Oficina de Relaciones Internacionales y Programas Globales

“El valor y la importancia del Instituto no reside en lo que se acumula dentro de las paredes de su edificio, sino en lo que se le ofrece al mundo”.

- Joseph Henry, primer secretario del Smithsonian (1850)

 

Nuestra misión

Aprovechamos la creatividad, recursos y experiencia de todo el Smithsonian para promover un cambio significativo en el mundo y desarrollar nuestra misión: el incremento y la difusión del conocimiento

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Nuestro equipo

Matthew Lutkenhouse

Matthew Lutkenhouse

Matthew Lutkenhouse is the Acting Director for the Office of International Relations and Global Programs. He comes to the Smithsonian with nearly 20 years of experience working in conservation and international development with a particular focus on marine conservation in tropical ecosystems. Responsible for overseeing the development and execution of global projects in science and conservation, he works closely with the Smithsonian’s science units and many distinguished scientists on strategy and implementation of their priority programs and applied research around the world. Matt received his BA in Economics from Stanford University and his MA in International Development from American University. He has lived and worked in Latin America, Africa and Asia and speaks Spanish and Portuguese as well as some French, Indonesian, and German.

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Aviva Rosenthal

Aviva Rosenthal es asesora superior en la Oficina de Relaciones Internacionales y Programas Globales del Smithsonian. Tiene más de 20 años de variada experiencia en el sector gubernamental, comercial y sin fines de lucro. Aviva administra una amplia cartera de asociaciones estratégicas entre el Instituto Smithsonian y gobiernos, fundaciones, ONG y otras organizaciones internacionales, así como también colaboraciones continuas entre el Smithsonian y las diferentes agencias federales de los EE.UU. con un enfoque en el Departamento de Estado de los EE.UU. Aviva ha viajado a más de 40 países por cuestiones laborales, y su trabajo se centra en la diplomacia pública y las conexiones interpersonales. De cada país que visita, nunca regresa a su hogar sin una bola de cristal con paisaje nevado para la enorme colección de su hija.

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Lauren Appelbaum

Lauren Appelbaum es coordinadora de programas en la Oficina de Relaciones Internacionales y Programas Globales del Instituto Smithsonian. Ha trabajado exhaustivamente en la asociación del Smithsonian con el Departamento de Estado de los EE.UU. en el Proyecto de Rediseño y Evaluación de Espacios Americanos para mejorar las sedes de diplomacia pública en todo el mundo. Antes de unirse al Smithsonian, Lauren trabajó en instituciones culturales en el área de D.C., entre ellas, el Fondo Nacional para la Conservación Histórica, la Sociedad de Cincinnati y Hillyer Art Space de International Arts and Artists. Su trabajo se ha centrado en el cuidado, la conservación y la accesibilidad de las colecciones de los museos para una amplia variedad de audiencias. Lauren obtuvo su licenciatura en la Universidad Emory y su maestría en Estudios Museísticos en la Universidad George Washington. La mejor sugerencia de viaje de Lauren: siempre se debe verificar y volver a verificar el aeropuerto de partida antes de salir de casa. Ahorrará tiempo y estrés si se dirige al aeropuerto correcto directamente (así es, ella lo dice porque ya lo experimentó).

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Bathsheba F. Bryant-Tarpeh

Bathsheba F. Bryant-Tarpeh is a Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow, Global Science Officer with the Smithsonian Institution’s Office of International Relations and Global Programs. In this role, she develops programming for the Smithsonian Conservation Commons, an action-oriented network that works across culture, history, art, and science to advance conservation-based solutions in communities worldwide. She contributes directly to the development and implementation of research, outreach, networking and education-related project activities. Taking pressing global and scientific issues, she designs creative avenues to bring them to key audiences in ways that provoke conversation and lead to positive action for the environment within the Commons’ flagship Earth Optimism initiative. As a social scientist, Dr. Bryant-Tarpeh brings a humanistic perspective to the Smithsonian’s conservation and sustainability research and programming. She holds a BA in economics from Spelman College. She earned her MA and PhD in African Studies from Howard University in which she focused on the intersection of Indigenous women’s land and natural resource rights and food and nutrition security in West Africa. As she loves spending time in nature, her favorite travel experiences have been visiting the rainforests and waterfalls in Maui, Hawaii and in the Volta Region of Ghana.

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Liz Tunick Cedar

Liz Tunick Cedar is the Manager of Global Cultural Sustainability Programs in the Office of International Relations at the Smithsonian Institution, where she is responsible for leading new partnership development and overseeing the strategic planning and execution of global projects in art and culture. She works with national governments and foreign museums on preserving, developing, and designing cultural institutions, training museum professionals, and enhancing public engagement. She also contributes to the Institution’s efforts to preserve and protect cultural assets in crisis. She has worked previously at several major U.S. museums, including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Clark Art Institute, and the National Gallery of Art, where she was also a Kress Fellow. Ms. Tunick received her B.A. from Dartmouth College and her M.A. in Art History from Williams College. She enjoys practicing her French any chance she gets.

