Nonprofit educational group Art Jewelry Forum (AJF) has appointed Yvonne Montoya (pictured) as its new executive director.

She will begin in the role Dec. 7.

Based in San Antonio, Texas, Montoya holds a Master of Fine Arts in metals from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in art history and criticism from the University of California, San Diego.

She has 15 years of experience in leadership positions in nonprofit community arts organizations, private art studios, and for-profit businesses. She has spent time in Japan, France, Italy, and Mexico, where she worked for the Mérida Contemporary Art Museum.

“We’re proud to say that the baton is being passed from one incredible leader to another,” said Raïssa Bump and Sienna Patti, board co-chairs. “Yvonne brings to this job an exceptional combination of strong communication skills, energy, and passion for the arts and jewelry.”


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