DIRECTOR & Co-Founder
Elizabeth Easton is the Director of the Center for Curatorial Leadership (CCL), a non-profit organization she co-founded with Agnes Gund in 2007 to train museum curators in the fundamentals of management and leadership. Now in its fifteenth year and with over 300 alumni around the world, CCL continues to provide curators with the tools necessary to assume and succeed in leadership positions.
She previously served as the first elected president of the Association for Art Museum Curators from 2003-2006, and as chair of the Department of European Paintings and Sculpture at the Brooklyn Museum from 1999-2007. Easton earned her Ph.D. at Yale University, writing her dissertation on Edouard Vuillard's interiors of the 1890s.
She is the recipient of the Wilbur Cross Medal—the highest honor accorded to alumni of Yale University’s Graduate School—and in 2008 was appointed Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres by the French Government. She is a trustee of MASS MoCA and has served on the boards of the Town School, the Spence School, Studio in a School, and the International Foundation for Art Research (IFAR). She is also on the Visiting Committee of the Department of Paintings Conservation at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the advisory boards of a number of other cultural institutions.
Finance & operations manager
Caitlin Palmer joined the Center for Curatorial Leadership in 2021. As the Finance & Operations Manager, she leads CCL's financial and operational functions to ensure organizational effectiveness and growth. She also serves as liaison to CCL staff, stakeholders, and Board of Trustees, overseeing the full scope of the organization’s stewardship of all institutional partners, donors, funders, and stakeholders. Prior to her role with CCL, Palmer was the Curatorial Administrative Coordinator for the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania. During her time at ICA, she assisted on the notable exhibitionsRee Morton: The Plant That Heals May Also Poison,Cauleen Smith: Give It or Leave It, theColored People Time series, and the Ulysses Jenkins: Without Your InterpretationRetrospective.
Palmer holds an M.S. in Nonprofit Leadership with a concentration in the Arts & Culture sector from the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice. Her practicum focused on grant writing and management. She received her B.A. from Wesleyan University where she majored in the Science in Society program with concentrations in American & Latin American History and Neuroscience, and minored in International Relations. Her senior thesis in printmaking, temporal states, received High Honors in general scholarship and is included in the Wesleyan University permanent collection.
Emma Payne joined the Center for Curatorial Leadership in 2019. As Programs Manager she leads program planning and delivery, working with alumni, staff, and stakeholders to develop and carry out the full scope of the organization’s programming and communications. Prior to her role with CCL, she completed her M.A. in Modern and Contemporary Art and the Market from Christie’s Education where she received the Award for Academic Excellence. Her Master’s thesis focused on the role of the American South and the dynamics of power in the photographs of Sally Mann.
Payne graduated from Washington and Lee University with a B.A. in Art History and a minor in Museum Studies. She spent a semester studying international relations and art history at IES in Paris and subsequently completed a thesis on Olafur Eliasson’s 2016 installation at the Château of Versailles. Throughout undergraduate and graduate school, Payne held internships at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, the Staniar Gallery, and The FLAG Art Foundation. While at the Staniar Gallery, she assisted in organizing Decade: Staniar Gallery’s 10th Anniversary Exhibition, Modern Art Goes Pop: Selections from W&L’s University Collection, and elin O’Hara slavick: Illuminated Artifacts.
Christa J. Clarke joined the Center for Curatorial Leadership as Senior Advisor in 2022. In addition to her work with CCL, she is an independent curator. Previously, she was Senior Curator, Arts of Global Africa at the Newark Museum of Art where her work was supported with major grants from the Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment of Humanities. During her sixteen-year tenure at Newark, she organized numerous exhibitions on topics ranging from men’s fashion to Nigerian modernism and established Newark’s significant collection of modern and contemporary African art, including major commissions by Yinka Shonibare CBE, Simone Leigh and Odili Odita. Clarke has also served as the inaugural curator of African art at the Neuberger Museum of Art from 1999-2002 and as consulting curator at Smith College Museum of Art, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Williams College Museum of Art, and the Memphis Brooks Museum.
Active as a scholar and teacher, Clarke has been a research fellow at the Smithsonian Institution, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Harvard University, and the Clark Art Institute, and visiting appointments at NYU Abu Dhabi, Boston University, University of Pennsylvania, George Washington University, Drew University and Rutgers University. Her publications include Representing Africa in American Art Museums (2011, co-edited with Kathleen Berzock), the award-winning African Art at the Barnes Foundation (2015), Arts of Global Africa: The Newark Museum Collection (2018) and the forthcoming The Activist Collector: Lida Clanton Broner’s 1938 Journey from Newark to South Africa.
Clarke was a 2012 fellow at the Center for Curatorial Leadership and, from 2017 to 2019, served as board president of the Association of Art Museum Curators, of which she is now a lifetime trustee. She received her B.A. from University of Virginia and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Maryland.
