The Florida Holocaust Museum is pleased to announce its new Executive Director, Elizabeth Gelman. She brings to the position over 15 years of experience in museum education, development and nonprofit leadership. In addition to her extensive museum and nonprofit experience, Gelman is a published author and playwright, and creator of the highly regarded interactive arts education program, "Arts Attack!"
"After a very thorough national search, the Board of Directors of the Florida Holocaust Museum is delighted to announce that Elizabeth Gelman has joined the Museum as Executive Director effective January 2013," said Marty Borell, Chairman of the Board. "Elizabeth possesses the experience and competence to lead the FHM forward. We are confident that Elizabeth will be an asset not only to the FHM, but to the entire Tampa Bay community. We extend a warm welcome to Elizabeth and her husband, Tom, who have relocated from Chicago to St. Petersburg."
Gelman's career in museums and nonprofits includes work at the Terra Museum of American Art, Lombard Town Centre, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the Children's Museum in Oak Lawn. More recently, Gelman held leadership positions at Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies, first as Manager of Education for the Spertus Museum, then as Development Senior Project Specialist for the Institute.
"I am thrilled to be joining the team at the Florida Holocaust Museum," said Gelman. "The work the Museum does is enormously important. I am honored to assist them in ensuring the museum's future growth, relevance, and vitality."
Gelman will be leading the staff at the Florida Holocaust Museum with a fresh perspective, extensive experience and significant education. She holds a Master of Science in Written Communicatin from National Louis University, a Bachelor of Science in Communication from Northwestern University, a Certificate in Non-Profit Management from the College of DuPage, and has recently completed her first year towards a Master of Arts in Jewish Professional Studies from Spertus.