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Leadership and Advocacy Fellowship

Sponsored by Langley Federal Credit Union

Meet Our 2019 Fellows!

Rebecca Guest
Rebecca Guest is Development Coordinator at the Virginia Zoo in Norfolk, Virginia. Guest brings to this position over 15 years of customer service and sales experience in competitive markets. She excels in fundraising, grant writing, networking, and donor relations to maximize financial support and advocacy in support of nonprofit organizations. She previously worked for the Fairfield Foundation in her hometown community of Gloucester County where she served as development assistant. Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Virginia Commonwealth University and Associates in Liberal Arts from Rappahannock Community College, and her focus of training is in archaeology, cultural resource management, and museum studies. Rebecca's project will focus on researching current philanthropy and donor cultivation trends.
*Photo credit: Kearsten Walden, Virginia Zoo
Kimberly Robinson
Kimberly Robinson is Museum Curator at the George Washington Memorial Parkway, a National Park Service (NPS) unit in the Washington Metropolitan Area that includes Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial and Clara Barton National Historic Site. She graduated from George Washington University’s Museum Studies Graduate Program with a Master of Arts degree with a concentration in Collections Management. Her research interests are focused on 19th Century Fine and Decorative Arts as well as architecture, in particular the art, architecture and design of the Victorian Era. She is involved with the Workforce Advisory Group for the National Capital Region of the NPS in addition to serving as the chair of the regional Cultural Resources Advisory Committee. Kimberly's project will focus on investigating the issues and challenges related to museum boards and leadership diversity and inclusiveness.

Our 2018 Fellows Final Research

How Can Museums Stay Relevant to Teachers? Review Christina Vida's final research project now.
Neurodiversity in Museums  Review Jackie Spainhour's video now.

Looking to be a Fellow?

Are you a mid-career museum professional looking to have a bigger impact on the field? Do you want to get engaged with VAM, and build your resume at the same time? VAM’s Leadership and Advocacy Fellowship was created for exactly these reasons. If you are selected as a fellow, you would have the chance to do research, talk with your colleagues at other museums about challenges they face, participate in state and national advocacy efforts and conversations surrounding the future of museums. The end result of each fellowship will be a written report that will become a resource for your fellow museum professionals.

Who’s Eligible:

This program is geared toward mid-career professionals, with between 6 and 20 years of experience in the museum field. All applicants must be members in good standing of VAM.

Elements and Timeline of Fellowship:

  • Individual project completed during the course of the fellowship
    (Project would be based on fellow’s interest, but general themes would be future trends in museums/challenges museums are facing and how to address them.)
  • A VAM Board member would mentor each fellow throughout project
  • Attendance at occasional board meetings throughout the fellowship year to share progress
  • Attendance at Advocacy Day to present progress and assist
  • Attendance at VAM conference to present progress
  • Project would be on the VAM website as a member resource


2019 APPLICATION DEADLINE: September 30. Applications are closed for 2019.
September: Fellows Selected
October: Fellows matched with board mentor and pick project
November: Attend board meeting to meet and introduce project


Attend Advocacy Day to share and conduct ongoing research for project
March: Present research in progress at session or poster session at VAM conference
May: Completed projects due, posted on website

Award Amount

$1,000 per fellow