Smithsonian Names Five Additional Members to the Smithsonian American Women’s History Museum Advisory Council

November 2, 2021
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The Smithsonian’s Board of Regents has named five additional members to the Smithsonian American Women’s History Museum advisory council. They are:

  • Rosario Dawson, actress, designer, activist and producer
  • Craig Newmark, founder of craigslist and Craig Newmark Philanthropies
  • Alice Walton, founder of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the Art Bridges Foundation and the Alice L. Walton Foundation; member of the Walton Family Foundation

The members appointed by the U.S. Senate are:

  • Bridget Bush, counsel at Landrum & Shouse LLP
  • Crystal D. Peoples-Stokes, majority leader of the New York State Assembly

Bush, Dawson, Newmark, Peoples-Stokes and Walton join the 20 board members announced Aug. 20. The legislation creating the Smithsonian American Women’s History Museum calls for a 25-member advisory council that consists of 19 citizens, the Smithsonian Secretary, a member of the Board of Regents and four members appointed by congressional leadership.

“We are excited to have the full 25 seats for the initial founding council filled with the addition of these five council members,” said Lisa Sasaki, interim director of the museum. “These final appointments continue to add to the momentum surrounding the planning for the new museum.”

The council advises the Board of Regents and makes recommendations on the location, planning, design and construction of the museum; helps with private fundraising; and provides for the maintenance of the collections.

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