Judith Gradwohl

Judith Gradwohl

MacMillan Associate Director for Education and Public Engagement

B.A and M.A in Zoology from University of California at Berkeley

Role in Museum: 

I work with staff across the Museum to enhance visitor experiences and to increase the effectiveness of our outreach. The Office of Education and Public Programs group includes Education and Interpretation, Public Programs, the Lemelson Center for the Study of Innovation and Invention, Program in African American Culture, Program in Latino History and Culture, Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, and the New Media Program. We bring history alive for our on-site visitors through live theatre, facilitated activities, lectures and discussions, films, and music, reaching nearly one in three of our visitors. We provide access to millions more people each year through new media and community-based activities.


Formerly the Museum's Web director, I have over 20 years of experience at the Smithsonian, having also served as director of the Office of Environmental Awareness and the Smithsonian Without Walls Web program. I served as curator of two major traveling exhibitions, Tropical Rainforests: A Disappearing Treasure and Ocean Planet. I was also a Research Scholar in Public Communication and education specialist at the Smithsonian's National Zoo. I was trained as a scientist, and began my career studying tropical forest bird behavior at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama.

Awards, Honors, and Special Recognition: 

Noyce Leadership Institute 2010-2011

Getty Leadership Institute 2005

American Cultural Specialist (Brazil) 2002

Selected invited lectures 2004-2012:
American Association of Museums, American University, Catholic University, George Washington University, Johns Hopkins University, Mid-Atlantic Museums Association-Building Museums Conference, Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano in Bogotá, Colombia, University of California at Berkeley, Smithsonian Institution

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