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Our Leadership Grows

The Museum of the Peace Corps Experience has deepened its commitment to creating a national repository to honor the rich diversity of the Peace Corps experience. Museum board president Patricia Wand recently announced the appointment of Brenda Sanchez to an eighth seat on the Museum’s board and John Fleming as Board Advisor.

Sanchez is a practicing architect in Washington, D.C. who has served the Smithsonian Institution as senior design manager for nearly two decades. 

Fleming, who served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Malawi, went on to be advisor, consultant, director, and board member of many museums focusing on the African American experience.

At the Smithsonian, Sanchez led planning and facilities management at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. She now heads the design effort to revitalize the historic core of Smithsonian properties, including the original Castle, the newly re-opened Arts and Industries Building, and a new central utility plant for all museums on the South Mall.

In her career Sanchez has been instrumental in promoting sustainable design in cultural institutions. She was facilities design and project manager at American University and project architect for local award-winning and nationally recognized architectural firms. She provides leadership in local and national architectural regulatory groups and has written and lectured extensively.

Fleming’s long dedication to museums of African American life and history sprung from his two years as a volunteer in Malawi from 1967 to 1969 and launched as faculty at Howard University. 

He is currently national council chair of The American Association for State and Local History, director in residence of the National Museum of African American Music in Nashville, senior consultant at the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum in Jackson, and planning and development director for the International African American Museum in Charleston, South Carolina. He directed the Afro-American Museum Project at Ohio Historical Society and was founding director of the Museum of Afro-American History and Culture in Wilberforce, OH

Fleming’s lengthy bibliography reflects his years of research in the history, art, music, and culture of African Americans and of the civil rights movement.


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