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Volunteer Leadership

The Smithsonian American Women’s History Museum is supported by a network of dedicated volunteers from across America who provide their time, expertise, and knowledge.


Melanie Adams, Interim Director, Smithsonian American Women’s History Museum

Tey Marianna Nunn, Director, American Women’s History Initiative


Advisory Council 

  • JANE ABRAHAM, Former Chair, American Women's History Museum Congressional Commission
  • CATHERINE ALLGOR, President, Massachusetts Historical Society
  • 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
  • LYNDA CARTER Actress, Singer, Songwriter and Producer
  • JEAN CASE, Chairman, National Geographic Society; CEO, Case Impact Network and The Case Foundation
  • ROSARIO DAWSON, Actress, Designer, Activist and Producer
  • MELISSA FETTER, Owner, Beacon Hill Books
  • EDNA KANE-WILLIAMS, Chief Diversity Officer, AARP
  • BILLIE JEAN KING, Founder, Billie Jean King Enterprises, Inc. Sports Icon & Equality Champion
  • SINGLETON B. MCALLISTER Of Counsel, Husch Blackwell LLP
  • CRAIG NEWMARK, Founder and CSR, Craigslist
  • PENNY PRITZKER, Founder and Chairman, PSP Partners; Former U.S. Secretary of Commerce
  • ABBE RAVEN, Chairman Emeritus, A+E Networks; Former Chair, National Museum of American History
  • VIVIAN RIEFBERG, Director Emeritus, McKinsey & Company; David C. Walentas Jefferson Scholars Chair, Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia
  • MARTINE A. ROTHBLATT, PH.D., Chairperson & CEO, United Therapeutics Creator for SiriusXM
  • S. MONA SINHA, Global Executive Director, Equality Now
  • CARA SYLVESTER, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing and Digital Officer, Target Corporation
  • ALICE L. WALTON, Founder, Crystal Bridges Museum of Art, the Art Bridges Foundation and the Alice L. Walton Foundation Member, Walton Family Foundation

The members of Congress appointed to the council are: 

  • AMBASSADOR BARBARA M. BARRETT, Member, Smithsonian Board of Regents; 25th Secretary of the Air Force
  • BRIDGET M. BUSH, Counsel, Landrum & Shouse, LLP
  • ASSEMBLYWOMAN CRYSTAL PEOPLES-STOKES, Majority Leader, New York State Assembly
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