The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life engages scholars, curators, librarians, archivists, and museum specialists. Follow the links below to learn more about our team. 

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Francesco Spagnolo

Curator & Associate Adjunct Professor

Francesco Spagnolo is a multidisciplinary scholar focusing on Jewish studies, music and digital media. At the University of California, Berkeley, he is the Curator of The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life and an Associate Adjunct Professor in the Department of Music. He is also an affiliated faculty with the Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion, the Institute of European Studies, the Religious Diversity Cluster of the Haas Institute, and serves on the Digital Humanities Council. Dr. Spagnolo is also a host for the cultural programs of Italian National Radio (RAI) in Rome. 

Ernest Jolly

Head Preparator and Exhibitions Specialist

Ernest Jolly has over 15 years of exhibition and collection management experience, including work at the Oakland Museum of California, UC Davis Design Museum and the Brooklyn Museum. In addition to being a museum professional, Ernest is a working artist and arts adviser. Ernest holds a BA and MFA in Studio Art from San Francisco State University and Mills College. He is currently an Arts Commissioner for Alameda County - District 5.

Jeanne Marie Acceturo

Department Manager
Jeanne Marie has two decades of experience in informal education, museum programming and exhibitions, and nonprofit administration. She worked at The Oakland Zoo, the Exploratorium, and West Office Exhibition Design before joining UC Berkeley in 2010. While at Berkeley, she ran a statewide botany education program for The Jepson Herbarium and coordinated events for the Institute of Transportation Studies. 

Julie Franklin

Registrar and Rights and Reproductions Manager

Julie Franklin has been working in the arts for the last twenty-two years. She was the Director of the California Crafts Museum and the Registrar at the Treasure Island Museum, The Mexican Museum and the San Jose Museum of Art. She has successfully overseen the installations of over 50 exhibitions in four Bay Area museums and was instrumental in helping the San Jose Museum of Art obtain their American Association of Museum’s Accreditation.

Karissa Hurzeler

Collections Information Specialist

Karissa Hurzeler recently received her MA in Museum Studies from San Francisco State University with a focus in Collections Management and Registration.  She has done collections management and registration work for the Department of Classics, the Fine Arts Gallery, and the Global Museum at SFSU, as well as interned at the San Diego Museum of Man.

Lisa M Davis

Program and Events Coordinator

Lisa Davis moved to the Bay Area after spending almost four years in Florence, Italy. She holds a MA from Marist College-Lorenzo de Medici in museum studies and a BA from Florida State University in humanities with a concentration in art history. 

Rebecca Hisiger

Assistant Registrar

Rebecca Hisiger has been doing collections management, registration, and exhibitions coordination work for various institutions in the Bay Area for over 10 years. Her previous employers include the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Pixar Animation Studios, and the Badè Museum of Biblical Archaeology. 

Shir Gal Kochavi

Assistant Curator

Shir has been working and volunteering as researcher in art institutions for the past ten years. She moved to the Bay Area from Israel four years ago, after working as a provenance researcher at the Company for Location and Restitution of Holocaust Victims' Assets for over four years. During her time there, she worked with numerous museums and archives in Israel and Europe. 

Zoe Lewin

Curatorial Assistant

Zoe Lewin is a recent graduate from UC Berkeley, where she studied History of Art and Rhetoric, focusing on photography and public discourse respectively. In her free time Zoe loves to cook and bake, hike in the Bay Area, and check out exhibitions at galleries and museums. During her undergraduate career at UC Berkeley, Zoe worked at The Magnes from Fall 2013 to Spring 2016 as URAP student, taking in part in several research projects and exhibitions.