Maud Lyon

Executive Director, Philadelphia Cultural Alliance

Maud became President of the Alliance in January 2015, and is expanding its scope with a focus upon individual giving for arts and culture and seeking ways for the cultural community to play a greater role in education.

From 2007 to 2014, she founded and led CultureSource, a professional association of arts and culture nonprofits in Detroit and southeast Michigan.  Maud has broad experience in organizing collaborations and in forming strategic alliances with diverse organizations.

Maud has a broad perspective on arts and culture, on what it takes for nonprofits of various disciplines to thrive, and on the role that culture plays in the community.  She began her career in history museums, and from 1990-99 she was the Executive Director of the Detroit Historical Museum.  She led Detroit’s Tricentennial celebration, which occurred in 2001, organizing year-long activities that involved hundreds of organizations, attracted millions of participants and created legacies of public art and an urban park.  As Senior Vice President for Community Relations for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra from 2002-2003, she worked on a public tax campaign and the launch of a new performing arts center.  She has consulted with a wide range of cultural institutions on development and strategic planning.   She facilitated the merger of four nonprofits to form the Belle Isle Conservancy to support Detroit’s 985 acre island park, guiding the Conservancy through merger, launch and start-up phases.

Maud has a BA in history from Cornell University, a MA in museum studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program, and a post-graduate certificate in museum administration from the Museum Management Institute of the Getty Trust.