Nora brings over 20 years of successful non-profit management, fundraising, and marketing experience to the Emily Dickinson Museum. Following graduate study in art history at Columbia University, Nora began her career at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she worked for six years on the front lines of the Museum’s $1 billion+ capital and endowment campaign, The Fund for the Met. She went on to lead the Development and Membership efforts of the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art, growing its fundraising capacity and steering the effort to secure the largest gift—$12 million—in the organization’s history.
In 2002, Nora returned to her native New England to oversee, as Director of Development and Marketing, the launch and positioning of the internationally-renowned Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. Her commitment to increasing the capacity and vitality of the cultural and non-profit sector has continued over the last decade as a member of the executive leadership teams of deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum and the Worcester Art Museum, and as an independent consultant assisting organizations design, position, and launch major strategic initiatives and connect with transformative donors.
Her decision to join the leadership team at the Emily Dickinson Museum, a former client, is motivated by her professional desire to help significantly expand support and awareness of the organization, and by her personal passion for the place. States Maroulis, “It’s certainly a reverence for the art, which endures and is refreshed with each new reading or set of eyes, and for the enigmatic artist herself, who inspires seemingly endless interpretation and intrigue. But it’s also a matter of hometown pride; that such a cultural giant belonged to Amherst before she belonged to the world, and that now her home serves as a beacon for all and a platform for new voices…that’s what excites me about this opportunity.”
In the newly created position of Senior Director of Development and Communications, Nora will be responsible for leading the Museum’s fundraising, communications, marketing, and promotional programs. Overseeing a team of three and working closely with the Executive Director and Board, Nora will serve as the Museum’s top fundraiser and ensure that development activities are deeply embedded in the mission, work, and culture of the Museum.
About the Emily Dickinson Museum
The Emily Dickinson Museum was founded in 2003 to celebrate the life and works of the renowned American poet Emily Dickinson. The Museum is comprised of two historic homes located in the center of Amherst, Massachusetts that are associated with the poet and members of her family from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries: The Homestead and The Evergreens. The Museum’s mission is to “spark the imagination by amplifying Emily Dickinson’s revolutionary poetic voice from the place she called home” and draws visitors from around the world. The Museum is owned by Amherst College and governed by an independent Board of Governors.
For more information, visit www.emilydickinsonmuseum.org.