Laura Lott is the inspirational CEO of The American Alliance of Museums (AAM) and her leadership has helped guide the museum sector through an unprecedented year of change.
A results-oriented, strategic leader with a track record of leading transformative change in nonprofit organisations, Lott served as The American Alliance of Museums‘ chief operating officer for five years before becoming the chief executive officer in 2015. She now effectively leads a diverse, national organisation with 35,000 members.
As a direct result of Lott’s work to transform the AAM, it has been better able serve its constituents through enhanced membership offerings, accreditation, annual meetings and by sharing and promoting best practices. Furthermore, AAM member institutions, from art museums to science centres, arboretums and historic houses are better understood and supported because of the success of AAM’s annual “Museum Advocacy Days,” which Lott leads. This effort results in increased funding for museums, libraries and other cultural institutions across the US.
Lotts commitment to Diversity, Equity, Accessibility and Inclusion has led to unprecedented funding from major foundations for support of a national initiative to enhance diversity and inclusion within museum leadership. This work is inspiring institutions across the country to address this issue with intention, action and urgency.
During the pandemic in 2020, Lott has been the epitome of a strong leader. Through her leadership, AAM has provided vital information for museum professionals and has tirelessly advocated for government funding for the industry.