Museum Leadership

museum leadership

National Children’s Museum’s Board of Trustees is comprised of industry leaders who share a deep commitment to education and the Washington, DC region.

board of trustees

agatha w. aurbach
civic leader

luann bennett, chair
president/owner, bennett group

crystal bowyer, ex-officio
president + ceo, national children’s museum

s. ross hechinger, chair emeritus
civic leader

stephanie beyer kirby
board chair-elect, alexandria chamber of commerce

jeanie lee
president + executive director, dc public education fund

paul r. monsees, treasurer
partner, foley + lardner llp

beth newburger schwartz
president + ceo, epoch communications

greg principato
president + ceo, national aeronautic association

richard w. snowdon, secretary
partner, trainum, snowdon + deane

robert m. volmer, vice chair
president + ceo, cvic

joseph l. wright
svp + chief medical officer, university of maryland capital region health

franklin white
senior vice president/market investment director, pnc bank

heather zimmerman
board member – zims foundation

To inform exhibit, space, and program design and strategy at critical points of museum development, National Children’s Museum assembled four advisory councils comprised of subject matter experts and community leaders.

opening advisory council

neil albert, president and ceo, downtowndc bid

vinoda basnayake, chair, dc commission on nightlife + culture

elliot ferguson, president and ceo, destination dc

ilyse lerner, community leader

tom manatos, vice president of government relations, spotify

laura huerta migus, executive director, association of children’s museums

monte monash, president, monash advisory group

the honorable jim moran, former congressman for the virginia 8th

kurt newman, m.d., president and chief executive officer, children’s national

bob peck, government and defense leader, gensler

emery simon, vice president of global government relations, spotify

nicholas stone, founder and ceo, bluestone lane

david wilmot, community leader and activist

inclusion, diversity, equity + access council

tiffany bryant, assistant manager of audience enrichment, digital learning, the john f. kennedy center for the performing arts

karen cole, deputy chief, academic + creative empowerment, dcps

abbie diaz, education director, wisconsin maritime museum

jamila larson, executive director and co-founder, homeless children’s playtime project

britlan malek, physician, national children’s medical center

myrna peralta, president and ceo, centronía

griffin pinkow, ceo, forseeable futures foundation

elise roy, inclusive designer and advocate

korrin saunders, chief of wellbeing, monument academy

education advisory council

alison bryant, senior vice president, aarp research

tiffany bryant, assistant manager of audience enrichment, digital learning, the kennedy center

maya martin cadogan, executive director, parents amplifying voices in education (pave)

julie camerata, executive director, dc special education cooperative

kim cherry, deputy chief, stem, dcps

patti curtis, robert noyce/ellen lettvin stem education fellow, office of planning, evaluation and policy development, us department of education

katherine custer, former program manager, dc arts and humanities education collaborative

kara defrias, senior manager of bizops, intuit

michelle edwards, executive director, live it learn it

jenna gabriel, education consultant + former manager of special education, the kennedy center

natalie evans harris, co-founder and head of strategic initiatives, brighthive

irene holtzman, executive director, friends of choice in urban schools (focus)

dr. gregory c. hutchings, jr., superintendent of schools, alexandria city public schools

kristin jarrett, community partnerships and engagement, booz allen hamilton

monica kang, founder and ceo, innovatorsbox

lotte lent, assistant director of museum education program, the george washington university

laura dallas mcsorley, senior director of early childhood initiatives, raise dc

donna tuggle, acting assistant director of education, outreach & visitor experience, national museum of natural history

mila yochum, executive director, office of out of school time grants and youth outcomes, office of the deputy mayor for education

exhibits advisory council + advisors

steven amato, chief executive officer and founder, contend marketing

bill botten, us board of access

brent bushnell, chief executive officer and founder, two bit circus

laura dines, director, innovative learning solutions

lissa frankel, managing director, park avenue armory

chanda garfield, commissioner, dc anc-3/4

emily hestness, environmental science education researcher, university of maryland

anne mullen, former evp, preschool brand creative + marketing; global experience design, nickelodeon

lauren neal, principal, booz allen hamilton

eric newburger, chief data scientist, subject matter

robert pasin, chief wagon officer, radio flyer

natsu onoda power, artistic director, davis performing arts center

duane rollins, vice president of impact + research, seed spot

dj saul, ceo, isl

tereasa surratt, executive director of design + global group creative director, ogilvy

alex todaro, co-founder, median, llc

alexander toft, senior manager – executive strategy, lego group

don undeen, founding manager, georgetown university maker hub

ronald weinstein, medical educator and physician, university of arizona medical center

joseph l. wright, chief medical officer, university of maryland health

national oceanic and atmospheric administration