Featured Board Member

Catherine Foster

Board Member

Where were you born?

Fullerton, CA

Where did you grow up?

Anaheim, CA


University of California, Berkeley – M.A. and Ph.D. Near Eastern Studies, with a specialty in the art and archaeology of the ancient Middle East 

University of California, San Diego – B.A. Anthropology

Career Highlights

Museum curator and collections manager for 7 years 

Field archaeologist for 10 years excavating ancient and historic sites in Jordan, Turkiye, and the United States 

Foreign affairs specialist at the U.S. Department of State for 13 years negotiating treaties and leading programs that protect and preserve international cultural heritage sites and collections at risk for looting, theft, trafficking, and destruction 

Partner at Argus Cultural Property Consultants

How long have you been on the HFCI Board?

2 Years

What HFCI activities have you participated in/enjoyed most?

I organize the silent auction for HFCI’s “Taste of the Vine” fundraiser event and help maintain the HFCI website. I have also assisted with the HFCI annual meeting and the city’s Fourth of July parade.

What other volunteer activities do you participate in?

I am a Girl Scout troop leader, troop organizer, and volunteer.

What interests you about the History of our community?

I have lived in Fairfax City since 2015 with my husband Brandon and two daughters. I’m interested in all aspects of the city’s prolific history – from indigenous communities to the Civil War to the mid-20th century.

Why should citizens of the City of Fairfax become members of HFCI?

Membership helps us preserve the rich history and “small town” feel of the city. Our members advocate for sensible development that maintains the historic character of Fairfax for future generations to appreciate and enjoy. Membership also supports our education and outreach efforts, helping us spread the word about the important role that Fairfax played in the development of our county, state, and country.

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