Marsha Semmel is an independent consultant working with cultural and educational organizations on leadership development, strategic planning, and partnerships. She recently published Partnership Power: Essential Museum Strategies for Today’s Networked World, Rowman & Littlefield (2019). She currently serves as Special Initiatives Advisor to the National Endowment for the Humanities, Senior Adviser to the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement, and Adjunct Faculty at the Bank Street College Graduate School of Education’s Leadership in Museum Education Program. Semmel was the Director for Strategic Partnerships, Deputy for Museum Services, and Acting Director at the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) from 2003–13. From 1993–96 she was Director, Division of Public Programs, at the National Endowment for the Humanities. She also served as President and CEO of Conner Prairie, a history museum near Indianapolis, and President and CEO of the Women of the West Museum in Denver. She currently serves on the boards of the Institute for Learning Innovation and the Council of American Jewish Museums. Semmel is also chair of the Arlington County Arts Commission.


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