Adele Hixon-Day Joins National Museum of African American History and Culture as New Head of Advancement 

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) has announced the appointment of Adele Hixon-Day as its new head of advancement. A seasoned and philanthropic leader, Hixon-Day brings more than a decade of experience to the position.

Before joining NMAAHC, Hixon-Day was the vice president of development for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, where she created fundraising strategies and led multi-million-dollar gift campaigns.

“We are excited to welcome Adele Hixon-Day to NMAAHC,” said Kevin Young, the museum’s Andrew W. Mellon Director. “Adele’s experience in nonprofit management and leadership development make her especially suited to join the museum at this time. As a skilled professional in fundraising and philanthropy, she has experience with both the financial and visionary aspects of executing a national endowment campaign and is dedicated to leading and uplifting our equally gifted team.”

During her professional career, Hixon-Day has built strong relationships with leaders of Fortune 100 companies, mentored and managed non-profit executives across the nation and created and implemented innovative national fundraising campaigns. In addition to her professional accomplishments, Hixon-Day is committed to volunteering in her community. She is a member of several service organizations, including Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and Women of Color in Philanthropy.

Hixon-Day is replacing the outgoing head of advancement, Adrienne Brooks, who is retiring in April after more than 15 years of service at NMAAHC. Under Brooks’ leadership, NMAAHC raised more than $500 million and set a new standard for philanthropic giving in the museum space.

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