December 7, 2015

The American Alliance of Museums Appoints Two New Accreditation Commissioners

ARLINGTON, VA -- The Board of Directors of the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) has ratified the appointment of two new accreditation commissioners:

  • James Gilson, Vice President and General Counsel, Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History Foundation, CA

  • Todd Smith, Director and Chief Executive Officer, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA

The new commissioners begin their five-year term in January 2016.  This was the second group of appointments made through a new selection process based on self-nominations from the field and managed by a cross-disciplinary nominating committee.   

“The Nominating Committee was extremely pleased at the continued strong response to the call for self-nominations, the range of museum types represented, and the high caliber of the nominees and their enthusiasm for the new accreditation program. With 38 outstanding nominees to consider for only two seats, our charge was challenging,” said AAM Board Member and Nominating Committee Chair Douglas Jones.

The Accreditation Commission is the body responsible for making independent decisions regarding accredited status. It meets three times per year and is made up of museum professionals whose collective experience and expertise represent the range of diversity in the museum field. Commissioners serve in a volunteer capacity.   

Learn more about the Accreditation Commissioners.

About the American Alliance of Museums

The American Alliance of Museums has been bringing museums together since 1906, helping to develop standards and best practices, gathering and sharing knowledge, and providing advocacy on issues of concern to the entire museum community. Representing more than 30,000 individual museum professionals and volunteers, institutions and corporate partners serving the museum field, the Alliance is the only organization representing the entire scope of the broad museum community. For more information, visit


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