GREENSBORO, NC.- GreenHill Center for North Carolina Art
announced that Barbara Richter has been named Executive Director effective August 1, 2019.
Richter most recently served as President of her own consulting practice in Cleveland, Ohio and has led strategic initiatives across multiple industries, government entities, and on behalf of non-profit organizations.
Im confident that Barbaras leadership, broad perspective, and innovative thinking will help grow GreenHills visibility in North Carolinas visual arts community said GreenHill Chair, Bert Davis, Jr. She will work closely with me and our Board of Directors to build upon our strong legacy and refine our vision for the future. Barbaras non-profit focus has largely been with arts organizations undergoing transformational change. We are thrilled to have her join GreenHill at such a crucial moment in our history.
I am deeply honored to be selected as the next Executive Director of GreenHill, said Richter. As the only organization dedicated exclusively to advocacy on behalf of North Carolina art and artists, GreenHill elevates and inspires through education, exhibitions, and programming and serves as a gateway to our states vibrant creative community. In preparation for GreenHills 50th anniversary, Im excited to expand the organizations impact further together with the Board, our dedicated staff, funders and community partners.
Richters arts management experience includes roles as Director of Strategic Planning for Ingenuity Cleveland, an annual festival for the arts, science and technology drawing 40,000 visitors, and Chair of the Spectrum campaign to commemorate the Cleveland Institute of Arts newly constructed campus.
Linda Spitsen, Chair of the GreenHill Search Committee, commented, Barbaras diverse experiences showcase her effectiveness in strategic messaging, audience cultivation, fundraising, and community-wide partnership building. These skills are paramount to GreenHills future.
On behalf of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, based in Washington, DC, Richter created outreach and community partnerships in Philadelphia and Cleveland to expand the footprint of the museum, increase brand awareness, boost membership and generate funding. In this capacity, she also launched and managed the Ohio Advisory Group (OAG), a non-profit affiliate of the National Womens Museum which extends the museums mission through state-wide programming and exhibitions. Over the past five years, the OAG earned the support of prestigious entities such as National Public Radio, the Ohio Arts Council, and the Cleveland Foundation, in addition to building successful partnerships with many of Ohios premier universities and museums.
Earlier in her career, Richter spearheaded communications and corporate citizenship strategies for BMW in North America. Her responsibilities encompassed philanthropy, public relations, and investor outreach. Supported by the Council on Foreign Relations and informed by her work for Germanys leading television networks, she also provided strategic counselling to the US Department of State on German foreign policy.
A graduate of Boston College with a BA in Germanic Studies, Richter earned an MSFS at Georgetown University and a PhD in Political Science at the University of Cologne. She and her husband, Lutz, moved to Greensboro this past year from Cleveland. Their daughter, Kimberly, and son, Philipp, are currently enrolled in universities and working in London.