Erin Wolfe Bell helped Naples Botanical Garden through a time of rapid growth when she joined the nonprofit organization in 2014, managing its membership and annual fund program.
When she started, the Garden had a record-breaking 7,710 member families, compared to 1,740 member families in 2012. (Today, there are more than 13,000.) Wolfe Bell implemented processes to streamline member interactions, including by helping integrate a new software system. She also helped the organization’s fundraising efforts toward its recovery after Hurricane Irma.
In June, Naples Botanical Garden promoted Wolfe Bell to the director of exhibitions. In the newly created position, she’ll spearhead the Garden’s efforts to develop mission-driven exhibits and festivals for the community.
Wolfe Bell will no doubt draw from her lengthy industry experience to get the job done. She has been a member of the Florida Association of Museums for more than 10 years and currently serves as secretary on the Board of the Florida Association of Museums Foundation and chair of its program committee. Wolfe Bell also serves as a grant panel reviewer at the state level for the Division of Cultural Affairs in the Museum division.
In 2012, Wolfe Bell founded the Miami Chapter of the American Alliance of Museums’ (AAM) Emerging Museum Professionals group.
“Working for a nonprofit means your work is part of the community, and I take that very seriously,” Wolfe Bell says. “I enjoy nonprofit work because I love learning. Every single day presents new challenges to solve, which means I get to learn every day.”
Wolfe Bell is actively involved in the Marco Island community, where she and her husband, Austin, reside