Leadership at PEM
- Tina Ambani
- Samuel T. Byrne, Co-chair
- C. Richard Carlson, Treasurer
- Alfred D. Chandler, III
- Martha Chayet
- Samir Desai
- Carter H. Harrison
- James B. Hawkes
- D. Thomas Healey, Jr.
- Sean M. Healey, Co-chair
- Carla B. Herwitz, Secretary
- Patricia Fae Ho
- Timothy A. Ingraham, Vice President
- John O. Parker
- Stuart W. Pratt, Vice President
- George Putnam
- Jeffrey Rayport
- Molly Ryan
- C. Franklin Sayre
- Robert N. Shapiro, President
- Rose-Marie van Otterloo, Vice President
- Gail von Metzsch, Chair, Board of Overseers
- Jeffrey Beale
- Deb Beatty
- Carole Benning
- Roger Berkowitz
- Allie Blodgett
- Jennifer Borggaard
- Kevin T. Bottomley
- Carolyn M. Brauer
- Henry G. Brauer
- Thaddeus Buczko.
- Susan Esco Chandler
- Philio Cushing
- Darlene Daggett
- Katherine Haney Duffy
- Umesh Gaur
- George Gibson
- Elizabeth S. Gillespie
- Phillip S. Gillespie
- Constance Rudnick Grayson
- Anthony J. Hardy
- Susan Hardy
- Ulf Heide
- Howard B. Hodgson Jr.
- Ellen Hoffman
- Jay Horgen
- Joanie V. Ingraham
- Missy Kasnet
- Jeffrey D. Korzenik
- Saundra Lane
- Stephen S. Lash
- George Lewis
- Hoyt Ludington
- Carolyn Lynch
- Terrence B. Magrath
- Clarence Mah
- Daniel R. McDougall
- Preston McSwain
- Joseph A. Milano
- Elizabeth Creed Moore
- Yoshio Nishino
- Scott E. Offen
- Vincent J. Panetta
- Smita Amin Patel
- Lea B. Pendleton
- Frederick H. Prince
- Nancy Putnam
- Christopher R. Reaske
- Abigail Record
- Howard Rich
- Susan T. Robie, Vice Chair
- William S. Strong
- Samuel Thorne
- Christi van Heek
- Eijk van Otterloo
- Gail von Metzsch, Trustee, Chair
- Susanna B. Weld
- Susan Whitehead
Executive Leadership Team
Dan L. Monroe, The Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo Director and CEO, has held the top leadership position at the Peabody Essex Museum since 1993. He led the transformation of PEM through the consolidation of two small, venerable museums — the Peabody Museum of Salem and the Essex Institute — to one of the largest and most dynamic art museums in the nation. Under his leadership, PEM has increased its operating budget from $3.4 million to $24 million, its endowment from $23 million to more than $300 million, direct attendance from 80,000 to 250,000, and attendance at PEM exhibitions across the nation from zero to more than 500,000.
Monroe has spearheaded two major expansion projects: a 113,000-square-foot addition designed by Moshe Safdie that opened in 2003, and a 175,000-square-foot expansion planned for completion in 2019. During his tenure, the museum has made several thousand acquisitions, valued at more than $70 million. PEM also acquired Yin Yu Tang, the only complete antique Chinese house located outside China, and renovated and restored existing facilities. Staff has increased from 80 to more than 300.
The $650 million comprehensive Campaign Monroe is leading will advance the museum's mission to celebrate outstanding artistic and cultural creativity in ways that transform people's lives. The museum has received gifts and pledges totaling more than $570 million during the quiet phase of the Campaign initiated in 2006, a testament to extraordinary philanthropy on the part of remarkable patrons and to exceptional teamwork on the part of the Board of Trustees and the staff Executive Leadership Team. This is the third-largest campaign among North American art museums in the last 20 years. It includes a $350 million addition to the endowment, $200 million for the expansion, and $100 million to support creative new installations of the collection, several infrastructure improvements to existing facilities and other advancement initiatives.
Monroe is past president of the Association of Art Museum Directors, the American Association of Museums and the Western Museums Conference. Monroe helped write and pass federal legislation known as the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) of 1990 and served on the NAGPRA Review Committee for more than 10 years. He is a grant reviewer for the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute of Library and Museum Services. He was a senior adviser to the Getty Institute's internationally acclaimed Museum Management Institute.
On the national and international stage, Monroe has lectured on a wide range of topics related to museums and their future. He was featured speaker at national museum conferences in Japan and Korea. He co-authored Gifts of the Spirit and has organized or co-curated several exhibitions in the fields of photography, contemporary art and Native American art. Monroe has also been a professional musician, an art photographer and an award-winning filmmaker.
