Makeba Clay

Makeba Clay, serves as the Horning Chair for Diversity, Equity, Access, and Inclusion at The Phillips Collection. She is a global leader with a distinguished career serving federal, state, and international governments, non-profits, and educational institutions. She has received accolades from notable international organizations, and has been featured in national publications including – most recently – The Washington Post for her esteemed diversity and inclusion efforts as the first-ever endowed Chief Diversity Officer of an arts museum in the United States.

Clay is notably sought-out for group facilitation, executive coaching, training, and keynote speaking through her consulting practice based in Washington, DC. Ms. Clay is the former Chief Diversity Officer at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, and the former national President of the Association of Black Women in Higher Education (ABWHE). She has held leadership positions at Princeton University, University of Maryland, Johns Hopkins University, and currently maintains the following board leadership and professional affiliations: The Maryland Humanities for the Arts; Museum Hue; DC Commission on Arts and Humanities; Art Table DC; Arts Administrators of Color; and the American Alliance of Museums (AAM).

Clay holds professional certificates in Diversity Management and EEO Compliance from Cornell University. She is a Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) and the DiSC inventory. Makeba is a certified mediator, a chaplain, and the founding director of both the Diversity Institute the Community Mediation Center of Charles County.

Ms. Clay has lived, worked, and traveled to nearly 60 countries. She enjoys mentoring young girls and women, culinary arts, interior design, event planning, and reading on a wide range of topics.


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