Recognized nationally and internationally for her leadership and communication skills, Emily Kernan Rafferty served for 40 years at The Metropolitan Museum of Art as chief fundraiser and for ten years as President. She oversaw the administration of an institution employing 2,300 people, the Museum’s financial and legal issues, its revenue sources, security and government relations.
Ms. Rafferty’s global experience in some 50 countries on behalf of the Museum included interactions with presidents, prime ministers and ambassadors. In the United States, she worked with officials on initiatives regarding funding, sponsorship, lobbying on nonprofit issues, cultural property, international loans and federal indemnity for artworks.
She is Chair of the New York Federal Reserve Bank, Chair of NYC & Company, a Board member of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, and Senior Adviser for Heritage Protection and Conservation for UNESCO. Crain’s New York Business named her one of New York City’s 100 most influential women from 2009 through 2013, and in Fall 2015 she was elected to their Hall of Fame.
As principal of Emily K. Rafferty & Associates, she advises many organizations. She is a member of the Economic Club and the Council on Foreign Relations. She was recently appointed Russell Reynolds Associates’ Senior Director in the firm’s Nonprofit and Board Effectiveness Practices.
A graduate of Boston University with a degree in the history of Africa and the Middle East, Ms. Rafferty has received numerous honorary degrees and awards and is a frequent speaker on the arts, culture and the nonprofit sector.