Deputy Director of Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Elizabeth Duggal was appointed deputy director of the Smithsonian Institution’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in February 2015, having served as acting deputy director since June 2014.The Hirshhorn is one of the world’s leading museums of international modern and contemporary art. With nearly 12,000 paintings, sculptures, photographs, mixed-media installations, works on paper and new media works in its collection, the Hirshhorn presents diverse exhibitions and offers an array of public programs that explore modern and contemporary art. Duggal works in concert with the director and senior management of the Hirshhorn to carry out the Museum’s mission .
Until her recent transition to the Hirshhorn, Duggal held joint positions as associate director for public engagement of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and as director of the Smithsonian’s International Museum Professional Education Program.
At the National Museum of Natural History, Duggal led all aspects of public engagement for the Museum. With a staff of 90 and multiple contractors, she directed planning and development of all museum exhibitions, educational programs, public affairs, marketing, visitor services and digital media and managed multimillion-dollar budgets. Duggal’s fundraising efforts led to tens of millions of dollars in gifts to the Museum.
As director of the Smithsonian’s International Museum Professional Education Program, Duggal spearheaded partnerships that made the Smithsonian’s unparalleled expertise and resources available to organizations in the U.S. and around the world, including the Middle East, Asia and Latin America. While at the Hirshhorn, she will continue to support these programs.
Duggal began her Smithsonian service as the associate director for museum resources at the National Museum of the American Indian, where she was responsible for the Museum’s planning, management and coordination of financial and human resources. She was the Museum’s liaison to the National Council in Washington, D.C., and the George Gustav Heye Center’s board of directors in New York City. She also led fundraising and external affairs and the celebrations and programs for the Museum’s historic opening.
Before joining the Smithsonian, Duggal was an executive for the British Museum Development Trust in London, where she headed the museum’s International Friends and Patrons membership program. She chaired the first royal charity gala in the museum’s 250-year history and headed a series of related events in the U.S. with the royal family. Prior to joining the staff of the British Museum, she was the founding chair of the American Friends of the British Museum in the U.K.
With a background in banking, Duggal has worked as a management consultant and has held positions in several financial institutions, including Fidelity Investment Services Ltd. and American Express Europe Ltd.
Duggal studied at Paris-Sorbonne University, graduated from Tufts University and received an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She is co-chair of the board of directors for the US National Committee of the International Council of Museums (ICOM-US) and board member of Children’s National Health System in Washington, D.C., and the Royal Oak Foundation in New York City. Duggal is of American and British nationality.