Lori Ann Terjesen, Ph.D., is the director of education at the National Women’s History Museum where she develops, presents, and oversees programs and projects that interpret the Museum’s mission with special emphasis on the history of American women. Lori Ann is a museum educator and informal learning specialist with a 15-year career in museums, education, and cultural institutions. Previously, she served as the director of education at the Children’s Science Center in Fairfax, Virginia, where she led a team of education staff to support both the Center’s outreach and onsite educational programming, serving more than 80,000 visitors annually. Lori Ann completed her Ph.D. in art history and museum studies at Case Western Reserve University. She received her MA in museum studies from Seton Hall University, as well as a post-baccalaureate certificate in nonprofit organization management. She completed her BA in art history at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She is a member of the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) and the National Association for Museum Exhibition, a graduate of the Leadership Fairfax Institute class of 2016, and was recognized as a “Forty Under 40” honoree by the Leadership Center for Excellence in 2016.
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