Laura Lott

Laura L. Lott is president and CEO of the American Alliance of Museums, representing the entire scope of the museum community. After being named the first woman to lead the organization in 2015, Laura led the development and launch of AAM’s strategic plan which includes strategic focus on diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion; financial sustainability; and museums’ role in P-12 education. Laura raised the Alliance’s first seven-figure gift and is spearheading an unprecedented initiative aimed at increasing the diversity of nonprofit boards.

Prior to being CEO, as AAM’s chief operating officer, Laura led the 2012 re-launch of the Alliance, including rebranding the organization and redesigning its membership and excellence programs to be more inclusive, leading to 70 percent membership growth.  A passionate advocate for strong and engaged boards, Laura frequently speaks about nonprofit governance, organizational leadership, and strategy. 

After graduating from American University in Washington, D.C., Laura worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers with a focus on nonprofit clients. Laura is a Virginia-licensed CPA, a private pilot, and a proud mom.

UF Museum Studies 

20th Anniversary

Museums Challenge

A Symposium for Transformative Practice

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Museums Challenge

Feb. 16-18,