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Haili Francis, Ward 5

Haili C. Francis is an Advancement Associate for the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service.

Ms. Francis served with The Bernard and Shirley Kinsey Foundation for Arts and Education where she conducted research for one of the world’s largest private African-American art exhibits, The Kinsey Collection. Ms. Francis’ research and didactics were published in The Kinsey Collection book in 2010, which was adopted into Florida’s K-12 statewide curriculum, and was used in conjunction with an international student exchange program with Crenshaw High School students in China. Ms. Francis also assisted with securing a $300,000 corporate sponsorship to support The Kinsey Collection’s nationwide tour to museums and cultural institutions, such as the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Norton Museum, EpCot Center, and many more. In February 2015, Ms. Francis represented The Kinsey Foundation during the American Alliance of Museums’ annual Museums Advocacy Day in Washington, DC, where she met with Congressional leaders from California and Florida to discuss critical funding for America’s museums.

Ms. Francis’s core interests are in broadening access to museums through civic engagement and inclusion strategies for historically underrepresented groups. While attending the University of Southern California, Ms. Francis completed a Smithsonian internship in the central Office of Advancement and subsequently joined the Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation at Georgetown University where she worked on digital engagement for strategies and special projects. In 2016, Ms. Francis joined the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service as an Advancement Associate, and, as her studies continue, she is thoughtfully writing on expanding the role of the museum along with global engagement strategies that are rooted in innovation, technology, and design thinking.

A Ward 5 resident, Ms. Francis received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Southern California and is currently a student in the Master of Liberal Arts in Museum Studies program at Harvard University.