Douglass W. McDonald
Founder of NGOgro, LLC & retired CEO of Cincinnati Museum Center & National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
Douglass W. McDonald’s museum career began in 1980 as a volunteer member of an advisory board for a museum, joining the museum field in 1983. As a Hamilton County, Indiana city councilman for 16 years, he was a founding member of the Hamilton County Alliance, a private not-for-profit economic development organization. Also a founding member of the Board of Governors of The Legacy Fund, a community foundation.
As President & CEO of Cincinnati Museum Center, McDonald led the 17th most highly attended museum in the nation. CMC received the 2009 National Medal for community service from the Institute for Museum & Library Services, and in 2012 became accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.
In 2012, at the request of community leaders, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (NURFC) became part of CMC with McDonald serving as CEO of NURFC as well as CMC and then leading NURFC through accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums in 2013.
While serving as CEO in Cincinnati McDonald raised close to $400 million, most recently a sales tax which is projected to raise $180 million towards the $212 million Union Terminal restoration.
Doug serves on the International Council of Museums Finance & Resources Committee, and has served on the board & executive committee of the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the AAM Ethics Committee on Cultural Property, the U.S. Committee of the International Council of Museums, and the Association for Midwest Museums.
He currently is on the board & executive committee of Wilmington College (Ohio), Greater Cincinnati Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, chairs the Ohio U.S. Capital Statuary Hall Commission and until recently served on the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission.
McDonald has been awarded: an Honorary Lifetime Membership from the Association of Midwest Museums, Outstanding President Award from Kiwanis International; Distinguished Service Award from Association of Midwest Museums; 2014 Friend of Education Award by the Southwest Region of the Ohio School Board Association, the Queen City Advocate Award; the 2010 NAACP Community Outreach/Partnership Award, and regularly was listed in Cincy Business Magazine’s “Power 100” list.