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A diverse research group selected to lead research at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Latino


Victor Arias and Jason León are leading the search for a founding director of this nascent museum in Washington, DC. The Chief will be responsible for the establishment and construction of the museum on the National Mall.

September 14, 2021 – Diversified Search Group (DSG) has been selected to lead the search for the founding director of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Latino. Leading the research are Victor Arias, managing partner in the firm’s Dallas office, and Jason León, managing partner in its Washington, DC office. “We are honored to have been chosen to lead the search for a founding director of the National Museum of the American Latino,” said Mr. Arias. “Our pioneering company is dedicated to providing diverse and inclusive leadership, and we look forward to partnering with the Smithsonian to find a superb leader for this museum.”

“We look forward to working with our new board members and the diverse research group to select a founding director for this important new addition to the Smithsonian,” said Kevin Gover, Deputy Secretary of Museums and Culture and chairman of the research committee. “DSG’s advice will be invaluable in selecting a leader capable of bringing this new museum to life which will showcase Latino history, art, culture and scientific achievements that have contributed so much to our nation’s history. . ”

The director of the National Museum of the American Latino will be responsible for creating and building the latest museum to add to the Smithsonian Institution and the evolving landscape of the National Mall.

Since its founding in 1846, the Smithsonian Institution has been committed to inspiring generations through knowledge and discovery. It is the largest museum, education and research complex in the world, consisting of 19 museums, the National Zoological Park, education centers, research facilities, cultural centers and libraries. Two new museums, the National Museum of the American Latino and the Smithsonian American Women’s History Museum, are under development. There are over 6,300 Smithsonian employees and 6,900 volunteers.

Diversity experts

Diversified Search Group is a family of recruitment firms serving specialized sectors. The firm was founded nearly five decades ago by Judith M. von Seldeneck for the express purpose of placing diverse candidates in client organizations. Today it is the largest female-owned and founded company in the executive recruiting industry in the United States.

Mr. Arias is Managing Director and Practice Leader, Consumer and Retail at Diversified Search Group, working primarily in Board practice. He also heads the firm’s Dallas-Fort Worth office. Mr. Arias joined the firm in 2019 from RSR Partners, where he was Managing Director within the practice of the Board of Directors.

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Mr. León is the Managing Director of the Washington, DC office of Diversified Search Group, and specializes in nonprofit practices, boards of directors and CFOs. His clients include March of Dimes, Covenant House of Greater Washington, Martha’s Table, and International Justice Mission. Mr. León has placed directors on the boards of Fortune 1000 companies ranging from financial services and manufacturing to executives in asset management.

Boston Science Museum Search

Diverse research group | Koya Partners was recently retained by the Museum of Science in Boston to lead its search for a director of human resources. Spearheading the mission are Executive Director Beth Schaefer and Senior Research Associate Josyanne Roche. “At this critical juncture in its history, the Museum of Science is looking for a dynamic, mission-driven leader to serve as the next Director of Human Resources,” said Koya Partners. “The CPO comes to the Science Museum at an exciting time under new leadership and a renewed commitment to the great opportunity for impact that institutions like the Science Museum can have in their communities and around the world. “

Koya Partners said the museum’s new director of human resources must be a highly accomplished leader with a passion for supporting a complex and diverse workforce. He or she must have a proven track record of leading HR teams through workplace change and transformation.

In 2020, Koya was acquired by Diversified Search. Thanks to the combination of income and resources, Diversified Search and Koya are now one of the largest nonprofit and higher education firms in the executive search industry.

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Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, editor-in-chief; and Stephen Sawicki, Editor-in-Chief – Hunt Scanlon Media


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