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Susan Cleary

Susan Cleary is the Senior Diplomatic Advisor in the Office of International Relations at the Smithsonian Institution. She is a senior Foreign Service Officer on a detail from the U.S. Department of State. She is especially interested in exploring ways of communicating science and policy through experiential programming, culture and the arts.   Susan was most recently Senior Advisor for Entrepreneur Recruitment for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2019.  Before that, she was Director of Policy and Public Outreach at State’s Bureau of Oceans, International Environmental and Scientific Affairs. She has served in a variety of public diplomacy positions throughout her career at U.S. Embassies in Ireland, Ukraine, Russia, Spain and Poland and brings extensive experience creating international public engagement campaigns.

Sara De La Torre Berón

Sara De La Torre Berón

Sara De La Torre Berón is an International Project Coordinator in the Smithsonian Institution’s Office of International Relations and Global Programs. In this role, she supports many of the Institution’s ongoing international projects, focusing on the cultural and conservation sectors. Sara has experience in developing proposals and curricula, facilitating workshops and trainings, and coordinating large-scale, high-profile events. She also provides support for the Institution’s international visitor exchange program, coordinating appropriate, relevant experiences for international delegations to the Smithsonian. Previously, Sara worked in international higher education, with a particular focus on non-traditional, experiential learning. Sara has a BA in Romance Languages from the University of Georgia, and an MA in Anthropology from the Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour, where she conducted field work on intangible cultural heritage in the French and Spanish Pyrenees. Sara grew up in Colombia and speaks Spanish, French, and Portuguese. One of her favorite parts of travel is trying new foods – and she’ll try anything once, no matter how exotic!
 

Britta Garfield

Britta Garfield

Britta Garfield is an Advisor for global science and conservation in the Office of International Relations. She is responsible for building strategic partnerships and raising the profile of Smithsonian science in international fora such as under the Convention on Biological Diversity. She also contributes to the global efforts of the pan-institutional Smithsonian Conservation Commons initiative, an action network bringing together scientists and experts in cultural heritage to advance evidence-based solutions and tools. Prior to joining the Smithsonian in 2017, she worked on international policy and program development at the intersection of nature conservation and development for more than ten years. Her previous experience includes global roles with the environmental NGOs Rare and Forest Stewardship Council and the German Development Agency (GIZ) based out of the United States, France, Germany, Korea, and most recently China. She holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Political Science, Chinese and French from University of Bonn, Germany, and studied abroad at Beijing Foreign Studies University in China and Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Grenoble in France. In her free time, Britta can be found horseback riding, swimming, running or in her yoga swing. Her husband and their two young children share her love of nature and passion for exploring foreign countries and cultures.

Marie Morse

Marie Morse

Marie Morse es gerente de proyectos en la Oficina de Relaciones Internacionales y Programas Globales del Instituto Smithsonian. Actualmente apoya la implementación de una variedad de proyectos globales que se centran en mejorar la concientización sobre el patrimonio cultural, así como la conservación del patrimonio cultural. Antes de unirse al Smithsonian, Marie administraba proyectos financiados por la USAID en países como Siria, Afganistán y Libia. Era responsable de una variedad de tareas de gestión de proyectos, como registro y operaciones de la oficina de campo, supervisión del desarrollo y la implementación de actividades, cumplimiento financiero y normativo, así como de asegurarse de que las políticas fueran acordes a las prácticas laborales del país anfitrión y a las reglamentaciones de la USAID. Pasó mucho tiempo viajando a la región de Oriente Medio para apoyar la implementación del proyecto y entender mejor el contexto cultural dentro de cada país. Fue voluntaria del Cuerpo de Paz en Filipinas, donde se centró en iniciativas de educación y desarrollo juvenil de 2007 a 2009. Tiene una maestría en Administración Pública de la Universidad Americana, donde se enfocó en gestión internacional, específicamente en países que afrontan conflictos y crisis. Si bien le encanta viajar, las experiencias de vuelo de Marie casi siempre incluyen demoras significativas o equipajes perdidos.

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Haley Overstreet

Haley Overstreet is the Management Support Assistant with the Office of International Relations and Conservation Commons at the Smithsonian Institution. She provides support to the OIR Management Staff as well as the Program Manager and Director of Conservation Commons. She is also helping with the logistics and management of the Smithsonian’s Earth Optimism Summit that will be held in April 2020. Previously, she has worked with the Smithsonian’s Forest Global Earth Observatory Network (ForestGEO) at NMNH in Program Management. Haley holds a BSc. in Environmental Science and Policy, with a concentration in Conservation from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. She was first introduced to the Smithsonian at SCBI in Front Royal, VA as an undergraduate student working in the ForestGEO lab. As a Southern Virginia native, Haley enjoys spending time outdoors either hiking, camping or foraging for wild fruits such as the pawpaw (Asimina triloba). She also takes pleasure in homemade baking and exploring many recipes from around the world.

