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James Hanley, Executive Director of Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation

James T. Hanley, Executive Director, Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation

In a recent press release, Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation (BWAF) announced that James T. Hanley has been appointed executive director after a national leadership search. BWAF is a New York-based national non-profit and educational organization founded in 2002. Through research, education and programs, the Foundation focuses attention on the contributions of women in architecture and related fields. It works to ensure that they are afforded opportunities at the highest leadership levels in these professions. Hanley brings to BWAF 25 years of experience in leadership and fundraising for non-profit, educational, and cultural organizations.
“With the appointment of Jim Hanley, we have a creative, mission-driven leader to move our organization into its second decade,” said Beverly Willis, FAIA, BWAF’s founder and chair of the board. “In addition, he is keenly aware of the issues encountered by women in the design industry. Jim will enable BWAF to build on its prior successes and help women achieve their professional and personal goals through our programs and outreach,” said Willis.

"The Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation is thinking progressively with the naming of James Hanley, a man, as its Executive Director. Industry leaders are recognizing that the workforce development gap that is widening between available positions for skilled professions, such as in the architecture and transportation fields, and the number of professionals available to fill them can only be narrowed by recognizing and advancing women. All industry leaders--men and women alike--need to work toward bridging that gap. WTS celebrates BWAF's news," said Marcia Ferranto, WTS International President and CEO.

Prior to joining BWAF, Hanley was senior associate director of development at Barnard College. He has also held top positions at the museum of the Fashion Institute of Technology, Pace Law School, Western Museums Association, and the Delaware Art Museum. In addition to working in administration, financial management, and fundraising for major non-profit organizations and cultural institutions, Hanley has undergraduate and advanced degrees in architecture along with an MBA and an MA in Art History.
“BWAF is a great organization, and I am thrilled and honored by this appointment,” said Hanley. “In the upcoming months, I will use my skills in program development and financial management to broaden the role of the organization throughout the United States.”

The Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation (BWAF) is a national research and educational not-for-profit 501(c)(3) that has been working to change the culture of the building industry since it was founded in 2002. Its goal is to create a professional environment where women’s work, whether in contemporary practices or within historical narratives, is acknowledged, respected, and valued.

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BWAF achieves its mission by documenting women’s work, educating the public, and transforming industry practice through collaboration – engaging museums, professional organizations, and other groups in the area of architecture, engineering, design, technology, real estate, and construction.



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