Our Development team works incredibly hard to connect people and organizations with the Museum’s mission and offerings in order to get them involved and engaged with supporting our work.

This month, we’re highlighting Kelsey Pickert, our Development Associate. We sat down with her to discuss her work with the Museum, her favorite exhibit, what she enjoys to do outside of work, and more.


Please tell us more about yourself and what you do at the Museum.

My name is Kelsey Pickert and I am the Development Associate here at the Museum of Man. My job is to connect people and organizations to the work happening at the Museum so they can get involved and support projects as they develop. From members and donors to partners and sponsors, our incredible community supports us with resources to deepen the quality, broaden the scope, and expand the audiences our educational offerings and exhibits reach. My job is to act as a liaison to this community, and as an advocate for the Museum; although many times the work just speaks for itself!

What made you want to work at the Museum of Man?

I was drawn to the field of anthropology because I believe the nature of the discipline creates a unique opportunity for this Museum to talk about really pressing topics. People come here to learn about the human experience and share their own perspectives, and they often walk away with a little more compassion for one another. Plus, the view is pretty nice.

Which exhibit is your favorite?

In terms of design, I love the Living with Animals exhibit. It reminds me of a scene out of a Wes Anderson film. In terms of content, I believe the Race: Are We So Different? exhibit is incredibly important, and I love seeing school groups and community members coming in for Race workshops.

What is the best part about working here?

This shouldn’t come as a surprise, but…the people! My coworkers are dedicated to making the world a better place and I learn so much from them. Our Balboa Park neighbors all offer something different but are quick to collaborate and support one another. And, San Diego attracts people to Balboa Park from all over the world who are eager to learn and explore. I am inspired by the people here every day.

What projects are you currently working on?

We are gearing up for the five year anniversary of the California Tower opening to the public! Hundreds of donors and members of the community made that possible in January 2015, and since then hundreds of thousands of visitors have gotten to experience the Tower’s views. Soon, they will get to learn about the diverse histories of the region when anew Tower tour debuts next year.

What is your favorite thing to do outside of work?

Outside of work, you can usually find me on the beach volunteering with the Surfrider Foundation or enjoying a few waves of my own. It’s not uncommon for me to come back to the office with a few scrapes and sunburns from a weekend spent outdoors.


Learn more about how you can support the Museum, and check out our last staff spotlight.