Emily Rafferty is a senior advisor for the firm’s Nonprofit Sector and Board Effectiveness Practice. She provides consulting services to boards on improving areas such as board culture, director effectiveness and engagement, board and committee processes, and alignment of board composition to the organization’s vision and mission. She is based in New York.
From 2005-2015, Emily was President of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she served in roles of increasing responsibility for nearly 40 years. In her role as President, she led one of the world's foremost cultural institutions through a multi-faceted transition of both program and personnel. In addition to her executive experience, Emily has a rich set of board experiences. She serves as Chairwoman of NYC & Company, New York City’s official tourism and marketing organization; as Chairwoman of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York; as a member of the Board of Directors of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum; and as Special Adviser to UNESCO for Heritage Protection and Conservation. From 2009-2013, she was named one of New York City’s 100 most influential women by Crain’s New York Business, which recently inducted her into its Hall of Fame.
Emily earned a B.A. degree (cum laude) in the history of Africa and the Middle East from Boston University and recently received its College of Arts & Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award. She has also received numerous honorary degrees and awards, including the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from Pace University in 2014, a Doctor of Laws award from Fairfield University in 2010, a Doctor of Humane Letters award from The College of New Rochelle in 2008 and the New York University Lewis Rudin Award for Exemplary Service to New York City in 2012.