Rosanna Sharpe is a native of Washington State and has thirty years of museum experience with a focus on strategic planning, community engagement, and museum administration. She holds an MFA in museum studies from Syracuse University, NY and a BFA in arts administration from Long Island University, Southampton, NY. Her post-graduate degree focused on museum administration and African American studies. Rosanna participated in the Getty Leadership Institute’s 2014 executive education program at Claremont Graduate University. Rosanna currently serves as executive director of the Reach Museum & Interpretive Center in Richland, WA and formerly served as the executive director of the Northwest African American Museum (Seattle, WA), the director of curatorial affairs at the Museum of Glass (Tacoma, WA), and as manager of the Traveling Exhibition Program and Collections at Museum of Pop Culture (Seattle, WA). She previously worked at the Marywood University (Scranton, PA) as art gallery director, and the Tacoma Art Museum (Tacoma, WA) as registrar and curatorial assistant. She is a board member of the Western Museums Association (WMA) and a former committee member of the American Alliance of Museums’ (AAM) Leadership Management Network. In her leisure time, Rosanna practices and teaches yoga and enjoys reading, hiking, cooking, gardening, traveling and studying the Spanish language.

GLI Peer Mentor (2018)