Press RoomPhoenix Art Museum announces appointment of Bettina Nava to Board of Trustees

Phoenix Art Museum announces appointment of Bettina Nava to Board of Trustees

Feb, 28, 2023

Board of Trustees and Leadership

Phoenix Art Museum announces appointment of Bettina Nava to Board of Trustees

Co-founder and owner of OH Strategic Communications will join the Museum’s 40-member governing board

PHOENIX (February 28, 2023) – Phoenix Art Museum announces the addition of Bettina Nava to its governing Board of Trustees. Chaired by Donald C. Opatrny, Jr., a private investor and philanthropist, the Museum’s Board serves as fiduciaries of the largest visual-arts organization in the American Southwest, led by Jeremy Mikolajczak, the Sybil Harrington Director and CEO. Nava brings a range of experiences in strategic communications and planning, community relations, public relations, and marketing. She will serve a three-year term renewable up to three terms.

“We are excited to welcome Bettina Nava to the Board of Trustees of Phoenix Art Museum,” said Jeremy Mikolajczak, the Museum’s Sybil Harrington Director and CEO. “As the Museum seeks to continue building bridges and authentic relationships across diverse sectors of the Greater Phoenix Metro Area, Nava’s extensive expertise in coalition-building and political and community organizing will be vital to those efforts. We are truly grateful to her for supporting Phoenix Art Museum and our mission of providing meaningful and dynamic visual art exhibitions and programming to our community and region.”

Bettina Nava is a co-founder and owner of OH Strategic Communications (OHSC), working with blue-chip and emerging clients to achieve their goals in diverse markets. Prior to co-founding OHSC, Nava was a partner at FirstStrategic Communications and Public Affairs, leading the firm’s community and business relations, strategic relationships, and marketing efforts. She also worked in various capacities for the office and presidential campaign of Arizona Senator John McCain. As the Southwest campaign manager for the McCain 2008 presidential team, she was in charge of hiring, managing, and implementation of campaign tactics, strategies, and communications, and prior to that, she was director of fundraising for the McCain 2008 Presidential Committee in Arizona. During McCain’s tenure as Arizona Senator, Nava served as state director, leading three state offices and driving community outreach efforts. Nava also previously worked for Governor Fife Symington as director of community relations and boards and commissions.

In addition to her volunteer service on the PhxArt Board of Trustees, Nava serves as Board chair for the Arizona Lodging and Tourism Association Government Relations Committee and as a Board member on the Multi-Cultural Board of ONE Community. Previously, she has served on the boards of the Valley of the Sun United Way, Child’s Play AZ, MISS Foundation, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and Southwest Human Development. She also has received numerous awards, including the community service award from Valle Del Sol in 2014. Nava and her family reside in Phoenix. She earned degrees in journalism and religion from the University of Arizona.

“I am sincerely honored and humbled to be joining the Phoenix Art Museum Board of Trustees,” said Nava. “The Board’s desire to continue to be inclusive and representative is clearly a priority, and I am proud to be part of their efforts to serve the community we love.”

The Board of Trustees of Phoenix Art Museum has served as the governing body of the Museum since its founding in 1959. All Trustees are nominated by the Board’s nominating and governance committee and are elected by the general Board. Each Museum Trustee serves a minimum of one three-year term, with the opportunity to renew up to three terms. The Museum’s Board of Trustees now numbers 40 total Trustees, including five Honorary Trustees and one ex-officio member. For more information about the Museum’s Board of Trustees or to schedule interviews with incoming Trustees or other Museum representatives, contact the press office at Phoenix Art Museum at or For a copy of this news release translated into Spanish, contact

About Phoenix Art Museum
Since 1959, Phoenix Art Museum has provided millions of guests with access to world-class art and experiences in an effort to ignite imaginations, create meaningful connections, and serve as a brave space for all people who wish to experience the transformative power of art. Located in Phoenix’s Central Corridor, the Museum is a vibrant destination for the visual arts and the largest art museum in the southwestern United States. Each year, more than 300,000 guests engage with critically acclaimed national and international exhibitions and the Museum’s collection of more than 20,000 works of American and Western American, Asian, European, Latin American, modern and contemporary art, and fashion design. The Museum also presents a comprehensive film program, live performances, and educational programs designed for visitors of all ages, along with vibrant photography exhibitions made possible through the Museum’s landmark partnership with the Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona. To learn more about Phoenix Art Museum, visit, or call 602.257.1880.

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