Dorothy Lemelson

NMAH Board Alumnusi; President & Director, The Lemelson Foundation

Mrs. Lemelson, along with her late husband Jerome Lemelson, has been a supporter of invention and innovation in America.  Together, they created The Lemelson Foundation, which has funded programs to encourage entrepreneurship among young people.  The Lemelson family also created the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.  Mrs. Lemelson is a member of the Smithsonian National Board, serves on the Board of Trustees at the University of Nevada, Reno Foundation and has founded the Lemelson Education and Assistance Program (LEAP), which initiates and funds educational and cultural projects.  Trained at Parsons School of Design, Mrs. Lemelson formerly ran her own design studio.  She lives in Incline Village, NV.