Jill Sterrett is Deputy Director, Museum Affairs and Strategic Impact at the Smart Museum at the University of Chicago. Prior to this appointment, she worked at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art for 28 years where she held three successive roles, Paper Conservator, Head of Conservation, and Director of Collections. She has also worked at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the Library of Congress, Philadelphia Museum of Art, National Library of Australia, and as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Porto. She completed her undergraduate studies at Denison University with a double major in Art History and Chemistry and she earned her M.A. in Art Conservation from the Cooperstown Graduate Program.
Jill is particularly interested in the role of museums in contemporary society. She publishes and teaches on the subjects of contemporary art and conservation, focusing on how collecting contemporary art opens up new ways of thinking about museums. In addition to her leadership at SFMOMA, she also serves on the boards of Voices of Contemporary Art (VoCA) and Beta by Design, two organizations dedicated to art, conservation and education.