Ca. 1860 Lakota painted drum, National Museum of the American Indian

Board of Regents

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Board of Regents

Congress created the Smithsonian Institution in 1846 as "an establishment for the increase and diffusion of knowledge." The 17-member Board of Regents is responsible for the administration of the Smithsonian. It consists of the Chief Justice of the United States, the Vice President of the United States, three members of the United States Senate, three members of the United States House of Representatives and nine citizens. 

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Cape Cod Morning, Edward Hopper, 1950. Smithsonian American Art Museum

Campaign
Co-chairs

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Campaign
Co-chairs

The four Campaign Co-chairs are the volunteer leaders of the Smithsonian Campaign. They oversee the campaign’s fundraising, programming and stewardship; guide the Steering Committee’s work with the Smithsonian’s advisory boards and advancement staff; and inform the Smithsonian’s Board of Regents of campaign progress.

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Words of the Declaration of Independence

Steering Committee

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Steering Committee

The all-volunteer Campaign Steering Committee guides the Smithsonian Campaign and helps share it with the nation. Its members represent the advisory boards of the Smithsonian's many museums, research centers and programs. Also serving, as ex-officio members, are the Secretary of the Smithsonian, Chair of the Board of Regents, Chair of the Board of Regents Advancement Committee and Assistant Secretary for Advancement.

 

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National Museum of American History, south entrance

Honorary Committee

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Honorary Committee

The Smithsonian Campaign’s Honorary Committee is a group of some of the greatest living Americans, distinguished citizens who have helped to shape our nation and our times. Committee members reflect the full spectrum of American achievement in technology, politics, sports, the sciences and the arts. The Committee sets the tone for the Smithsonian Campaign and is instrumental in building the campaign’s visibility and success.

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