Executive Director @ Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace
Lisa Junkin Lopez is a museum leader, arts educator and public historian with more than 15 years’ experience who reimagines museums to better engage their communities and to address the challenges of our time.
Since 2015, Lisa has worked as Executive Director of the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace, considered the “front door” of the 107-year-old Girl Scout Movement. Working to further align the Birthplace with Girl Scouts’ mission to build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place, she is leading the Birthplace through a period of programmatic and operational change that positions girls at the center of the site’s activities.
From 2008-15, Lisa provided vision and leadership to the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), which is internationally recognized for tackling contemporary social issues through innovative exhibitions, programs and tours. A passionate educator, she regularly speaks and publishes about socially engaged museums, including serving on the Board of Editors of The Public Historian (2015), and as a faculty member of Museum and Exhibition Studies at UIC (2012-15). She was a Fellow at the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy at UIC (2011-12) and winner of the Association of Midwest Museums’ Promising Leadership Award (2011). Lisa holds an MA in Art Education from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BA in Art History from the College of William & Mary.
At a time when user experience is on everyone’s mind, what are the considerations when you start to build something new? In this session, advocates of accessibility from across the nation come together to discuss the importance of designing products, programs and experiences with accessibility as a baseline.