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August 27th, 2015
Philadelphia Museum of Art Appoints Nicole K. Allen White as Director of Government and External Affairs

The Philadelphia Museum of Art announced today the appointment of Nicole K. Allen White as Director of Government and External Affairs, effective immediately. In this position, Mrs. Allen White will advance the Museum’s goals for public support for its programs and build on its relationships with city, state, and federal legislators and officials, as well as community groups. She comes to the Museum from the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, where she has served as Director of Policy and Community engagement since 2014. She will report to Gail Harrity, the Museum’s President and Chief Operating Officer.

Ms. Harrity stated: “Nicole is a strong advocate of arts and culture in Philadelphia and we are delighted that she will bring her considerable expertise to the Museum. At the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, she led the successful campaign to restore funding for the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, and in that effort broadly supported the city’s arts and cultural organizations, working diligently to build awareness for the arts as engines of social, educational, and economic development in Philadelphia. We are delighted to have found in Nicole a committed professional whose passion for the arts is so ably demonstrated.”

Mrs. Allen White stated: “I am thrilled to assume the challenges of this exciting position at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. It is the culmination of everything I have longed to achieve in my public service. The Museum is most certainly the cultural heart of Philadelphia, and in my work at the Museum I know that I will be serving the citizens of our city in all that I do. This is deeply gratifying.”

Prior to joining the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, Mrs. Allen White was a Senior Legal Services Coordinator for Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. She received her bachelor of arts degree in 2008 from George Washington University, graduating magna cum laude with special honors in communication. She obtained her law degree in 2012 at Drexel University’s Thomas R. Kline School of Law, graduating magna cum laude with honors in an intellectual property concentration. While in law school, Mrs. Allen White interned with the City’s Law Department and worked in the law school’s Entrepreneurial Law Clinic and received the Best Student Performance distinction. She passed the Pennsylvania Bar in 2013.

Mrs. Allen White also has experience in philanthropic work in Philadelphia. She founded the Pattison Leader Group, a young professional group focusing on engaging millennials in the political process. Additionally she serves on the Board of USA250 and chairs the young outreach arm of the organization, Gen 250 and is a member of the Young Involved Philadelphia Advocacy Committee.

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