Linda Harrison will be the next director and CEO of the Newark Museum in New Jersey. She takes the place of Steven Kern, who resigned in late 2017 to become president of the Asbjorn Lunde Foundation.
Harrison has led the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) in San Francisco since 2013 as CEO and director. Prior to her role at MoAD, she was a business owner in San Francisco and a vice president at Eastman Kodak. A Getty Foundation Executive Leadership Institute Fellow, Harrison is on a variety of nonprofit boards and committees, including the program committee for the American Alliance of Museums.
“I’m thrilled to join the Newark Museum family to implement a bold transformation/agenda that lock steps with the City of Newark’s revitalization of the downtown district,” Harrison said in a statement. “The museum will be the city’s hub, where art, science, race, and culture will ignite compassionate conversations.”
When she starts in her new job in January, Harrison will be only the eighth director in the history of the museum, which will mark its 110th anniversary next year.