Dru Anne Neil, President
Ms. Neil is a marketing, communications and fundraising professional currently based in Gettysburg, Pa., site of the famous Civil War battle and only 90 minutes north of Washington, D.C. Throughout her career, she has helped plan, open and operate three museums and has worked in development consulting, marketing, advertising, public relations and journalism.
Her most high-profile work was as a management-team member and marketing and communications director for the Gettysburg Foundation, which raised $125 million to build and operate the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, which receives about 1 million annual visitors. The national project was the first public-private partnership of its kind and continues to allow the nonprofit Foundation to assume operational responsibilities for the facility, which in turn allows the National Park Service to maximize its resources in the best interest of visitors. In 2013, Neil moved to the Gettysburg Seminary Ridge Museum to help launch the new museum as it opened to the public for the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.
She has extensive experience in nonprofits, including staff management, budgets, marketing and fundraising. When she worked for the Friends of the National Parks at Gettysburg, she served as the staff director, guiding that organization through a merger with another organization, which became the Gettysburg Foundation. She has experience with boards of directors, strategic planning, fundraising campaigns, marketing plans, budgeting, media and public relations, branding and customer service.
She earned an M.A. in corporate communication from Duquesne University and a B.A. in English Writing/Communications from the University of Pittsburgh.