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People: Who’s Who at the Smithsonian Institution

G. Wayne Clough

Secretary Clough

Wayne Clough is the 12th Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, leading the world's largest museum and research complex with 19 museums, nine research centers, the National Zoo and research activities in more than 90 countries.

Clough envisions a new era for the 164-year-old Institution, expanding the Smithsonian's global relevance and helping the nation shape its future through research, education and scientific discovery on major topics of the day. One of his first initiatives led to a new strategic plan that speaks to four grand challenges that will bring together the diverse resources of the Smithsonian’s museums and science centers through interdisciplinary approaches.


Board of Regents

The legislation that created the Smithsonian Institution (approved by Congress Aug. 10, 1846) called for the creation of a Board of Regents to govern and administer the organization.

More about the Board of Regents...


Senior Executives


Senior Administration & Support Officers

  • Nancy Bechtol, Director, Office of Facilities Engineering and Operations
  • Deron Burba, Chief Information Officer
  • Michael Caruso, Editor-in-Chief, Smithsonian magazine
  • James Douglas, Director, Office of Human Resources
  • Molly Fannon, Director, Office of International Relations
  • Jean Garvin, Director of Finance and Accounting
  • Chandra P. Heilman, Ombudsman
  • Karen Keller, Director, Office of Special Events and Protocol
  • Dorothy A. Leffler, Director, Office of Contracting & Personal Property Management
  • Jeanne O’Toole, Director, Office of Protection Services
  • Nell Payne, Director, Government Relations
  • Scott Robinson, Director, Office of Sponsored Projects
  • David Voyles, Director, Office of Planning, Management and Budget
  • Whitney Watriss, Acting Director, Office of Policy and Analysis
  • Eric Woodard, Director, Office of Fellowships and Internships
  • Elizabeth Ziebarth, Coordinator, Accessibility Program

Museum, Research & Program Directors

  • Fredie Adelman, Interim Director, The Smithsonian Associates
  • Camille Giraud Akeju, Director, Anacostia Museum
  • Charles R. Alcock, Director, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
  • Caroline Baumann, Director, Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
  • Elizabeth Broun, Director, Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery
  • Lonnie G. Bunch, Director, National Museum of African American History and Culture
  • Melissa Chiu, Director, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
  • Harold A. Closter, Director, Smithsonian Affiliations
  • Myriam Springuel, Interim Director, Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition Service
  • Johnnetta B. Cole, Director, National Museum of African Art
  • John R. Dailey, Director, National Air and Space Museum
  • Eduardo Díaz, Smithsonian Latino Center
  • Kevin Gover, Director, National Museum of the American Indian
  • John Gray, Director, National Museum of American History, Behring Center
  • Nancy E. Gwinn, Director, Smithsonian Institution Libraries
  • Kate Haw, Director, Archives of American Art
  • Peter Haydock, Acting Director, Smithsonian Science Education Center
  • Anson "Tuck" Hines, Director, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
  • Kirk Johnson, Director National Museum of Natural History
  • Allen R. Kane, Director, National Postal Museum
  • Dennis Kelly, Director, National Zoological Park
  • Robert J. Koestler, Director, Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute
  • Michael Atwood Mason, Director, Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
  • Konrad Ng, Director, Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center
  • Stephanie L. Norby, Director, Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
  • Valerie J. Paul, Director, Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce
  • Julian Raby, Director, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
  • Kim Sajet, Director, National Portrait Gallery
  • Anne Van Camp, Director, Smithsonian Institution Archives
  • William Wcislo, Acting Director, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

Consortia Directors