Jada Wright-Greene is a museum activist, futuristic thinker for diversity, writer, and a lover of history. She has a passion for revitalizing and bringing awareness to the African-American museum culture with a personal goal of seeing people of all walks of life in the museum profession. That passion led her to become the Founder & President of Heritage Salon, a nonprofit and the only magazine devoted to museums, historic sites/homes and cultural institutions that are focused on the African American culture. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Bethune-Cookman University, a Masters degree in Urban & Regional Planning and a Certificate in Museum Studies making her the 1st African-American to complete the Museum Studies program at Michigan State University. In the summer of 2015 Jada earned dual Masters degrees in Museum Studies and Nonprofit Management from Johns Hopkins University.
Jada has worked in the nonprofit sector with museums and arts organizations since 1995. She is becoming increasingly known for her commitment and knowledge about the African-American museum culture, arts education community engagement and outreach. She has been featured in several publications including; The African American Experience (American Historic Places) and Mary McLeod Bethune in Florida, Bringing Social Justice to The Sunshine State. She has served as a keynote speaker, panelist and lecturer on the topic of arts education, museums and diversity at several conferences, universities and museums including: Houston Museum of African American Culture, Association of African American Museums, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Harvard University Extension School and Bethune Cookman University to name a few. Recently she became a contributor for Huffington Post where she shares her passion of African American Museums.
Jada has been profiled on The Root.com as one of 8 Hot Causes for Blackk Philanthropists and was named one of Michigan’s Phenomenal Women by Michigan Women’s Forum in 2011. She has received several awards & fellowships including the 2009 National Arts Strategies Leadership Fellow, 2014 Diversity Fellowship for the American Alliance of Museums Conference and named one of the Top 40 Under 40 Top Alumni at Bethune-Cookman University in 2015. Jada has been featured in several blogs and podcasts including Black Gives Back, Speak Art Loud, Museum 2.0, Black Girl Nerds, and Black Southern Belle.
Recently she was able to share her knowledge and passion about Museum Studies programs on the American Alliance of Museums Center for the Future of Museums –Future of Education blog. She holds membership in several organizations including the Texas Association of Museums, where she is the chairman of the diversity committee- DivCOM, American Alliance of Museums, Association of African American Museums, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and is a Johns Hopkins University Alumni Ambassador in the Museum Studies department.
To learn more about Jada visit www.jadawrightgreene.com