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 Trustees
Renée Ater is a public scholar who works at the intersection of art and history. Her research and writing have focused on the intersection of race, monument building, and national identity. Her most recent project, Contemporary Monuments to the Slave Past, investigates how we visualize, interpret, and engage the slave past through contemporary monuments created for public spaces.
Beth Harris is co-founder and executive director 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.
Sandy Heller is the Founder of The Heller Group, an art advisory with offices in New York and Paris. An active participant in the global art world for the past 20 years, Sandy has helped to organize hundreds of loans to museum shows all over the world. Sandy graduated from Tulane University in 1994 with a BA in Art History where he currently sponsors a class on “The Fundamentals of Art Acquisition” and has a degree in Painting Restoration from the Art Institute of Florence, Italy. Sandy Heller is on the Board of Trustees of Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School in New York, as well as Vaika, a non-profit medical research organization at Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine that focuses on Canine Health. Sandy was an executive producer of the Martin Scorsese documentary film on the Grateful Dead, “Long Strange Trip.”
Arif Kadir is Vice President, Revenue Marketing at Digital Ocean. Previously he was Senior Director, BizOps at Twilio, Lead, Analytics at Paypal, Director, Corporate Partnerships at Khan Academy, and Engagement Manager at McKinsey. Arif holds an MBA from Wharton at the University of Pennsylvania and a BA from the University of York, and has taught math as a volunteer in South Africa.
Elizabeth Macaulay (chair) 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 Associate Professor at The Graduate Center, The City University of New York, the Executive Officer of the M.A. in Liberal Studies and a faculty member of the MA programs in Liberal Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, and Digital Humanities.
Maura Miller 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.
Jennifer Freund Pardee is Director of Leadership Annual Giving at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Before that, she was Regional Director of Development at the American Jewish Committee, Atlanta, GA. Jenn has a BA from Princeton University and an MBA from the University of New Mexico.