In August 2011, Claudia French was appointed as IMLS Deputy Director for Museum Services. Ms. French has most recently served as Director of the California Museum for History, Women and the Arts.
Claudia French brings strengths in museum development and administration as well as deep experience in the foundation and non-profit worlds. For the last five years, she has successfully reinvigorated the exhibitions, programs and visibility of the California Museum for History, Women and the Arts. Originally organized as a state history museum located in Sacramento, under her leadership and with the vision of First Lady Maria Shriver, the museum has been transformed into a state-of-the-art venue hosting nationally and internationally known exhibitions.
Ms. French has served as the executive director of The Gill Foundation in Denver, the AIDS Action Foundation in Washington, DC, as well as working in both the Baltimore Goodwill Industries and the Girl Scouts Council of the Chesapeake Bay. She has an extensive background in grants administration and program development.