Leadership at PEM
- Tina Ambani
- Samuel T. Byrne, Co-chair
- C. Richard Carlson, Treasurer
- Alfred D. Chandler, III
- Martha Chayet
- Samir Desai
- Carter H. Harrison
- James B. Hawkes
- D. Thomas Healey, Jr.
- Sean M. Healey, Co-chair
- Carla B. Herwitz
- Patricia Fae Ho
- Timothy A. Ingraham, Vice President
- John O. Parker
- Stuart W. Pratt, Vice President
- George Putnam, Vice President
- Jeffrey Rayport
- Molly Ryan
- C. Franklin Sayre, Secretary
- Robert N. Shapiro, President
- Gail von Metzsch, Vice President, Chair of Board of Overseers
- Jeffrey Beale
- Deb Beatty
- Carole Benning
- Roger Berkowitz
- Allie Blodgett
- Jennifer Borggaard
- Kevin T. Bottomley
- Carolyn M. Brauer
- Henry G. Brauer
- Thaddeus Buczko.
- Susan Esco Chandler
- Philio Cushing
- Darlene Daggett
- George Gibson
- Elizabeth S. Gillespie
- Phillip S. Gillespie
- Constance Rudnick Grayson
- Anthony J. Hardy
- Susan Hardy
- Ulf Heide
- Howard B. Hodgson Jr.
- Ellen Hoffman
- Jay Horgen
- Joanie V. Ingraham
- Missy Kasnet
- Jeffrey D. Korzenik
- Saundra Lane
- Stephen S. Lash
- George Lewis
- Hoyt Ludington
- Carolyn Lynch
- Terrence B. Magrath
- Clarence Mah
- Daniel R. McDougall
- Preston McSwain
- Joseph A. Milano
- Elizabeth Creed Moore
- Yoshio Nishino
- Scott E. Offen
- Vincent J. Panetta
- Smita Amin Patel
- Lea B. Pendleton
- Frederick H. Prince
- Nancy Putnam
- Christopher R. Reaske
- Abigail Record
- Howard Rich
- Susan T. Robie, Vice Chair
- William S. Strong
- Jurrien Timmer
- Samuel Thorne
- Christi van Heek
- Eijk van Otterloo
- Gail von Metzsch, Trustee, Chair
- Susanna B. Weld
- Susan Whitehead
Executive Leadership Team
Dan L. Monroe, The Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo Director and CEO, has held the top leadership position at the Peabody Essex Museum since 1993. He led the transformation of PEM through the consolidation of two small, venerable museums — the Peabody Museum of Salem and the Essex Institute — to one of the largest and most dynamic art museums in the nation. Under his leadership, PEM has increased its operating budget from $3.4 million to $24 million, its endowment from $23 million to more than $300 million, direct attendance from 80,000 to 250,000, and attendance at PEM exhibitions across the nation from zero to more than 500,000.
Monroe has spearheaded two major expansion projects: a 113,000-square-foot addition designed by Moshe Safdie that opened in 2003, and a 175,000-square-foot expansion planned for completion in 2019. During his tenure, the museum has made several thousand acquisitions, valued at more than $70 million. PEM also acquired Yin Yu Tang, the only complete antique Chinese house located outside China, and renovated and restored existing facilities. Staff has increased from 80 to more than 300.
The $650 million comprehensive Campaign Monroe is leading will advance the museum's mission to celebrate outstanding artistic and cultural creativity in ways that transform people's lives. The museum has received gifts and pledges totaling more than $570 million during the quiet phase of the Campaign initiated in 2006, a testament to extraordinary philanthropy on the part of remarkable patrons and to exceptional teamwork on the part of the Board of Trustees and the staff Executive Leadership Team. This is the third-largest campaign among North American art museums in the last 20 years. It includes a $350 million addition to the endowment, $200 million for the expansion, and $100 million to support creative new installations of the collection, several infrastructure improvements to existing facilities and other advancement initiatives.
Monroe is past president of the Association of Art Museum Directors, the American Association of Museums and the Western Museums Conference. Monroe helped write and pass federal legislation known as the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) of 1990 and served on the NAGPRA Review Committee for more than 10 years. He is a grant reviewer for the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute of Library and Museum Services. He was a senior adviser to the Getty Institute's internationally acclaimed Museum Management Institute.
On the national and international stage, Monroe has lectured on a wide range of topics related to museums and their future. He was featured speaker at national museum conferences in Japan and Korea. He co-authored Gifts of the Spirit and has organized or co-curated several exhibitions in the fields of photography, contemporary art and Native American art. Monroe has also been a professional musician, an art photographer and an award-winning filmmaker.
