Kimberly Herrell

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A Visionary CEO Championing the Arts at the MCASD Gala

Kimberly Herrell, the esteemed CEO of Schubach Aviation, is no stranger to making an impact. Her dynamic leadership skills and passion for excellence have propelled her to the forefront of the aviation industry. However, it is her dedication to the arts and her role as co-chair of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) Gala that truly exemplifies her commitment to fostering creativity and community engagement.

When asked about her involvement with this year’s MCASD Gala, Kimberly said “The community at MCASD is warm and welcoming and we are honored to chair such a monumental annual event. We hope to help engage young professionals like us to join the celebration and learn more about the museum’s vision for our region.” She also added that her and her husband’s love for the arts continues to grow, fueling their passion for supporting MCASD year after year.

For this year’s gala, Kimberly has set ambitious goals. The event serves as a once-in-a-year celebration dedicated to the power of contemporary art and as a means of supporting MCASD’s world-class exhibitions, innovative programs, and impactful education experiences. As co-chairs, Kimberly and her husband Ryan are immensely proud to be associated with an organization that fosters such remarkable work, and they eagerly anticipate an evening filled with beauty, creativity, and celebration.

Kimberly’s professional achievements have undoubtedly influenced her approach to organizing such a significant event. At Schubach Aviation, she understands the importance of creating exceptional experiences and prioritizing every detail. This mindset seamlessly transfers into planning the gala, where she has meticulously orchestrated all the elements to ensure a truly magical event.

MCASD is renowned for its unique atmosphere and immersive experiences. This year’s attendees can expect a remarkable evening, as Los Angeles-based artist Kelly Akashi takes center stage. Akashi’s work, described by the Los Angeles Times as evoking “tangled feelings about impermanence,” promises to captivate and inspire gala attendees. The event will be an invitation to revel in the present moment, finding joy in the interplay of art and celebration, where each fleeting instant is cherished.

Kimberly and the creative team at MCASD have joined forces to design an evening that embraces Akashi’s belief in capturing, sharing, and celebrating life’s moments. From the curated menu to the enchanting music and stunning decor, the gala will offer guests an unforgettable experience that reflects the essence of MCASD’s spirit and the power of contemporary art.

In Kimberly Herrell, we find a visionary leader who seamlessly merges her role as CEO with her passion for the arts. Her commitment to community engagement, creative excellence, and extraordinary experiences shines through in every aspect of her involvement with the MCASD Gala. As co-chair, she is spearheading an event that not only showcases the beauty of contemporary art but also supports MCASD’s mission to enrich the lives of individuals and communities through the power of creativity. Her vision, passion, and dedication to the arts will make this year’s event a resounding success, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts and minds of all who attend.


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Esteban Villanueva