An Exceptional Club for Women in Baltimore

Speaker: Wanda Draper

September 26, 2017 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Tuesday September 26.  Luncheon with Guest Speaker: Upstairs at noon; Lunch at 12:15.  Wanda Draper, The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland strives to be Maryland’s premier experience and best resource for information and inspiration about the lives of African American Marylanders. The museum seeks to realize its mission by collecting, preserving, interpreting, documenting and exhibiting the rich contributions of African American Marylanders from the State’s earliest history to the present and the future.  Wanda Draper was appointed Executive Director of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture on September 28, 2016.  A native of Baltimore, Wanda Queen Draper graduated from the University of Maryland School of Journalism. She also attended Johns Hopkins University Graduate School of Contemporary Studies and the University of Maryland School of Law. She came to the Museum from WBAL-TV in a number of capacities including Director of Programming and Public Affairs. She began her career with Hearst Newspapers as a reporter for the Baltimore News American. She also worked at WJZ- TV and Maryland Public Television. She was Director of Community Affairs and Visitor Services at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, managing admissions, security, catered events, retail sales and community affairs. She has extensive management training at the Disney Institute, the American Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the National Association of Broadcasters.  Wanda Draper has a proven dedication to uplifting and empowering communities in need. Her view of community service as a social responsibility has led her to take on hunger and homeless, services for the needy, and education amongst many other worthy causes. The highlight of her community service was serving on the founding board of the Reginald Lewis Museum from 1999 to 2008. During that time $38 million was raised to build the Museum and $2 million to install the permanent collection. She is honored to return as Executive Director.  Wanda and her husband, Dr. Robert Draper have two children and recently welcomed a third grandchild to the family.