Steinbeck Center CEO steps down
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Steve Hoffman, the National Steinbeck Center's CEO for the past two years, resigned last week, saying he is leaving the center "to pursue other opportunities," the museum announced.
“Steve has been passionate about pursuing the mission of the Steinbeck Center, which is to tell the story of John Steinbeck’s rich legacy,” said Sonia Jaramillo, Steinbeck Center board president. “We will miss Steve’s passion and creativity.”
Hoffman's resignation comes amid financial stress for the Steinbeck Center. Museum visits are down more than 20 percent compared to this time last year. Donations and grants have dipped, and at the center’s request, the city of Salinas is now covering the nonprofit’s rent.
Jaramillo said that the center will soon name an interim director.