Marion “Missy” McGee
Museum Program Specialist, National Museum of African American History and Culture 

Marion “Missy” McGee is a Program Specialist in the Office of Strategic Partnerships of the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC).  Marion administers the design, implementation and evaluation of key collaborative initiatives and multi-state programs for the only national museum congressionally mandated to strengthen and elevate the profile of African American museums, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and other institutions promoting the study or appreciation of African American history and African diasporic cultural heritage in the United States.

Marion is currently serving her third term on the Association of African American Museums (AAAM) Board of Directors where she serves as the Vice President of the board, chaired the 2019 Annual Conference and oversees external communications, including leading the redesign of the organizational brand identity and website.

Her areas of expertise include long-term strategic planning and organizational forecasting through relational and participatory leadership. She believes in creative problem solving through the embrace of failure, experimentation, and innovation. Her servant leadership style afforded her distinction as one of the “40 Under 40” recognized by the Alexandria, Virginia Chamber of Commerce.

Prior to joining NMAAHC, Marion served as Executive Director of the John G. Riley Center/Museum of African American History & Culture in Tallahassee, Florida where she oversaw all phases of organizational operations including: administration, fundraising, programming, visitor experiences and coalition building. She engineered the redesign of the organization’s website, creative content development for five social media platforms, and led the automation of the museum’s ticketing, fundraising, and contact management systems, while overseeing the construction of a new visitor’s center and administrative workspace.

She is a former interim director of the Florida African American Heritage Preservation Network (FAAHPN). During her tenure, she also managed the planning and coordination of biennial statewide conferences for FAAHPN, bringing together representatives from across the state of Florida to share best practices and gain professional insight. Using her aptitude for technology, she led the development of a mobile app, the complete overhaul of the FAAHPN website, and implemented an integrated communication system for increased connection among association members.

Marion is a gifted strategist who takes a passionate approach to transforming organizations through workshop facilitation, resource allocation and partnership development. She received a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and a Master of Business Administration from the Florida A&M University.

She is currently completing her PhD in Leadership & Organizational Change at Antioch University, enabling her to implement best practices and proven methods of leading, growing and sustaining organizational change.

Marion currently serves AAAM as Vice President and Chair of the Communication’s Committee.