SPECIAL PROJECTS MANAGER
Madeleine Haddon joined the Center for Curatorial Leadership as Special Projects Manager in 2020. In addition to her work with CCL, she recently curated the exhibition Nuestra Casa: Rediscovering the Treasures of The Hispanic Society Museum & Library. Previously, Haddon was a Curatorial Assistant in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at The Museum of Modern Art and a Teaching Fellow at the University of Edinburgh. Haddon completed her Ph.D. in 19th- and early 20th-century European Art at Princeton University. Her dissertation, “Local Color: Race, Gender, and Spanishness in European Painting, 1855-1927,” focused on the preoccupation with Spain in 19th- and early 20th-century European and American painting and its relationship to race and color. Haddon also served as a graduate affiliate in Princeton’s Program in European Cultural Studies. Before beginning at Princeton, she was the Programs Associate at CCL from 2012 to 2014.
Haddon is based in London and has lived in Madrid on a Fulbright award conducting research for her dissertation at the Museo del Prado, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, and Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC). Her research in Madrid received additional supported from the Casa de Velázquez. Haddon has presented her research in the United States, Spain, the United Kingdom, and Argentina, and her work has been supported by the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS) and Princeton University Dean’s Fund.
Haddon earned her B.A. in Art History from Yale University, where she was awarded the A. Conger Goodyear Prize by the Department of Art History and the Yale University Art Gallery for her undergraduate thesis on Francisco de Goya’s Los Caprichos. She has held curatorial positions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Frick Collection, Yale University Art Gallery, Princeton University Art Museum, and the Sally and Werner H. Kramarsky Collection, as well as positions at the Studio Museum in Harlem and Vanity Fair.
CCL is a member of ArtsPool, an administrative cooperative that provides nonprofit financial management, workforce administration, and compliance support to membership collective of 25+ New York based cultural organizations. Learn more at artspool.co
Lili Rusing manages all aspects of CCL's grant strategy and writing. Lili is a development consultant who helps nonprofit organizations raisecritical funds to support their missions, specializing in fundraising for the arts, humanities, education, libraries, and archives. Learn more at lilirusing.com
CCL partners with Columbia Business School to design custom curricula and provide core instructional components for all programs.
Professor Brockner is a leading authority on a variety of psychological issues in the workplace, including change management (e.g., the effects of layoffs on the productivity and morale of survivors), leadership, decision-making, the role of the self, and cross-cultural differences in work behavior. He has published three books (one on decision making in “sunk cost” situations, one on the causes and consequences of employees’ self esteem, and one on the role of justice in the workplace). In addition, he has published more than 100 articles and book chapters in a variety of prestigious outlets, including Administrative Science Quarterly, the Harvard Business Review, and the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology to name a few. Joel Brockner earned a B.A. in psychology from SUNY-Stony Brook in 1972, and a Ph.D. in social/personality psychology from TuftsUniversity in 1977. Since that time, he has taught at Middlebury College, SUNY College at Brockport, Tufts University, and the University of Arizona prior to joining the faculty at Columbia Business School in 1984.
He has served (or is currently serving) on the Editorial Board of numerous journals in the fields of management and psychology including the Academy of Management Journal, the Academy of Management Review, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. He also is frequently called on to review for the National Science Foundation. Professor Brockner is a Fellow of the Academy of Management, and he is also a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division of Industrial and Organizational Psychology).
Joel is the former Chairman of the Management Division at Columbia Business School, and he also is the Faculty Director of several highly regarded executive education program at Columbia Business School, including High Impact Leadership, Leadership Essentials, China CEO, and the Social Enterprise offering, The Developing Leaders Program. In addition, he has served as an expert witness, and he has consulted to a variety of organizations (including Association of Art Museum Curators, Canadian Health Services Research Foundation, Citigroup, ConocoPhillips, Eastman Kodak, IXIS Capital Markets, MBNA, Pfizer, State Farm Insurance, Southern New England Telephone, and Stratus Technologies) about the planning and implementation of significant organizational change, leadership development, decision making, and negotiation behavior.
Raymond D. Horton served as CCL's faculty advisor from its inaugural class in 2008 to 2015. He is the Frank R. Lautenberg Professor of Ethics and Corporate Governance at the Columbia Business School, where he also serves as Director of the Social Enterprise Program. He received his B.A. from Grinnell College in 1962, J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1965, and Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University in 1971. A member of Columbia Business School faculty since 1970, he served as Executive Director of the Temporary Commission on City Finances from 1975 to 1977. After returning to Columbia, he founded the Setting Municipal Priorities Project with Charles Brecher, and co-edited, with Brecher, the ten volumes in that series. Between 1980 and 1998, Horton held the positions of Research Director and President with the Citizens Budget Commission. The Commission is a public advocate of responsible financial management in New York City and New York State. His writings include numerous books, articles, and reports in the field of State and local finance and politics. His most recent book, Power Failure: New York City Government in the Post-1960 Era, was published by Oxford University Press in 1993. In addition to his academic responsibilities, Horton has served on a number of private and nonprofit boards. Horton was born and raised in Iowa, but has lived in New York City since 1965. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife Jacqueline, and daughters Justine and Georgia. His son Radley received his doctorate in Environmental Science at Columbia University.