Professor Sherburne Laughlin

American University

Hurst Senior Prof., MA in Arts Management
American University

4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, Washington DC 20016
United States

Sherburne Laughlin is President of the Association of Arts Administration Educators. Laughlin holds an MBA from Yale University and is a cum laude graduate of Davidson College. Her nonprofit management and philanthropic career spans over 20 years of executive director and program director experience. A full-time professor since 2007 at AU, she has pioneered top-ranked courses in strategic planning, fundraising, grant writing and governance. Her consulting work focuses on issues of governance, organizational development and strategic planning and serves all types of nonprofits, arts and non-arts, large and small, national and local. She is currently serving on the City Fund, which is awarding $15 million over 3 years to the arts and workforce development in the District of Columbia. Until recently, she was a member of the Advisory Board of Round House Theater and for 16 years served on the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee of Davidson College. Laughlin co-chaired the national conference of the Association of Arts Administration Educators in 2010 and chaired the Graduate Standards Committee, which recently published the revised Graduate Standards in Arts Administration Education. She has also served as the Vice Chair of AAAE.