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American Alliance of Museums Welcomes Four New Board Members and New Board Leadership

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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 four leading professionals from the museum field have been newly elected to the board of directors, serving three-year terms. The incoming board members are:

  • Carrie Rebora Barratt, CEO & The William C. Steere Sr. President, New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, NY
  • Frederic Bertley, President and CEO, Center of Science and Industry, Columbus, OH
  • Alison Rempel Brown, President & CEO, Science Museum of Minnesota, St Paul, MN
  • Charles L. Katzenmeyer, Vice President, Institutional Advancement, Field Museum, Chicago, IL

The board also welcomes two returning board members for their second terms:

  • Devon Akmon, Director, Science Gallery Detroit, Detroit, MI
  • Christine Donovan, Manager, The Northern Trust Charitable Giving Program, Northern Trust Company, Chicago, IL

AAM’s incoming board chair for 2020-2022 is Chevy Humphrey, The Hazel A. Hare President & CEO of the Arizona Science Center in Phoenix. Humphrey is a committed leader and advocate for global, national, local, and statewide education initiatives, serving on the boards of the Sandra Day O’Connor Institute, College Success Arizona, Downtown Phoenix Partnership, Grand Canyon Education, and Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum. Prior to her tenure at Arizona Science Center, Humphrey held leadership positions at the Phoenix Symphony, Houston Symphony, the University of Texas at Austin, and the University of Houston.

Kippen de Alba Chu, Chief of Staff of the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, moves into the position of immediate past chair. The incoming vice chair is Berit N. Durler, Trustee Emeritus of San Diego Zoo Global. Jorge Zamanillo, Executive Director of HistoryMiami Museum, assumes the position of board treasurer. See the full list of the Alliance’s board of directors.

“I am thrilled to welcome this group of museum leaders to our board,” said Laura L. Lott, Alliance President and CEO. “They join us at a pivotal time for our field and I am confident that their experience, insight, and perspectives will continue to strengthen our mission of championing museums and nurturing excellence in partnership with our members and allies.”

The Alliance is grateful to the board members whose service ends this year: Douglas S. Jones, Director, Florida Museum of Natural History (who served as board chair from 2016-2018); Eduardo Díaz, Director, Smithsonian Latino Center; Lisa Yun Lee, Director, National Public Housing Museum; and Andrés Roldán, Executive Director, Parque Explora. Their leadership has been instrumental in fulfilling the Alliance’s mission and strategic goals.

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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Natanya Khashan
Director, Marketing & Communications
American Alliance of Museums

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