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Deborah Mack Named Interim Director of Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art

EDITOR’S NOTE: A previous version of this story incorrectly identified Deborah Mack’s place of employment. WI apologizes for the error.

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art has appointed Deborah Mack as its interim director.

Mack previously served as associate director of strategic partnerships for the National Museum of African American History and Culture. She was responsible for overall planning, management and coordination of professional partnership programs and international activities since 2012, including strategic alliances that promote organizational capacity building and sustainability, professional development and institutional best practices.

In addition to serving on the Smithsonian Council from 1999 to 2005, Mack has advised organizations nationwide and internationally on museum organizational and strategic planning, interpretive and exhibition development, and cultural and heritage tourism.

As an active service member of several professional organizations, including the Association of African American Museums and the National Endowment for the Arts, Mack also serves as a peer reviewer for the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Mack received her doctorate and master’s in anthropology from Northwestern University and a bachelor’s in geography from the University of Chicago.

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