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ABOUT
Smithsonian people are among the world's leaders working at the forefront of science, art, history, culture and education. Their passion is contagious. Their purpose is to discover and share new knowledge, steward our nation's heritage and tell America's story.

People>Passion>Purpose showcases these Smithsonian experts.

Twenty-five thinkers, doers and dreamers. A few are featured at each event.

Quench your curiosity. Be inspired. Connect your passions with theirs.
FAQs
Smithsonian In Your City May I bring a guest to the event?
Yes, we would love for you to bring as many friends as you would like to our People > Passion > Purpose events. The more the merrier!

Smithsonian In Your City I cannot attend the event, but would still like to donate. How can I do that?
You can support the Smithsonian in many different ways. You can become a member of the Smithsonian and your annual contribution will support all the rich programming and research completed at the Smithsonian. Find out more about member levels here. You can also make a gift to the Smithsonian online or via mail or phone.

Smithsonian In Your City There is no event scheduled in my city. Will there be other events?
The Smithsonian Campaign is working to grow it’s presence across the country and we plan to add more cities throughout the campaign. Until then, you can explore the Smithsonian in your neighborhood. Find out how close the Smithsonian is to you here.

Smithsonian In Your City What is the Smithsonian Campaign?
The Smithsonian Campaign — the largest in history for a cultural institution — will transform one of the nation's greatest assets into a 21st-century catalyst for change. Through investments in people, places, programs and treasures, we will spark discovery, tell America’s story, inspire lifelong learning and use technologies to reach people everywhere. You can find out more about the campaign here.

Smithsonian In Your City Is parking provided at this event?
The availability of parking depends on the venue. Please feel free to contact us to ask about parking for the event in your city.

Smithsonian In Your City I have a friend who might enjoy this event, may I extend an invitation?
Of course! We'd love for you to invite a friend or two to the event. The more the merrier!

REGIONAL CONTACTS

Questions? Be sure to contact one of your local representatives for more information about the Smithsonian’s work in your region.

HOST COMMITTEES

Regional Host Committee members play an important role in helping the Smithsonian reach people everywhere by guiding campaign events and raising the Smithsonian’s visibility in each of the host cities. Thank you to the following committee members for donating their time and energy to help us raise the Smithsonian’s visibility and presence across the country.


ATLANTA
MARCY ALLEN
MEMBER

RONALD W. ALLEN
NATIONAL AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM BOARD,
EMERITUS


MARY DYE
MEMBER

MERCER DYE
MEMBER

COLE EBERT
MEMBER

ELIZABETH EBERT
MEMBER

ABBY ECHOLS
MEMBER

MATTHEW ECHOLS
MEMBER

BRENDA J. GAINES
SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL BOARD
SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION TRAVELING
Exhibition SERVICE ADVISORY BOARD


DOUGLAS E. MATTOX
NATIONAL POSTAL MUSEUM
COUNCIL OF PHILATELISTS


KATHRIN MATTOX
MEMBER

LANDON LANIER
MEMBER

STEPHEN LANIER
MEMBER

DAVID M. LOVE
SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL BOARD

VALERIE LOVE
MEMBER

BILL RAGLAND
SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL BOARD ALUMNI
SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL BOARD ALUMNI COMMITTEE


CHRISTINE RAGLAND
MEMBER

JACK H. WATSON
NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY
ALUMNI COMMISSION


BETH WATSON
MEMBER

RANDALL L. WILLIS
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN
NEW YORK BOARD OF DIRECTORS


TERESA WILLIS
MEMBER


BOSTON
Roger Crandall
SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL BOARD

THOMAS W. HAAS
NATIONAL AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM
BOARD OF DIRECTORS


MYRA M. HART
SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL BOARD
SMITHSONIAN Astrophysical
OBSERVATORY ADVISORY BOARD


Steven Hoch
SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL BOARD
SMITHSONIAN TROPICAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE ADVISORY BOARD


