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Executive Director Communications

For Immediate Release

Leilani Lewis, Communications Manager


206-518-6000 ext. 108

Northwest African American Museum

New Executive Director Announcement

[Seattle, WA] September 19, 2013

The Board of Directors of the Northwest African American Museum is pleased to announce as of October 1, 2013, the appointment of Rosanna Sharpe as new Executive Director.

“The Museum has been blessed with solid leadership from Carver Gayton to Barbara Earl Thomas and now Rosanna Sharpe. Sharpe brings a wealth of experience and expertise for a strong and positive future” Says Chair of NAAM’s Board of Directors Norman B. Rice.

With more than two decades of experience in the museum field, Rosanna’s extensive experience coupled with her education and leadership skills made her a strong candidate for the position. Rosanna Sharpe has an MFA in Museum Studies from the Syracuse University where she received the African American Studies Fellowship. Rosanna has served as the Director of Curatorial Affairs for the Museum of Glass and the Manager of Collections and Traveling Exhibitions for the Experience Museum Project.

(Insert quote from Rosanna) “I am honored to be entrusted with the leadership of this dynamic museum,” “NAAM’s mission, talented staff, dedicated board, and growing community provide rich material for innovative programs and exhibitions that will reach beyond people of African descent and contribute to the evolving cultural narrative of the U.S.”

( Insert quote from Rosanna) “I look forward to working with the Board of Directors , staff, and community to create an exciting new chapter in NAAM’s development.” said

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