Dr. Bettison-Varga arrived at the Natural History Family of Museums in October 2015. She
oversees NHM in Exposition Park, the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum in Hancock Park, and the
William S. Hart Museum in Newhall. Her immediate goals include advancing the outreach and
education around urban nature and citizen science, as well as the re-imagining of the La Brea
Tar Pits and Museum, where visitors can make connections between Ice Age Los Angeles
50,000 years ago, and climate change today.
A geologist who received her PhD from the University of California, Davis, Dr. Bettison-Varga
served six years as President and W.M. Keck Foundation Presidential Chair at Scripps College in
Claremont, California. There, she enhanced the visibility of the college, implemented policies to
foster greater transparency and community engagement, initiated strategic planning for
diversity and sustainability, and inaugurated a comprehensive capital campaign.
She was appointed to the Council in 2017.