Linda Butler joined The Contemporary Jewish Museum (The CJM) as Director of Marketing and Communications in Feb 2016. In her years as a leader in the arts, Butler has been recognized for her commitment to engaging and attracting diverse audiences in innovative ways. Prior to her appointment, she directed all facets of marketing for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Leading up to the museum's three-year $600 million expansion, Linda developed a closing event that attracted over 20,000 visitors. From there, her strategies to engage the community during the closure resulted in the wildly popular SFMOMA "On the Go" exhibitions and programs, and award-winning #PlayArtfully campaign (received the 2015 MUSE Award for outstanding achievement in Digital Communities).
Linda developed an interest in art as a child in Prague, where she studied modern art at Charles IV University. She also lived abroad in Italy and Mexico where she absorbed elements of the cultures and lifestyles that she wanted to call her own. Returning stateside, she found her way into the arts, directing marketing campaigns and pioneering social media efforts for the Independent Film Festival of Boston and the San Francisco Film Society before landing in the museum arena.