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Diverse Research Group Recruits National Museum of the Latin American’s First Chief

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February 17, 2022 – Diverse research group (DSG), a leading research firm backed by a private equity firm ShoreView Industriesparticipated in the recruitment of Jorge Zamanillo as the first director of the Smithsonian Institution‘s National Museum of the Latin American, a new museum established by Congress in December 2020. Leading the research were Victor Ariasmanaging partner of the firm’s Dallas office, and Jason Leon, managing partner of its Washington, DC office. Mr. Zamanillo most recently served as Executive Director and CEO of the HistoryMiami Museum in Florida. “Jorge’s accomplishments at the HistoryMiami Museum underscore his commitment to exploring all of American history by bringing to life the complex and profound narratives of Latinos in the United States,” said Lonnie G. Bunch, Secretary of the Smithsonian. “His transformational leadership will be invaluable as we build this necessary museum from the ground up, helping us create a robust, dynamic and responsive museum that exemplifies what a 21st century cultural institution should be.”

“The decision to choose a director who is already so deeply involved in Latin American history and who also has a deep understanding of the fundraising that will be required, is a great decision,” said Estuardo Rodriguez, President and CEO from the management of Friends. of the National Latin American Museum. “I have the greatest respect for Zamanillo’s work and congratulate him and the Smithsonian on the selection. More than 25 million people visit the National Mall each year to learn about American history, and the group Friends looks forward to working with Mr. Zamanillo and the Smithsonian to ensure our story, nuestra historia, is front and center.

“It is an honor to have been chosen to lead the development of this museum as founding director,” said Mr. Zamanillo. “The Latino experience is part of American history, and I want to ensure that our history will be preserved for future generations. This museum will celebrate the achievements and resilience of Latinos through powerful stories that capture the adversity encountered over the centuries by Latinos in the United States and their perseverance to move forward and create a legacy.

At the HistoryMiami Museum, Mr. Zamanillo managed the day-to-day operations of the organization and led an expansion project that doubled the size of the museum and created four additional exhibit galleries. In 2011, he served as project manager for the design and construction of the Miami Circle Archaeological Park in downtown Miami. Mr. Zamanillo has helped transform the museum into a valuable and vibrant community museum through exhibits and programs that reflect South Florida’s diverse communities. Under his leadership, the museum expanded the South Florida Folklife Center, dedicated to documenting, showcasing, and supporting the region’s traditional arts and culture, and added a permanent gallery dedicated to folk life.

Prior to joining HistoryMiami Museum, Mr. Zamanillo was an archaeologist with the nonprofit cultural resource management company Archaeological and Historical Conservancy Inc. in Miami. He is currently Treasurer and Board Member of the American Alliance of Museums. He is also president of the Florida Association of Museums and founding partner of Made By Us, a nonprofit organization of museums and associations whose goal is to attract younger generations who will write history from their own point of view. view.

Since its founding in 1846, the Smithsonian Institution has been committed to inspiring generations through knowledge and discovery. It is the largest complex of museums, education and research 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 more than 6,300 Smithsonian employees and 6,900 volunteers.

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Diversified Search Group is a family of recruitment firms serving specialized industries. The firm was founded nearly five decades ago by Judith M. von Seldeneck for the express purpose of placing diverse candidates in client organizations. It is now the largest American company owned and founded by women in the executive search industry.


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Mr. Arias is Managing Director and Practice Leader, Consumer and Retail at Diversified Search Group, working primarily in the firm’s board practice. He is also the head of the company’s Dallas-Fort Worth office. Mr. Arias joined in 2019 from RSR Partners, where he had been a managing director in the board practice.

Mr. León is Managing Director of Diversified Search Group’s office in Washington, DC, and specializes in the practices of nonprofit organizations, boards of directors, and chief financial officers. Its 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 to manufacturing to leaders in asset management.

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