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Meet the Staff: David Rios
Can you explain a little bit about the type of work you do? As the Youth Programs Manager, I run DesignPrep, the museum’s series of free teen programs. DesignPrep offers designer-led workshops, studio visits, and college tours that focus on various design disciplines from fashion and architecture, to graphic design and product design. I also...
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Meet the Staff: Pamela Horn
Can you explain a little bit about the type of work you do? I develop content for publication in multiple formats: print books, ebooks, magazines, blog posts, web content, in gallery interactives, and as exhibition labels. What do you enjoy most about your work? The collaboration among the various departments at the museum. I adore...
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Meet the Staff: Mathew Weaver
Can you explain a little bit about the type of work you do? I work in the exhibition department setting up the museum’s shows. I mat and frame all of the artwork for display and make custom book mounts. Sometimes I travel to set up Cooper-Hewitt’s exhibitions in other cities. What do you enjoy most...
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Meet the Staff: Vassiliki Giannopoulos
Can you explain a little bit about the type of work you do? I manage the National Design Awards program – organizing everything from the nomination, submission, and jury processes to the White House and Gala celebrations. What do you enjoy most about your work? Working with passionate people, both at the Museum and in...
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Meet the Staff: Sebastian Chan
Can you explain a little bit about the type of work you do? I was hired by the museum to initiate and shepherd a digital transformation of the institution during this critical renovation and rebuilding moment. Therefore much of my time is spent helping embed digital into the design, decision making, strategy and all the...
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Meet the Staff: Alvaro Imbrett
Can you explain a little bit about the type of work you do? I work in the Facilities Department where I am involved with general building maintenance and upkeep. I have many different responsibilities, but the focus of my job is to keep all of the Museum’s buildings and spaces—including the Museum offices, National Design...
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Meet the Staff: Sarah Freeman
Can you explain a little bit about the type of work you do here at Cooper-Hewitt? I work in the Education Department as the Public Education Manager, which means that I develop and plan programs and activities that engage the public with the Museum, its collection, and with design in general. These include hands-on design...
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Meet the Staff: Nick Golebiewski
Can you explain a little bit about the type of work you do here at Cooper-Hewitt? I’m the Membership Associate at Cooper-Hewitt. That means I’m essentially Cooper-Hewitt’s first-line ambassador to those patrons who care about it most. A lot of effort goes into programming exclusive studio visits and tours for our elite Design Watch members—and...
Meet the Staff: Cara McCarty
Can you explain a little bit about the type of work you do here at Cooper-Hewitt? As Curatorial Director, my primary responsibility is overseeing the Museum's collections and helping to shape the exhibition program. Major initiatives at the Museum are done collectively, with each division playing a role in decisions. One of the most visible...