Alison Gilchrest serves as Program Officer for Arts and Cultural Heritage where she oversees grantmaking in art history, conservation, and museums. Her portfolio includes research and initiatives aimed at developing field capacity for vulnerable and underdeveloped bodies of cultural heritage, building and diversifying career pathways in the academic art history, curatorial, and art conservation professions, and promoting the health of the arts sector more broadly through programs that address financial literacy, emergency preparedness, and demonstrating the public value of the arts. She collaborates across the Foundation on initiatives such as strengthening cultural heritage support in South Africa and building structural partnerships across academic museums and libraries. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2005, Ms. Gilchrest held positions in conservation and curatorial departments of the National Gallery of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and most recently, the Metropolitan Museum of Art where her research and technical studies have been featured in numerous books, catalogues, and journal articles.
Ms. Gilchrest holds a MSIS degree with a concentration in museum information systems from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where her thesis received the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) Gerd Muehsam Award. She also received a bachelor's degree with honors in the history of art from Bryn Mawr College. She currently serves on the board of the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts (CCAHA), located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.