Grand Rapids Public Museum Welcomes New Vice President of Human Resources

The Grand Rapids Public Museum (GRPM) recently announced a new team member has recently joined their team. The GRPM welcomes Mari Beth Johnson-Jelks to the staff team as the new Vice President of Human Resources.

Mari Beth is a University of Michigan and DePaul University Law School alum, and a veteran human resource and labor relations executive, who retired last year from the City of Grand Rapids as the City’s Managing Director of Administrative Services. Her work at the City included serving as the City’s Labor Relations Director and Chief Negotiator and the Human Resource Director for many years. During her city tenure, she had several accomplishments including setting up the City’s first 311 Customer Service Center, launching a citywide “Grow Our Own” local talent recruitment initiative, along with many employee development programs.

“It’s such a privilege and an exciting time to join the Museum’s leadership team – as it holds our community’s collective past and is an educational catalyst for innovation and creativity that will transform the future – especially with the Museum School partnership with the public schools and the impending Grand River project!” said Mari Beth Jelks. “It is a great opportunity to continue my career passion in public service, and assist the Museum in achieving progress on its diversity and inclusion objectives. The Museum values diversity and has always been an outstanding cultural center, so I hope to make a valuable contribution in the area of HR services.”

Mari Beth’s passion for cultural art institutions as well as her continued interest in public service has led her to join the GRPM’s executive leadership team. In her new position at the GRPM, Mari Beth will be responsible for oversight and strategy of the Museum’s Human Resources. Key priorities for her include fostering a healthy innovative, productive workforce; providing excellent public services to the community; fostering strong community engagement opportunities; and delivering excellent customer service.

“As the Museum continues to evolve and grow, we are pleased to have Mary Beth Jelks join the team at the Museum to support us with human resources and administration,” said Dale Robertson, President and CEO of the GRPM. “Mari Beth brings prior experience and is a proven leader, and we’re pleased to have her in depth knowledge as a part of our team.”

Grand Rapids Public Museum

The Grand Rapids Public Museum is an invaluable, publicly owned institution home to more than 250,000 unique artifacts that tell the history of Kent County and beyond. The Museum houses the only planetarium in the region and is responsible for protecting The Mounds, a national historic landmark. The Grand Rapids Public Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, with its main location in downtown Grand Rapids, MI, at 272 Pearl Street NW. For additional information, including hours of operation, admission fees, and exhibit/event listings, please visit