Congrats to Wanda Draper: Reginald F. Lewis Museum Appoints New Executive Director

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Wanda Draper

By Bmorenews Staff

(BALTIMORE – August 26, 2016) – The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Wanda Q. Draper as its new Executive Director. Ms. Draper, currently the Director of Programming and Public Affairs at WBAL-TV 11, will assume her new role on September 28, 2016.

“Wanda, an original member of the board that helped create the mission and vision for the museum, is a lifelong Marylander, and brings to this institution a background of experiences in the corporate world. We feel that she has the right mix of leadership and management skills, community connections, museum knowledge, and values that will help strengthen the capacity of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum,” said board chair Beverly A. Cooper. “The members of the board are looking forward to working with and supporting Wanda as she leads the museum into the future,” Cooper concludes.

A native of Baltimore, Draper is a career communications executive who co-chaired the museum grand opening in 2005. As one of the founding board members, she served for 10 years as co-chair of the Marketing and Public Relations Committee. “The Reginald F. Lewis Museum is a cultural gem designed to educate and inspire with its permanent and temporary exhibits, programs, and resources that highlight the rich heritage of Maryland’s African American community throughout the ages. I am more than honored to take on the challenge of growing and sustaining this great treasure that is named after one of Baltimore’s finest native sons,” said Draper.

Draper has previously held positions as Director of Community Affairs and Visitor Services at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, reporter and columnist for the Baltimore Sun Newspapers, and television panelist on the PBS program “Maryland NewsRap.” She is a graduate of the University of Maryland, attended the Johns Hopkins University School of Contemporary Studies and the University of Maryland School of Law.

Draper was selected as Executive Director of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum following an extensive national search. She succeeds Dr. Askew “Skipp” Sanders who retired earlier this year.

Museum Mission Statement
To be the premier experience and best resource for information and inspiration about the lives of African American Marylanders. The museum seeks to realize its mission by collecting, preserving, interpreting, documenting and exhibiting the rich contributions of African American Marylanders from the state’s earliest history to the present and the future.