Devon Akmon

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Professional Experience


Arab American National Museum, Dearborn, MI: 2013-Present
Director

  • Lead and inspire the AANM staff to work collaboratively to develop and implement strategic plans that actualize the institution’s mission, vision, and core values. Lead the organization, setting vision and direction for future growth and success
  • Lead the staff to develop exciting and quality exhibitions and educational, cultural, and artistic programming that both serves the museum’s mission and expands and diversifies its audiences and support base
  • Work with the National Advisory Board to further the museum’s mission and reach into the community throughout the nation
  • Manage financial oversight and monitoring, including budget discipline
  • Form strategic alliances and partnerships with other local/national museums, cultural and educational institutions, and community-based organizations to achieve the museum’s goals
  • Develop and oversee a robust fundraising plan to ensure the financial stability and sustainability of the museum, including building the AANM endowment and its unrestricted revenue streams
  • Establish, sustain, and expand relationships with foundations, corporations, government agencies, and private donors
  • Assure the sound fiscal operation of the museum, including timely, accurate and comprehensive development of an annual budget and its implementation
  • Strengthen the relationship of the AANM with local and national cultural institutions
  • Engage the national Arab American community including Friends of the Museum Committees in various U.S. cites to advance the work of the AANM

Arab American National Museum, Dearborn, MI: 2009-2013
Deputy Director – Manager of Operations

  • Manages the day-to-day business operations of the museum and ensures program goals are completed effectively, efficiently, and timely
  • Coordinates and supervises the daily activities of staff, including monitoring performance, conducting appraisals, and developing and monitoring work plans
  • Assists with strategic planning, evaluating organizational needs, and developing goals and objectives in coordination with senior staff
  • Trains, coaches, and mentors staff in the areas of customer service, team building, time management, conflict resolution, professional development, leadership, and communication
  • Works with the director and development staff to secure the financial stability of the organization and its long-term sustainability by maintaining and expanding earned revenue and current sources of funding
  • Ensures that all policies, procedures, and programs are measurable and implemented accordingly
  • Reviews metrics on a routine basis and identifies opportunities for streamlining, increased efficiencies, and other areas of improvement
  • Supervises human resource management systems necessary for efficient operations, including evaluation, promotions, and changes in staff job duties
  • Builds relationships and collaborations with other museums, educational institutions, and community-based organizations
  • Represents and/or presents on behalf of the museum in the media and at major public events

Arab American National Museum, Dearborn, MI: 2005-2009
Curator of Community History

  • Planned, designed, fabricated, and coordinated exhibits for display at the museum
  • Secured Smithsonian Affiliation status for the museum two years after its opening
  • Led the development and implementation of new media and web-based initiatives including exhibition micro-sites and other online learning portals, audio tours, and crowdfunding and social media campaigns
  • Wrote grant proposals for exhibition and collection projects and managed corresponding reporting requirements
  • Wrote exhibition scripts and label text, as well as pamphlets and exhibit guides

MotorCities National Heritage Area, Detroit, Michigan: 2004
Research Intern

Saginaw News, Saginaw, MI: 2000
Photojournalism Intern

Grand Rapids Press, Grand Rapids, MI: 2001
Photojournalism Intern

Education


Master of Science in Historic Preservation Planning, Eastern Michigan University, May 2006

  • Sigma Pi Kappa, International Honor Society
  • Preservation Eastern, Director (Graduate student professional organization)

Bachelor of Arts in Art History, Michigan State University
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Michigan State University, May 2000

Community Leadership


  • Advisory Council, Kresge Arts in Detroit, Detroit, MI: 2014-Present
  • Advisory Council, Smithsonian Affiliations, Washington, DC: 2014-Present
  • Board of Trustees, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Detroit, MI: 2013 – Present
  • Public Arts Commission, City of Ann Arbor, MI: 2013 – Present
  • NewCo Detroit Advisory Council, Detroit, MI: 2013
  • Community Advisory Council, Health Alliance Plan, Detroit, MI: 2012 – Present
  • Board Member, Arts & Scraps, Detroit, MI: 2012 – 2013
  • National Programs Committee, American Alliance of Museums, Washington, D.C.: 2012 – 2013
  • Community Relations Team, Cultural Source, Detroit, MI: 2011 – 12
  • Board Member, Heritage Works, Detroit, MI: 2010 – 12
  • Master Gardener, Michigan State University Extension, Wayne County: 2008 – 10
  • Board of Directors – Chair, Project Grow, Ann Arbor, MI: 2007 – 09
  • Crisler Arena Coordinator, First Aid Support Team (F.A.S.T.), Washtenaw Co. Chapter of the American Red Cross, Ann Arbor, MI: 2008 – 09
  • Broadway Historic District Study Committee, City of Ann Arbor, MI: 2007 – 08

Specialized Training


  • Leadership Detroit, Class XXXIV. Detroit Regional Chamber
  • D:hive BUILD program, Detroit, MI: 2013
  • Capacity Building: Detroit, DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the Kennedy Center, Detroit, MI: 2010 – 12
  • Emerging Leaders (Class IX), Michigan Nonprofit Association: 2009
  • BoardWALK training for nonprofit boards, Lawrence Technical University/United Way for Southeast Michigan/Detroit Executive Service Corps.: 2008 – 09
  • Multicultural Leadership Series, New Detroit – The Coalition: 2007

Awards and Recognition


  • 40 Under 40 – Class of 2013. Crain’s Business Detroit
  • Emerging Museum Professionals Fellowship, American Association of Museums, 2008
  • Diversity Fellowship, American Association of Museums, 2006
  • Keepers Preservation Fund Fellowship, Society of Architectural Historians, 2005
  • Diversity Scholarship, National Trust for Historic Preservation, 2004

Last updated on December 24, 2013.