Native San Franciscan, Monetta White, tells us about her personal and professional ties to San Francisco.

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February 3, 2020

How I See San Francisco: MoAD's Executive Director Monetta White

As the co-owner of 1300 on Fillmore and Executive Director at the Museum of African Diaspora (MoAD), Monetta White is deeply rooted in the city's culinary and arts scene. She shared her thoughts on San Francisco and some of her favorite places and experiences with us.

What does a typical day in San Francisco look like for you?

I like to start my day reading the newspaper while having celery juice and a cup of coffee. Then, it’s off to the gym and from there to the office. The evening always varies. I'm usually going to an event or dinner.

Which neighborhood, other than your own, do you like to explore?

I like to explore the Castro and Noe Valley.

Where do you indulge your artistic side in San Francisco?

MoAD. I also like ODC/Dance and SOMArts.

Which artist have you been most inspired by in San Francisco?

Most recently, Rashaad Newsome.

What do you love about leading MoAD?

I love the staff. With them, I feel that all is possible. 

What's your favorite annual event that happens in San Francisco?

The Fillmore Jazz Festival.

Where and what would you choose for your last meal in San Francisco?

That’s a tough one. I’ll say tacos at La Taqueria.

Which restaurant is still on your list to dine at in San Francisco?

Zuni Restaurant.

Where do you like to view sunrise and sunset?

Along the Embarcadero and overlooking the cliffs at Ocean Beach.

What should every visitor to San Francisco do at least once?

Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge.

What’s one part of San Francisco that you wish visitors knew about?

The views from Bernal Heights Park.

Any final advice for visitors coming to San Francisco?

We’re a cultural hub. Don’t forget to visits our museums and experience the arts—especially at MoAD!


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