Kara Blond, Executive Director

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 A Washington native, newly appointed executive director Kara Blond holds a master of arts degree in education in learning, design and technology from Stanford University and a bachelor of arts degree in English from the University of Pennsylvania. She brings over 15 years of experience, including her most recent position as director of exhibitions at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History.

Samantha Abramson, Program and Outreach Manager

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Sam began at the Society in 2011 as an intern and volunteer. She holds a Masters in Museum Studies with concentrations in administration and exhibition development from The George Washington University and a Bachelors degree in History with minors in English, Jewish Studies, and Spanish from the University of Minnesota.

Christiane Bauer, Curator

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Christiane joined the staff in 2016. She has a Masters and Bachelors in German History and Jewish Studies from the Free University of Berlin. She is working on her PhD in American History from Ludwig Maximilians University (Munich) and University of Kassel, Germany. She previously worked the Sprengel Museum in Hanover, Germany and the Jewish Museum Berlin.

Mary Ann Dawedeit, Office Manager

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Mary Ann has worked for the Society since 2012. She is a native Washingtonian, and proud to be providing administration, finance, and property management for the Society, as well as working with the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee. Mary Ann was previously the operations manager for a local franchise, Wild Bird Centers of America. 

Wendy Turman, Deputy Director

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Wendy has worked for the Society since 2000. She has a Masters in Museum Studies from George Washington University and a Bachelors degree in History from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She previously worked at the National Museum of Health and Medicine and the Smithsonian Institution.