Faculty Profile

  • Debra Kerr

    Debra Kerr is founder and executive director of YouthMuse, which serves as youth advocate and jumpstarts youth-led, museum-based campaigns for change. She provides consulting in the areas of teen engagement and strategic planning for cultural organizations. During her 17-year career at the world-renowned Shedd Aquarium, she held progressively responsible roles, serving as executive vice president for 11 years. She is a past board member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and past chair and instructor for its Professional Development Committee and management courses. She teaches museum management for Northwestern University, serves on the board for the Merit School of Music and on the National Wildlife Federation’s Great Lakes Leaders Council, and is a member of the American Alliance of Museums. She is a frequent guest speaker on issues related to museum relevance, teen empowerment and activating the public for social good.