Vice President of Collections & Exhibitions
Kirsten is the Vice-President of Collections & Exhibitions at CHM. She is responsible for the museum’s preservation and interpretation mission and oversees the collections management, curatorial and media teams. She joined the Museum in 2000 and has played a key role in developing the strategic direction of CHM, including leading the development of the Museum’s permanent exhibition Revolution.
Kirsten has over twenty years experience in the planning, development and management of major new museum projects, helping museums realize their visions. Among such award winning institutions are the Holocaust museum (Museum of Jewish Heritage) in New York City, with its novel approach to the presentation of history through first person oral testimony; and the Mashantucket Pequot Indian Museum in Connecticut with its groundbreaking design for the hearing and visually impaired.
Prior to joining CHM, Kirsten worked for a variety of museums and exhibit design and architecture firms in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Some of her other museum projects include: Pretend City Children's Museum, CA; Long Island Children's Museum, NY; Olympic City, 100 Years of History, GA; International Tennis Hall of Fame, RI; Crayola Art Center, PA; and the Mammals Gallery, British Museum of Natural History, London, UK.
Kirsten holds an M.A. in Museum Studies from the University of Toronto and a B.A. in History from Queen's University, Canada. She is a member of the American Association of Museums, the Association of Science and Technology Centers, the National Association of Museum Exhibitions; and the AAM Committees on Audience Research and Evaluation; Museum Media & Technology; and Museum Education.