Pauline Willis has been the director of the American Federation of Arts (AFA) since 2012, serving before as its deputy director and chief operating officer. Under her leadership, the AFA’s exhibition program has grown immensely, now with close to twenty exhibitions in various stages of development.
She initiated a curatorial research travel program that has created new collaborations with museums in Europe, Asia, South America, and the Middle East; spearheaded a project to foster connections and explore opportunities for cultural exchange and collaboration with museums in China; and created ArtViews, a panel discussion series to address current issues pertinent to museum and arts organizations. Also under her leadership, the AFA administers the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation which biannually confers thirty $20,000 grants to artists selected by a panel of experts for their talent and individual artistic strength. Willis holds an M.A. in Public Administration from Baruch College, City University of New York.