Sara J. Bloomfield is the Director of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. The Museum has welcomed more than 23 million visitors, including 80 heads of state. Sara joined the Museum in 1986 when it was a project in development, grappling with the complex issues of building a "living memorial" to the Holocaust on the National Mall. She served in a number of positions before becoming Director in 1999. Under her direction, the Museum created a series of innovative leadership training programs for law enforcement, the military and diplomats, and launched its Academy for Genocide Prevention. She also established the Museum's National Institute for Holocaust Education and the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies. Visit the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, www.ushmm.org.
Sara has advised memorials and museums around the world, such as the Jewish Museum in Berlin, the Argentine government's effort to memorialize the victims of "the Dirty War," the Holocaust museum being built in Buenos Aires, the memorial advisory committee at Ground Zero in New York, the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, and the Iraq Memory Foundation. The Forward newspaper named her as one of its "Forward 50" Jewish leaders in 2004. In 1999, she was the first recipient of the Jan Karski Award of the Anti-Defamation League, Washington Chapter and Jewish Women magazine named her one of "10 Women to
Watch" in 2000.