Smarthistory relies on the the expertise and generosity of two boards, our Board of Trustees and Board of Advisors, see current membership below:
Board of Advisors
Pascal Brochier brings to Smarthistory extensive leadership and business experience ranging from startups to blue chip digital media, consumer technology and CPG companies on four continents. He has held senior leadership roles at Electronic Arts, Activision Blizzard, the Gillette company and several start-ups. He is an angel investor and advisor. He has been passionate about art all his life and is drawn to Smarthistory’s mission to bridge cultural divides through broad access and appreciation of art history. He holds an MBA from ESSEC university in France and lives with his family in the San Francisco Bay area.
Ann Doerr views climate change as the existential crisis of our time. She serves on various boards to promote education for greenhouse gas mitigation. She is delighted to serve on the advisory board of Smarthistory because of its focus on broadening the western canon and enhancing cross cultural understanding, as she feels the appreciation of global culture is necessary for climate action.
Margaret C. (Margi) Conrads joined Crystal Bridges in 2015 and now serves as Director of Curatorial Affairs and Strategic Art Initiatives. She also leads the curatorial efforts of Art Bridges, a nonprofit foundation started in 2017 by Alice Walton, to share great works of American art across the country. Additionally, Margi is the Museum’s liaison to the University of Arkansas School of Art. Margi is drawn to Smarthistory’s potential to bring art and its many histories to broad audiences via diverse voices and delivery systems. She offers extensive curatorial and leadership experience. Prior to Crystal Bridges, Margi served as Deputy Director of Art and Research at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, Texas. Previously, she served for two decades as the Samuel Sosland Senior Curator of American Art at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Mo. Margi earned degrees in art history from City University of New York Graduate Center (Ph.D.); Washington University, St. Louis (M.A.), and Connecticut College (B.A.).
Kim Mitchell has been with Brunswick Arts since October 2017. Kim has worked with top cultural clients in North America including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Art Institute of Chicago, Brooklyn Museum, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cooper Hewitt/Smithsonian Design Museum, The Frick Collection, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, and the public broadcaster WNET.
Jeffrey Snover is a Microsoft Technical Fellow and Architect for Office 365. Prior has been the Chief Architect for Windows Server and is the inventor of PowerShell. He is passionate about Smarthistory’s mission and its ability to enrich the lives and humanity of every person through an appreciation and understanding of art and history through free digital content.
Marie Vought Marie grew up in East Asia as a “third culture kid” with a Japanese mother and American father, returning to the Midwest as a junior in high school. Enamored with art history during college she briefly flirted with the idea of pursuing a PhD in Japanese art but practiced real estate finance law instead. While raising three children in Silicon Valley Marie recovered her original passion for art history as a docent at local art museums. Recently she has resumed her legal work as a pro bono immigration attorney. She firmly believes that the visual and performing arts are crucial keys to cultural fluency.
Board of Trustees
Piotr is the Director of the Artstor Digital Library. Previously a Program Manager at the Google Cultural Institute, a librarian and computer scientist, he started his work in museums with the digital media team at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Beth is co-founder and executive editor for Smarthistory and faculty emeritus at Khan Academy. Previously, she was the first director of digital learning at The Museum of Modern Art, where she started MoMA Courses Online and co-produced educational videos, websites and apps. And before joining MoMA, Beth was Associate Professor of art history and director of distance learning at the Fashion Institute of Technology.
Lauren G. Kilroy-Ewbank
Lauren brings experience teaching as a professor of art history and humanities to the Smarthistory Board. Besides teaching courses focused on pre-Columbian, Spanish Colonial, global Renaissance, and Native American art, she also has interests in the digital humanities and pedagogy. She is currently an Associate Professor at Pepperdine University.
Elizabeth Macaulay-Lewis (chair)
Lizzie brings her expertise in Islamic and Roman architecture, art and archaeology, as well as in digital scholarship and pedagogy to the Smarthistory Board. She has served on the Governing Board of the Archaeological Institute of America. She is currently an Assistant Professor at The Graduate Center, The City University of New York and the Deputy Executive Officer of the M.A. in Liberal Studies.
Maura is Special Counsel at Sullivan & Cromwell, focusing on white collar criminal defense and investigations. Her work has required extensive travel, and she tries to squeeze in museum visits whenever she can. She currently collects the art of her four year old daughter Rory who is extremely prolific in a variety of media. She also is a member of the board of the Judges and Lawyers Breast Cancer Alert which provides legal and social services to breast cancer victims and their families.
Matt is an architectural historian based in New York City. A member of the research staff at the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission, he also teaches in the graduate program at the New York School of Interior Design and at Lewis & Clark College.
Kristina brings Smarthistory a passion for museum collections and a unique perspective as an Africanist. Now an independent scholar, she was formerly Director of the Pulitzer Arts Foundation and prior to that, Curator for Collections and Research at the Menil Collection.
Minli brings her experience in education, technology and business to the Smarthistory Board. She’s currently the VP of Business Operations at SendGrid, and was previously the Head of Strategy and Chief of Staff at Khan Academy.
Steven is co-founder and executive editor for Smarthistory and faculty emeritus at Khan Academy. Previously, he was chair of the department of the history of art and design at Pratt Institute and before that, he was dean of the School of Graduate Studies at the Fashion Institute of Technology, SUNY and chair of their art history department. He has taught at The School of Visual Arts, Hunter College, and at The Museum of Modern Art.
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