Board / Staff

We are seeking board members to join us! We are particularly interested in identifying potential board members who are enthusiastic about any of the following goals of our organization:

  • Increasing student access to parks and museums
  • Connecting community members to the benefits of parks and museums
  • Strengthening educational programs for all ages
  • Helping all park visitors feel welcome

Do you know anyone who would be a good fit for this important volunteer opportunity?

About Friends of Sutter’s Fort

Friends of Sutter’s Fort is a nonprofit 501c3 and is the cooperating association for Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park. Since our founding in 1990, we have been dedicated to helping California State Parks bridge the funding gap between what is allocated annually to Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park, and what is needed in order to restore historic structures, preserve important artifacts and provide exceptional educational programming to the nearly 50,000 students who visit the park each year.

We collaborate with California State Parks at Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park to engage visitors of all ages in programs, events and services. We support important preservation and restoration work on artifacts and historic structures. As the nonprofit partner at Sutter’s Fort SHP, we do not operate the park or currently manage programs. One of our primary goals is helping connect community members, especially elementary school students, with Sutter’s Fort. We also manage the Museum Store within Sutter’s Fort and host many events throughout the year.

A Transformative Time to Join Our Efforts

As you may be aware, fundamental changes are ongoing at Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park in order to tell a more inclusive historical narrative. This effort began in 2020 in consultation with California Tribal Leaders and is part of State Parks’ Reexamining Our Past Initiative. As a result of this comprehensive overhaul of the interpretive programs at Sutter’s Fort SHP, more than 100,000 visitors each year will experience a more inclusive and historically accurate interpretive experience.

Friends of Sutter’s Fort has been working alongside our partners at California State Parks to refocus our work to support these efforts. We are seeking board members who are excited to be a part of these changes.

Time & Fundraising Commitments

Board Service is a wonderful way to serve the community. Our board members meet approximately up to 6 times a year and serve for a maximum term of 3 years. We encourage board members to attend events at Sutter’s Fort. Our board provides oversight to staff and feedback that helps guide their work. All board members are asked to make at least one meaningful donation (of any amount) annually.

Next Steps

If you are interested in learning more about board service with Friends of Sutter’s Fort, please email us at We encourage you to forward this opportunity to anyone in your network who may be a good fit.

Board of Directors

  • Nick Leonti, Chair
  • Samuel David Capps
  • Joan Cochrane
  • Janine Harrington

  • Amanda Hutchingson
  • Brandon Mettler
  • Valerie Raphael, Secretary

  • David Rollof 

Nonprofit Staff

Linsey Fredenburg Humes, Executive Director
Chris Rogowski, Director of Retail Operations


Friends of Sutter’s Fort does not currently have any job openings.