Marsha Semmel is an independent consultant working with foundations, museums, libraries, and educational organizations. She currently serves as Senior Advisor to the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement and Faculty at the Bank Street College of Education 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 1993-1996 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 has served on the boards of the American Alliance of Museums, the Colorado Digitization Program, and ArtTable and currently is a board member for the Smithsonian Institution’s Early Enrichment Center, the Institute for Learning Innovation, and the Council of American Jewish Museums. Semmel is also an appointed member of the Arlington County Arts Commission. 


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