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fundraiser, grantswriter, marketing, customer service, Microsoft skill

Valatie, New York, 12184, United States
November 12, 2017

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Mary Ellen Hern

**** ***** ***** ***, ******* NY 12184

518-***-**** home office 518-***-**** cell


Creative, passionate and experienced individual with ability to solve challenges and exceed goals in a leadership role and on a team. Great energy, sense of humor and commitment to excellence. Expertise as a writer, editor, manager, fundraiser, grants writer, marketer, and curator, with experience in social media, board relations, business development and community relations. Exceptional people skills and positive attitude.


2010 To present Principal, Mary Ellen Hern Consulting

2000-2002 Helped public and private clients succeed with fundraising, research, museum management. Clients

include: Maine Mineral & Gem Museum, Olana Partnership Trust, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts,

National Museum of Racing, Frelinghuysen Morris Home & Studio, Concerts in the Village, Friends of

the Tracy Memorial.

2010-2011 Director of Development & Marketing, Schenectady Museum Planetarium (now MiSci)

DOD for regional science & technology museum, welcoming 40,000 visitors annually for informal STEM education. Prepped renaming, rebranding & transformation to dynamic regional science center. Ran Invention Convention, community collaborations.

2009-2010 Director of Development, New York State Historical Association, Cooperstown, NY

CDO for Fenimore Art Museum and the Farmers Museum. Expanded funding for the J.S. Sargent exhibition, develop Native American programs & traveling exhibitions.

2002-2009 Associate Director for Advancement, Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, MA

CDO for a $4.5M non-profit, focusing on Norman Rockwell, historic and contemporary illustration. Staff leadership for $20M Sharing Rockwell’s Legacy campaign, major gifts, planned giving, special events, offsite cultivation, decade-long traveling exhibition, instituted Annual Appeal, Funded Research Institute and assembled National Council of major donors.

1995-2000 Executive Director, Shaker Museum & Library, Old Chatham, NY

CEO for Museum interpreting the Shakers in America through 35,000 item-collection in 21 galleries in 6 buildings. Pioneered community partnerships, capital & conservation funding, doubled annual budget, attendance and shop revenues.

1988-1995 Executive Director, Historic House Trust of NYC and Director of Historic & Cultural Properties,

New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, NY, NY

Founding director of new non-profit partner to NYC agency to care for 18 house museums, restoration crew, curator, archaeology, public art gallery, historian’s office, sculpture restoration crew. Recruited 35-member Board & 30-member National Council Advisory Committee.

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1980-1982 Assistant Director, The Olmsted Project, New York Landmarks Preservation Foundation

Developed exhibition at Metropolitan Museum of Art and 2-volume book Art of the Olmsted Landscape, on 19th C. parks of NYC. Proposal writing, editing, prepare landmark nominations for historic parks and parkways. Exhibit traveled nationally & to England. Assisted Commission with Sunken Ship exhibition and Christos’ “The Gates Project” for Central Park.


M.A. American Culture, Lois McNeil Fellow in the Winterthur Program, University of Delaware, Newark, DE

B.S. Journalism & Fine Arts History, Newhouse School of Public Communication, Syracuse University, Syracuse NY

Leadership New York V, CORO Foundation and New York City Partnership, New York, NY


Software: Microsoft Office Suite, Excel, Powerpoint; familiarity with Sage & Raisers Edge.

R H. Van Alstyne Jewelers, Chatham, NY. Sales associate, research. Summer 2016 and on.

Golden Harvest Farms, Valatie: Service & Sales assistance. Summer-Fall 2014, 2015.

Ichabod Crane and Schodack Central Schools Merger Study Committee, Member (2011-2012).

Town of Kinderhook, NY, Planning Board (2002–2008), Zoning Board of Appeals (2000-2001).

Columbia County Planning Board, Member (2000-2005).

Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area/ Greenway Council & Conservancy, Interpretation &

Management Planning Comm. Member (1999-2001); Tourism Development Council (1996-1998).

Chatham Central School District, Strategic Planning Committee (1995-1996).

October 2017

References and Cover Letter Upon Request



Institute for Museum & Library Service (IMLS), General Operating Support, Conservation & Museums for America

Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), General Operating Support, Facilities Fund, Planning & Implementation.

National Archives & Records Administration, NHPRC grant, Archival Processing.

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Challenge Grant, Conservation, Project Support & American Masterpieces

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Preservation & Access, Exhibition Project & Conservation Support

New York Council on the Humanities (NYCH)

New York State Consolidated Funding Appeal, Mid-Hudson Region, Town of Cornwall, Sand-Ring Homestead; Capital Region, Village of Chatham, Tracy Memorial Village Hall

New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), Architecture, Planning & Design; Arts-in-Education; Capital Aid; Conservation Treatment Program; Museum Program

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Hudson River Estuary Grant Program Fund

New York State Documentary Heritage Program (DHP), Archive project support

New York State Environmental Protection Fund (EPF), Historic Preservation

New York State Environmental Quality Bond Act (EQBA), Capital Project funding

New York State Natural Heritage Trust (NHT), Legislative grants & Member items

Save America’s Treasures (SAT), National Park Service & NEA, Archive Collection Preservation


Acorn Foundation Vincent Astor Foundation

T. Backer Fund Bay Foundation

Bender Foundation Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation

Peter & Helen Bing Foundation Bordewick Foundation

Cain Brothers Foundation Clark Estates

Community Fndtn of the Greater Capital District Elfun Volunteers Fund of GE

Fidelity Foundation Forbes Foundation

Frelinghuysen Foundation High Meadow Foundation

Hudson River Bank & Trust Foundation The J.M. Kaplan Fund / Furthermore

Samuel Kress Foundation Henry Luce Foundation

Burton D. Morgan Foundation New York Community Trust

New York State United Teachers New York Times Company Foundation

Neil & Jane Golub Foundation Overbrook Foundation

Picotte Family Foundation Prospect Hill Foundation

Arthur Ross Foundation 1772 Foundation

Stockman Family Foundation State Employees Federated Appeal

Thaw Charitable Trust Tianaderrah Foundation

Wal-Mart Foundation Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

Corporate Sponsors

American Airlines American Heritage Magazine

Bank of America Bank of New York

Benjamin Moore & Company Berkshire Bank

Brooklyn Union Gas Brunschwig & Fils

Chase Manhattan Bank Christie’s

Con Edison Country Curtains

Estee Lauder Companies Exxon Corporation

First Niagara Bank First Playable Productions

Fleet Bank Private Clients Group Forbes, Inc.

GE Global Research Greylock Federal Credit Union

Hudson River Bank & Trust Key Bank

M & T Bank MVP Healthcare

National Union Bank New York Power Authority

Red Lion Inn Sotheby’s

Stewart’s Target

Time Warner Cable U.S. Trust Company

Whiteman Osterman Hanna Yankee Publishing October 2017

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