America’s Black Holocaust Museum: Announces leadership transition plan

Milwaukee – America’s Black Holocaust Museum (ABHM) is announcing today an important leadership transition for the organization that will launch the next chapters of this storied institution’s legacy. This transition will ensure strong continuity of leadership for ABHM and lead it into a future of continued growth and long-term sustainability. 

ABHM President and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Robert “Bert” M. Davis has made the decision to leave the organization for personal/family-care reasons, effective this month. Community leader and long-standing ABHM champion, Brad Pruitt, will serve as interim Executive and will oversee operations and organizational restructuring. 

“On behalf of our board, staff, partners, and collaborators, we are grateful to Dr. Davis for his tenure and service,” says Dr. James Cameron Legacy Board of Directors Chair, Michelle Ford. “Dr. Davis, following in the footsteps of our founder Dr. James Cameron, has contributed to ABHM’s long-term success. He set a bold vision that led an extraordinary team to reopen the museum, increased membership and public engagement, and secured a $10 million gift. Dr. Davis has provided inspiration in our community and has helped create a national presence for ABHM. We appreciate the contributions of Dr. Davis and wish him well in his future endeavors.” 

The museum is embarking on a new phase of its journey from re-emergence to long-term impact with a renewed focus on growth and operational efficiency that strengthens its leadership structure and organizational culture to better align with its mission and vision.

Following an extraordinary first year of operations – which represented the rebirth of the museum that had been without a physical home for a decade – the Board has engaged MRA to conduct an organizational assessment using contemporary best practices. Its goal is to continue ABHM’s development from a local and regional cultural community cornerstone to a global leader in the arts, history and culture.