June 12, 2017

American Alliance of Museums Names Roosevelt Dzime-Assison, CPA as Chief Financial Officer 

Arlington, VA – The American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the only organization representing the entire scope of the museum community, has named Roosevelt Dzime-Assison as vice president of finance and administration and chief financial officer (CFO). He will ensure the long-term growth and sustainability of the organization’s financial and business operations, and is responsible for effective resource allocation to support the Alliance’s mission and achieve its 2016-2020 strategic plan.
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Roosevelt Dzime-Assison

“Our strategic plan focuses on financial sustainability and exploring new business models,” said Alliance President and CEO Laura Lott. “This is critical not only for museums, but for the Alliance, too. To that end, I’m happy to welcome Roosevelt to the team. He brings new ideas and deep experience from across the nonprofit sector.”

Dzime-Assison (pronounced “jim-ah-see-son”) most recently served as CFO at Directors of Health Promotion and Education, a membership-based nonprofit that advances health policy and systems change with a health equity focus. His three decades of nonprofit experience includes work with the American Red Cross, the YWCA of the National Capital Area, and the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, among others.

“When I went to work at the Red Cross, we had 3,000 employees and 248,000 volunteers. Many of the volunteers worked right alongside employees,” said Dzime-Assison. “I even saw one employee who retired on a Friday, and showed up for work on Monday as a volunteer. So I think the beauty and the essence of that volunteer work -- working together to changes lives -- is a big part of what got me bought into the nonprofit mission. And I find finance and administration work very rewarding, because I have always understood it to be an enabling function. When you operate cost-effectively and save money, you free up more resources to accomplish your mission.”

“I’ve always admired the work of museums, and my wife and I have enjoyed taking our kids to various museums,” he added. “I know museums have a major impact, not only by preserving history, but educating us and giving us a broader perspective on where we’ve been, where we are, and where we’re going.”

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 35,000 individual museum professionals and volunteers, institutions, and corporate partners serving the museum field, the Alliance stands for the broad scope of the museum community. For more information, visit


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American Alliance of Museums