LAAS 2018-2020 Executive Committee Nominee Statements

Executive Committee elections are now open.  Online voting will close on Monday, June 11 at 11:59PM. Last chance for members to vote will be in-person at the top of the June 12 General Membership meeting. Please read nominee statements below and then click here to cast your ballot.

Nominee statements:

Alexis Adkins, Archivist, Cal Poly Pomona
I’ve worked as Archivist for Special Collections and Archives at Cal Poly Pomona for two years and previously at the Getty Research Institute as a processing archivist and assistant for six years. Since coming to Cal Poly Pomona, I’ve represented my institution on numerous occasions at the Archives Bazaar and attended other L.A. as Subject events including the General Meeting, workshops, Resident Archivist talks, and the “History Keepers” exhibition. I’ve seen first-hand what a fantastic resource L.A. as Subject is for archives and researchers and come away from these events inspired. I support L.A. as Subject’s mission wholeheartedly and want to contribute by serving as Secretary on the Executive Committee. Communication between the Committee and members is key to insuring that L.A. as Subject can fulfill its mission. I would do an excellent job taking clear and thorough meeting minutes to relay to members and am excited about becoming more involved in the local archives community.
Jessica Gambling, Archivist, LACMA
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 involved in LA as Subject since 2010 when she became the institutional archivist of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art where she accessioned and processed its first collections. Jessica has previously held positions in the photography collections of The Huntington Library and the Los Angeles Public Library where an already well developed love of California may have gotten out of hand. She is now fit for little else than serving the study of Southern California and the City of Los Angeles. She holds a BA in history from Chapman University and an MLIS from UCLA.
Kelsey Knox, Archivist, Pepperdine University Special Collections and Archives
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. In addition to her rotations, during the residency Kelsey attended all LA as Subject meetings, created workshops for LA as Subject members, and presented at the 10th annual Archives Bazaar on the past, present, and future of the organization. LA as Subject has been a huge part of Kelsey’s career thus far and she looks forward to being able to be more involved and give back to the organization that means so much to her.
Sue Luftschein, Head of Special Collections, USC
Sue Luftschein is the Head of Special Collections at the USC Libraries. She has an MLIS from UCLA and also holds a Ph.D. in art history. Prior to joining USC in 2009, Sue worked as a project archivist on California photographic collections at the Huntington Library, and in the Institutional Records and Archives Department of the J. Paul Getty Trust. Sue has a long and scholarly interest in the history of the western United States, especially California. As an LAAS Executive Committee Member, Sue has worked to secure grants to support the work of LAAS members (including a recently awarded NEH grant to digitize materials from 6 LAAS members) and on the charter revision, and would like to continue to explore funding opportunities to assist the members with projects to make their collections more visible to the public, as well as develop more educational opportunities for LAAS members, such as workshops on basic preservation techniques, using social media to effectively publicize collections, and exhibition design. She would also like to see the organization leverage its resources to develop additional opportunities to engage the public with Los Angeles history and culture, such as cooperative exhibitions, annual lectures or symposia, collaboration with other types of historical and cultural organizations in Los Angeles, and expanding our membership. Sue looks forward to the opportunity to work with the other members of the Executive Committee, and the membership, to continue and to advance the important work of LA as Subject.
Edward D. Sumcad, Manager, Los Angeles County Records Management and Archives
As the first manager of Los Angeles County’s Records Management and Archives (RMA) program in over a century - Edward 's most important role is that of a public servant. Edward graduates with his 2nd Masters in Archives and Records Administration (MARA) at San José State University in May after graduating with a Masters in Public Administration through California State University, Northridge. Prior to that, he graduated with an undergraduate degree in English through the University of California, Irvine. From these degrees, a common theme instilled in Edward was that the availability of information to a nation’s people is key to learning, cultural identity, and a functional democracy. A commitment to making information available is why Edward works for the County of Los Angeles as he is responsible for identifying, preserving, and making available the County's historical materials (among 37 County Departments). Though his predecessors were first confronted by a world made of paper and endless rows of filing cabinets, today Edward is confronted with the exponential growth of born digital information in a county larger in population than 42 of the 50 states. Also, from his role as the County's Records Manager and Archivist, his experience engages him in matters related not only to information governance, assurance, and cyber security; but the philosophical and ethical concerns facing big data and personal privacy. Edward feels that LA as Subject is the County of Los Angeles's best hope to foster the preservation of its own institutional memory along with the local histories of the 88 cities within its current boundaries. To this end, the "new" LA County Archives is always seeking creative partnerships to rebuild the historical narrative of the County's past often lost to time, redrawn County boundaries, and/or the complexities of governing a jurisdiction as diverse/complex as that of our region.