Gail Anderson helps cultural and socially responsible organizations achieve greater relevance and success in today’s complex world. Working closely with trustees, directors, and staff, Gail facilitates organizational transformation and planning, governance and leadership development, community and public engagement, institutional capacity building, and provides professional development and education services. Projects include work with over 70 different museums and cultural institutions spanning North America – Alaska to Vermont, California to Canada with most returning as repeat clients.
With over 35+ years of professional experience, Gail brings an extensive knowledge and understanding of museums, current issues, creative solutions, and diverse strategies for institutional success. Before beginning her own consulting business, she was Deputy Director of the Mexican Museum (San Francisco), Vice President of Museum Management Consultants, Chair of the graduate Department of Museum Studies at JFK University, Assistant Director of the Southwest Museum, and Museum Educator at the Museum of Northern Arizona.
Anderson has been active professionally throughout her career as a past Board member of the American Alliance of Museums, a member of the committee that produced Excellence & Equity, past president of the Western Museums Association Board of Directors. She received the Director’s Chair award for distinguished service and leadership from the Western Museums Association. Gail has authored and edited numerous publications including her most recent books Mission Matters: Relevance and Museums in the 21st Century (2019) and Reinventing the Museum: The Evolving Conversation on the Paradigm Shift (2012, second edition). Gail continues her commitment to advancing the field through frequent speaking engagements, writing, and teaching. The development of the third edition of Reinventing the Museum: The Evolving Conversation on the Paradigm Shift is now underway.