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AAM 2017 Slate of Candidates for Board of Directors

AAM’s Board of Directors has nominated seven distinguished professionals from the museum field and beyond as candidates to serve on the Board with terms that begin in May 2017. Three are current Board members and four would be newcomers to the Board.

AAM’s bylaws allow additional nominations to be submitted by petition; the deadline for this is March 8, 2017. To find out more about this option, please email the Board Nominating Committee. The final decision will be announced at AAM’s 2017 Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo, May 7-10 in St. Louis, and the new board members will begin their terms immediately following that meeting.

Learn more about the candidates:

  Devon Akmon
Director, Arab American National Museum
Dearborn, MI
Nominated for at-large position

Under Devon’s aegis, the AANM was named one of just 160 Affiliates of the Smithsonian Institution and achieved accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums, a seal of approval earned by just three percent of America’s cultural institutions. As director, Akmon has established new relationships with individuals and organizations that have resulted in the expansion of the museum’s mission and programming throughout the nation. Most recently, Akmon has overseen the physical expansion of the museum with the creation of the Annex, a new community arts space immediately adjacent to the museum. 

In addition to leading the AANM, Akmon is a board member of CultureSource, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and The CivCity Initiative. Additionally, he serves on advisory councils for the Detroit Institute of Arts, Kresge Arts in Detroit, Smithsonian Affiliations, and the Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies at North Carolina State University. Akmon also serves as an associate consultant for the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland.

Akmon earned his Master of Science in Historic Preservation at Eastern Michigan University. He is a graduate of the Michigan Nonprofit Association’s Emerging Leaders Class IX and Leadership Detroit Class XXXIV. In 2013, Akmon was named one of Crain’s Detroit Business magazine’s “40 Under 40” business leaders. Most recently, Akmon was named an Independent Sector 2016 American Express NGen Fellow.

  Kippen de Alba Chu
Executive Director
Iolani Palace
Nominated for Vice Chair position

Since August 2006, Kippen has been the executive director for Iolani Palace, a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization based in Honolulu, HI tasked with preserving and perpetuating the former royal residence of the Kingdom of Hawaii. He also worked for the state Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs for several years before becoming office manager / chief of staff for state Representative Bertha Kawakami, who represented the islands of West Kauai and Niihau. Kippen left state government after 16 years to become the assistant executive director of the Hawaii Insurers Council, a trade association of property and casualty insurers from 2004 to 2006.

A graduate of Punahou School, Kippen earned his B.A. in international business from the American University of Paris, France. While in Europe, he also spent two years in Italy studying language, art, and history in Urbino as well as at the University of Bologna. He received his executive M.B.A. from the University of Hawaii in 2013, and is currently in the Omidyar Fellows Program (Cohort III).

Kippen currently serves on the board of directors for the following organizations: American Alliance of Museums, Western Museums Association, Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii, Friends of Hawaii Robotics, and Hawaii Alliance of Nonprofit Organizations.

  Eduardo Díaz
Smithsonian Latino Center
Nominated for at-large position

Eduardo is a 33-year veteran of arts administration. He is responsible for fulfilling the Center’s mission of enabling Latino presence at the Smithsonian by supporting curatorial positions, research, exhibitions, collections, public and educational programs, web/digital content, and publications that address the contributions of the Latino community in nation building and shaping our national culture.

Previously, he was the executive director of the National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC), the largest Latino cultural center in the United States. Before joining the National Hispanic Cultural Center, Eduardo operated a small consulting firm, serving arts organizations, local arts agencies, statewide advocacy organizations and community-based organizations, specializing in grant-making programs, business and strategic planning, cultural facilities planning and cultural and heritage tourism. In 2001, Eduardo co-founded the International Accordion Festival, a free outdoor music festival, in San Antonio. From 1989 to 1999, he served as director of Cultural Affairs for the city of San Antonio, the city’s designated local arts agency.

Eduardo earned a law degree (1976) at the University of California, Davis, and a bachelor’s degree (1972) in Latin American Studies at San Diego State University. He is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.

