Historical Note


When Maria Gilliotti assumed the position of Development Director in 1982, the department was categorized under the "Programs and Supporting Services" division within the Museum's organizational structure. ("Corporate" and "Curatorial" were the other divisions). Gilliotti's staff that year included Terry Hoff as annual giving coordinator, Daphne Smith as major gifts coordinator, Susan Stuchlak as grants coordinator, and Carol Maloney as planned giving administrator. In 1989, Elizabeth S. Ketcham temporarily replaced Gilliotti as Acting Development Director, overseeing a smaller staff consisting of coordinators for an Associate Member program and for grants.

In 1990 the Museum made a significant change in its organizational structure, bringing Development once again under its corporate division and designating it as an administration office. Developmental activities were now administered by the Office of the Vice President for Development, with Alexandra Q. Aldridge joining the Museum as V.P. (Interestingly, the offices of Membership and Public Relations remained part of the Programs and Supporting Services division. In 1995, however, the Museum did establish an Office of Vice President for Marketing and Public Relations.) Aldridge's staff coordinated programs devoted to corporate partners, Associate museum members, grants, and annual giving. Over the next three years, additional personnel were hired to broaden and refine the Museum's development strategies, such as a campaign manager, writer and researcher, a foundation relations coordinator, and a communications/publications and telemarketing manager. By June 1994, the Development office grew to a staff of 17. (As a point of comparison, the Office of President and Director had 7.) That year, in addition to having personnel in charge of corporate, associate, and annual giving programs, a Deputy Director and a Director of Foundation and Grant Relations were added. Katharine Wilson Gotwals, who began in 1991 as a part-time campaign manager in Development, assumed the former position, and Linda Jacobs, who came to the Museum in 1992 to work on government grants, was promoted to the latter. In 1996, both Gotwals and Ketcham were named Deputy Directors. Gotwals left the following year; Ketcham continued through 1999. Also in 1997, Mimi B. Stein became Director of Donor Relations. Stein's tenure at the Museum began in 1991 as the part-time campaign researcher.

In 1998, the Museum once again reorganized its organizational structure. Development was once again operating as its own department, separate from Corporate offices, which now were designated as "Executive." "Curatorial" was the only other division, as the divisional title of "Programs and Supporting Services" was dropped. Aldridge continued to oversee the department as its Director, rather than Vice President. Development's necessity within the institution was now well established. The department had grown to a staff of 30, including a number of telemarketers. The following year, the Museum initiated a special development program, "Campaign 2001," naming Aldridge Executive Director of Development and the Campaign. Betty J. Marmon came on board as the department's Director. Aldridge remained at the Museum until 2002.

According to the Museum's Annual Report 2006, Betty J. Marmon, who came to the Museum in 1999, continues as the Director of Development. Matthew F. Singer is Senior Communications Officer. The 25-member department conducts four on-going programs; namely, Individual Giving, Corporate Relations, Foundation/Government Grants, and Development Services. There are four additional programs within "Individual Giving," and a director leads each. Kelly M. O'Brien is Director of Individual Giving, Edward H. Mills, Jr. is Director of Planned Giving, Ann Winkowski is Director of Stewardship and Major Gifts Officer, and Mimi B. is Director of Donor Relations. Warwick (Rick) S. Wheeler is Director of Corporate Relations, and the position of Director of Development Services remains open. Since the publication of the 2006 report, Susan Fisher has replaced Kirsten Mattson as Director of Foundation Relations.