Josh Basseches, a transformative leader with over two decades of experience guiding complex museums to extraordinary achievement, joined the Peabody Essex Museum in 2004. As second in command, he has extensive institution-wide responsibilities which cut across collections, programming, and operations. Basseches oversees the departments of Education & Interpretation, Exhibition Planning, the Phillips Library, Finance & Operations, Facilities, Human Resources, and Retail, together encompassing 140 staff. He partners closely with the Director and Chief Curator on all major curatorial matters, and is a member of the small team leading the museum's successful $650 million capital campaign. As a scholar with a deep knowledge of art history, and a talented manager, Basseches believes museums realize the greatest success when the artistic and operational sides are integrated through strategic leadership.
Basseches's recent activities include overseeing the major revitalization of PEM's Library through a comprehensive cataloging effort and a renovation of facilities, having spearheaded the effort to raise $20 million for the project; leading a high-level delegation to Beijing to strengthen exhibition partnerships with Chinese museums; and developing an expansive new vision for integrating PEM's 22 historic properties, period gardens, and American art holdings. Basseches led the business planning effort which created a financial roadmap to support PEM's long-range strategy and growth, resulting in a dramatic increase in the size of the operating budget, an increase in endowment from $80 million to $330 million, and consistent annual operating surpluses ten years in a row.
Basseches grew up in Washington, D.C., with the National Gallery and the Smithsonian as his playground, sparking a lifelong passion for art. His scholarship focuses on American art of the nineteenth century, particularly the trans-Atlantic exchange with Paris after the Civil War, and he currently is writing a book entitled Homer, Whistler, Church, and the Paris World's Fair of 1867. Basseches is unwilling to be pinned down to just one time period, however, and also has a strong interest in art of the Dutch Golden Age and in global contemporary art. A talented Afro-Cuban artist named Magdalena Campos-Pons recently caught his attention, and he is curating an exhibition of her work scheduled to open at PEM in January 2016.
Prior to joining PEM, Basseches was responsible for the day-to-day management of the exhibition program at the Museum of Fine Art, Boston, overseeing the planning of over 45 major exhibitions, and was a management consultant at TDC, where his practice focused on strategic planning for museums. He also served as executive director of the Harvard Museum of Natural History (HMNH), leading the repositioning of the HMNH from a prestigious, but internally-focused university museum, into a vibrant, public-serving institution. During his six years at Harvard, he doubled the museum's operating budget and the size of its staff, increased its audience by 80 percent to 160,000, and forged an extensive educational partnership with the Cambridge Public Schools.
In addition to his work at PEM, Basseches is completing a doctorate in art history at Boston University (ABD). He holds an M.A. in art history from Boston University, an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, and a B.A. in Art History from Amherst College. Basseches is also active in the museum professional community, having spent ten years on the board of the New England Museum Association (NEMA), most recently, as President.
Finney joined PEM in early 2002 and led the highly successful rebranding and public launch of the nation's oldest museum after a $194 million expansion of its facilities. The project included the reinstallation of the entire permanent collection and the addition of one of the largest suites of special exhibition space on the East Coast. Finney has established one of the nation's most advanced and innovative marketing communications programs. During his tenure at PEM, attendance at the museum has more than tripled since reopening in 2003.
At the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Finney was the director of marketing and communications. Prior to his work there, Finney served as the first director of marketing at the Exploratorium, a museum of science and art, in San Francisco. Before that he was a senior associate at Museum Management Consultants Inc, where he provided marketing and strategic planning consultation to museums nationwide. He has served on several national and regional museum marketing panels and seminars.
Finney also has senior-level experience in advertising and corporate marketing at a number of major technology and advertising companies. He has been a film and television producer, for which he has won several awards.
He has degrees in archaeology and art history from the University of Pennsylvania.
Fritsch joined the PEM team in 2011, coming from the Victoria and Albert Museum in London where she served as head of gallery interpretation, evaluation and resources for seven years. Prior to that, she worked as interpretation manager at the Historic Royal Palaces and at English Heritage. During her tenure at the V&A, the museum was long-listed for the Art Fund Prize, Britain's single biggest award for innovation, imagination and excellence in museums and galleries.
At PEM, Fritsch is responsible for overall direction and leadership on strategy for education programs, events and activities, interpretation and visitor advocacy throughout the institution, including the museum, historic houses and research library.
She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and a member of the Peer Review College for the UK's Arts and Humanities Research Council. Fritsch was editor of Museum Gallery Interpretation and Material Culture (Routledge, 2011).
Fritsch earned her doctorate in museum education from the Institute of Education, University of London. She has an M.A. in Cultural Heritage Studies from the Institute of Archaeology, University College, London, and an M.A. in European History and French from the University of Edinburgh.
