Leticia Gomez Franco is the Programs Director for the New Americans Museum. The daughter of Mexican born parents who immigrated to California from their native town, Tepatitlán, Jalisco in the early 1970’s to work in the agricultural industry, Gomez Franco is deeply committed to cultivating a deeper understanding of the immigrant narrative.
Formerly, Gallery & Exhibitions Director for Casa Familiar’s The Front: A Collaborative of Arts, Culture, Design & Urbanism, Gomez Franco headed culturally conscious arts programming which helped establish the gallery as a formal art space with a commitment to local arts and community empowerment. Gomez Franco has curated and overseen the production of many arts programs, festivals and exhibitions. Most notably, seven consecutive Dia De La Mujer juried exhibitions (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014) in San Ysidro’s The Front. She holds editorial and curatorial credit in the 2013 exhibition retrospective catalogue, Art of Body: Body of Art. In 2014 she was Assistant Curator for Jamex & Einar De la Torres’ acclaimed exhibition: Whysydro – New Lenticular & Mixed Media Work On and About La Borda .
Gomez Franco received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley (2004), where she double majored in English and Chicana/o Studies and her Master of Arts from San Diego State University (2013) in Curatorial Theory from the Liberal Arts & Sciences Program.