Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, FL
Kristen Shepherd is the Executive Director of the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, home of the largest encyclopedic collection of fine art in the state of Florida. The Museum’s holdings include 20,000 objects spanning from antiquity to contemporary, including one of the finest collections of photography in the southeastern United States.
Ms. Shepherd started her career at Sotheby’s auction house in New York. Her role there centered around finance and strategic planning, including special projects regarding publications, financial services, budgeting, real estate, and worldwide marketing ventures. In October 2008, she joined the Whitney Museum of American Art as the Director of Membership and Annual Fund. She launched the Whitney’s innovative and award-winning Curate Your Own Membership program, and was also responsible for commissioning and launching the online microdonation fundraiser Clickistan.
Ms. Shepherd moved to Los Angeles in 2013 to accept a leadership position at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), focusing first on revitalizing the membership program and later leading the newly-created Audience Strategy and Services division. Having returned to her childhood museum in St. Petersburg, FL, she is bringing the MFA St. Pete back to the center of her community's cultural life.
She is a frequent public speaker in both professional and public forums, and has learned first hand the importance of effectively managing the message in moments of crisis.
Ms. Shepherd holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in History of Art from The George Washington University, and was a GMF American Marshall Memorial Fellow in 2010.
Monday, May 20
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM