Director, Arts & Industries Building, Smithsonian Institution | Arts & Culture Mentorship Prize Judge
Rachel Goslins is the Director of the Arts & Industries Building at the Smithsonian Institution. She brings over 20 years of diverse experience in the creative industries, social impact, program management, law and public policy to the position, and is helping to develop programs and exhibits focused on creativity and innovation for the building, which has lain dormant on the National Mall for more than a decade.
Prior to her appointment, Rachel served as President Obama’s Executive Director of the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, an advisory committee to the White House on cultural policy, from 2009 until 2015. Under her management, the Committee launched three major national initiatives in education and cultural diplomacy, facilitated significant private investment in the arts and humanities, and spearheaded a successful campaign to use high-profile artists, actors and musicians as advocates for arts education. Previously, Rachel founded a documentary production company, directing feature documentaries and working on productions for the Public Broadcasting Service, the Discovery Channel, the National Geographic Channel, and History. She also served as the Director of the Independent Digital Distribution Lab, a joint PBS/ITVS project.
Before working in the arts, Rachel was an international copyright attorney with Gibson, Dunn, and Crutcher and the U.S. Copyright Office. Rachel received her B.A. in English Literature and her J.D. from UCLA's School of Law. She is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute and serves on the advisory committee for the Halcyon Social Entrepreneurship Incubator at the S&R Foundation.