Melanie Adams is the director of the Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum effective August 5, 2019. She has been the Senior Director, Guest Experience and Education for the Minnesota Historical Society and Managing Director for Community Education and Events for the Missouri Historical Society. Her professional career includes working at the University of California-Berkeley, California State University-Northridge, Washington University, and as a consultant for nonprofit organizations. Ms. Adams participates in a variety of community organizations. She is a graduate of the Women in Leadership Program of CORO and the Leadership St. Louis program of FOCUS St. Louis. She has served on the AmeriCorps St. Louis board, the Focus St. Louis board, the Women’s Society of Washington University, and the St. Louis Public Schools Foundation. She has served on the Special Administrative Board of St. Louis Public Schools and on the Black Leadership Roundtable. Ms. Adams earned a Bachelor’s degree in English/African American studies from the University of Virginia, a Master of Education degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration from the University of Vermont and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Missouri St. Louis.