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Danielle Ripperton with the Richmond Children’s Museum

Title: Executive Director of the Children’s Museum of Richmond, which was founded in 1981 and operates two locations – at 2626 W. Broad St. in Richmond and at 6629 Lake Harbor Drive in Chesterfield County.

Not: 1980 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Education: Bachelor of Science in Music Management, University of Evansville, 2002; Master of Arts Administration, Indiana University, 2005

Career: National Headquarters of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, 2000-2003; Contes et scales, 2005; Evansville University, 2005-2006; Evansville Children’s Museum, Acting Executive Director, Director of Development and Marketing 2006-2010; Richmond Symphony, Individual Giving Manager, 2010-2011; Peter Paul Development Center, Director of Development, 2011-2019; Richmond Children’s Museum, December 2019-present

Where do you live in the metropolitan area? : North Chesterfield

Best business decision: “In nonprofits, there are many members and expert voices to consider when an organization makes important decisions with the ultimate goal of fulfilling its mission. There was a period in late summer 2020 when I was concerned that the CMoR would have to go to sleep to wait for the pandemic to end. However, as we continued to learn more about the organizations and businesses operating around us, we began to see a path. At the first opportunity, we were able to reopen the CMoR in September 2020 with the health and safety of our team, our children and our families in mind first and foremost. It took a lot of pivots and turns (and a lot of abandoned ideas) to come up with the openness strategy that we put in place. It was really hard, but the team worked together. This was essential for a community that desperately needed the hands-on educational experiences that a children’s museum offers.


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