Executive Director & Chief Curator
Jo Ann Arnowitz, Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU, has been with the Museum since 1998. Before her current appointment, she served as Associate Director and Associate Curator, involved in the planning and operations of all areas of the Museum including: strategic planning, budgeting, grants, fundraising, special events, membership, education, personnel and development, research, production and installation of exhibitions. Jo Ann was also involved in all aspects of the Museum’s accreditation by the American Association of Museums in 2002 and reaccreditation in 2011.
Jo Ann joined the JMOF staff as Membership and Development Associate. In 2002, she was promoted to Associate Director and in 2004 she became Associate Director and Associate Curator.
Upon the retirement of the Museum’s Founding Executive Director, Marcia Jo Zerivitz, the JMOF board conducted a national search and chose Jo Ann as Executive Director and Chief Curator, effective October 1, 2011.
Jo Ann has more than 30 years of museum experience including 14 years at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem and the American Friends of the Israel Museum. She also worked at the Erie Canal Museum in Syracuse, NY. Jo Ann serves on the Board of the Council of American Jewish Museums (CAJM) and has helped plan their annual conferences. She has also been a presenter on panels for CAJM and the Florida Association of Museums. A native of Chicago, IL, she is a graduate of the University of Illinois, with a Bachelor of Science in Communication and Advertising.