Who are we?

Maria Elena Gutierrez

With a background in management and finance, Maria Elena brings to the non-profit sector a business perspective acquired from years of experience in the private sector. Maria Elena worked for McKinsey & Co., Lehman Brothers’ Investment Banking Division, and headed the Investor Relations Department of one of Latin America’s largest publicly traded companies, before turning her attention to museums in 2002. Since then, Maria Elena has closed negotiations for multi-million-dollar business and philanthropic ventures, tapping her large network of corporate, individual, and foundation relationships. Maria Elena holds a BA from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Yale University.

Robert (Sully) Sullivan

Sully has over 45 years of museum program, management, education, and fundraising experience. From 1990 to 2006, he served as the Associate Director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, where he managed all aspects of exhibition, education, public programs and development of national educational programs. Sully holds a graduate degree in management of non-profit organizations from the University of Rochester and has taught graduate seminars in museum studies at The George Washington University and Johns Hopkins University. His eclectic academic interests, managerial knowhow, extensive museum experience, and visionary leadership have made him a highly-regarded authority in the field.

Additional Support

Additional back-office support for logistics, research, and quantitative analysis: Heather Rostker (MA, George Washington University), Lesley Devrouax (BS, Syracuse University), and Alessandro Zanello (BA Universitá di Bologna, MPhil Oxford University, PhD Massachusetts Institute of Technology).