior to Stanford, Denise traveled the world as a meeting and event manager at Sun Microsystems. Denise received her certification in Stanford's Business Management Program. Denise believes in giving back to the community by most recently volunteering with the United Way's VITA program helping low income families file their tax returns. Her past volunteer experiences include Support Network for Battered Women in Santa Clara, research interviewer for the Stanford Historical Society.
Devan John, Gallery Manager
With an education background in Arts & Cultural Management and Studio Art from Michigan State from Michigan State University (Go Spartans!), Devan moved to the Bay Area over a year ago and has made her mark at places like the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and Bryant Street Gallery in Palo Alto. She's an avid runner and surfer who also enjoys mountain biking and rock climbing. As PAL's gallery manager, Devan wants to contribute her love and passion to this organization and bring more people closer to art.
Iris Chen, Membership Manager
Iris is a progressive and passionate customer relation and marketing specialist who has 11+ years experiences working in education, international trading marketing, and front-end development. Iris Chen joined the Pacific Art League as Office & Membership Manager and Volunteer Coordinator in June 2016. She holds a Master degree in Fine Art/ Photography from Academy of Art University in San Francisco.
Natasha Cook, Accounting Manager