Johanna Pope

M.A. in Nonprofit Leadership and Management

About Me

My professional background is in visual art. I hold my BA in Art History from San Francisco State University, and have worked in museums and galleries in San Diego, San Francisco, and New York City.

I currently work at Mingei International Museum in Balboa Park, where I have served as the Education and Outreach Manager for the last five years. In my position at Mingei International I oversee a staff of three, develop and implement all exhibition-related programs and workshops, provide direct training and project planning to over 60 volunteer docents, write and implement standards-based curriculum, oversee three school and community outreach programs, manage the visitor tour program, and develop content for in-gallery exhibition-based educational interpretation.

How did you hear about SOLES, and why did you choose to enroll?

I discovered SOLES through a colleague who at the time was currently enrolled in the program. Her experience was overwhelmingly positive and she encouraged me to look into it further.

What do you hope to do with your degree?

I hope to further develop my knowledge of the nonprofit sector and expand my capacity for making positive and impactful decisions as a leader in the arts sub-sector.

What is your dream job?

Strangely enough, I have my dream job and love what I do. However, my job straddles both arts education and management, and while I feel confident in the arts education part of my job, I want to bring the management and leadership side to the same level.

Is there anything else you would like to share with prospective students?

So far my experience with SOLES has been overwhelmingly positive.