Meet the Board: Ruthie Haggerty, Membership Chair

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Ruthie Haggerty, YNPN Cleveland’s new Membership Chair, represents an important sector of Cleveland’s nonprofit community: museums!  She brings her experience as the Membership Manager at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Cleveland to her role on our organization’s board.  She is also a Cleveland native, and we look forward to tapping into her local cultural expertise as well. 

Ruthie graduated with a B.A. from St. Louis University in History and Philosophy and then a Museum Studies Certificate from Tufts University.  During her time in Massachusetts, it was an internship in the development department at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in Boston that convinced her to pursue development work as a career.  One of her favorite parts of her current position at MOCA Cleveland is planning events for their member program, bringing the creativity the museum promotes to bear on its calendar of events. 

Her interest in museums also characterizes her community engagement outside of work.  She belongs to Column and Stripe, the young professionals group for the Cleveland Museum of Art, as well as the Cleveland History Center’s young professionals group.  She also tries to stay active with Cleveland’s Emerging Museum Professionals group, which provides professional development and networking opportunities for members of Northeast Ohio’s vibrant museum community.

However, Ruthie also enjoys spending time out in Cleveland, which she says is a “hard city to be bored in” with its beautiful parks and its great art scene.  Her new hobby is bike-riding, and she uses it as an opportunity to explore our city in new ways.  When asked where she’d most like to travel, though, Ruthie answered Tokyo, Japan—but only if she can learn some Japanese first!  If she could choose anyone for her mentor, she said she’d pick Dorothy Day, who founded the Catholic Worker Movement, a powerful agent for social justice. 

Ultimately, Ruthie joined YNPN Cleveland because she wanted to bring her experience and her skills to an organization that could use them to grow and flourish.  She says her favorite thing about this organization is the networking, and she’s already met so many interesting people.  She joined the Board of Directors to learn what it really means to be on a nonprofit board because she can imagine herself pursuing more opportunities like this in the future.  If you’d like to talk to Ruthie more about Cleveland’s museum scene or where to bike, you can find her on Twitter at @RuthieHaggerty, on LinkedIn, or via email at ruthiehaggerty@gmail.com.

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