Kara Blond, Executive Director

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 A Washington native, 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, Museum Educator

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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.

Jaclyn Kimball, Program Associate

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Jaclyn first worked with the Society in 2015 as an intern while completing her Master’s Degree in Museum Studies at The George Washington University.  Originally from New Hampshire, Jaclyn has lived in D.C. since 2005 when she moved here to attend American University, and has recently bought her first house in Southeast D.C.

Michelle Malet, Director of Development

Michelle has returned to the Washington area after serving as the Jewish Holocaust Centre's Foundation director and director of Advancement in Melbourne, Australia. She holds a Master of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Arts in Jewish Communal Service from Gratz College. She brings extensive experience working with Jewish organizations and has a deep seated passion for Jewish communal building.   

Rebekah Sobel, Director of Interpretation

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Originally a California native, Rebekah joined us in the fall of 2018 from 10 years at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. She has a PhD in Anthropology and Visual Communication from Temple University. Rebekah brings 20 years of teaching, research, museum planning and exhibit project management experience to her new role.


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.