Jane Kamensky
NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY COMMISSION

Colin Masson
SMITHSONIAN ASTROPHYSICAL OBSERVATORY
ADVISORY BOARD


Tim Phillips
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY ADVISORY BOARD

Alan G. Spoon
REGENT EMERITUS AND CAMPAIGN CO-CHAIR

Fredericka Stevenson
SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL BOARD
Smithsonian Science Education Center


Howard Stevenson
SMITHSONIAN ASTROPHYSICAL OBSERVATORY
ADVISORY BOARD


Michael Tuteur
SMITHSONIAN ASTROPHYSICAL OBSERVATORY
ADVISORY BOARD


Christos Zahopoulos
SMITHSONIAN SCIENCE EDUCATION CENTER
ADVISORY BOARD



CHICAGO
Virginia Bobins
Archives of American Art
BOARD OF TRUSTEES


John Canning
Member

J. R. Davis
Member

Richard Davis
Member

James Erbs
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory Advisory Board

BRENDA J. GAINES
SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL BOARD
SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION TRAVELING
EXHIBITION SERVICE ADVISORY BOARD


Ron Gidwitz
Smithsonian National Board

Dennis Keller
Smithsonian National Board

Holly Madigan
SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL BOARD ALUMNUS

John McCarter
CHAIR, SMITHSONIAN BOARD OF REGENTS

MADELINE MURPHY RABB
MEMBER

KARLA SCHERER
NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY COMMISSION

SOPHIA SHAW
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
ADVISORY BOARD


YOLANDA “DUSTY” STEMER
SMITHSONIAN LATINO CENTER
BOARD OF DIRECTORS


Jacqueline Vossler
Member

Paul Wood
NATIONAL AIR AND
SPACE MUSEUM BOARD OF DIRECTORS



HOUSTON
DINA AL-SOWAYEL
Member

ANNETTE BRACEY
Member

JEREANN CHANEY
Member

HELEN RUNNELLS DUBOIS
National Zoological Park
Advisory Board Alumni


LAUREN FRED
Member

STUART FRED
National Air and Space Museum
Board of Directors


CULLEN GEISELMAN
Member

JOHN GUESS
Member

ANNE JACOBSON
Member

DEBORAH KAPLAN
Member

JULIE KINZELMAN
Member

ALISON LELAND
Member

ISABELLE MAYER
Member

MARY ANN OTTINGER
Member

SUE PAYNE
Member

NATALIE RILEY
Member

CAREY SHUART
Member

LISA TRAPANI SHUMATE
Member

ANITA SMITH
Member

GERALD SMITH
Member

JOHN SOUSA
Member

FRAZIER WILSON
Smithsonian Institution
Science Education Center
National Advisory Board



LOS ANGELES
Erica Gerard Di Bona
MEMBER

Vin Di Bona
SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL BOARD

MICHAEL K. FRANCIS
SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL BOARD Alumnus

Brad Freeman
SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL BOARD Alumnus

Brenda Galloway
MEMBER

William Galloway
SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL BOARD

DAVID MARK GROSS
MEMBER

MICHAEL HAUSKNOST
MEMBER

Jennifer Walston Johnson
SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL BOARD

Kate Kelly
MEMBER

MICHAEL M. LYNTON
SMITHSONIAN BOARD OF REGENTS

MARY LYONS
MEMBER

JAHM NAJAFI
SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL BOARD

Fran Morris Rosman
MEMBER

Richard Rosman
MEMBER

Gary Satin
MEMBER

Marna Schnabel
SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL BOARD

MICHAEL E. TENNENBAUM
SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL BOARD

Christine Udvar-Hazy
SMITHSONIAN BOARD OF REGENTS
ADVANCEMENT COMMITTEE



NEW YORK
VIJAY ANAND
FREER GALLERY OF ART AND ARTHUR M. SACKLER GALLERY BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Susan Battley
Smithsonian Libraries Advisory Board

