Emily Rafferty

Emily Kernan Rafferty, President Emerita of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, served for 40 years at the Museum, as chief of institutional advancement, Senior Vice President of External Affairs, and as President from 2005 to 2015. As President, she was the Museum’s chief administrative officer, supervising staff of some 2,000 full-and part-time employees and volunteers. Ms. Rafferty currently serves as a Board member of the New York Federal Reserve Bank (Chair 2012-2016); Chair of NYC & Company (the city’s tourism, marketing, and partnering organization); Board member of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum; Senior Adviser for Heritage Protection and Conservation for UNESCO; Board member of PJT Partners; and served as an Advisory Board member of the eight women Bipartisan Congressional Commission for The American Museum of Women’s History in D.C. (May 2015-December 2016), and continues as an advisor to the project. As principal of Emily K. Rafferty & Associates, she consults for many organizations, including Russell Reynolds Associates in the firm’s nonprofit practice and The Shed, a performing arts center under construction in Hudson Yards. She is an Advisory Director to Carnegie Hall, a member of the Advisory Council of the American University of Beirut, and also a member of the Economic Club and the Council on Foreign Relations.


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