Meaningful Engagement International

Development, Arts and Cultural Policy Consulting

Aimee Fullman Bio


Aimee Fullman is an independent research, communications, policy and management consultant specializing in the creative sector, international engagement/cultural relations and cultural diversity whose work has been presented on five continents. A long time lover of the arts with a twenty-year intensive background in dance and ten years of involvement in classical music and musical theater, she now combines her interests in international relations, arts and culture in communities and sustainable business models towards more meaningful engagement for her clients.  Aimee is a native of Richmond, VA and has lived all her life on the East Coast of the U.S. when she has not been living or traveling abroad.  Currently, she calls Arlington, VA home, but spends 3-5 months in London annually, and can be found often in Princeton, NJ and  Montréal, Québec.


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Official Bio:

In 2014, Aimee joined the University of Westminster as the Programme Director/Principal Lecturer for the MA/Diploma and Certificate in International Cultural Relations that will launch in 2016.  Prior to this appointment, Aimee has been an independent arts and international programs management, cultural relations and public policy consultant specializing in North American comparative cultural policy, cultural diplomacy, exchange and engagement, cultural diversity, and culture and technology. Over the past fifteen years she has provided research and analysis, external relations, communications and international program management for organizations including Americans for the Arts, American Voices, the British Council, Center for Arts and Culture, the Canadian Cultural Observatory at the Department of Canadian Heritage, Culture.Mondo, the Council on Foundations, the Foundation Center, Harvard University, the Institute for International Education, the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, Sister Cities, Wolf Brown and UNESCO.

In the United States, Aimee has worked primarily on behalf of international programs, including cultural diplomacy, preservation and creative sector initiatives, executing UNESCO, USAID, State Department, and the President’s Committee on the Arts & Humanities contracts. Her professional background includes serving the British Council in Washington, DC as the Manager of Cultural and External Relations from 2011-2012. Between 2007 and 2010 she was the principle investigator and project advisor for the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation’s international cultural engagement initiative. Previous experience includes a 15-month assignment as an Associate Expert/Communications and Information Analyst for the Canadian Cultural Observatory and a five-year tenure with the Center for Arts & Culture, an American non-partisan cultural policy think tank, as a Program Officer and Administrator. 

Following the closing of the Center for Arts & Culture at the end of 2005, Aimee was the interim editor of the weekly Cultural Policy Listserv as it transitioned into the custody of Americans for the Arts, the largest American Arts advocacy organization. Comcurrently, she managed the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-sponsored Investing in Women in Development Fellowships in Russia and Cambodia and the Fulbright Indo-American Environmental Leadership Program at the Institute of International Education.  Aimee has also provided logistical, website and content support for the Culture.mondo network of international cultural portals.

Aimee is focused on the relationship between cultural diplomacy and cultural diversity as well as a more profound understanding of on and offline cultural practices and improved indicators to understand cultural engagement. Ms. Fullman firmly believes that research and policy must be informed by practice and field work. In 2009, she joined the staff of the Youth Excellence on Stage (YES) performing arts academies on the ground in Lebanon to provide administrative and logistical support, research, fundraising and outreach.  During the Summer of 2010, she continued her involvement with American Voices as their Deputy Director in the Middle East region for YES Academy Iraq (in Kurdistan), Yes Academy Syria and YES Academy Lebanon.

Aimee has been an invited speaker and presenter in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. She particularly enjoys engaging with students through guest lectures at institutions including Carleton University, Goldsmiths' University of London, New York University, Syracuse University and American University. In 2007, she co-facilitated a workshop on cultural diversity for youth at the 2007 Global Youth Forum in Edmonton, CA. Select publications include: U.S. Public and Cultural Policy Timeline October 1999-2009 (2009), The Art of Engagement: Trends in U.S. Cultural Exchange and International Programming (2009), The Role of the Arts in Strengthening and Inspiring the 21st Century Global Community (2009), Cultural Policy 101: Demystifying American Cultural Policy (2006), Timeline of American Cultural Policy Milestones 1787-2006 (2007), Cultural Portals, Measurements of Success: 2nd International Survey Analysis (2006), and Arts in Embassies: Challenges for the 21st Century (2004). 

Ms. Fullman has a background in international relations, public policy, public affairs and public/non-profit administration. In 2005, she received her M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on International Cultural Policy and Public Administration from George Mason University. She joined the faculty of American University's Graduate Arts Management Program as a Lecturer in 2010. She was an Affiliated Researcher at Vanderbilt's Curb Center for Art, Enterprise and Public Policy and continues to be a UNESCO U40 Cultural Diversity Fellow and a mentor for National Arts Strategies.