Leading cultural arts specialist Pamela Johnson has been named vice president of development at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum, Director Kyle Young announced today (3/22). Johnson brings 37 years of executive experience when she begins the new position on Mon., April 5. Reporting directly to Young, Johnson will oversee the Museum’s membership program, annual and planned giving initiatives, and special fundraising events.
Most recently, Johnson served as director, university marketing-special initiatives at Nashville’s Belmont University where, among other responsibilities, she managed the 2008 Town Hall Presidential Debate between Barack Obama and John McCain.
Prior to joining the Belmont staff in 2005, the native Nashvillian spent three years in Los Angeles as vice president, communications and corporate relations for the J. Paul Getty Trust. She oversaw a staff of 32, and implemented the institution’s first corporate sponsorship program.
She spent six years heading the PR division of New York City ad agency Serino Coyne, and then launched her own publicity and marketing firm, working with clients such as Philip Morris, AT&T, and Chase Manhattan Bank. Johnson’s earlier career includes executive positions at the American Association of Museums, Smithsonian Institution, Rogers & Cowan, and Cheekwood.
She is president-elect of the Tennessee Repertory Theater board, vice president of the Exchange Club of Nashville, and a member of the W. O. Smith Nashville Community Music School Advisory Council. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Birmingham-Southern College in Alabama.