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Annmarie Erickson has been employed at the museum for 12 years, serving previously as Executive Vice President, Planning and Administration. Ms. Erickson’s new position incorporates her former responsibilities, including implementation of the DIA’s strategic plan designed to help close a structural operating deficit and bring the museum to financial stability and direct supervision of several new museum departments. As COO, she directly supervises Building Operations (Security, Environmental Services, Events and Food Services, Visitor Services, Volunteer Services), Development, Communications and Marketing (Website and Social Media), Community Outreach, Public Programs and Organization Development and Human Resources. Ms. Erickson also handles Board of Directors relations and is the staff liaison to the Governance and Nominating Committee, which is responsible for cultivating and engaging prospective board members. Working with the museum’s director and the CFO, Ms. Erickson is engaged in the development and oversight of the museum’s annual operating budget and restricted funds.

Prior to joining the DIA, Ms. Erickson worked at the Cranbrook Educational Community for eight years, serving first as executive director of Public Relations and Marketing and later as Communications Counsel to Cranbrook’s president. While she has concentrated her career in the nonprofit sector, Ms. Erickson spent several years in the for-profit sector as a vice president at Casey Communications Management, a full-service public relations firm. Early in her career, she was employed as a newscaster and news director at a major Detroit radio station.

Ms. Erickson also serves as vice-chair on the board of Pewabic Pottery, and is among the inaugural class of mentors in the Women of Tomorrow mentorship program. She mentors young women at Cody High School in Detroit.

Ms. Erickson resides in Detroit with her husband, Paul, their son, Luke and “rescue” dog Austin.

ArtWalk is honored to have Ms. Erickson serve as Keynote Speaker!

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