The National Public Housing Museum, the only cultural institution dedicated to telling stories of public housing in the US, announces Tiff Beatty as the new Associate Director and three new leadership team hires: Samantha Wallace as Director of Advancement and Membership, Colleen McGaughey as Director of Development, and Emily Breidenbach as Director of Communications and Community Engagement.

The museum was founded in the late 1990s by public housing residents to preserve their voices, memories, and histories, and was incorporated in 2007. This past October, the museum raised $14.5 million and broke ground on its physical home, an adaptive reuse of the former Jane Addams Homes on Chicago’s West Side.

Tiff Beatty, the newly appointed Associate Director, has a breadth of innovative programming and community organizing expertise and will provide strategic leadership to leverage public housing stories to shift policy and remediate gentrification. Tiff previously served as the museum’s visionary Program Director of Art, Culture, and Public Policy and brought numerous transformative programs to life, including the Artists as Instigator residency, Entrepreneurship Hub, and 36 Questions for Civic Love.

Samantha Wallace, the new Director of Advancement and Membership, will build relationships with stakeholders by diversifying sources of support and strengthening engagement to ensure diversity and equity throughout the museum. Samantha recently served as Development Manager for the Meals on Wheels Foundation of Northern Illinois.

Colleen McGaughey, the new Director of Development, will spearhead fundraising, building meaningful connections with individuals and organizations to grow the museum’s base of support. Colleen most recently served as Head of Institutional Giving for the Chicago History Museum.

Emily Breidenbach, the new Director of Communications and Community Engagement, will raise awareness and expand audiences through storytelling and outreach. She most recently served as a Director of Marketing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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