Donna Williams (New York, United States)

Chief Audience Development Officer, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Donna Williams is Chief Audience Development Officer for The Metropolitan Museum of Art where she developed the Multicultural Audience Development Initiative, the College Group at the Met, and the Mentoring Program, and oversees the Spectrum Initiative. Donna cultivates and maintains the Museum’s relationships with diverse communities, college-age and post-college audiences. She has also assembled two key advisory committees consisting of Museum Trustees, staff, and representatives from multicultural organizations and local colleges and universities facilitating a dialogue between the Museum and all of its constituencies. Ms. Williams is the media spokesperson for the Museum on the topic of diversity in the arts and lectures at many organizations, universities, and conferences throughout Europe, as well as in New Zealand, Qatar, and Israel.

Ms. Williams is a member of the NY Theatre Development Fund and has been a member of ArtTable and served on the board of the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums. For her extensive work in diversity, Donna has been honored with the One Hundred Black Men’s Robert Mangum Leadership Award, an award from the State of New York for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, The Special Achievement Award from the National Minority Business Council, The Arts and Culture Award from the Turkish Cultural Foundation, The Cultural Achievement Award from the National Black MBA Association, and several proclamations from the City of New York.