The Aspen Historical Society has hired Kelly Murphy as its next executive director and chief executive officer, the nonprofit announced on Thursday.
Murphy, an Aspen attorney and former marketing manager with Aspen Skiing Co., was chosen after a national search by a five-person selection committee of AHS board members, according to a press release.
“We’re delighted that Kelly will be joining the organization and enthusiastic about her leadership and knowledge of the community,” said Jackie Kasabach, who led the search committee, in a prepared statement. “She has a passion for Aspen and a strong work ethic which will help AHS in continuing to grow.”
Murphy has been an intermittent resident of Aspen and the valley since 1987. She worked in marketing and public relations for Aspen Skiing Co. for seven years. She is currently a practicing attorney with the Matthew C. Ferguson Law Firm.
Murphy will succeed Georgia Hanson, who served in the position for 11 years and ushered in an era that included establishing a special taxing district to protect the integrity of AHS’s four active sites and overseeing a rebranding of the organization.
“Kelly has the skill set to move confidently and effectively into the future,” Hanson said in a statement. “I am excited to pass the baton to her.”
As the new executive director, Murphy will be helping to launch a $3 million capital campaign to renovate the archives building and to build on its endowment.
“I have been in love with this area and the community since the first time I set foot in Aspen,” said Murphy in the release.
She and her husband, Danny, live in El Jebel with their son, Kian. She is a cyclist, youth mentor and writer, and has volunteered with many organizations in Aspen and the Denver area.
The historical society was founded in 1963 with the mission to enrich the community through preserving and communicating the town’s history. AHS maintains four historic sites: the Wheeler/Stallard Museum, Holden/Marolt Mining & Ranching Museum, the ghost towns of Independence and Ashcroft, and is prepping for a potential museum at Lift One.