As one of the few nonprofit regional conservation centers in the United States, and the only such center in the western region, the Balboa Art Conservation Center is undergoing transformational change as it shifts into a radically inclusive and accessible art conservation organization. The BACC Board helps nourish this shift while ensuring the organization's vision for inclusion has long-term systemic impact.
The BACC Board of Trustees is led by Board President Dana Springs and boasts a board membership that is 50% BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color). In addition to its racial diversity, BACC board members are located throughout BACC’s service area, including Seattle, the Bay Area, Los Angeles, and San Diego. They bring a range and depth of expertise in community organizing, arts management and advocacy, fundraising, conservation, education, and financial management. Their diverse perspectives and skills are essential as BACC seeks to fulfill its vision for equity and healing within our own structure and workplace, as well as the communities we serve.
Throughout 2023, we are highlighting each of our Board Members to better understand what excites them about being a part of the BACC Team at this transformative time.
Kristin Beattie works for the University of California Irvine, where she supports management in successfully navigating labor and employment issues. Previously, Beattie served as an employment/labor advisory attorney at the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, and before that, as a Senior Deputy City Attorney for the City of San Diego for over a decade. Across all endeavors, Beattie focuses on stakeholder partnerships, innovative and strategic problem solving, justice, equity, and ethics. She works creatively and collaboratively with management to achieve their priorities and recommends strategies for minimizing risk. In addition to her involvement with BACC, she volunteers her time to support Lawyers Club of San Diego and Riverview International Academy – and during the summer, enjoys visiting the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts where her aunt is a long-time juried exhibitor. She earned her Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School and a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from Stanford University, with a minor in Race and Ethnicity.
BACC: How does your professional, community, and/or cultural work inform your role as a BACC Board Member?
Kristin: Long before I began serving the public at the city, county, and state levels, I started work at my family’s small business. There, business development through community engagement, compliance, creative problem solving, and thoughtful growth were markers of success. The lessons of those formative years in business inform my approach to supporting and advising BACC leadership as the organization moves into a new era, burgeoning with opportunity and potential.
B: What excites you most about being on the BACC Board?
K: For me, the most exciting part of being a BACC Board member is to be part of a team supporting the organization as it builds a sustainable approach to organizational management, develops a more diverse pipeline to conservation as a profession, and stretches to become an integral resource to an ever-broadening community across our region.
B: If you could have one artwork or artifact (personal or otherwise) conserved by the BACC team, what would it be and why?
K: This is a wonderful and difficult question because my family is full of artists and I would hope to have their works last for many generations to come. My mother’s ceramics? My aunt’s watercolor quilts? My uncle’s color pencil and crayon drawings? My late grandmother’s crayon drawing on a paper napkin ring from one of our many Sunday lunches? The next generation’s art? Perhaps the answer is that I would like us all to know more about conserving art and artifacts – everything has a story to tell, and I’m honored to be a part of BACC’s role in keeping those stories alive.