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National Geographic Leadership

Kathryn Keane

Vice President, Public Programming & Director, National Geographic Museum

PHOTOGRAPH BY REBECCA HALE/NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Kathryn Keane is Vice President of Public Programming at the National Geographic Society as well as Director of the National Geographic Museum. She manages a creative team of designers, curators and producers who develop unique and award-winning live programming, events and exhibitions that have become popular experience-based platforms for storytelling, audience engagement and educational outreach to millions of visitors each year.

As Director of the National Geographic Museum, Keane manages the museum and its visitor programs as well as overseeing and directing all aspects of National Geographic exhibitions, including exhibition development and partnerships. In addition, Keane oversees the development and implementation of original traveling exhibitions, which are designed to travel to museums, science centers, zoos and aquariums in the United States and around the world.

Keane joined the Society in 2006 as Director of Traveling Exhibitions and was responsible for overseeing the development of museum exhibitions that featured National Geographic photography and content. 

The National Geographic Museum is a popular destination for tourists, residents and school groups in Washington, D.C. The exhibitions regularly feature the best of National Geographic history, talent, content, multimedia and photography and showcase the Society’s impact-driven nonprofit work in experiential and interactive ways. In the last decade, more than 40 million people have visited a National Geographic exhibition in over 40 countries.  

Prior to joining National Geographic, Keane served as deputy to Director David Levy at the Corcoran Gallery of Art for more than a decade, overseeing the development of exhibitions and initiatives during a particularly dynamic time in that museum’s history.

Keane graduated with a B.A. in English from Georgetown University.