LAMOTH Executive Director Beth Kean
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MAR 14, 2017

LOS ANGELES MUSEUM OF THE HOLOCAUST NAMES NEW LEADERSHIP TEAM

Oldest Survivor-Founded Holocaust Museum in U.S. Launches

Five-Year Plan Growing Its Mission to “Commemorate and Educate”

 

(LOS ANGELES – March 14, 2017) — The Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust located in Pan Pacific Park (LAMOTH) – the oldest survivor-founded Holocaust Museum in the United States – has announced a new leadership team committed to launching an unprecedented five-year plan to expand its mission of teaching the dangers of genocide and promoting empathy, tolerance and understanding through history, shared knowledge, and personal experience.

Beth Kean has been named Executive Director and Paul Nussbaum the new President.

Kean, the granddaughter of Holocaust Survivors, became LAMOTH President in January 2016 and interim Executive Director in November 2016. She served as Treasurer and on its Executive Board for 10 years prior to that. She has over 25 years of experience working in the finance sector, focusing on fixed-income risk management and social-impact finance. She worked at Capital Group Companies in Los Angeles and Salomon Brothers in New York and serves on the University of Pennsylvania’s Southern California Regional Advisory Board and Trustees’ Council for Penn Women.

Nussbaum, son of two Holocaust Survivors, the museum’s former Treasurer and CFO, is a senior banking and wealth management executive with over 30 years of banking, credit and relationship management experience as regional executive for Wells Fargo and City National Bank and Southern California regional executive for Pacific Capital Wealth Management. Nussbaum has held leadership roles with such organizations as the Jewish Federation of Orange County, the Simon Wiesenthal Center, Museum of Tolerance, and Jewish Family Services.

“The relevance and urgency of our mission has never been more critical than it is in today’s environment,” Kean said. “We are creating a strategic plan that will ensure that we continue to provide free educational programming, opportunities for dialogue with Holocaust Survivors, and substantially grow our audience while teaching them the relevance of becoming stewards of this important history."

Last year the museum -- one of the world’s premiere institutions and educational resources of its type -- had 48,000 visitors, which included 18,000 students from diverse backgrounds and mostly from underserved communities. Based on current projections, the museum estimates that it will welcome over 60,000 visitors in 2017. Admission is always free, and bus grants are given to Title I schools.

Hagy Belzberg’s award-winning exterior architecture and interior design play a significant role in visitors’ experiences. The first few galleries descend and decrease in light as visitors progress toward the darkest part of Shoah history and then ascend to liberation and birth of the State of Israel. State-of-the-art technology enhances the user experience and includes interactive video and audio exhibits. The museum proudly showcases the USC Shoah Foundation’s entire digital library of over 52,000 Holocaust Survivor testimonies. 

“We’re aware that we’ve become one of the most cherished cultural assets not only in Los Angeles but in the country,” Nussbaum added. “Our intent now is to establish a roadmap to guide LAMOTH on its journey toward continued growth and awareness.”

Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust: (www.lamoth.org) 

Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust (LAMOTH) in Pan Pacific Park, the oldest Survivor-founded Holocaust museum in the nation, dedicates itself as a primary source institution, one that commemorates those who perished, honors those who survived, and houses the precious artifacts that miraculously weathered the Holocaust. Founded in 1961 the museum offers creative programs, in partnership with schools, community organizations, artists, filmmakers, and educators, providing students with the opportunity to engage with local Holocaust Survivors, learn their survival stories, and share their reflections through different art mediums. Some of these Survivors remain active on the LAMOTH board of directors today.