Executive Director

Susan Gladstone


On June 1, 2017, Susan Gladstone was appointed as the new executive director for the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU. Gladstone, brings more than 30 years of executive leadership experience at the national and global levels. In her most recent leadership position, she served as the Director of Development for the museum.

Gladstone has served in several prominent leadership positions in the U.S. and abroad, most recently as Director of Development for the museum and for all of FIU’s Jewish Strategic Initiatives – including the university’s Global Jewish Studies Program, Holocaust Studies and Hillel FIU. Gladstone’s career has led her to excel at the highest levels of expertise in creating and managing multi-million dollar budgets, fundraising, and the cultivation of sponsorships, major gifts, patronage and donors. Some examples of her leadership experience include serving as Director of VeritageMiami where she spearheaded fundraising efforts for the United Way. In Asia, Gladstone taught at FIU’s campus in Tianjin, China. She created curriculum and taught at FIU’s Miami campus. She directed sponsorship activations for the world-class, internationally renowned South Beach Food and Wine Festival which raises more than $2 million per year for FIU. As Vice President at Logistics Management Group, Gladstone produced multi-million dollar events for up to 50,000 attendees across multiple cities and supervised staffs of up to 750 people. She has a Masters of Social Work from Yeshiva University, and a Bachelors of Social Work from Florida International University.

“The Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU is a true gem in this community,” said Susan Gladstone. “It is an honor for me to be chosen to both preserve its powerful heritage and lead the way towards an exciting new future in this rapidly changing world. As a lifelong member of the Jewish Community in Miami, and the daughter of a rabbi who championed the importance of acceptance and tolerance, I applaud FIU for its commitment to educating students about the diverse cultures that make this mosaic our home. The museum serves as an example for all cultures and all backgrounds, especially of the shared stories of the immigrant experience relevant to all citizens of Florida and the millions of visitors we welcome to our beautiful destination.