Smithsonian: National Portrait Gallery

Smithsonian: National Portrait Gallery

I want to help historians share their work to inform decisions of today with lessons from the past and to inspire the next generation of historians.

I studied history to lose myself in the richness and beauty of the past. I was at home in quiet libraries and dark museums, immersed in the words of people I knew only from paintings or grainy old photographs. I would gaze on glass-enclosed artifacts and imagine the hands that touched them. I would stand in the halls of cherished buildings and imagine the footfalls, the voices of those who graced the same rooms under vastly different circumstances.

I emerged from those libraries and museums to pursue a long and rewarding career in education and health care communications. But I never lost my love for those quiet times with history.  And I never stopped appreciating the importance of applying historical context to contemporary issues.

I spent more than 15 years in communications, at large agencies like Edelman, and both large and small organizations like the American Heart Association and The International Food Information Council. I have pitched media, trained speakers, conducted research, and written countless white papers, op-eds, and promotional materials. I have a B.A. in history and political science from Muskingum University and an M.A. in political management from The George Washington University.

I journal about my family's experiences with history over at Historical (Non) Fiction.