Linda Harrison. Photo: the Newark Museum, New Jersey.

Newark Museum Appoints Linda Harrison Director

The Newark Museum in New Jersey announced today that Linda Harrison has been named its new director and chief executive officer. Harrison succeeds Steven Kern, who stepped down from his post in 2017, and will become the museum’s eighth director, assuming her responsibilities in January.

Harrison comes to the museum with more than twenty years of experience in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors and has served as director and CEO of the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) since 2013. Prior to joining MoAD, she founded two San Francisco businesses and worked as a vice president at Eastman Kodak, along with other Fortune 500 companies. Harrison sits on the boards of numerous organizations, including the National Program Committee for the American Alliance of Museums and the Joyce Foundation’s Joyce Awards Jury.

Commenting on the appointment, the museum’s board cochair Clifford Blanchard said: “[Harrison] is joining the museum during an incredible time of transformation for both the institution and the City of Newark. We see all around us how the neighborhood is changing quickly to accommodate its renewed development and growth. With Linda at the helm, the Newark Museum will continue to grow in its role as both a cultural and community anchor.”

Harrison remarked that she was “thrilled” to join the Newark Museum at such a pivotal time—the City of Newark has been revitalizatizing the downtown district in an effort to combat poverty. “The museum will be the city’s hub, where art, science, race, and culture will ignite compassionate conversations,” Harrison said. “I’m looking forward to forging dynamic partnerships with the business, civic, and cultural organizations that will make us a destination city for arts, education, and entertainment.”