Museum of Us Leadership

Chief Executive Officer Micah D. Parzen, Ph.D., J.D.

Micah Parzen is a husband (to Marguerite), a father (to Abner and Oscar), an experienced nonprofit leader, attorney (JD UC Davis), and anthropologist (Ph.D. Case Western Reserve University; BA UC Berkeley) who seeks to authentically partner with others in creating a ripple effect of good in the world. He joined the Museums of Us (formerly the San Diego Museum of Man) as its CEO in 2010. Over the past ten years, he and his team have gradually transformed the Museum from a musty, dusty, and tired institution into a leading-edge museum. Widely known as a thought leader in the arts & culture/non-profit sectors, Micah has delivered keynote addresses, served on panels, and otherwise shared his perspective on the most vexing issues of our day. He currently serves as a trustee of La Jolla Country Day School, as a member of the City of San Diego Parks and Recreation Board Balboa Park Comittee, and as the President of the Board of the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership – a collaboration of 28 arts & culture institutions in Balboa Park, which sits on the unceded ancestral homeland of the Kumeyaay Nation. 


Board of Trustees

Chair Ellen Waddell
Vice Chair Ileana Ovalle
Secretary Rockette Richardson Ewell
Treasurer Cyndi Fuller
Trustee Engagement Officer George Ramirez
Trustees Theresa Ambo
  Marnie Cheney
  Kurt Chilcott
  Mariano Diaz
  Mark Dillon
  Alexis Dixon
  Sarah Goltz
  Dana Harrel
  Nora Jaffe
  Basil Katz
  Bill Mayer
  Ricky Shabazz
  Rockwell Shah
  Megan Thomas
  Eva Trujillo
  Philip White
  Emily Young
Ex-Officio Member Micah Parzen, Ph.D., J.D.



  1. Museum Closed

    December 8, 2021 – 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  2. Museum Reopens

    December 9, 2021 – 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  3. Museum Closed

    December 25, 2021 – 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  4. Museum Closed

    December 26, 2021 – 10:00 am - 5:00 pm