San Diego Chinese Historical Museum Appoints Hannah Rangel as  Director

October 9, 2018


San Diego, CA, October 9, 2018 – The San Diego Chinese Historical Museum (SDCHM) is proud to announce their new Director, Hannah Rangel, a San Diego native and proven leader in organizational management, exhibit design, and content development. In this capacity, she will oversee administration, exhibition development, marketing, and educational programs. She speaks Spanish fluently as a native speaker and is already learning to speak Chinese.

Rangel graduated from University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a degree in Anthropology and Criminal Justice. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Business from Northwestern University.

“I’m thrilled that Hannah is joining as our museum leader, as is our entire board,” said Michael Yee, SDCHM Board Chair. “She brings an incredible wealth of museum management, exhibit, and programmatic experience, knowledge of museum funding sources, and a passion to learn about Chinese and Chinese American history and culture.”

Throughout her career, she has used her eye for design to build visions for multiple projects from the ground up. As an example, she designed the Desert Discovery, a play space for the Lied Discovery Children’s Museum, forming successful collaborations with the Board to bring it to completion. Rangel won the prestigious 2000 American Youth Museum Practice Award. Her ability to manage such a ground breaking project assisted her in taking leadership positions such as the Director of Science, the Director of Volunteers, and Exhibition Developer at the Bigelow Aerospace, the San Diego Natural History Museum, the San Diego Museum of Man, and the Atomic Museum. Through these experiences, she has had success while working in exhibition development, fundraising, and communication departments.

“Throughout my time living here in San Diego, I have long admired the Museum’s work in preserving Chinese and Chinese American history,” said Director Hannah Rangel. “I am impressed by the unofficial mayor of Chinatown, Ah Quin, and the steadfast support and leadership shown by the Board of Directors. I have a fondness and a growing interest in learning more about Chinese culture. I am also excited to keep the Museum’s vision of this neighborhood alive and to strengthen its partnership with other organizations who share the same vision.”

With an exceptional background in business and design, Rangel plans to take the Museum to the next level in all departments and further its influence locally and abroad.

About the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum:

Founded in 1986 as the San Diego Chinese Historical Society of Greater San Diego and Baja California, the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum (SDCHM) opened in 1996 and is one of few US institutions dedicated to sharing the Chinese-American experience and to promoting Chinese history, art and culture. In 30 years as a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization, SDCHM has transformed a historic, abandoned building downtown in what was once San Diego’s Chinatown into a state-of-the-art multi-site museum that plays a critical role in the cultural life of the San Diego community. SDCHM has welcomed hundreds of thousands of visitors, collected thousands of ethnographic artifacts, and hosted hundreds of educational programs and exhibitions. SDCHM’s mission is to educate and inspire by preserving and celebrating the richness of Chinese history, art, culture and the contributions of Chinese Americans. For more information about the museum, call 619-388-9888 or visit