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American Alliance of Museums Welcomes Three New Board Members and New Board Chair

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For Immediate Release

ARLINGTON, VA – The American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the only organization representing the entire scope of the museum community, today announced that three leading professionals from the museum field and beyond have been newly elected to the board of directors, serving three-year terms. The incoming board members are:

  • Nathan Richie, director of the Golden History Museum and Park in Golden, CO
  • Susana Smith Bautista, executive director of Pasadena Museum of California Art
  • Karol Wight, president and executive director of the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, NY

AAM’s incoming board chair for 2018-2020 is Kippen de Alba Chu, executive director of Iolani Palace in Honolulu, the former official royal residence of the Hawaiian Kingdom. He has also worked for the state Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, the Hawaii Insurers Council, and as chief of staff for a state legislator. In addition to the Alliance board, de Alba Chu continues to serve on the boards of the Western Museums Association, Friends of Hawaii Robotics, and Hawaii Alliance of Nonprofit Organizations. He is also an Omidyar Fellow in the Hawaii Leadership Forum and a certified facilitator from The Arbinger Institute.

The incoming vice-chair is Robert M. Davis, museum consultant and principal of DRMD Strategies, LLC.

“I welcome these outstanding leaders from our field, and I look forward to the experience and insight they bring to our board,” said Laura L. Lott, Alliance president and CEO. “Their guidance will be key to fulfill our mission to champion museums and nurture excellence in partnership with our members and allies.”

The board members’ new terms begin on May 9 with the conclusion of the AAM Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo in Phoenix.  Read more about the Alliance’s board of directors.

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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Joseph Klem
Director, Public Relations
American Alliance of Museums

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