Professional Experience

DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland, Washington, DC: June 2018-Present
Senior Consultant

  • Provide coaching and mentoring for cultural organizations, executives, and nonprofit boards on arts management, strategic planning, fundraising, board development, institutional and programmatic marketing, community engagement, and artistic programming.
  • Provide monthly consultations for 44 small- to mid-sized arts organizations in Atlanta, Austin, Denver, District of Columbia, New Orleans, and Pittsburgh as part of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ two-year Arts Innovation and Management program.
  • Teach a variety of subjects, including community engagement and fundraising, at seminars and through the Institute’s highly competitive, three-year Fellowship program.
  • Assist with the development of strategic plans for a variety of clients.
  • Served in an interim leadership role running the day-to-day operations of a major symphony orchestra for five months during an organizational turnaround.

Arab American National Museum, Dearborn, MI: 2013-2018

  • Led and inspired the AANM staff to work collaboratively to develop and implement strategic plans that actualize the institution’s mission, vision, and core values. Led the organization, setting vision and direction for future growth and success
  • Developed and oversaw a robust fundraising plan to ensure the financial stability and sustainability of the museum, including building the AANM endowment and its unrestricted revenue streams
  • Formed strategic alliances and partnerships with other local/national museums, cultural and educational institutions, and community-based organizations to achieve the museum’s goals
  • Established, nurtured, and sustained relationships with foundations, corporations, government agencies, and private donors
  • Worked with the National Advisory Board to further the museum’s mission and reach into the community throughout the nation
  • Led the staff to develop exciting, high-quality exhibitions and educational, cultural, and artistic programming that served the museum’s mission and expanded and diversified its audiences and support base
  • Managed financial oversight and monitoring, including budget discipline
  • Represented AANM as a thought leader by serving as a keynote, plenary speaker, and panelist at national conferences and other professional events both within and outside the nonprofit sector
  • Served as grants review panelists for national funding agencies, including the National Endowment for the Arts and the Institute for Museum and Library Services
  • Led efforts that resulted in AANM becoming southeast Michigan’s only Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, achieving accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums, and being named Michigan’s singular member of the National Performance Network
  • Oversaw the physical expansion of the museum with the creation of the Annex, a new community arts space immediately adjacent to the AANM, and an artist-in-residency program at City Hall Artspace Lofts in Dearborn, MI

Arab American National Museum, Dearborn, MI: 2009-2013
Deputy Director – Manager of Operations

  • Managed the day-to-day business operations of the museum and ensured program goals were completed effectively, efficiently, and on time
  • Coordinated and supervised the daily activities of staff, including monitoring performance, conducting appraisals, and developing and monitoring work plans
  • Assisted with strategic planning, evaluating organizational needs, and developing goals and objectives in coordination with senior staff
  • Trained, coached, and mentored staff
  • Worked with the director and development staff to secure the financial stability of the organization and its long-term sustainability

Arab American National Museum, Dearborn, MI: 2005-2009
Curator of Community History

  • Planned, designed, and coordinated exhibitions for display at the museum
  • Wrote grant proposals for exhibition and collection projects and managed corresponding reporting requirements
  • Wrote exhibition scripts and label text, as well as pamphlets and exhibit guides
  • Designed policies and procedures for establishing the museum’s curatorial practice
  • Led advisory teams and contracted designers and fabricators to inform exhibition development

MotorCities National Heritage Area, Detroit, Michigan: 2004
Research Intern

Saginaw News, Saginaw, MI: 2000
Photojournalism Intern

Grand Rapids Press, Grand Rapids, MI: 2000
Photojournalism Intern


Master of Science in Historic Preservation Planning, Eastern Michigan University, May 2006

  • Sigma Pi Kappa, International Honor Society
  • Preservation Eastern, Director (Graduate student professional organization)

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Michigan State University, May 2000

  • Additional coursework in Art History and Studio Art

Civic + Professional Leadership

  • Board of Directors, American Alliance of Museums, Washington, DC: 2017-Present
  • Board of Directors, Artspace, Minneapolis, MN: 2017-Present
  • Board of Directors, CultureSource, Detroit, MI: 2015-Present
  • Board of Directors, The CivCity Initiative, Ann Arbor, MI: 2015-2018
  • Board of Directors, East Dearborn Downtown Development Authority, Dearborn, MI: 2017-2018
  • Advisory Board, Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies at N.C. State University, Raleigh, NC: 2015-2018
  • Advisory Council, Kresge Arts in Detroit, Detroit, MI: 2014-2018
  • Advisory Council, Smithsonian Affiliations, Washington, DC: 2014-2018
  • Community Relations Committee, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI: 2015-2017
  • Board of Trustees, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Detroit, MI: 2013-2017
  • Public Arts Commission, City of Ann Arbor, MI: 2013-2015
  • Advisory Council, NewCo Detroit, Detroit, MI: 2013-2014
  • Community Advisory Council, Health Alliance Plan, Detroit, MI: 2012–2014
  • Board Member, Arts & Scraps, Detroit, MI: 2012–2013
  • National Programs Committee, American Alliance of Museums, Washington, D.C.: 2012–2013
  • Community Relations Team, Cultural Source, Detroit, MI: 2011–12
  • Board Member, Heritage Works, Detroit, MI: 2010–12
  • Master Gardener, Michigan State University Extension, Wayne County: 2008–10
  • Board of Directors – Chair, Project Grow, Ann Arbor, MI: 2007–09
  • Crisler Arena Coordinator, First Aid Support Team (F.A.S.T.), Washtenaw Co. Chapter of the American Red Cross, Ann Arbor, MI: 2008–09
  • Broadway Historic District Study Committee, City of Ann Arbor, MI: 2007–08

Awards and Recognition

  • American Express NGen Fellow, Independent Sector, 2016-17
  • 40 Under 40. Crain’s Business Detroit, 2013
  • Emerging Museum Professionals Fellowship, American Association of Museums, 2008
  • Diversity Fellowship, American Association of Museums, 2006
  • Keepers Preservation Fund Fellowship, Society of Architectural Historians, 2005
  • Diversity Scholarship, National Trust for Historic Preservation, 2004

Specialized Training

  • Leadership Detroit, Class XXXIV. Detroit Regional Chamber
  • D:hive BUILD program, Detroit, MI: 2013
  • Capacity Building: Detroit, DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the Kennedy Center, Detroit, MI: 2010 – 12
  • Emerging Leaders (Class IX), Michigan Nonprofit Association: 2009
  • BoardWALK training for nonprofit boards, Lawrence Technical University/United Way for Southeast Michigan/Detroit Executive Service Corps.: 2008 – 09
  • Multicultural Leadership Series, New Detroit – The Coalition: 2007

Last updated on November 28, 2017.