Long Beach Public Library Foundation

Welcome To Our Newest Board Member, Joan Van Hooten

Joan Van Hooten has 35 years of experience in nonprofit arts management and fund development at visual and performing arts organizations throughout Southern California and at the University of Southern California. She was Director of Development at Long Beach Museum of Art and Orange County Museum of Art and Director of Major and Planned Giving at Los Angeles County Museum of Art. As USC’s Director of Development for San Diego County, she established the first development effort in that region. Joan has been Executive Director of the Arts Council for Long Beach and Long Beach Playhouse and, as senior advisor for The Third Sector Company, assisted several nonprofits in transition as Interim Executive Director.

Joan has served on boards of directors of Historical Society of Long Beach, Art Exchange, Rosie the Riveter Park and Salvation Army. Besides a career in K-12 education, she taught art history at area colleges. Her most rewarding volunteer endeavor was founding a library at her sons’ school.  She curated an exhibition, Lorser Feitelson: Artist-Teacher, at Long Beach City College Art Gallery and was author of Antique Shopping in Southern California, a 250-page guidebook for collectors.    

Joan earned a BA from University of Redlands, a MA in California history from Occidental College, and a second MA in art history from CSULB.