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Patricia Wilson Aden

President & CEO, The African American Museum in Philadelphia

Patricia Wilson Aden brings over two decades of experience as a senior executive in non-profit management to her position as the recently appointed President & CEO at the African American Museum in Philadelphia.  Aden previously served as Interim President & CEO and AAMP’s Sr. Vice President of Operations, with responsibility for the management of daily operations with senior staff reporting directly to her.  Her responsibilities included overseeing the curatorial departments:  Education and Public Programming, Exhibitions, and Collections and Conservation.  She was also responsible ensuring the quality of visitors experience at the museum, with oversight of the Visitor Services, and Maintenance and Security departments.

Prior to joining AAMP, Aden led local, regional, and national non-profit organizations including positions as the Executive Director of the Rhythm & Blues Foundation, Director of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Office of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and President of the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia, as well as other executive positions.

Aden currently serves on the board of the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, a non-profit organization that distributes nearly $2 million annually to arts and culture organizations in Philadelphia.  She was also an adjunct professor at Goucher College in Towson, Maryland.  She has served as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts and other national and state level granting agencies.  Aden holds a BA from Spelman College and an MA from Cornell University.