Basseches joined PEM in 2004. He is a leader in working with museums undergoing dynamic growth, transitions and mergers. He came to PEM from Harvard University, where he served as executive director of the Harvard Museum of Natural History (HMNH). During his six years at Harvard, he led the repositioning of the HMNH from a prestigious but quiet museum with a university focus, into a vibrant, public-serving institution. He more than doubled the museum's operating budget and the size of its staff, tripled the level of programming and exhibitions and saw an 80 percent increase in the number of visitors. Prior to Harvard, Basseches managed the exhibition planning program at the Museum of Fine Art, Boston, where he oversaw development and presentation of many major exhibitions, and was a management consultant with TDC, where his practice focused on strategic and business planning for museums and other cultural institutions.
As second in command at PEM, Basseches has extensive institution-wide responsibility for programs and operations. He oversees the Phillips Library (400,000 volumes), Education and Interpretation, Exhibition Planning, and Finance and Operations, among other areas. Recent activities include the launch of a major revitalization of PEM's Phillips Library (one of New England's most important independent research libraries), which will dramatically enhance electronic and physical access to collections and rehabilitate the important historic structures that house the library; and a comprehensive assessment of PEM's education and public programs division, which has led to the successful recruitment of a leading museum education director and substantial improvement in the quality, range and educational impact of programs serving more than 35,000 children and adults annually. Basseches has secured a $10 million grant to support the preservation of PEM's collection of 24 historic properties, four of which are National Historic Landmarks and six others are on the National Register of Historic Places. He has also developed and implemented a series of far-reaching changes to the management of PEM's finances and operations, resulting in consistent annual operating surpluses eight years in a row, and financial resilience in the face of a complex economic environment.
Basseches currently serves as president of the New England Museum Association, the largest and most influential of the regional museum associations, with more than 400 institutions and 1,100 museum professionals as members. He also serves on the Council of Regional Associations, one of three bodies created by the American Association of Museums to advise on policy issues affecting the museum community. He is a commissioner of the Essex National Heritage Commission and an executive board member of the Salem Partnership.
In addition to his work at PEM, Basseches is pursuing his doctorate in art history at Boston University, with a focus on American art of the late 19th century. He holds an M.A. in art history from Boston University, an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.A. in fine arts and English from Amherst College. Basseches is a recipient of the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship and the Horace W. Goldsmith Fellowship.
Berger came to PEM in 2007 from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Simmons College, where he also taught in the Communication and English departments. Previously he was director of the California Center for the Book (a Library-of-Congress-affiliated program), professor in the Library School at UCLA and head of Special Collections at the University of California, Riverside. He was also curator of printed books and curator of manuscripts at the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, Mass. Berger has published more than a dozen books and nearly a hundred articles, and he has given more than 150 talks worldwide on library science, book history and related topics.
As The Ann C. Pingree Director of the Phillips Library at PEM, Berger is responsible for a centuries-old library with more than 400,000 books, a mile of shelves of manuscripts, nearly a million photographs and vast quantities of other materials. He has spearheaded the Art Museum Libraries Symposia and the initiative to renovate the library buildings and catalog its collection. He also curated the exhibition Unbound: Highlights from the Phillips Library at PEM, November 2011–July 2012.
He and his wife collect decorative papers and books about papermaking, paper decoration and paper history. And he plays racquetball with people one-third his age.
Berger's doctorate is in Medieval English Literature and Bibliography from the University of Iowa. He has a master's in English from Iowa and a master's in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana.
Finney joined PEM in early 2002 and led the highly successful rebranding and public launch of the nation's oldest museum after a $194 million expansion of its facilities. The project included the reinstallation of the entire permanent collection and the addition of one of the largest suites of special exhibition space on the East Coast. Finney has established one of the nation's most advanced and innovative marketing communications programs. During his tenure at PEM, attendance at the museum has more than tripled since reopening in 2003.
At the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Finney was the director of marketing and communications. Prior to his work there, Finney served as the first director of marketing at the Exploratorium, a museum of science and art, in San Francisco. Before that he was a senior associate at Museum Management Consultants Inc, where he provided marketing and strategic planning consultation to museums nationwide. He has served on several national and regional museum marketing panels and seminars.
Finney also has senior-level experience in advertising and corporate marketing at a number of major technology and advertising companies. He has been a film and television producer, for which he has won several awards.
He has degrees in archaeology and art history from the University of Pennsylvania.
