The Queens Museum is excited to introduce our Board Officers and welcome two new members to our Board of Trustees.
Long-time member Paula Kirby has been appointed as the new Chair of the Queens Museum’s Board of Trustees. After serving as Vice Chair during former Board leader Peter Warwick’s three-year tenure, Kirby is taking on this role at a transformative moment in the institution’s history as the Museum prepares for the final phase of a major capital renovation project.
Kirby is Managing Director of Plaxall, an innovator in the thermoforming industry and a third-generation family business which owns and manages over a million square feet of property in Long Island City. A Queens native who grew up in Forest Hills, Kirby serves as Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Queens Public Library Foundation, and on the Board of Advisors of Mount Sinai Queens. She is an active member of the LIC Partnership where she is on a number of committees, including Life Sciences and Retail.
“I am thrilled to be stepping into this new role as the Queens Museum team prepares for the next chapter of its institutional history,” says Kirby. “I am confident that my long-standing relationship with the Museum will help guide strategic decision-making around spatial upgrades, operational support, and all planning connected to the upcoming Children’s Museum.”
In addition to Kirby’s appointment, Yvonne Riley Tepie, Senior Vice President of Social Impact at the Real Estate Board of New York, has been named Vice Chair; and Christina Geffrard, Executive Assistant to Thomas Rudzewick, President & CEO of Maspeth Federal Savings & Loan Association, has been named Treasurer. Amy D’Amato, Associate Compliance Director at Park Strategies, LLC and long-time Forest Hills resident, remains Board Secretary.
Dominique Goss is the Executive Director of the M&T Charitable Foundation and M&T Bank. Her broad understanding of business principles has been pivotal in guiding her collaborations with other business leaders to align shared values. Goss dedicates her time with organizations impacting economic inequality & the racial wealth gap, youth empowerment, and arts & culture. She currently serves as board member for Philadelphia Mural Arts Advocates, Greater Philadelphia Philanthropy Network, and is a 2019-2020 Connecting Leaders Fellow with the Association for Black Foundation Executives (ABFE).
“I’m looking forward to bringing my passion and commitment to equity and underserved communities of human diversity to the Queens Museum, a cultural institution rooted in the Borough’s rich ethnic and cultural landscape,” says Goss.
Born in Jamaica, Queens, Anwarii Musa is a Curator and Art Advisor who brings over a decade’s worth of experience in contemporary art in advising collections and acquisitions from across the country. Musa launched ArtMatic Advisory in 2014, advising clients on acquisitions for private and public collections, estate planning and execution, collection management, and public relations.
“I’m very excited to be joining the Museum’s Board of Trustees,” says Musa. “As a kid born and raised in Queens, it is a full circle moment to have both of the things I’m most passionate about – my community and art – come together. I’m looking forward to the work that’s ahead.”
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