LA as Subject Executive Committee

Executive Committee Co-Chair 2014 - 2016

Rebecca Fenning is currently the Manuscript and Archives Librarian at UCLA’s William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, and previously served on the LA as Subject Executive Committee from 2011-2013.  She is the co-chair of the LAAS Web/Tech Committee and a member of the Society of California Archivists and Society of American Archivists.  She has also also worked at the Getty Research Institute, Dreamworks Animation Archive and the Harvard Law School Library Special Collections.

She chose to be part of the Executive Committee of LA as Subject for a second time, because she believes very strongly in the group’s mission and in its power as a collaborative organization.  Though LAAS has always been a great organization, it is becoming increasingly important and vital, as achievements like the recent IMLS grant prove.

Executive Committee Co-Chair 2015 - 2017

Holli Lovich is Special Collections and Archives Coordinator at California State University, Northridge, where she oversees processing and quality control for archival collections held across five repositories – Urban Archives, Old China Hands Archives, University Archives, International Guitar Research Archives and Special Collections. She also develops and coordinates exhibit installation, has responsibility for the department's social media identity, and enjoys working with colleagues on a wide variety of collaborative projects, committees, and councils.

She received her BA in Literature from CSUN in 2008 and earned an MLIS with an emphasis in archives from San José State University in 2012. Her professional interests include California's controversial water history, urban development in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, and the history of women's civic and philanthropic organizations in the greater Los Angeles area. She is a native Angeleno with a passion for genealogical research, exploring LA's historic architecture, long walks through local cemeteries, and has been a member of LA as Subject since 2007.

Executive Committee Member 2015 - 2017

David Boulé, is third generation Southern California with a lifelong enthusiasm for the history, culture, achievements and uniqueness of this region. After years working in marketing communications, and representing some of best known companies in America, he is thrilled to have transitioned to now working at a museum. For many years, he worked to assemble items relating to the California citrus industry.  His book, The Orange and the Dream of California, will be published later this year by Angel City Press.

He has been a member of L.A. as Subject since 2008, and the co-chair of the Archives Bazaar in 2011 and 2012. With his passion for LA; career in marketing communications; and experience working at a nonprofit cultural institution, David can make a distinct contribution to LAAS as it pursues advocacy for its members and their cultural and historical archives.

Executive Committee Member 2014 - 2016

Mallory Furnier is the Special Projects Archivist at the Libraries and Archives of the Autry National Center and has worked in various capacities there since 2010.  She received her MA in History with a focus in Archival Administration in 2011 and became a Certified Archivist in 2012.  She is currently co-chair of the LA as Subject Web & Tech Committee and co-creator of the Committee's talk/shop series format of panel discussions with practical workshop-style advice.

As a member of the Executive Committee she would continue to grow the LAAS educational program offerings.  She believes that LAAS has an incredibly rich local knowledge base and is the perfect forum for increasing communication and collaboration among members.  Her Executive Committee tenure focuses on expanding talk/shops to encompass all aspects of preserving and promoting Los Angeles related collections and on innovating new ways for networking. 

Jessica HOUGH
Executive Committee Member 2015 - 2017

Jessica Hough is the Director of Exhibitions at the California Historical Society where I worked since 2012. In this capacity she oversees the production of several exhibitions each year and is a member of the senior management team. Previously she was the Director, Exhibitions, Publications, and Programs at the Hammer Museum at UCLA. Other positions she has held include Director of the Mills College Art Museum, and Curatorial Director at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum where she worked for over nine years and organized more than forty exhibitions.

Her recent exhibitions include Yosemite: A Storied Landscape, A Wild Flight of the Imagination: The Story of the Golden Gate Bridge, and Don’t Let the Boys Win: Kinke Kooi, Carrie Moyer, Lara Schnitger.  Her publications include: A Wild Flight of the Imagination: The Story of the Golden Gate Bridge eBook (CHS and 36 Views, 2013); Revisiting the Glass House: Contemporary Art and Modern Architecture (The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Mills College Art Museum, Yale University Press, 2008); Catherine Opie: 1999 & In and Around Home (The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum and the Orange County Museum of Art, 2006). She earned her BA in Art History from Occidental College, and MA in Curatorial Studies from Bard College. 

Executive Committee Member 2015 - 2017

Katie Richardson is the Special Collections and Digital Curation Librarian at Cal Poly Pomona University Library.  She previously served as the Archivist for Special Collections and University Archives at Pepperdine University. She also worked at other cultural organizations in the area including USC Special Collections; the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens; and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association Archives.

She has been involved with LAAS since she was a graduate student at UCLA working towards my MLIS degree. She became more involved with LAAS when serving on the Ad Hoc Sustainability Committee which was charged with looking at the sustainability of LA as Subject. She played a key role in seeking outside help to work with the Committee to find viable options for LAAS’s future. At Pepperdine, there is a program called the Pepperdine Service Leadership Project which is a required course taken by undergraduate business administration majors. During this class, students form consulting teams to serve organizations by applying business concepts and skills to mutually agreed upon projects. She wrote a proposal on behalf of LAAS to look at the possibility of LAAS becoming a 501(c)3. The proposal was approved and the Committee was paired with 4 students during the spring 2015 semester. The students presented their findings and recommendations at the April 2015 general membership meeting held at Pepperdine.

Executive Committee Member 2015 - 2017

Edward Sumcad is the current manager over the Los Angeles County Records Management and Archives program. Though he studied English and Biological Sciences at the University of California, the end result was a decision to work in public service as a government employee for the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk. Obtaining his Master’s in Public Administration in 2011 through California State University, Northridge, he quickly moved up the ranks to eventually become responsible for records management for the largest county in the country.

Since his appointment, he has established a new program to service all 35 County departments and its 100,000 employees. This required the reassessment and modernization of the County’s record retention schedules, policies, and other guidance to more effectively address the growing need for records management and information governance. He also began laying the groundwork for the creation of a County archive, developing policies to encourage preservation of historical material and investigating various financial avenues for the funding and development of a dedicated facility in the near future.

Along with his current responsibilities, he currently serves as the program coordinator for ARMA International’s Greater Los Angeles chapter. He is also a member of the Historical Society of Southern California and the Association for Information and Image Management.