Fritsch joined the PEM team in 2011, coming from the Victoria and Albert Museum in London where she served as head of gallery interpretation, evaluation and resources for seven years. Prior to that, she worked as interpretation manager at the Historic Royal Palaces and at English Heritage. During her tenure at the V&A, the museum was long-listed for the Art Fund Prize, Britain's single biggest award for innovation, imagination and excellence in museums and galleries.
At PEM, Fritsch is responsible for overall direction and leadership on strategy for education programs, events and activities, interpretation and visitor advocacy throughout the institution, including the museum, historic houses and research library.
She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and a member of the Peer Review College for the UK's Arts and Humanities Research Council. Fritsch was editor of Museum Gallery Interpretation and Material Culture (Routledge, 2011).
Fritsch earned her doctorate in museum education from the Institute of Education, University of London. She has an M.A. in Cultural Heritage Studies from the Institute of Archaeology, University College, London, and an M.A. in European History and French from the University of Edinburgh.
Hartigan leads an innovative, ambitious and award-winning curatorial and exhibition program developed by PEM’s curators, guest curators and consultants with expertise in diverse arenas of American and global art and culture and, increasingly, in other disciplines, from the performing and literary arts to the sciences. The museum’s publishing, exhibition design, registration, collection management and conservation programs, as well as the museum’s visiting committees and focused efforts to enhance the museum’s collection of 1.2 million works, are also within her purview.
Prior to joining PEM in 2003, Hartigan was chief curator of the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) in Washington, D.C., where she began her museum career. There she built internationally recognized collections of American folk art and African American art and led a major acquisitions initiative for modern and contemporary art. She provided the curatorial leadership for Treasures to Go, a series of 12 collection-based exhibitions that traveled to 103 American museum venues over five years. She was also the founding curator of SAAM's Joseph Cornell Study Center.
Hartigan earned her B.A. in art history from Bucknell University and her M.A. in art history from George Washington University. Her expertise in American art, especially in modern, folk and outsider, and African American art, have yielded numerous widely recognized exhibitions and publications. The leading scholar on American artist Joseph Cornell, Hartigan curated the traveling retrospective, Joseph Cornell: Navigating the Imagination, co-organized by the Peabody Essex Museum and SAAM, and wrote the companion book (Yale University Press, 2007).
She serves on the selection committee of the Claremont Graduate University/Getty Leadership Institute and is a member of the Institute's 2000 class. Currently, she is a board member of the Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC), serving on its finance committee and co-chairing the Conference Committee (2010-11). Her professional affiliations and volunteer activities include ArtTable, American Association of Museums, College Art Association, Association of American Art Historians and the advisory board of the Folk Art Society of America, as well as diverse service regionally and nationally as juror, lecturer, exhibition and dissertation adviser, and mentor to emerging and peer colleagues.
Not surprisingly, Hartigan is a collector herself, with contemporary art, photography, textiles, mid-century industrial design, and books her preferences. In addition to having a healthy appetite for traveling and entertaining, she is a recent convert to pilates, and has channeled earlier aspirations as an actress, artist and interior designer into her commitment to communication and creativity as powerful forces in people’s lives.
PEM welcomed Munsch in January 2011. She came from the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA), where she served for 12 years. As CFO at IMA, Munsch oversaw all accounting, budgeting, investing, banking, risk management, human resources and compliance activities. In previous roles she also supervised computer and information systems initiatives, and retail and merchandising enterprises. During her tenure, IMA’s operating budget grew from $10 million in 1997 to $25 million in 2009. Moreover, Munsch provided critical financial leadership for a $220 million capital campaign, and handled all the financial aspects of the subsequent capital expansion.
A sports enthusiast and avid tennis player, Munsch was the controller for the United States Rowing Association, where she oversaw the accounting and finance functions of the organization, and before that, she was an auditor and senior accountant for several firms.
Munsch completed her undergraduate work at Indiana University with a major in accounting and a minor in French, and earned a Certificate of Strategies in Nonprofit Management from the University of Chicago's Graham School of General Studies.
Phippen joined the Peabody Museum of Salem, PEM’s predecessor, as an exhibitions technician right after graduating with a B.A. in archeology from Tufts University, Medford, Mass. He left to earn an M.A. in museum studies from the George Washington University. He worked as an intern at the Smithsonian’s Anthropology Conservation Lab and as objects conservator at the Pacific Regional Conservation Center at the Bishop Museum in Honolulu, Hawaii. He returned to the Peabody in 1981 as the museum’s first in-house conservator. Later he became director of conservation and collection management, and, starting in 1999 as deputy director of planning and expansion, he oversaw aspects of PEM's expansion and 2003 re-opening.
Phippen currently oversees the Registration, Conservation and Collection Management departments. He is also employed at a family business, Agawam Trust and Management of Boston.