The Santa Monica Museum of Art has announced the hiring of two deputy directors to replace Lisa Melandri, who left her deputy post this summer to become director of the Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis.
The new co-deputy directors are Doug Rimerman, who will focus on strategic planning and fundraising, and Claire Ruud, who will oversee day-to-day operations, administration and communications.
Rimerman, 44, has worked at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art as a development officer, the Kidspace Children's Museum in Pasadena as a development director and, most recently, at the higher-education nonprofit the Fulfillment Fund as director of corporate and foundation relations.
Ruud, 30, got her start in the contemporary art world in Austin, Texas, before getting her MBA at Yale. In Austin she served as associate director of the Fluent-Collaborative, a nonprofit group that oversees an alternative exhibition space and a Web-based publication. She also contributed to the online magazine Glasstire.