The Academy Art Museum has announced two appointments to its Development Office. Julia Marlowe of Overland Park, KS has been appointed as Director of Development and Damika Baker of Cambridge, MD, has been appointed as Assistant Director of Development and Membership.
Marlowe was previously the principal of Marlowe Leadership Coaching in Overland Park, Kansas, a leadership coaching and fundraising training practice. As a certified leadership coach, she provided individual coaching to decision-making management in a variety of industries ranging from nonprofits to Fortune 500 companies. Prior to owning her own business, Marlowe was the Vice President, Philanthropy for the University of Maryland Shore Regional Health (formerly Shore Health System) in Easton and Executive Director of the Lewis and Clark College Foundation at Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey, IL.
Marlowe completed a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Fontbonne University in St. Louis, MO, and has completed some coursework toward a master’s degree in Management at Webster University in St. Louis. She also has completed coursework at the Coaches Training Institute in San Rafael, CA. She holds a certification in Leadership Coaching from the School for Professional Studies and Education at Georgetown University in Washington, DC and Certificates of Completion from BoardSource in Washington DC.
Damika Baker, the Museum’s new Assistant Director of Development and Membership, previously worked on special events and donor relations with the Smithsonian’s Institution-Environmental Research Center in Edgewater, MD. She attended the University of Maryland-College Park, receiving a bachelor’s degree in Afro-American Studies. She also completed some graduate coursework, specializing in Non-Profit and Association Management. Previously, she has held positions at the Edward H. Nabb Research Center at Salisbury University, Coastal Hospice, Inc., and Adkins Arboretum.
Dennis McFadden, director of the Academy Art Museum, comments about Marlowe and Baker, “We are thrilled to be welcoming both of these employees to our team. Julia is an experienced development professional with a deep personal interest in the arts and an understanding of and an appreciation for the role our organization can play in the cultural life of the community. Damika brings extensive knowledge about organizational membership, development practices and visitor services and will be invaluable as we move forward with our efforts in improving accessibility and expanding our offerings to the community.”