  Berit Durler
San Diego Zoo Global
Nominated for at-large position, 2nd term
Berit has been involved with the San Diego business community for over 35 years in both the private and public sector. She has worked in the real estate development/construction arena as COO for The Tom Hom Group, served as a consultant for Charitable Real Estate Gifts and held senior management positions for three multi-state financial institutions.

She has long been active in the community. Berit is the current President of Charter 100, past Chair of the Zoological Society of San Diego, past Chair of San Diego Hospice, a Secretary of the San Diego Women’s Foundation, and a member of the San Diego Rotary.

 Along with her interest in animals, she was appointed to the Mayor’s Balboa Park Task Force and holds a special interest in the arts. She served on the Mayor's Task Force for the formation of the new San Diego Symphony as well as on the San Diego Arts & Culture Commission.

  Christine A. Holm
Vice President and Regional Director – Foundation and Institutional Advisors
Northern Trust Company
Nominated for at-large position

Christine works with a variety of organizations to implement customized investment solutions. She consults directly with boards and professional staff to implement consulting, asset management, custody, and planned giving services that align with their mission and values. Christine has specific expertise in the infrastructure and management of foundations, endowments, and retirement plans. She has over 20 years of investment management experience, having worked in both the for profit and not-for-profit sectors during that time.

Prior to her current position at Northern Trust, she spent the last 15 years as a Vice President and the Director of Charitable Management Services at Fifth Third Bank. Christine majored in flute performance at Western Illinois University and has served on the boards of several arts and culture organizations, including Arts Alliance Illinois and the Old Town School of Folk Music.

  Lisa Yun Lee, Ph.D. 
Director of the School of Art and Art History
University of Illinois at Chicago
Nominated for at-large position, 2nd term

In addition to her role as Director of the School of Art & Art History, Lisa is a visiting curator at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, and a member of the Art History, Museum and Exhibition Studies, and Gender and Women's Studies faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Lisa is also the co-founder of The Public Square at the Illinois Humanities Council, an organization dedicated to creating spaces for dialogue and dissent and for reinvigorating civil society.

She has published a book on Frankfurt School philosopher Theodor Adorno titled, Dialectics of the Body: Corporeality in the Philosophy of Theodor Adorno (Routledge, 2004), and researches and writes about museums and diversity, cultural and environmental sustainability, and spaces for fostering radically democratic practices.

Lisa received her BA in Religion from Bryn Mawr College, and a PhD in German Studies from Duke University.

She is the Co-Chair of the Executive Committee of the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy at UIC, and she serves on the national boards of the American Alliance of Museums, Imagining America: Artists & Scholars in Public Life, the Ms. Magazine Adviory Board, and the boards of Rebuild Foundation, the National Public Housing Museum, Young Chicago Authors, 3Arts, and the International Contemporary Ensemble.

  Andrés Roldán
Executive Director
Parque Explora
Nominated for at-large position 

At Parque Explora, the largest science center-aquarium planetarium (322.000 square feet) complex and most visited museum in Colombia, Andrés has has guided the team to create a vision for inspiring, communicating and presenting interactive learning environments to engage the public in understanding science and technology. Since opening in 2007, Parque Explora has become the most visited museum in Colombia with average annual attendance of 600,000 visitors.  

Andrés has extensive experience conceptualizing, designing, building museum exhibitions and learning environments as well as developing education strategies. He also excels at museum management, development and fundraising. His capacities were gained through participating in a long term vision of reconstructing a society that suffered the impact of violence and inequity. The approached use inclusion and integration of communities with urban planning, architecture, culture, education, social innovation, science and technology in the most vulnerable areas of the city to create a new paradigm for civic engagement in the region.

Roldán excels at strategic planning and management of interdisciplinary staff in different areas including administration, fundraising, public relations, content development, education, design and communications, technology and media specialists, tinkering, architecture, engineering, writers and editors. He also directed strategic and master planning, outreach program development, theater design and media programs for small, middle and large museums and learning facilities.