Julissa Marenco has been named Assistant Secretary for Communications and External Affairs, effective Feb. 12. She will oversee the Smithsonian’s Offices of Public Affairs, Government Relations, Visitor Services, and Special Events and Protocol. Continue reading Former FCC and Telemundo exec will lead Smithsonian’s communications team
Lori Yarrish, who has been Acting Director of the museum since June 2016, was named Director of the Anacostia Community Museum in December. Yarrish has led a number of revitalization projects at the Anacostia Community Museum, including a new mission statement and operations model. In recognition of her work at the museum, Washingtonian magazine named Yarrish one… Continue reading One of Washington’s “Most Powerful Women in the Arts” is director of the Anacostia Community Museum
Julian Raby, director of the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery since 2002, has retired. His last day at the Smithsonian was December 15. Continue reading Julian Raby retires as director of the Freer and Sackler Galleries
Anne Van Camp, the Director of Smithsonian Institution Archives, will retire early next year. Her last day at the Smithsonian will be Jan. 31, 2018. Continue reading Archives Director riding off into the sunset—or at least to Warrenton
Brenda Richardson Malone has been named the Director of the Office of Human Resources, effective Dec. 11. She succeeds Jim Douglas, who retired from the position in June. Continue reading Georgetown VP joins Office of Human Resources
John Gray, the Elizabeth MacMillan Director of the National Museum of American History, has announced he will retire in May 2018. He has been director of the museum since July 2012. Continue reading American History Museum director to return to his roots
The London-based author and broadcaster will join the Smithsonian in February. Continue reading Gus Casely-Hayford Named Director of National Museum of African Art
After 18 years piloting the National Air and Space Museum, Jack Dailey is looking forward to a new assignment: Grandpa. Continue reading Longest-serving Air and Space director to retire in January
Elliot Gruber, the chief development and external affairs officer for the Jewish Social Service Agency, has been named director of the National Postal Museum, effective Sept. 5. Continue reading New Postal Museum director to come on board Sept. 1
In this time of political dissension, shifting international alliances and increasingly incivil public discourse, the American History Museum is opening “The Nation We Build Together” on the second floor of the west wing. Smithsonian Secretary David Skorton sat down with the museum’s director, John Gray, to talk about how the new exhibitions challenge Americans to consider the values that have always united us and to look beyond the issues that divide us.
Continue reading What kind of nation do we want to be?