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Christopher S. ClarkeI am a thirty-year veteran of work in the non-profit field. I currently consult full-time for museums, foundations, and other non-profits. For many years I worked exclusively for museums. More recently, I have begun to consult with private foundations, and now devote a sizeable minority of my consulting time to a philanthropic initiative that funds water and environment projects in the Middle East.

I graduated from Amherst College in 1977, and later earned M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in history from the University of Rochester. After teaching history briefly at the SUNY College at Buffalo and at Vassar College, I chose to pursue a career in “public history.” From 1986 to 1998, I worked in museums, creating and implementing strategic and interpretive plans, developing interactive history exhibits, and leading exhibit teams.

Since 1998 I have worked as an independent non-profit consultant
. My interpretive work has ranged over many topics, including environmental history, 20th-century popular culture, innovation as a creative process, and the early history of aviation. I have also managed a variety of museum projects in art and science museums, and played a leadership role in other non-profit initiatives.

My embrace of a wider array of consulting clients in recent years reflects my interest in using my deep experience to address more diverse working challenges. I remain deeply committed to history as a vocation and as a way of thinking, but I am refocusing my energies as I embark on the next chapter of my professional life.

This is me

Christopher S. Clarke

Career Highlights

  • Visiting Professor of Practice, Syracuse University Graduate Program in Museum Studies, 2013-14
  • Since 1998, eighteen years as a full-time consultant to museums and non-profits
  • More than 70 client organizations served as a consultant
  • More than 55 invited appearances as speaker, commentator, or professional meeting session chair
  • Historian and Senior Historian at Strong Museum in Rochester, 1990-1997
  • Director, Ontario County Historical Society, 1986-1990
  • Ph.D. in History, University of Rochester, 1986
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