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Linda Harrison Linda Harrison

Director, Newark Museum


The Trustees of the Newark Museum have named Linda Harrison the new Director of the Museum. The Newark Museum is New Jersey's largest museum and home to one of the most internationally respected collections. Its renowned global art collections, supported by significant holdings of science, technology, and natural history, rank 12th among North America's art museums.

Linda Harrison comes to Newark from San Francisco, where she has served as Executive Director and CEO of The Museum of the African Diaspora since 2013. She will be joining the Newark Museum with more than 20 years of leadership experience in both for-profit and non-profit sectors. Prior to her leadership of MoAD, she founded two San Francisco businesses, and worked as a Vice President for Eastman Kodak, along with other Fortune 500 companies. When she starts her new job in January, she will be only the eighth director in the history of the Museum, which will mark its 110th anniversary next year.

Linda holds a BA in Mass Communications from Loyola University of Chicago. She is a recipient of the 2017 Arts and Culture award from San Francisco's Commission on the Status of Women, and has garnered accolades for her work on behalf of the Yerba Buena Arts district. A Getty Foundation Executive Leadership Institute Fellow, she sits on a number of nonprofit boards and committees, among them the program committee for the American Alliance of Museums.

Anita Tien led this search with Benjamin Tobin.

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