Brief info

Marsha L. Semmel is an independent consultant working with foundations, museums, libraries, and other educational and cultural organizations on planning, leadership development, community engagement, and strategic partnerships. She currently serves as senior advisor to the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement in its SENCER (Science Engagement for New Civic Responsibilities) initiative and to faculty in the Bank Street College of Education’s Graduate Program in Leadership in Museum Education.

From 2013-2015, Semmel was senior advisor to the Noyce Foundation’s Noyce Leadership Institute, a global executive development program for senior staff in informal science learning organizations. Semmel was the Director for Strategic Partnerships, Deputy for Museum Services, and Acting Director at the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) from 2003-13. At the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) from 1984-96, Semmel was Director, NEH Division of Public Programs, from 1993-96. She has been President and CEO of Conner Prairie, a history museum near Indianapolis, and President and CEO of the Women of the West Museum in Denver. Semmel has served on the boards of the American Alliance of Museums, the Colorado Digitization Program, and ArtTable, and currently is a board member of the Institute for Learning Innovation, the Museum of Language Arts, and the Council of American Jewish Museums, as well as vice chair of the Arlington Arts Commission. Semmel is a member of The Museum Group, a consortium of museum consultants founded in 1995 by independent professionals who have held leadership positions in museums.