Terri Lee Freeman was appointed president of the National Civil Rights Museum in November 2014. As president, Freeman is responsible for providing strategic leadership in furthering the museum’s mission as an educational and cultural institution. During her short tenure, Freeman has emphasized the connection between the historic civil rights era and today’s contemporary issues. Freeman has placed her emphasis on building the organization’s reputation as the new public square.
Prior to joining the National Civil Rights Museum, Ms. Freeman worked in both community and corporate philanthropy, serving as president of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, in Washington, D.C., and as the founding executive director of the Freddie Mac Foundation. Ms. Freeman serves on several boards, including the Community Foundation for Greater Memphis, the Orpheum Theatre Group, New Memphis Institute, and Memphis Brand Initiative, Urban Teachers and the Southeastern Council of Foundations. Freeman received her bachelor’s degree in journalism/communication arts from the University of Dayton and her Master’s degree in organizational communications from Howard University.
She is married to Dr. Bowyer G. Freeman and is the proud mother of three daughters and three grandchildren.