Patricia Wilson Aden, President & CEO at the African American Museum in Philadelphia, has over two decades of experience as a senior executive in non-profit management. Prior to joining AAMP, Aden led local, regional, and national non-profit organizations including positions as the Executive Director of the Rhythm & Blues Foundation, Director of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Office of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and President of the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia. She began her career in Washington, DC where she served as the Executive Director of the DC Preservation League, as well as other leadership positions.
Aden currently serves on the boards of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, the Pennsylvania Abolition Society and the Smithsonian Affiliates Advisory Council. She previously served as an adjunct professor at Goucher College in Towson, Maryland. She has served as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts and other national and state level granting agencies. Aden holds a BA from Spelman College in Atlanta, GA and an MA from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. She was awarded an honorary doctorate from Davis & Elkins College in West Virginia. She is the mother of a college-aged son.