CEO Elana Rugh Honored by Crain's Detroit!

The Detroit Historical Society is pleased to announce that President and CEO Elana Rugh has been recognized as one of Detroit’s Notable Women in Nonprofits by Crain’s Detroit Business!

Elana joined the Detroit Historical Society in 2018 after 20 years of leadership in Michigan’s nonprofit sector, including a long stint as the President and CEO of the Michigan Multiple Sclerosis Society.  Known as a turn-around specialist, she made an immediate impact at the Detroit Historical Society, updating the strategic pillars on which it focuses, shepherding the organization and its two museums through the pandemic and orchestrating a significant new partnership with the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History which is working to procure a millage that will change the trajectory of both museums for all time.

Elana describes her post at the Detroit Historical Society as a “Dream Job” and puts her all into every facet of the organization. From achieving financial stability to producing bold new programming that makes it possible for every visitor to find themselves in our halls and on our walls, there is no challenge that she hasn’t tackled enthusiastically. The future is bright with our Notable leader at the helm!

Join us in congratulating Elana for this well-deserved recognition!