Director of Education for Smithsonian Institution
Claudine K. Brown is the assistant secretary for education and access for the Smithsonian Institution. She is responsible for defining the Smithsonian's education program and reports directly to Secretary Wayne Clough. Brown develops the institution's plan for educational initiatives, assessment strategies, and National Science Resources Center and the Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies and coordinates thirty-two education-based offices in the nation's museums and science centers. She also oversees the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition Service, the Smithsonian Affiliates, and the Smithsonian Associates programs.
Brown was previously director of the Arts and Culture Program at the Nathan Cummings Foundation in New York, where she positioned the program as a leading arts grantmaker in support of institutions committed to excellence, diversity, and community involvement.
She joined the Smithsonian in 1990 as director of the National African American Museum Project. In this position, she coordinated advisory committees on the development of a national museum devoted exclusively to African American life, art, history, and culture. In 1991, she also became the deputy assistant secretary for the arts and humanities and developed policy for many Smithsonian museums. Brown also held several positions at the Brooklyn Museum.
In addition to working in the museum and philanthropic communities, Brown has been a faculty advisor and instructor in the Leadership in Museum Education Program at Bank Street Graduate School of Education in New York City for more than twenty years.