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Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation picks new senior director

Mariruth Leftwich is the new senior director of Museum Operations and Education at the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation. (WYDaily/ Courtesy of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation)

One organization has a new senior director.

The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation (JYF) announced Tuesday Mariruth Leftwich would be the museum’s new senior director of museum operations and education.

The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation operates Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown.

The new director starts in March.

“We’re thrilled Dr. Mariruth Leftwich will join the JYF leadership team as the new Senior Director of Museum Operations and Education,” said Christy S. Coleman, executive director at the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, in a news release. “She’s an innovator in museum education and brings a wealth of experience to her role.”

Leftwich has more than 20 years in the museum and education field and was most recently the director of learning at the Senator John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh, according to the foundation’s news release on Feb. 23.

Other positions include an e-learning officer for the Museum of London and vice president for education and programs at the Charlotte Museum of History.

“Leftwich will begin her new post at the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation on March 22, overseeing exhibits, the collection, historical interpretation, special public programs, curriculum-based educational programming and visitor services at both museums,” according to the news release. “She succeeds Peter J. Armstrong, who took a position as executive director of the Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic, Conn., in December.”


Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She covers everything on the Peninsula from local government and law enforcement agencies to family-run businesses and weather updates. Before WYDaily, she covered Hampton and Newport News for WYDaily’s sister publication, HNNDaily before both publications merged in December 2018. Julia was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to Long Island, New York in 2001. A true New Yorker, she loves pizza, bagels and good Chinese food. Send comments, tips and other tidbits to You can follow her on Twitter at @jmarsigliano

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