Elizabeth C. Babcock, PhD., Director, Smithsonian American Women’s History Museum

Leadership Staff:

  • Karri Brady, Acting Director of Advancement
  • Nicole Kang Ferraiolo, Head of Digital Strategies
  • Ally Green, Senior Advisor, Museum Planning
  • Liza O’Leary, Director of Business Operations
  • Ellie Reynolds, Head of Communications and Brand Engagement

Founding Advisory Council: 

  • Jane Abraham, Former Chair, Congressional Commission to Study the Potential of a National Women’s History Museum 
  • Penny Pritzker, Founder and Chairman, PSP Partners; Former U.S. Secretary of Commerce
  • Catherine Allgor, President, Massachusetts Historical Society
  • Barbara Barrett,  Owner, Triple Creek Ranch, A Montana Hideaway
  • Mary Boies, Counsel, Boies Schiller Flexner LLP
  • Sheri Bronstein, Chief Human Resources Officer, Bank of America
  • Tory Burch, Executive Chairman and Chief Creative Officer, Tory Burch LLC
  • Bridget M. Bush, Counsel, Landrum & Shouse LLP 
  • Lynda Carter, Actor and Singer-Songwriter 
  • Jean Case, Chairman, National Geographic Society; CEO, Case Impact Network and The Case Foundation
  • Rosario Dawson, Producer, Designer, Activist 
  • Martha McKenzie Hill, Counsel, Mitchell Williams Selig Gates Woodyard 
  • Billie Jean King, Founder, Billie Jean King Enterprises, Inc.
  • Hon. Carolyn B. Maloney, Eleanor Roosevelt Distinguished Leader, Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute 
  • Singleton B. Mcallister, Of Counsel, Husch Blackwell LLP 
  • Kyle McSlarrow, Former Comcast Senior Executive
  • Pat Mitchell, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Connected Women Leaders, and Project Dandelion Co-Founder and Editorial Director at TEDWomen
  • Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes, Majority Leader, New York State Assembly 
  • Odie Brant Porter, Councilor of the Seneca Nation of Indians
  • Abbe Raven, Chairman Emeritus, A+E Networks
  • Vivian Riefberg, Professor of Practice, Darden School of Business, University of Virginia 
  • Mona Sinha, Global Executive Director, Equality Now
  • Cara Sylvester, EVP and Chief Guest Experience Officer, Target
  • Alice L. Walton, Founder, Crystal Bridges Museum of Art, the Art Bridges Foundation, and the Alice L. Walton Foundation, Member, Walton Family Foundation 
  • Edna Kane-Williams, Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer,  
  • Lonnie G. Bunch III,  (ex officio) Secretary, Smithsonian Institution 


  • Melissa Fetter, Founder and Owner, Beacon Hill Books & Cafe
  • Craig Newmark, Founder, craigslist and Craig Newmark Philanthropies 
  • Martine A. Rothblatt, Chairperson and CEO, United Therapeutics, Creator for SiriusXM 

Committee of Scholars: 

  • Nadia B. Ahmad, associate professor of law, Barry University School of Law
  • Keisha N. Blain, professor of Africana studies and history, Brown University 
  • Nancy F. Cott, Jonathan Trumbull Professor of American History Emerita, Harvard University
  • David L. Eng, Richard L. Fisher Professor of English, University of Pennsylvania 
  • Paula J. Giddings, Elizabeth A. Woodson Professor Emerita of Africana Studies, Smith College
  • Kimberly Gilmore, senior vice president, Corporate Social Responsibility and chief historian, The HISTORY Channel/A+E Networks
  • Jane Kamensky, president, Thomas Jefferson Foundation|Monticello
  • Michelle Nickerson, professor of history, Loyola University Chicago
  • Guillermina G. Núñez-Mchiri, dean at Imperial Valley Campus and professor, Department of Women’s Studies, San Diego State University
  • Katherine Ott, curator and historian, Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History 
  • Meranda Roberts, member of the Yerington Paiute Tribe and visiting professor of Art History, Pomona College 
  • Kimberly A. Scott, professor of women and gender studies, School of Social Transformation, Arizona State University 
  • Susan Stryker, distinguished visiting faculty, Clayman Institute for Gender Research, Stanford University
  • Gayle Wald, professor of American Studies and English, George Washington University 
  • Mary Ziegler, Martin Luther King Jr. Professor of Law, University of California, Davis