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RIVERSIDE, Calif. – The March Field Air Museum is proud to announce Paul Hammond has been named as the new Executive Director, effective August 1, 2016. In this new role, Hammond will be responsible for overall management and operation of the nonprofit museum. He will be involved in efforts to attract and engage new audiences, the introduction of innovative programs, and the development of community partnerships. Hammond will also focus on marketing, to increase attendance, grow the membership program, ensure income streams remain robust, and broaden current giving opportunities.
“We could not have found a better candidate to fill the position of Executive Director,” said Jamil Dada, March Field Air Museum Board President. “We are pleased to bring Paul on board in this role, as he not only brings with him years of experience in the transportation museum field, but also a deep appreciation for the important role museums play in our society. The Board of Directors, along with the Museum’s paid and volunteer staff, look forward to working together under Paul’s proven leadership to continue building the March Field Air Museum into a must-see Southern California cultural attraction.”
For the past 19 years, Hammond worked for the California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento, most recently serving as Museum Director. During his time there, he successfully developed marketing, community relations, strategic partnerships and funding programs, ensuring the Railroad Museum’s position as a top attraction for the Capital region as well as a nationally respected leader in the transportation museum field.
Hammond is a 2004 graduate of the Museum Leadership Institute sponsored by the J. Paul Getty Trust. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Communications from California State Polytechnic University at Pomona. A lifelong transportation enthusiast, Hammond began his museum involvement as a volunteer organizer, leader and trustee of the Orange Empire Railway Museum in Perris. He has been actively involved with the American Alliance of Museums for the past 15 years, serving as chairman of the Council of Affiliates from 2007-2016 and actively supporting nationwide advocacy efforts on behalf of America’s many thousands of museums.
About the March Field Air Museum
The March Field Air Museum is located adjacent to the March Air Reserve Base, alongside Interstate Highway 215 at Van Buren Boulevard. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The March Field Air Museum strives to promote an understanding of humanity’s reach for the skies and of March Field’s pivotal role in the development of flight. More than 70 aircraft are on display, ranging from the world’s fastest manned aircraft (the SR-71 Blackbird) and a modern-day Predator drone, to early examples of military aircraft, to some of America’s most iconic military planes including World War II bombers. For more information, visit www.marchfield.org or call (951) 902-5949.