About the Speaker
John L. Gray
Elizabeth MacMillan Director
National Museum of American History
JOHN L. GRAY is the Elizabeth MacMillan Director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. Under his leadership, the museum is boldly reimagining its three-floor West Wing around exhibitions and programs on the themes of innovation, democracy and the peopling of America, and American culture. Gray is also leading the physical and programmatic reinvention of the museum, pairing its unparalleled collection of national treasures with a thematic focus around fundamental American ideals and ideas. Prior to becoming the museum’s ninth director, Gray was founding president of the Autry Museum of the American West in Los Angeles.