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 the institution through a multi-faceted transition of both program and personnel. Emily also served as a Board member of the New York Federal Reserve Bank, 2011-2017 (Chair, 2012-2016), and Senior Adviser for Heritage Protection and Conservation for UNESCO, 2015-2017. She continues to serve as Chair of NYC & Company, Board member of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, and as Board member of PJT Partners. Emily was also an Advisory Board member of the eight-women Bipartisan Congressional Commission for the American Museum of Women’s History in Washington, DC, and continues as an advisor to the Smithsonian for the advancement of the Women’s Initiative project.
Emily is a frequent speaker on nonprofit and board management, fundraising, cultural heritage and historic conservation, and has long been actively affiliated with a number of arts and inter-museum organizations. The recipient of many awards and honors, Emily was named by Crain’s New York Business as one of New York City’s 100 most influential women from 2009 through 2013, and was elected to their Hall of Fame in 2015.
Emily earned a BA degree, with honors, in the history of Africa and the Middle East from Boston University, and recently received their College of Arts & Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award. She has also received numerous honorary degrees and awards, including a Doctor of Humane Letters from Pace University, a Doctor of Laws award from Fairfield University, a Doctor of Humane Letters award from the College of New Rochelle and the New York University Lewis Rudin Award for Exemplary Service to New York City.