Laura Dambier brings corporate and government leadership to growing museum

HYANNIS, MA (Sept 24, 2019) – The JFK Hyannis Museum Foundation Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Laura Dambier has been chosen to become the next president of the museum.

Dambier, an accomplished senior executive leader with more than 30 years of corporate and government experience, will assume her new role on October 1, 2019. The Connecticut resident, who plans to make her new home in Hyannis, takes the helm at a pivotal time in the museum’s history.

The museum launched a hiring search in May, following the retirement announcement of John L. Allen, president for the past seven years.

“All of us are looking forward to bringing Laura on board as our new president, says Peter Ubertaccio, Chairman of The John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum Foundation. “Her first-hand knowledge of presidential sites, combined with her impressive corporate leadership experience, will help position the museum for continued growth and community impact. It is unusual to find a leader with Laura’s broad experience in both the world of business and in public service. We are confident that she will be an excellent leader of the museum and take us to the next level.”

Dambier recently completed a fellowship with Harvard University’s Advanced Leadership Initiative (ALI). ALI Fellows take advantage of the vast intellectual resources of Harvard University to learn, teach, mentor, consult, reflect and plan their next steps to positively impact the world. Prior to this fellowship, Dambier was a successful corporate leader. Her early roots are in public service, having worked for more than 10 years in government roles in Washington, D.C., and at the American Embassy in Germany. She has also served as Trustee on two museum boards: The Connecticut Science Center and the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art.

Dambier has drawn lifelong inspiration from remarkable leaders throughout history. Ten years ago, she embraced a personal goal—to read a biography and visit a home, museum or library for each American president. This activity became a calling and to date she has visited more than 40 presidential sites across the country.

“I’m looking forward to partnering with the museum staff, the Foundation Board of Directors, members of the community and with so many others, near and far, who are committed to preserving and promoting the lasting legacy of John F. Kennedy and his connection to Cape Cod,” says Dambier. “By building on the many accomplishments of this jewel of a museum, I am confident that we can expand its reach and find new ways to convey the courage, the leadership and the strong values of President John F. Kennedy, our 35th president, a true American icon.”