Katie Conry has served as the Tenderloin Museum’s Executive Director since 2016. When TLM opened its doors in July 2015, Conry served as its Program Director with a dynamic vision for neighborhood-centric, diverse programs that bring people together from all walks of life. As Executive Director, Katie has cemented TLM’s identity as a destination for community-based, historically-inspired arts programs. In 2018, she led TLM’s premiere of two major, critically-acclaimed performance projects: The Compton’s Cafeteria Riot play and the Tender aerial dance with Flyaway Productions. Katie has also held positions at the California Academy of Sciences, the Exploratorium, and the Contemporary Jewish Museum. In 2012, she helped fundraise to save Mission neighborhood gem Adobe Books, created its events department, supported the gallery's transition to nonprofit status, and served on the Board of Directors for three years. She holds a B.A. in Anthropology and American Studies from the University of California at Berkeley.
Jean Blacksten's background is in art history. After receiving a BA in Literature with a Minor in Creative Writing from CSU Chico, she made the move to the Bay Area to study film and screenwriting. In more recent years, her interests turned to art history and museum studies. Her love of the arts and passion for history brought her to the Tenderloin Museum.
Ariana Bindman is an Oakland-based writer and photographer whose work centers around art, entertainment, and Bay Area fringe communities. Her essays, editorials, and one-liners have appeared in the Atlantic, Refinery29, Palm Springs Life Magazine, and more. In addition to working for the Tenderloin Museum, Ariana writes for the Bold Italic, where she contributes photo-essays and human interest stories.
A soon-to-be graduate of San Francisco State University, Ariana is currently studying sociology with an emphasis on communications.