2008 National Conference » Speakers

Marsha Semmel

Director for Strategic Partnerships, Institute of Museum and Library Services

As Deputy Director for Museums, Marsha L. Semmel manages the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ portfolio of grant making programs that support capacity-building and leadership projects for all types of museums, including art, history, science, historic houses, children’s museums, aquaria, arboreta, botanical gardens and zoos. As Director for Strategic Partnerships, Ms. Semmel maintains oversight of federal-state partnership activities; initiates and implements collaborations with other federal agencies and organizations and manages special projects and initiatives. From 1998 to 2002, Ms. Semmel was President and CEO of the Women of the West Museum in Denver, Colorado. Prior to that, she was President and CEO of Conner Prairie, a living history museum in Indianapolis, Indiana. From 1984 to 1996, Ms. Semmel worked at the National Endowment for the Humanities in Washington, D.C. serving as Program Officer; Assistant Director for Humanities Projects in Museums and Historical Organizations; and Director, Division of Public Programs. She began her museum career as curator and educator at the Taft Museum in Cincinnati, was deputy director of the B’nai B’rith National Jewish Museum in Washington, D.C. and Program Coordinator for the Resident Associates Program at the Smithsonian Institution. In 1979, Semmel was a Fellow in the Museums Program of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Speaker Events

Saturday, July 5

Morning Plenary Session
Tracey Doi, Group Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.
John W. Hickenlooper, Mayor, City/County of Denver
Mitchell Maki, Dean, College of Health and Human Services, California State University, Dominguez Hills
Dale Minami, Partner, Minami & Tamaki
Federico Peña, Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation
Marsha Semmel, Director for Strategic Partnerships, Institute of Museum and Library Services
Time: 8:15 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Location: Centennial Ballroom, 3rd Floor
Topic: General Activity