Allison Rutledge-Parisi Named Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Daniel H. Weiss, President and CEO of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, announced today that Allison Rutledge-Parisi will be the next Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at The Met.

Ms. Rutledge-Parisi is currently the Chief Administration Officer at Macmillan Learning, a leading educational technology company that is part of the Holtzbrinck Publishing Group businesses. In 2014, Ms. Rutledge-Parisi became the Global Chief People Officer at Macmillan Science and Education, overseeing the Human Resources functions for a more than 16,000-person staff spread through operations in 41 countries. After moving to the role of Chief Administrative Officer at Macmillan Learning—which includes the well-known college publishers Bedford/St. Martins, W.H. Freeman Worth Publishers, Sapling Learning, and Hayden-McNeil—she oversaw Customer Service, Communications, Information Security, and the People function with a focus on strategic human resources.

“Thanks to our unparalleled staff of dedicated and passionate professionals, The Met has become one of the most important and popular art museums in the world,” said Mr. Weiss. “We are excited to welcome Allison and her vast expertise to our leadership team and look forward to working with her as we continually strive for excellence in all aspects of the Museum’s operations.”

Previous to her work at Holtzbrinck, Ms. Rutledge-Parisi was Chief People Officer of the global design e-commerce start-up Fab.com, Inc., where she implemented global systems for talent management, HRIS, performance management, and built Human Resources teams at Fab.com’s international locations. Prior to Fab.com, Ms. Rutledge-Parisi was Chief Administrative Officer at Kaplan, Inc., where she oversaw human resources functions for the 26,000-person company, and before that held a position as Deputy General Counsel in the Corporate Legal department. She was also an Associate at Patterson, Belknap, Webb, & Tyler, LLP, specializing in Intellectual Property, and served as a Judicial Clerk for the Honorable Robert W. Sweet in the Southern District of New York.

"Like so many New Yorkers, I've loved The Met since I was in grade school. My husband took me to the Cloisters for one of our first dates, and our daughters, like so many children, grew up visiting its galleries," commented Ms. Rutledge-Parisi. "I'm thrilled to start working with this incredible team to ensure The Met continues to thrive into the future.”

At The Met, Ms. Rutledge-Parisi will oversee all aspects of The Met’s Human Resources operations. She will be responsible for implementing strategies that prioritize recruiting, retaining, and developing talented staff across all areas of the Museum; supporting the best possible work environment for the staff; and expanding efforts to foster diversity and inclusiveness within the Museum workforce. She takes on leadership of Human Resources from Debra A. McDowell, who became the first person to hold the title of Vice President of Human Resources when she was elected to the position in 2001. Ms. McDowell is retiring on June 30 after 16 years at The Met. Ms. Rutledge-Parisi will start on August 14.

Ms. Rutledge-Parisi holds a law degree from Columbia University and a BA from Yale University. She lives in New York City with her husband, Dr. James F. Marion, and their two teenage daughters.

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