American University of Beirut


Emily Rafferty

Emily Kernan Rafferty, president emerita of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, served for 40 years at the museum as chief of institutional advancement, senior vice president of external affairs, and from 2005 to 2015 as president. Ms. Rafferty’s global experience in some 50 countries on behalf of the museum included interactions and negotiations with many senior world leaders. In the US, she worked with government and private-sector officials on initiatives involving funding, marketing, and multiple cultural issues. Ms. Rafferty currently serves as chair of the New York Federal Reserve Bank, chair of NYC & Company (the city’s official tourism agency), a board member of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, and senior adviser for Heritage Protection and Conservation for UNESCO. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a consultant to the nonprofit sector. She is a frequent speaker on nonprofit and board management, fundraising, and UNESCO related topics.​

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