AAMI Governance

In 2018, AAMI built out a new leadership structure. The AAMI Steering Committee oversees four main organizational branches: communications, membership, governance, and the annual meeting.

What are the goals of The AAMI Leadership team?

  • Create a sustainable organization
  • Create a transparent leadership structure and succession plan
  • Form an entity that will lead the field of art museum interpretation
  • Establish a framework to define and manage membership
  • Develop a legal and financial framework for managing money  


  • Develops AAMI’s annual communications plan
  • Develops content for and manages social media, newsletter, website
  • Manages listserv and email lists


  • Develops bylaws and structure process for selecting leadership
  • Provides support for the steering committee to incorporate AAMI
  • Manages and refines committee structures as needed


  • Develops and maintains membership plan and strategy
  • Develops and maintains membership criteria
  • Determine and establish Membership benefits

Annual convening

  • Will include a local host committee as a sub group (1-3 people)
  • Plans meeting programming and agenda
  • Plans meeting logistics (hotels, locations, etc)
  • Works with communication and website committee to promote meeting

Steering committee members 2018-2019

Swarupa Anila, The Detroit Institute of Arts
Jennifer Foley, The Albright-Knox Art Gallery
Julia Forbes,  High Museum of Art
Emily Fry, The Art Institute of Chicago
Alison Jean, Detroit Institute of Arts
Rosie May, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
Nina Pelaez, Williams College Museum of Art
Margaret Sternbergh, Independent Interpretation Specialist

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