LA as Subject Executive Committee

Mallory Furnier, Executive Committee Chair, 2017-2019 (email)
Mallory Furnier is the Archivist for the Urban Archives and Old China Hands Archives at California State University, Northridge. The Urban Archives document urban development in Los Angeles County from the late nineteenth century to the present, while the Old China Hands Archives document the experiences of foreigners living in China in the early 20th century. She has an MLIS, an MA in History with a focus in American History and Archival Administration, and is a Certified Archivist.

Prior to joining the team at CSUN, Mallory spent seven years working with archival collections at the Library and Archives of the Autry Museum. There she worked on everything from small collections related to arts and cultures of the American West, to large collections documenting productions that created the imaginary West through television shows like Bonanza and the films of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. She also has experience working with large photographic collections, conducting oral histories, and moving two research libraries to a newly renovated research facility. She has a passion for Southern California neighborhood history, and a strong interest in making sure that diverse and inclusive stories about the people and places that made us who we are today are preserved and made accessible.

Alexis Adkins, Executive Committee Member, Secretary, 2018-2020 (email)

Alexis Adkins is the Archivist for Special Collections and Archives at Cal Poly Pomona where she has worked since 2016. Collecting areas at Cal Poly Pomona include the University Archives, the Southern California Wine and Wine Industry Collection, the Pomona Valley Historical Collection, and the W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Library. Alexis has an MLIS, a BA in English, and is a certified Digital Archives Specialist through the Society of American Archivists’ continuing education program. She has previously worked at the Getty Research Institute and Stanford University.

Jessica Gambling, Executive Committee Member, Publicity and Outreach Lead, 2018-2020 (email)


Phyllis Hansen, Executive Committee Member, Membership & Nominating co-Lead, 2017-2019 (email)

Phyllis Hansen joined the Executive Committee in 2017. She has a degree in Marketing and works professionally, now on a freelance basis, in the advertising field as a writer/creative director and author. She is also a private collector, maintaining archives of several historic artists whose focus was on early California and its ranchos, pioneering figures and stories. Her love of research, combined with her passion for collecting, led her down new and quite surprising paths into the world of early California history herself. Meeting many remarkable, interesting people and making many exciting discoveries along the way, she now finds herself deeply immersed in the activities of a number of historical organizations and writing/editing on related topics. In free moments she does some art herself.

Presently Phyllis serves on the Board of the Campo de Cahuenga Historical Memorial Association, concentrating on building the library and archives for this organization. She is also on the Board of Directors of the San Fernando Valley Historical Society and was a founding member/director and officer of (and now advisor to) The Museum of the San Fernando Valley. Through a speaker at an LAAS meeting, she was inspired to become a “Wikipedian”, volunteering on through local edit-a-thons to grow and expand the story of greater Los Angeles on the online encyclopedia site as well as helping balance the gender gap of Wikipedia’s contributors and content. In the past she has also been on the steering committee for Los Angeles’ Heritage Day.

As a frequent guest speaker on several of her areas of expertise and collecting, she loves getting others excited about her passions and sharing what she has learned with current and future researchers, historians and lovers of art.

Jessica Hough, Executive Committee Member, Exhibits Lead, 2017-2019 (email)
Jessica Hough is an independent researcher and writer. She served as the Director of Exhibitions for the California Historical Society from 2012-2018. She is a member of the senior management team, helping to provide strategic direction for the organization. Hough oversees the production of six or more exhibitions each year—some mounted at the galleries of the California Historical Society and others at partner institutions across California. She works out of the Southern California office in downtown Los Angeles. Previously she was Director, Exhibitions, Publications, and Programs at the Hammer Museum at UCLA. Other positions 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.  She is co-curator of ¡Murales Rebeldes!—L.A. Chicana/o Murals under Siege which opened in September 2017 and author of the companion publication of the same name.  She earned her BA in Art History from Occidental College, and MA in Curatorial Studies from Bard College.  She lives in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles.

Kelsey Knox, Executive Committee Member, Membership & Nominating co-Lead, 2018-2020 (email)

Kelsey Knox is the Archivist for Special Collections and Archives at Pepperdine University, where she oversees the archival processing and other day-to-day tasks in Special Collections. She received her MLIS from UCLA in 2014 and her Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies from UC Santa Cruz in 2012. Prior to working at Pepperdine, Kelsey was a resident archivist for LA as Subject during the first year of the IMLS grant-funded residency program. During her time as a resident, Kelsey completed rotations at California State University, Northridge, Pepperdine University, and the Los Angeles Maritime Museum. She also conducted surveys and wrote recommendations for three small LAAS membership institutions of which two of these institutions have used her recommendations to hire their first archivists. Although she grew up in a small town and swore that she would never become a "city-girl," over the past six years of residency within Los Angeles, Kelsey has fallen in love with the diverse histories of the area and very much considers it "home."

Sue Luftschein, Executive Committee Member, Archives Bazaar Lead 2018-2020 (email)

Sue Luftschein is the Head of Special Collections at the USC Libraries. She previously worked as an archivist at the Huntington Library where she processed photographic collections of California history, and prior to that at the J. Paul Getty Trust in the Institutional Records and Archives department.  She has an MLIS from UCLA and a Ph.D. in Art History from the City University of New York Graduate Center. Although she is a transplant to Los Angeles, Sue has developed a keen interest in the history of LA, and is delighted to be able to share that interest with others.