Linda Alvarado, Julie Flynn and Teuila Hanson Join Museum Board

National Museum of American History Adds Expertise in Business and Leadership

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History has added three dynamic businesswomen as members of its advisory board. Linda Alvarado, Julie Flynn and Teuila Hanson bring with them a wealth of experience that will enhance the museum’s ability to serve its mission of empowering people to create a more just and compassionate future. The three began their board service Feb. 24.

The board, led by Chair Enrique Segura, Ph.D., and its vice chair, former U.S. Secretary of Commerce Barbara H. Franklin, was established in 1996 and includes historians, business leaders, congressional members and philanthropists and has an active alumni representation. Members advise the director and her leadership team on programs, exhibitions, facilities, development and finance. A complete list of board members and alumni can be found here. Ex officio members of the board include the museum director, the Smithsonian’s Secretary and the Smithsonian’s Under Secretary for Museums and Culture.

“With the addition of Linda Alvarado, Julie Flynn and Teuila Hanson to our board, we are not only gaining invaluable expertise in the business and leadership fields, but we are also welcoming three inspiring role models to our team,” said Anthea M. Hartig, the museum’s Elizabeth MacMillan Director. “Their stories of perseverance and success, as well as their dedication to giving back, will be a source of motivation for all who visit our museum and engage with our work.”

Born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Alvarado is the owner, president and CEO of Alvarado Construction. She has 35 years of experience in the construction industry, with a focus on large multi-million dollar commercial, governmental and institutional contracts. Alvarado made history as the first Hispanic owner of a Major League Baseball franchise and co-owner of the Colorado Rockies. She is also the president of Palo Alto Inc. and the Alvarado Restaurant Entities and serves on the boards of Limbach Holdings Inc. and the Latino Donor Collaborative. Alvarado has received numerous awards and recognition, including being named one of the “100 Most Influential Hispanics in America” by Hispanic Business magazine. Alvarado studied economics at Pomona College and received a doctorate in business leadership from Duquesne University.

A resident of San Francisco and director of the Flynn Family Fund, Flynn is a member of the board of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, Water.org and the Boys and Girls Clubs of San Francisco. With a background in law, she previously practiced at Morrison and Foerster and several family law firms in the Bay Area. A native of Washington, D.C., Flynn received her Bachelor of Arts from Yale University and earned her law degree from Stanford Law School. She has extensive board experience, serving on a number of executive committees and chairing several governance committees for various non-profit arts and educational organizations.

Hanson is a senior vice president and chief people officer at LinkedIn, where she leads the team responsible for hiring and developing top talent as well as overseeing benefits, employee experience and diversity, inclusion and belonging programs. Prior to joining LinkedIn, Hanson was the executive vice president, chief strategy and people officer at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. In that role, she led the strategy and people teams and served as the chair of the bank’s management committee. Additionally, she held various leadership roles at AECOM Technology Corporation, a global professional services organization. Hanson serves on the University of California Merced Foundation board of trustees. Hanson earned a Bachelor of Arts from Sonoma State University and a law degree from Golden Gate University School of Law. She is a licensed member of the California Bar.

Through incomparable collections, rigorous research and dynamic public outreach, the National Museum of American History seeks to empower people to create a more just and compassionate future by examining, preserving and sharing the complexity of our past. The museum, located on Constitution Avenue N.W., between 12th and 14th streets, is open daily, except Dec. 25, between 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Admission is free. The doors of the museum are always open online and the virtual museum continues to expand its offerings, including online exhibitions, PK–12 educational materials and programs. The public can follow the museum on social media on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. For more information, go to https://americanhistory.si.edu. For Smithsonian information, the public may call (202) 633-1000.

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