LA as Subject Executive Committee

Jessica Gambling, Executive Committee Chair, 2021-2023 (email)

Jessica Gambling is a native to Southern California, born and brought up in Orange County, working in Los Angeles, and living in the Inland Empire, she has been the institutional archivist of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art since 2010, accessioning and processing its first collections.

She has previously held positions in the photography collections of The Huntington Library and the Los Angeles Public Library and holds a BA in history from Chapman University and an MLIS from UCLA.

Having previously served on the Executive Committee from 2018 to 2020 as Publicity & Outreach Lead she is honored to serve the L.A. as Subject community as the Executive Committee Chair.

Lizeth Ramirez, Executive Committee Member, Publicity & Outreach Lead, 2022-2024 (email)

Stella Castillo, Executive Committee Member, Programming & Education Lead, 2021-2023 (email)

Stella Castillo is currently the Archivist in the USC Digital Library where she creates metadata for digitized materials.

In her previous role as the LA as Subject Community Archives Specialist, Stella collaborated with LA as Subject members to increase online discoverability and public engagement with Los Angeles archival collections using the updated LA as Subject Directory Portal. She also led the successful Virtual Talk-Shop series held online between March and September 2020 which bolstered LA as Subject’s community during the COVID-19 lockdown. 

Previously, Stella worked at Cal State Dominguez Hills on the CSU Japanese American Digitization Project digitizing Japanese American Incarceration materials and served as an LA as Subject Resident Archivist working on wide-ranging archival collections across the greater Los Angeles region. Stella holds a BA in the Study of Religion and an MLIS in Archival Management both from UCLA. 

Lisa Crane, Executive Committee Member, Secretary, 2022-2024 (email)

Lisa Crane is the Western Americana Manuscripts Librarian in Special Collections of The Claremont Colleges Library where she oversees archival processing, teaches primary source literacy, performs collection development for Special Collections Western Americana materials, curates Special Collections exhibitions, and serves as the interim head of the Claremont Center for Engagement with Primary Sources (CCEPS).  

Prior to her current position, Lisa served as Digital Projects Coordinator for one year and then Digital Production Librarian for two years where she managed digitization, metadata creation, and the upload of digital objects into the Claremont Colleges Digital Library.

Lisa holds a B.S. in Criminology, with a minor in History, from the University of La Verne and a MLIS, with an archival emphasis, from San Jose State University.

Alejandra Gaeta, Executive Committee Member, Exhibits Lead, 2020-2023 (email)

 Alejandra Gaeta is the Associate Archivist/Librarian at the Autry Museum of the American West, where she is conducting a survey of the archives as well as assisting with processing of both physical and digital collections. 

Before joining the Autry, she was Archivist at the Center for the Study of Political Graphics (CSPG). She also previously worked at UCLA in the Digital Library Program as Digital Projects Coordinator. Alejandra received her MLIS from UCLA and her BA in English and Latin American Culture & Literature from Whittier College.

Azalea Camacho, Executive Committee Member, Archives Bazaar Lead, 2022-2024 (email)

Julie Yamashita, Executive Committee Member, Membership & Nominating Lead, 2021-2023 (email)

Julie Yamashita is the Archivist at the Lanterman House Museum in La Cañada Flintridge, as well as an independent archives consultant. In both capacities, her work revolves around expanding access to larger audiences through strategic implementation of digitization projects and customizing solutions to fit each unique institution or clients. At the Lanterman House, she is responsible for processing, reference, preservation, and access to collections related to the Lanterman family and the history of the Crescenta-Cañada Valley. Julie is active in the digitization of archival materials and broadening audiences through collaboration with other institutions, curating exhibitions, and utilizing social media. 

Julie is currently Regional Representatives Lead and a Steering Committee Member of the Lone Arrangers Section of SAA. She also serves on the National Disaster Recovery Fund for Archives Committee of SAA and the Awards Committee of SCA. Julie holds an MLIS in Archival Studies, an MA in Art History/Museum Studies, a Digital Archives Certification, and is a Certified Archivist.