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25 Women to Watch
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Wanda Q. Draper
67, executive director,
Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture

Two years ago, when Wanda Q. Draper became executive director of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, the organization was floundering. Today, the Lewis just hit its annual $2 million fundraising goal for the second time in its 13-year history (an increase of more than $1.5 million in two years) and mounted a must-see exhibit by the Harlem Renaissance painter Jacob Lawrence. Attendance has held steady in the past few years, though Draper would like to see it climb. “I just felt this was too valuable an institution and that we could do better with it,” Draper says.

—Mary Carole McCauley