Coggins has been a longtime supporter of the Heard and has served on the board since January 2019. During that time he has been active on several committees, including finance, human resources and the American Indian Advisory Committee, and he just completed a two-year tenure as board vice-chair.
Coggins is a member of the Choctaw Nation, and his wife is a member of the Navajo Nation.
“It’s an honor to serve the Heard Museum, a community and national treasure. This position has special meaning for my family and me based on our family heritage,” Coggins shared in a press release. “There is a deep connection to the art that is so thoughtfully displayed in the galleries and the outdoor sculpture gardens. I am humbled to serve alongside so many talented and committed individuals.”
The Museum is located at 2301 N. Central Ave., in Phoenix.
Coggins, who has more than 38 years of experience in the energy industry, is the associate general manager and chief power system executive for Salt River Project. He is responsible for the operation of SRP’s power system, including renewable, hydro, nuclear and fossil-fuel power generation, a high-voltage transmission system and an extensive electrical distribution network.
“John’s dedication to the Heard’s mission of advancing American Indian art and his support of Indigenous communities, especially in Arizona, has been an inspiration to all of us,” Heard Museum Dickey Family Director and CEO David M. Roche stated.
Duties that Coggins will be responsible for in his new role include representing the board, overseeing board affairs, ensuring compliance of the board bylaws in collaboration with the museum director and CEO, overseeing partnerships with other institutions and more.