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Elizabeth Merritt

Center for the Future of Museums
Founding Director
In 2008, Elizabeth Merritt was charged by the American Alliance of Museums with creating the Center for the Future of Museums to help museums understand the cultural, political, economic, environmental, and technological trends shaping the world, and explore innovative ways to help their communities thrive in coming decades. Prior to CFM, Merritt led the Alliance’s standards & research programs—she also has 15 years’ experience in museum administration, curation and collections management. Her areas of expertise include futures studies, museum standards and best practices, ethics, collections management and planning, and assessment of nonprofit performance. Her books include “National Standards and Best Practices for U.S. Museums” and the “AAM Guide to Collections Planning.” She blogs for CFM at futureofmuseums.blogspot.com and tweets as @futureofmuseums. M.A. Duke, B.S. Yale, University of Houston Futures Studies Certificate Course