Meet the Team


Director and CEO, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Thomas Campbell

Serving for over a decade as Director and CEO of two major US art museums — the Metropolitan Museum of Art from 2009–2017, and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco since 2018 — Thomas P. Campbell has dedicated his life to the preservation, study, and promotion of art as a gateway to human understanding.

Since joining the Fine Arts Museums, he has worked together with the board and staff to strengthen the institution’s ties to local communities through an ongoing Free Saturdays programme, through key acquisitions and partnerships, and through the de Young Open — an open invitational exhibition that celebrates creativity in the Bay Area. A distinguished art historian, Campbell joined the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s curatorial ranks in 1995. Following his appointment as Director, he led a revitalisation and modernisation achieved through award-winning exhibitions and publications, major capital projects, and historic donations of works of art.