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Colorado Railroad Museum

Here at the Colorado Railroad Museum, we are preserving the Centennial State's railroading heritage for tomorrow--by sharing it with audiences today, in ways that engage and inspire. Thanks to your generous support, we've been doing this important work for over 60 years!

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Staff

Part Time Staff:
2
Full Time Staff:
15
Contract Staff:
0
Volunteers Annually:
200
Retention Rate:
87%

Rob Kramer, Director of Development and Marketing
Start Date: 2019

Rob Kramer is Director of Development and Membership for the Colorado Railroad Museum starting in late summer 2019. He has a history of working with the museum outside of his new role. Since 2014, he has written/adapted, hired and trained performers, and directed The Polar Express Train Ride's theatrical performances. He's been a major participant in many other aspects of the event as well, helping to ensure this fantastic classic's success as a major, annual fundraising event for the Colorado Railroad Museum.

Rob's background includes nearly 25 years serving within the Jefferson County Public School system, in a variety of positions where he always focused on programmatic improvement, team building and excellence. Rob also founded, designed and built the Miner's Alley Playhouse in Golden, Colorado, and served for many years as its Board President and Resident Director. While there, he oversaw fundraising, membership and audience development, and helped grow the Playhouse into the well-regarded institution it is today.

Paul Hammond, CEO/Executive Director
Start Date: 2019

Paul Hammond is the Executive Director of the Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden, which is celebrating its 60th Anniversary this year. He began his tenure in June 2019 at an especially promising time for the museum, which has doubled its visitation and grown its reputation over the past decade to become a Top 10 Denver attraction. Paul is looking forward to leading the museum into the future, building upon a renowned collection of Colorado railroad artifacts and archival materials, and a track record of steady progress and physical improvements.

A Southern California native and a lifelong transportation enthusiast and historian, Paul began his museum involvement as a volunteer organizer, leader and trustee for the Orange Empire Railway Museum. He concurrently worked as books editor for railroad heritage publisher Interurban Press, later overseeing book production and marketing. From 1994 to 1997, Paul edited Locomotive & Railway Preservation, the magazine of the railway heritage field. In the process he honed his railroad research and American history storytelling skills, frequently serving as a spokesperson for railroad history topics.

Paul moved to Sacramento in 1997, overseeing marketing and development efforts for the nonprofit California State Railroad Museum Foundation including Railfair '99. In 2005 he was appointed by California State Parks to serve as Director of Public Programming for the California State Railroad Museum. Paul was named Museum Director just two years later, leading some two dozen paid and 500 volunteer staff members in serving over one-half million guests annually in a wide variety of programs. A high point of his nearly 20-year tenure at CSRM was successfully completing complex planning and railroad infrastructure initiatives in cooperation with city, state, federal and private partners.

Paul most recently served as executive director for the AAM-accredited March Field Air Museum in Riverside, California. He is a past president of the Association of Railway Museums (today's Heritage Rail Alliance) and is actively involved with the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), supporting leadership, diversity, best practices and advocacy issues affecting museums nationwide. He holds a degree in Communications from California State Polytechnic University at Pomona along with a certificate in Museum Leadership from the Getty Leadership Institute, and is an instructor for the University of California - Riverside Extension in its nonprofit leadership and management certificate program.

Boards

Board Type:
Local
Meetings per Year:
11
Term Length:
4
Term Limit:
yes
Total # of Board Members:
12
Clients on Board:
No
# of Client Board Members:

Board Demographics:

Female:
1
Male:
11
Transgender Female:
0
Transgender Male:
0
Gender Other:
0

Black or African American:
1
Asian:
0
White:
11
Hispanic or Latino:
0
Multiracial:
0
American Indian or Alaska Native:
0
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander:
0
Other Ethnicities:
0

Average Number of Years Current Board Members Have Served on Board

20

Attendance Percentage for Board Meetings

89%

Percentage of Board Members that Contribute Dollars

100%

Percentage of Board Members that Contribute In-Kind

50%

Percentage of Board Members that have Completeted the Colorado Secretary of State's Nonprofit Board Member Course:

0%

Nonprofit completed the Colorado Nonprofit Association's Excellence in Principles & Practices Recognition Program?

No

Committees

Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Endowment
Finance & Administration
Historic Preservation
Land
Long Range Planning
Special Events (Golf Tournament
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction

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