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Leslie Greene Bowman
President, The Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Inc.

Leslie Greene Bowman is President of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Inc., which owns and operates Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson. Prior to coming to Monticello, she served nine years as executive director of Winterthur, the nation’s greatest museum of American decorative arts.  She spent the first half of her career as a curator at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, where she rose to become head curator of decorative arts as well as assistant director of exhibition programs. While in Los Angeles, she also enjoyed academic appointments with both USC and UCLA, where she taught American decorative arts history. She is the author of American Arts & Crafts: Virtue in Design, and co-author of American Rococo, 1750-1775: Elegance in Ornament, each amplifying scholarship on important eras in American art history. Leslie has served at the highest levels of the museum field, both as an accreditation commissioner for the American Association of Museums and a board member of the Association of Art Museum Directors. She has recently been appointed by President Obama to the Committee for the Preservation of the White House, on which she previously served under Presidents Clinton and Bush from 1993-2010. She is currently a Trustee on the Board of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.