America’s Black Holocaust Museum announces leadership transition plan

Bert Davis. Photo supplied.

America’s Black Holocaust Museum (ABHM) in Milwaukee announced that Dr. Robert M Davis would leave his position as President and CEO for “personal/family care reasons,” and that Brad Pruitt would step in as interim executive to oversee operations and organizational restructuring.

“This transition will ensure strong continuity of leadership for ABHM and lead it into a future of continued growth and long-term sustainability,” museum officials said in a statement.

Brad Pruitt.

“On behalf of our board, staff, partners, and collaborators, we are grateful to Dr. Davis for his tenure and service,” Dr. James Cameron Legacy Board of Directors Chair, Michelle Ford said in a statement. “Dr. Davis, following in the footsteps of our founder Dr. James Cameron, has contributed to ABHM’s long-term success. He set a bold vision that led an extraordinary team to reopen the museum, increased membership and public engagement, and secured a $10 million gift. Dr. Davis has provided inspiration in our community and has helped create a national presence for ABHM. We appreciate the contributions of Dr. Davis and wish him well in his future endeavors.” 

The museum is embarking on a new phase of its journey from re-emergence to long-term impact with a renewed focus on growth and operational efficiency that strengthens its leadership structure and organizational culture to better align with its mission and vision, the press release said.

Davis directed the museum’s reopening after a decade without a physical home. The Board has engaged MRA to conduct an organizational assessment using contemporary best practices with the goal “to continue ABHM’s development from a local and regional cultural community cornerstone to a global leader in the arts, history and culture,” the press release said.

Davis, a veterinarian by training, was named one of Wisconsin’s Most Influential Black Leaders in 2022.