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Welcome Our New President, Pamela Williams-Lime

July 17, 2018  by Pabst Mansion

To Pamela Williams-Lime, the Pabst Mansion is an icon: a window into Milwaukee’s gilded age, a symbol of its fabric of neighborhoods, and more importantly, a pathway to new forms of community engagement between Milwaukee’s arts and cultural institutions and the community at large.

“I want to be a part of the exciting possibilities for the Pabst Mansion,” Williams-Lime said. “And I want to be a part of the growth and change in Milwaukee.”

As president of the organization, she’ll be front and center for both.

The Pabst Mansion announced today its hiring of Williams-Lime, former president of the Trout Museum of Art in Appleton, as its new president. She will assume the newly created role on Wednesday, August 1. John Eastberg, executive director of the Pabst Mansion, will remain in his current position.

As president, Williams-Lime will lead all operations at the Pabst Mansion. She will immediately focus on organizational strategy, community program development, and member engagement. Eastberg, as executive director, will continue to oversee all collections, preservation activities, and curatorial functions.

It was a group tour several years ago that led Williams-Lime to the Pabst Mansion. She and her husband Chris joined the organization as members immediately. In 2015, she opened discussions with Eastberg about a possible partnership with the Trout Museum of Art, centered on member engagement. She has since been a regular presence at the Pabst.

Williams-Lime says the aesthetics of the Pabst Mansion and the stories it tells are vital and unique to the community and Milwaukee’s history.

“The Pabst Mansion tells its stories through architecture, fine art, decorative art, historical artifacts, and rich archival resources,” she said. “While we tell the stories through the Pabst family history, they touch on Milwaukee’s socioeconomic and cultural heritage and help us illustrate our common experiences.”

Williams-Lime has long been a visionary within the arts and cultural institutions and maintains a passion for uniting and engaging communities. It’s her understanding of financial responsibility and an ability to develop strategies and vision that she describes as her professional strengths. At the Pabst Mansion, Williams-Lime sees a tremendous set of assets to leverage and some very compelling challenges to address.

“The Pabst Mansion is in a strong financial position with an engaged and passionate team of staff, board members, and volunteers," Williams-Lime explained. “What this team has created really represents a benchmark for organizations of its kind.  My challenge is to take these strengths and apply them to the next phase of our strategic planning.”

The strategic plan will address the best use of the historical campus, how to secure long-term financial security, and the most beneficial way to engage and serve both members and the community.

Williams-Lime was named executive director of the Trout Museum of Art in 2012, and president in 2015. After leading the organization out of financial distress by retiring more than $2 million in debt, she transformed the museum’s operating model and led it through six years of growth. Under her leadership, the Trout Museum of Art increased the number of community members served each year from 25,000 to 100,000.

She was a catalyst for community engagement, program development and arts advocacy in the Fox Valley. Prior to her time at the Trout Museum of Art, she served as executive director of both the Wisconsin Museum of International Wildlife and the Windhover Center for the Arts, both in the Fox Valley. Before moving to Wisconsin, Williams-Lime enjoyed a career in fashion and special promotions for May Department Stores.

“I look forward to engaging with our team, our visitors, and our members every day,” said Williams-Lime, who’s in the process of relocating to Milwaukee with her husband. “My husband and I plan to enjoy Milwaukee’s many cultural resources. We are both passionate about community service and Milwaukee is the right place for us.”

Williams-Lime will begin her work at the Pabst Mansion on Wednesday, August 1st.

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