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Emily K. Rafferty, Director

Emily K. Rafferty is President Emerita of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. She was elected President of the Museum in 2005 and served in that role until her retirement in March 2015. She had been a member of the Museum’s staff since 1976 serving in various roles in development, membership and external affairs until becoming President and Chief Administrative Officer in 2005, overseeing some 2,300 full- and part-time employees. Ms. Rafferty’s global experience in some 50 countries on behalf of the Museum included interactions and negotiations with many senior world leaders. Ms. Rafferty served as a Board member of the New York Federal Reserve Bank from 2011 to 2017 (Chair, 2012 to 2016), and Senior Adviser for Heritage Protection and Conservation for UNESCO from 2015 to 2017. She was Chair of NYC & Company (the city’s tourism, marketing and partnering organization) from 2008 to 2020, and continues to serve on the Executive Committee. She is a Vice Chair of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum and a Board member of the Asia Society, Civitella Ranieri, an Artist Residency Program in Italy, the Hispanic Society Museum and Library, and the Association of Art Museum Curators. She previously consulted for Russell Reynolds Associates in the firm’s nonprofit practice and The Shed, a NYC performing arts center. She is a Board member of Carnegie Hall; a Board member of Koç Holdings, Istanbul, 2018 to the present; a member of the Advisory Council of the American University of Beirut and the Council on Foreign Relations