National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute

My responsibilities included all species ID graphics, conservation messaging, and enrichment and care interpretation. For more than three years I was the sole exhibit writer, responsible for all interpretive content. I developed an all-new exhibit to bring a long-closed space back to life. I redeveloped the Panda House, leading the team to overhaul old content and create an engaging, updated space. I updated the interpretation in the Great Ape House and the Reptile Discovery Center and initiated the creation of an accessible exhibit space, receiving a grant to pilot the project. I also developed a community exhibit to bring Zoo content to children in a Washington, D.C. neighborhood.

National Portrait Gallery

As a project manager, I managed all aspects of producing major exhibitions. Highlights include American Cool, The Sweat of Their Face, Dark Fields of the Republic, and Elaine de Kooning: Portraits. In addition to scheduling, budgeting, and content review, I coordinated artwork loans, contracted with production vendors, and oversaw rights and reproductions for all image uses including marketing, press, and publications. I am particularly proud of my efforts to increase accessibility and my contributions to the gallery’s bilingual initiatives.

Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service

I developed and produced national traveling exhibitions such as the award-winning Earth from Space and its associated poster exhibit; Lasting Light: 125 Years of Grand Canyon Photography; NASA|Art: 50 Years of Exploration; Suited for Space; Beyond: Visions of Planetary Landscapes; and the digital exhibition Green Revolution, among others. I was responsible for conceptualizing exhibits, coordinating content, writing, and editorial oversight; developing and monitoring budgets; creating educational materials and host venue information packages; developing relationships with sponsors; and collaborating with contractors, lenders, and venues.