Obama Foundation names Louise Bernard director of Presidential Center Museum – Consumer News

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31 May 2017 | 5:00 pm

Louise Bernard has been named director of the museum of the Obama Presidential Center. The Obama Foundation announced the news today. Bernard will lead the design, development and operation of the presidential center’s museum, according to the announcement.

Bernard was formerly director of exhibitions at the New York Public Library. Before that, she worked for museum design firm Ralph Appelbaum Associates as its senior content developer and interpretive planner. She has a doctorate in African-American studies and American studies from Yale University, master’s degrees in theater history and English literature from Indiana University-Bloomington, and a bachelor’s degree in drama from the University of Manchester. She was born and raised in West Yorkshire, England.

“I look forward in bringing President and Mrs. Obama’s remarkable story to the broadest possible audience, and to highlighting the crucial role of civic engagement in a way that is meaningful and inspiring to local South Side residents, and to people across the country and around the world,” Bernard said in the release announcing her appointment.

The foundation has been staffing up lately. In mid-May, it appointed Lynn Taliento as chief program officer and Glenn Brown as chief digital officer. Former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama visited Chicago May 3 to unveil the initial design for the presidential center, which will be located in Jackson Park.

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