Lesley S. Herrmann was the Executive Director of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History from the organization’s founding in 1994 through her retirement in July 2016. Under her direction, the Institute created seminar programs for elementary, middle, and high school teachers and the Affiliate Schools Program, a growing network of history-focused schools across the United States; and produced dozens of American history publications, digital resources, and traveling exhibitions for students and teachers. Most recently, Dr. Herrmann was instrumental bringing 20,000 New York City underprivileged students to see the musical "Hamilton" by creating an ongoing partnership with the producers, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the NYC Department of Education. Dr. Herrmann has held a variety of development and planning positions with not-for-profit and educational organizations in New York City, including the Municipal Art Society, Asphalt Green, The New School for Social Research, and Pace University, and she taught Russian literature at The New School for Social Research and Manhattan College. Dr. Herrmann served on the board of the National Coalition for History and has served on the board of the National Council for History Education. Dr. Herrmann resides in New York City.