Philip Conte brings more than 20 years of senior nonprofit leadership, operations, finance and strategy experience to his role as Chief Operating Officer at The Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc. (AJLI). Mr. Conte is responsible for the Association’s finance, human resources, IT, office administration and strategic planning functions. Before joining AJLI, Mr. Conte was Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer at The Africa Center. Specifically hired by the Board of Trustees to transform and re-imagine the formerly defunct Museum for African Art into a new, sustainable and relevant 21st century cultural institution; Mr. Conte created, developed and implemented a completely new vision, mission, and strategic plan – fully transforming the Museum for African Art into The Africa Center.
Prior to joining The Africa Center, Mr. Conte was Deputy Director for Administration & Chief Financial Officer, for the Museum of the Moving Image. Before Moving Image, Mr. Conte was Vice President, Business & Guest Services, for the world’s largest aquarium, the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, GA. Prior to the Georgia Aquarium, Mr. Conte was Director, Planning & Administration for the Wildlife Conservation Society, the largest zoological system in the United States. In addition to his many senior executive nonprofit leadership roles, Mr. Conte is also an Adjunct Instructor at Fordham University’s Center for Nonprofit Leaders. He holds an MBA and BS from Fordham University; and additionally, holds professional certificates and credentials from the Harvard Business School; Harvard Kennedy School; Wharton; Disney Institute; Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business and Columbia University’s Institute for Nonprofit Management.