I'm an experienced museum leader whose practice is rooted in experiential learning, access and engagement. I believe our cultural institutions are on the cusp of a new era in which they'll be more compelling, more connected, and more essential to human thriving than ever before, and my work helps museums get there. Linking museum content to contemporary questions about food systems, climate change, current events and social problems, I find ways for museums to help people interpret the challenges we face every day, practice inclusion in both content and audience, and improve community resilience.
My interdisciplinary background includes positions in education and interpretation at the Peabody Essex Museum (Salem, MA), where I launched a new Adult Programs team and worked on major exhibitions of art and culture; Strawbery Banke Museum (Portsmouth, NH), where I served as Director of Education and planned and launched a new Family Discovery Center; and Mystic Seaport (Mystic, CT), where I led residential learning programs in maritime history for middle and high school students.
In May 2016, I received my Master's degree in Museum Studies from Harvard University Extension School, focusing on the role of museums in society and how programming and interpretation can help people explore civic questions. That investigation led me to write Interpreting Food at Museums and Historic Sites and to co-author the forthcoming Public History and the Food Movement: The Missing Ingredient (with Cathy Stanton). I bring this historical perspective into volunteer service as a State Governor for Slow Food USA.
When not immersed in museum issues, I'm out and about, exploring the history, culture and landscape of the places that surround me. You can usually find me in, on, or near the water (especially the salty kind) or attending live events like concerts, art happenings, and street fairs. And I've always got a few creative and research projects bubbling in the background.