Maria Jenson

2019 YBCA 100 Honoree

Maria Jenson is recognized as a leader in the arts for advancing innovative strategies to sustain creative communities in the midst of rapidly changing urban environments. As creative and executive director of SOMArts in San Francisco, Jenson has deepened the organization’s commitment to racial equity, expanded SOMArts’ public programs, and fostered groundbreaking exhibitions. Prior to joining SOMArts she was a key member of SFMOMA’s External Relations team and the founding director of ArtPadSF, an independent art fair launched in 2010.