Abby Joseph Cohen
Member

Edgar M. Cullman, Jr.
Smithsonian National Board

Vishakha Desai
Asian Pacific American Center
Advisory Board


Gabriela Febres-Cordero
National Museum of Natural History Advisory Board

Carol S. Feinberg
Smithsonian Science Education Center Advisory Board

MARTHA FLEISCHMAN
ARCHIVES OF AMERICAN ART BOARD OF TRUSTEES
CAMPAIGN STEERING COMMITTEE


Harry Hagendorf
National Postal Museum
Council of Philatelists


Edward R. Hintz
Smithsonian National Board
Campaign Steering Committee


PETER KIMMELMAN
FREER GALLERY OF ART AND ARTHUR M. SACKLER GALLERY
BOARD OF TRUSTEES


MICHAEL LEFENFELD
NATIONAL ZOO AND CONSERVATION BIOLOGY INSTITUTE ADVISORY BOARD

Cheryl Winter Lewy
Smithsonian National Board

William H. Luers
National Museum of Natural History Advisory Board

Barbara A. Mandel
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Board of Trustees

Kevin McGovern
Smithsonian National Board

Sarah Elizabeth Nash
Smithsonian National Board

Harold Newman
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Board of Trustees

BENITA POTTERS
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN
NEW YORK BOARD OF DIRECTORS


Jorge G. Puente
Smithsonian National Board

Lowell W. Robinson
Smithsonian Libraries Advisory Board

VALERIE ROWE
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN
NEW YORK BOARD OF DIRECTORS


Elizabeth Ryan
NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY COMMISSION

Philip Ryan
Smithsonian National Board

Howard Teich
National Museum of the American Indian New York Board of Directors

L. John Wilkerson
Smithsonian National Board


SAN FRANCISCO
Tim Attinger
MEMBER

Eric Byunn
MEMBER

Kay Dryden
SMITHSONIAN ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH CENTER ADVISORY BOARD

Sakurako Fisher
Campaign Co-Chair
Smithsonian National Board


Julie Flynn
SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL BOARD

Shelby Gans
SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL BOARD
SMITHSONIAN AMERICAN ART MUSEUM COMMISSION


Alex Gersznowicz
SMITHSONIAN ASTROPHYSICAL OBSERVATORY
ADVISORY BOARD


MARCEL HOUTZAGER
NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY COMMISSION

Judy Huret
SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL BOARD

ROBERT N. JOHNSON
SMITHSONIAN ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN
CENTER ADVISORY BOARD
CAMPAIGN STEERING COMMITTEE


FRANS OP DEN KAMP
MEMBER

Paul Koontz
SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL BOARD

ALAN MALOUF
MEMBER

JEFF MARTIN
Smithsonian Science Education Center
Advisory Board


CATHERINE PODELL
NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY COMMISSION

C. Jason Payne
MEMBER

Deborah Santana
SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL BOARD

CAMILLA SMITH
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
ADVISORY BOARD


Elisa Stephens
SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL BOARD

Bill Trenchard
MEMBER

Marshall Turner
National Museum of Natural History Advisory Board

CLIFF WALKER
MEMBER


SEATTLE
Valerie Anders
Smithsonian National Board
Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service Advisory Board


Joe Clark
National Air and Space Museum Board, Emeritus

Nancy Hogan
SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL BOARD
SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION TRAVELING
Exhibition SERVICE ADVISORY BOARD


Susan Hutchison
Former, National Air and Space Museum Board

Jennifer Walston Johnson
Smithsonian National Board

Bruce R. McCaw
National Air and Space Museum Board

Susan Moseley
Smithsonian National Board Alumna

Roger D. Percy
National Air and Space Museum Board, Emeritus

Theiline Pigott Scheumann
Smithsonian National Board Alumna

JOHN POHL
MEMBER

Coralyn Wright Whitney
Member

CONTACT US
We love inquisitive minds! If you have any questions about the event coming to your city, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Fill out and submit the form below, email us at campaignrsvp@si.edu, or call us at 202-633-5250. We look forward to hearing from you.