Working at the intersection of creativity and social change, Jennelyn Tumalad is a program manager and independent curator passionate about work that is driven by empathy, community, and empowerment. She was most recently the Program Specialist at the Center for Nonprofit Leadership at California Lutheran University where she developed community partnerships and capacity building programs for the nonprofit sector of the CA Central Coast. In addition to her work in capacity building and philanthropy, Jennelyn has worked in the Education departments at institutions across the U.S. such as the J. Paul Getty Museum, Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art. She received her Bachelors in Art History and Interdisciplinary Visual Art at the University of Washington and completed her Masters in the History of Art and Design at Pratt Institute where her research focused on the history and intersections of socially engaged art and museum education.
Alongside her work within museums and nonprofits, she is an advocate and organizer within the Filipinx American creative community. Her most recent contributions to the Filipinx American community have been her exhibitions: Walking in the Sun at Human Resources, Los Angeles (May 2019), Trabaj/ho: Resistance of a Colonial Imprint at the Carnegie Art Museum, Studio Gallery in Oxnard, CA (October 2019 - January 2020), and Mahalaga at the Music Center in Los Angeles (October 2020).