President and CEO of the African American Museum in Philadelphia and former Executive Director of the Rhythm and Blues Foundation


Patricia Wilson Aden named new President & CEO of The Blues Foundation

The Blues Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Patricia Wilson Aden as its next President & CEO. Aden brings more than three decades of non-profit management experience to the Foundation, with a specialization in the preservation and celebration of African American cultural resources. Her most recent experience as President & CEO of the African American Museum in Philadelphia and her earlier role as Executive Director of the Rhythm & Blues Foundation make her uniquely qualified to lead The Blues Foundation and its Blues Hall of Fame. Ms. Aden will be succeeding Barbara Newman, who will be retiring.

Aden stated, “I am genuinely excited to join The Blues Foundation and the Blues community in celebrating the Blues and the artists who have made it America’s original musical genre.” Aden will join the Foundation’s staff on October 1, 2020.