Hartigan leads an innovative, ambitious and award-winning curatorial and exhibition program developed by PEM’s curators, guest curators and consultants with expertise in diverse arenas of American and global art and culture and, increasingly, in other disciplines, from the performing and literary arts to the sciences. The museum’s publishing, exhibition design, registration, collection management and conservation programs, as well as the museum’s visiting committees and focused efforts to enhance the museum’s collection of 1.8 million works, are also within her purview.
Prior to joining PEM in 2003, Hartigan was chief curator of the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) in Washington, D.C., where she began her museum career. There she built internationally recognized collections of American folk art and African American art and led a major acquisitions initiative for modern and contemporary art. She provided the curatorial leadership for Treasures to Go, a series of 12 collection-based exhibitions that traveled to 103 American museum venues over five years. She was also the founding curator of SAAM's Joseph Cornell Study Center.
Hartigan earned her B.A. in art history from Bucknell University and her M.A. in art history from George Washington University. Her expertise in American art, especially in modern, folk and outsider, and African American art, have yielded numerous widely recognized exhibitions and publications. The leading scholar on American artist Joseph Cornell, Hartigan curated the traveling retrospective, Joseph Cornell: Navigating the Imagination, co-organized by the Peabody Essex Museum and SAAM, and wrote the companion book (Yale University Press, 2007).
She serves on the selection committee of the Claremont Graduate University/Getty Leadership Institute and is a member of the Institute's 2000 class. Currently, she is a board member of the Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC), serving on its finance committee and co-chairing the Conference Committee (2010-11). Her professional affiliations and volunteer activities include ArtTable, American Association of Museums, College Art Association, Association of American Art Historians and the advisory board of the Folk Art Society of America, as well as diverse service regionally and nationally as juror, lecturer, exhibition and dissertation adviser, and mentor to emerging and peer colleagues.
Not surprisingly, Hartigan is a collector herself, with contemporary art, photography, textiles, mid-century industrial design, and books her preferences. In addition to having a healthy appetite for traveling and entertaining, she is a recent convert to pilates, and has channeled earlier aspirations as an actress, artist and interior designer into her commitment to communication and creativity as powerful forces in people’s lives.
MacMullan joined PEM in June 2014 with nearly 15 years of high-level fundraising experience from the education and nonprofit sectors. At PEM, MacMullan cultivates global support for museum initiatives and leads the final phase of the museum's $650 million Advancement Campaign.
A dynamic and highly experienced fundraiser, strategist and Asian studies expert, MacMullan brings a robust portfolio and an impressive track record of fundraising successes to PEM. As managing partner and chief development officer for the venture philanthropy fund New Profit Inc., MacMullan spearheaded a three-year, $140 million campaign that, under MacMullan's guidance, raised $72 million in its first year. During her former tenures at Boston University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard Law School, MacMullan was responsible for securing numerous seven- and eight-figure gifts. As assistant vice president of the Boston University's Global Leadership Development Team, MacMullan's team raised one third of the university's ambitious $1 billion goal. She was responsible for closing the lead gift for a $60 million Student Service Center as well as essential for soliciting gifts at the $25 million+ level.
A speaker of Mandarin, MacMullan holds a B.A. in history from Bowdoin College and an M.A. in East Asian languages and cultures from Columbia University.
PEM welcomed Munsch in January 2011. She came from the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA), where she served for 12 years. As CFO at IMA, Munsch oversaw all accounting, budgeting, investing, banking, risk management, human resources and compliance activities. In previous roles she also supervised computer and information systems initiatives, and retail and merchandising enterprises. During her tenure, IMA’s operating budget grew from $10 million in 1997 to $25 million in 2009. Moreover, Munsch provided critical financial leadership for a $220 million capital campaign, and handled all the financial aspects of the subsequent capital expansion.
A sports enthusiast and avid tennis player, Munsch was the controller for the United States Rowing Association, where she oversaw the accounting and finance functions of the organization, and before that, she was an auditor and senior accountant for several firms.
Munsch completed her undergraduate work at Indiana University with a major in accounting and a minor in French, and earned a Certificate of Strategies in Nonprofit Management from the University of Chicago's Graham School of General Studies.
Phippen joined the Peabody Museum of Salem, PEM’s predecessor, as an exhibitions technician right after graduating with a B.A. in archeology from Tufts University, Medford, Mass. He left to earn an M.A. in museum studies from the George Washington University. He worked as an intern at the Smithsonian’s Anthropology Conservation Lab and as objects conservator at the Pacific Regional Conservation Center at the Bishop Museum in Honolulu, Hawaii. He returned to the Peabody in 1981 as the museum’s first in-house conservator. Later he became director of conservation and collection management, and, starting in 1999 as deputy director of planning and expansion, he oversaw aspects of PEM's expansion and 2003 re-opening.
Phippen currently oversees the Registration, Conservation and Collection Management departments. He is also employed at a family business, Agawam Trust and Management of Boston.