de Young Museum. Photo: Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Dede Wilsey, Board President of San Francisco Fine Arts Museums, to Step Down

Dede Wilsey, the longtime president of the board of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, which oversees two institutions—the de Young and the Legion of Honor—is handing over the reins to Jason Moment. The forty-one-year-old was elected at a board meeting that was held Tuesday afternoon.

Charles Desmarais of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the change in leadership comes as no surprise. It was rumored that Wilsey, a socialite and philanthropist who has gifted millions to the Bay Area arts scene over the years, was going to relinquish control in 2016, but she remained in her role. She will now gain the position title of chair emerita.

In addition to heading the museums, Moment will chair the Corporation of the Fine Arts Museums, effective immediately. A hedge fund manager, Moment has been a member of the FAMSF board since 2014 and has chaired its audit committee for the last three years. He also serves on the boards of the UCSF Foundation and Benioff Children’s Hospital. “I’m honored and really excited by the job,” Moment told The Chronicle.