Gregory Stevens – Director
From 2007-2017, Greg Stevens directed the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) Professional Development program, through which he addressed leadership development, skills-building, and career management for museum colleagues. Programs he launched include AAM’s first webinars and online conferences, AAM Career Café, Museum Leadership and Career Management Seminar, Emerging Innovators Forum, and Museum Career Lab. In that decade, he produced over 500 programs across all functional areas of museum practice — from education to strategic planning and from exhibitions to curatorial practice — reaching 40,000 colleagues and 2,500 institutions. Prior to AAM, Greg held positions at the National Museum of the U.S. Army, Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums, National Building Museum, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, and Kellogg Performing and Visual Arts School. Greg co-edited (with Wendy Luke) A Life in Museums: Managing Your Museum Career (2012, The AAM Press), has written or edited numerous museum-related articles and book chapters, and has been invited to speak at over two dozen events in the past decade. Greg is principal of Purple Cow Career and Talent Development, helping emerging and mid-career professionals stand out in their field through job search and career transition coaching. He is currently producing a multi-part webinar series with the International Council of Museums International Committee on Exhibition Exchange (ICOM ICEE), reaching museum colleagues in over 30 countries worldwide. Greg most recently served as adjunct faculty and workshop facilitator in the museum-related graduate programs at Seton Hall University, The George Washington University, and Johns Hopkins University.
Hannah Gaston – Museum Professions Graduate Assistant
Hannah Gaston, of Bluff Point, New York, is a student in the M.A. in Museum Professions program. Before becoming a Pirate, Gaston earned her B.A. in History from Elmira College. She credits her love of history to her many childhood vacations visiting national parks and historic sites. With a desire to continue learning about history, culture, and society, the museum field was the obvious next step. Ultimately, Gaston hopes to inspire and teach other young minds through her exhibits and programming work in museums and cultural institutions.