Diana Duke Duncan

Strategic Partner

Diana Duke Duncan, Strategic Partner, has held leadership positions in development and external affairs for 25 years, and has been elected by her peers as Chair of the American Alliance of Museums Standing Professional Committee on Development and Membership, and President of the Art Museum Development Association.

In 2008, she was appointed Senior Vice President for External Affairs at the Barnes Foundation, and established its first professional advancement program by integrating campaign, annual giving, and sponsorship initiatives; audience development, visitor services and membership; special events; and marketing and public relations. In three years, the Barnes exceeded its $200 million campaign goal; established a major gift program; increased membership from 390 to more than 14,500 households; launched a new identity and website; and established new volunteer committees to support planning across three campuses and to re-engage alumni, students, and faculty.

From 2000 to 2008, Ms. Duncan served as Director of Development on a new senior management team at the Dallas Museum of Art, an emerging national museum that completed a $185 million campaign for endowment, building renovation, and program expansion. During a period of dramatic artistic growth, community engagement, and trustee investment of time and resources, the Museum’s development, membership, and special events capabilities were raised from a modest, regional capacity to a state of high effectiveness. From 1985 to 2000, she served the Smithsonian Institution, a complex national museum with a decentralized institutional advancement model, where she supported the priority fund-raising initiatives of the Board of Regents, the Secretary, and the volunteer Smithsonian National Board.