Masha Zakheim, a San Francisco native, is the daughter of Bernard Zakheim, a local artist of the 1930s. She secured degrees in English literature from San Francisco State University and the University of California, Berkeley. Later she expanded her studies to include art history in teaching English and Humanities at City College of San Francisco for thirty years. Beginning with the fresco Pan American Unity by Mexican artist Diego Rivera at CCSF, she set up a San Francisco arts course at the college, designing lectures about and on-site visits to the mural art of San Francisco, including frescoes at The City Club, the SF Art Institute, Coit Tower, UCSF Medical Center, and the Beach Chalet.
She has published Coit Tower: Its History and Art and two editions of Diego Rivera en San Francisco (in Spanish) as books, plus many articles. Now retired, she continues to give lectures, conduct tours, and publish. Her present project is writing a bio-memoir of her artist father. Limited copies of the now out of print book, Coit Tower Its History and Art, can be purchased by contacting the author at the address above.