SAN MARINO, Calif.—Following an extensive nationwide search, Janet Alberti, currently the deputy director of finance and administration at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), has been named the Anne and Jim Rothenberg Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens, Huntington President Karen Lawrence announced today. Alberti will join The Huntington's senior staff in mid-January 2020.
"As a highly respected leader at a top-flight museum, Janet is exceptionally well-suited to The Huntington," said Lawrence. "Mission-driven and a natural team leader, she comes with an outstanding record of brilliantly balancing the fiscal side of the institution with its cultural and programmatic priorities."
At The Huntington, Alberti will oversee all aspects of the financial portfolio—The Huntington's $55 million annual operating budget as well as its $500 million endowment. She will also have responsibility for Human Resources, Food Services (three restaurants, a coffee shop, and catering), and the Huntington Store.
"I am thrilled to be coming to The Huntington," Alberti said, "leveraging my experience in museum management at a place that is at once a museum and so much more—with extensive grounds and gardens and a world-renowned research library. It is an honor to join The Huntington during its Centennial year, to celebrate the organization's remarkable history, and to contribute richly to the vision going forward. I can't wait to get started working with the great team there—from the president to the boards to the many talented staff and volunteers."
Aside from Centennial activities, The Huntington has several major developments in play: the 8.5-acre, $24 million expansion of the Chinese Garden, which opens in late May 2020; a major collaboration with the Hammer Museum as a venue for "Made in L.A. 2020" (opening in June); and the relocation of a 320-year-old magistrate's house, coming from Marugame, Japan, that will occupy a new section of the Japanese Garden, slated to open as an immersive experience for visitors in early 2021.
Alberti comes to The Huntington with impressive senior leadership experience at arts and cultural institutions. Since 2013, she has led the fiscal, operational, and administrative functions for SFMOMA's 450,000 square foot art museum with a $65 million operating budget, a $425 million endowment, and more than 500 employees. She joined the museum at a crucial juncture—during the planning and construction of a $325 million expanded museum that opened in May 2016.
Before that, she served in various capacities—from chief financial officer to deputy director—at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.
A certified public accountant, she graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in business administration from Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, Indiana. She currently serves on the board of the Society for Human Resource Management and is chair of its audit committee.
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