Samantha Peterson

Samantha Peterson

Samantha Peterson is a Senior Advisor in the Smithsonian Institution’s Office of International Relations and Global Programs, where she supports the development and planning of pan-Institutional programs and serves as Chief of Staff to the Director. She came to the Smithsonian as an ACLS/Mellon Public Fellow to develop mission-driven, revenue-generating global activities in the cultural sector. Dr. Peterson has extensive experience in international and intercultural education including curriculum development, strategic planning, and project management. She earned her BA in French from Williams College and her MA and PhD in French Literature at Boston University where she researched the narrative power of the female body in the work of Émile Zola. She is fluent in French and conversant in Italian, and loves to explore new destinations through local food and wine.

Agnes Bielawska

Agnes Robine

Agnes Robine is the Management Support Specialist for the Office of International Relations and Global Programs at the Smithsonian Institution. A Chicago native, Agnes holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Loyola University Chicago. She has developed her expertise in acquisitions and contracting through numerous training certifications and her time in the private sector. Agnes is responsible for purchase orders, managing budgets, tracking program funds, coordinating travel, and assisting international visa applicants. Agnes credits her time studying abroad in Italy at Loyola’s John Felice Rome Center for sparking her interest in International Relations. When not at work, Agnes enjoys an active lifestyle of traveling, boating, attending cultural events, and enjoying a good read.

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Isabella Roden

Isabella Roden es especialista en comunicación digital en la Oficina de Relaciones Internacionales y Programas Globales del Smithsonian. Como escritora de contenidos, editora, gerente de medios sociales y gerente del sitio web Smithsonian Global, ella disfruta poder conversar con el personal del Smithsonian de todo el mundo y aprender de ellos. También dirige la producción de las series de video internacionales de Smithsonian Global. Isabella se graduó obteniendo un grado de bachiller en Historia del arte y Arquitectura en Harvard University. Luego, se la premió con la posibilidad de participar en el Programa de Becas Finley de Harvard (Harvard’s Finley Fellowship) para viajar sola por todo el mundo durante un año y escribir sobre la conservación de la flora y la fauna. Entre algunas de sus experiencias favoritas en el exterior se incluye el seguimiento a pie de rinocerontes en Zimbabue y el lavado de elefantes heridos en Tailandia.

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Laine Rover

Laine Rover is the International Exchange Specialist in the Office of International Relations and Global Programs at the Smithsonian Institution. She works closely with Smithsonian units, foreign researchers and visitors, and external agencies to ensure the international group of individuals present at Smithsonian can continue their contributions in their respective fields. Smithsonian staff traveling outside of the United States for work can contact her to help navigate the passport and visa process. Laine has nearly 10 years of experience working with international stakeholders in both the public private sector. She holds an M.A. in European and Mediterranean Studies from New York University and has studied in Canada, France, Germany, and Poland. She speaks French and has forgotten all of the Italian and German she learned during her studies.

Sacha Stein

Sacha Stein

Sacha Stein is an Executive Assistant in the Office of International Relations. She provides support to the Director, the Smithsonian's Distinguished Scholar and Ambassador at Large, and OIR as a whole. Previously, she has worked in higher education and with NGOs focused on mass atrocity prevention and civilian protection. Sacha holds a Master's in International Affairs from American University, as well as a BA in Global Development Studies from Queen's University. Sacha grew up in Canada, and speaks French and some Spanish. Some of her favorite travel experiences include watching the sunrise over Angkor Wat in Cambodia and eating all the pastries she could find in France.

Stephanie Wezowicz

Stephanie Wezowicz

Stephanie Wezowicz es especialista en Gestión Administrativa en la Oficina de Relaciones Internacionales y Programas Globales. Administra el presupuesto general de la oficina y una amplia cartera de fondos de proyectos financiados de aproximadamente 5 millones de dólares , un monto que sigue aumentando. Stephanie ha trabajado en el Instituto Smithsonian durante 8 años, e inició su carrera en la Oficina de Proyectos Patrocinados como funcionaria administrativa, y luego se desempeñó como administradora del Proyecto de Código de Barras de la Vida en el Museo Nacional de Historia Natural. Stephanie se graduó en Trinity College en 2003 con un título de bachiller en Bellas Artes y luego en Syracuse University en 2006 con un título de maestría en Museología. Actualmente vive en Arlington, VA, y es una ávida corredora que participó en 3 maratones completas y en otra cantidad innumerable de carreras durante muchos años.