Lonnie Bunch

Founding Director, National Museum of African American History & Culture at Smithsonian Institution

Lonnie Bunch

Lonnie Bunch

Founding Director, National Museum of African American History & Culture at Smithsonian Institution

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Chicago Historical Society

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1257

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4

Number of Awards

1

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Interim Director at The National Museum of African American History & Culture

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Associate Director, Museum Learning at Smithsonian National Museum of The American Indian

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President & Chief Executive Officer at The Statue of Liberty - Ellis Island Foundation

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President & Chief Executive Officer at International African American Museum

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Senior Vice President at Chicago Historical Society

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Senior Program Officer for History & Culture, Office of the Provost & Under Secretary for Museums, Education & Research at Smithsonian Institution

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Co-Founder at The Carlyle Group, Inc.

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Director at Smithsonian Institution

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Co-Founder at Xappmedia, Inc.

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Founder & Chairman at RLJ Lodging Trust

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Associate Director, Museum Learning at Smithsonian National Museum of The American Indian

The National Museum of the American Indian is part of the Smithsonian Institution and is dedicated to the life, languages, literature, history, and arts of the Native Americans of the Western Hemisphere. It has three facilities: the National Museum of the American Indian on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., which opened on September 21, 2004, on Fourth Street and Independence Avenue, Southwest; the George Gustav Heye Center, a permanent museum in New York City; and the Cultural Resources Center, a research and collections facility in Suitland, Maryland. The foundations for the present collections were first assembled in the former Museum of the American Indian in New York City, which was established in 1916, and which became part of the Smithsonian in 1990.

Education
Master's Degree
Class of 1976

American University is a private doctoral institution situated in a residential neighborhood of northwest Washington, D.C. Our total fall 2012 enrollment was 13,165, with 6,776 degree-seeking undergraduates, 3,464 degree-seeking graduate students, 1,766 law students, and 1,159 students in nondegree certificate programs, Washington Semester, or AU Abroad. We offer 61 bachelor’s degrees, 54 master’s degrees, 11 doctoral degrees, and a JD program, as well as 50 certificate programs at both the graduate and undergraduate level. Courses run on a 15-week semester basis in fall and spring, with shorter summer-term classes. In addition, we offer study-abroad programs and alternative breaks. More than 85 percent of our undergraduates and 60 percent of our master's students participate in at least one internship. Our student body is cosmopolitan and globally diverse, with all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 130 countries represented. Seven percent of undergraduates and 11 percent of graduate students are international. The university’s mission is carried out by 798 full-time faculty and 1,525 full-time staff. Ninety-four percent of full-time faculty hold the highest degree in their field. Among our 565 adjunct faculty are policy makers, diplomats, journalists, artists, writers, scientists, and business leaders

Career History
Founding Director, National Museum of African American History & Culture
Current

Smithsonian Institution which was founded in 1846 is the world's largest museum and research complex, consisting of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, and nine research facilities.

Founding Director
2005 - 2019

The National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) is a Smithsonian Institution museum established in 2003. The museum's building is currently under construction on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The concept of a national museum dedicated to African-American history and culture can be traced back to the second decade of the 20th century. In 1915, African-American veterans of the Union Army met in Washington, D.C., for a reunion and parade. Frustrated with the racial discrimination they still faced, the veterans formed a committee to build a memorial to various African-American achievements. Their efforts paid off in 1929, when President Herbert Hoover appointed Mary Church Terrell, Mary McLeod Bethune, and 10 others to a commission charged with building a "National Memorial Building" showcasing African-American achievements in the arts and sciences. But Congress did not back the project, and private fundraising also failed. Although proposals for an African-American history and culture museum would be floated in Congress for the next 40 years, none gained more than minimal support.

President
2001 - 2005

The Chicago Historical Society is a privately endowed, independent institution devoted to collecting, interpreting, and presenting the rich multicultural history of Chicago and Illinois, as well as selected areas of American history, to the public through exhibitions, programs, research collections, and publications.

Boards & Committees
Member, Board of Directors
Prior

TO ENHANCE THE VALUE OF MUSEUMS TO THEIR COMMUNITIES THROUGH LEADERSHIP, ADVOCACY, AND SERVICE.

Member of the Advisory Board
Prior

TO PROMOTE THE FIELD OF HISTORY IN THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA.

Awards & Honors
2020
Dan David Prize
Events
Speaker
2018 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting

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