Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh announced that Gina Winstead will be joining the organization on July 1 as Vice President for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility (IDEA). As a member of Carnegie Museums’ executive leadership, Winstead will be a highly visible leader working with colleagues across the institution to embed equity into its operations, culture, and programming.
“With her knowledge of the field, her collaborative style, her strong commitment to change, and her deep roots in Pittsburgh, I have no doubt that Gina Winstead is the ideal person to serve as our inaugural Vice President for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility,” said Steven Knapp, President and CEO of Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh. “I am grateful to the staff who make up our IDEA Council for recommending the creation of this position, and I look forward to the progress I know we will make with the benefit of Gina’s thoughtful and inspirational guidance.”
Winstead comes to Carnegie Museums from Vibrant Pittsburgh, a regional thought leader in workplace diversity, equity, and inclusion, where she served as Assistant Vice President of Membership Development & External Relations, responsible for collaborating with 150 members and community partners on equity and diversity best practices. Prior to that, she worked for the Pittsburgh Technology Council as Director of Member Engagement and its first-ever Director of Diversity & Inclusion. Winstead has also worked part-time as a vice president with Women in Tech PGH, a group that partners with organizations to remove barriers for women to succeed in the technology industry.
“I am excited to work with my colleagues at Carnegie Museums and our many partners in the community to move our IDEA initiatives forward,” Winstead said. “The future of Carnegie Museums belongs to everyone, and I look forward to playing a role in its efforts to attract, retain, and elevate diverse employees and ensure that all people see themselves reflected in the museums’ programming.
“I think the world should be better connected to all of the resources Carnegie Museums has to offer, most notably its people,” Winstead added. “I’m eager to help open doors and create greater access for those that have felt underestimated or underrepresented.”
Among her volunteer roles, Winstead serves on the boards of the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership and the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, and she was a founding board member of the 412 Black Jewish Collaborative and a member of the Allegheny Conference’s Talent Committee. She attended Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business Executive Leadership and Negotiation Academy, is a graduate of the EDGE Women’s Leadership program, and earned her Bachelor of Science degree with a focus on Social Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh.