Staff Biographies

Evelyn S. Lieberman

Senior Advisor and Assistant to the Secretary for External Relations

May 1, 2015

Evelyn S. Lieberman is senior advisor and assistant to the Secretary for external relations at the Smithsonian Institution. In this role, she advises the Secretary on Smithsonian matters, coordinates activities with the senior leadership team and oversees brand management, cross-cutting efforts and special projects.

Lieberman had been the Smithsonian’s director of Communications and External Affairs since 2002. She oversaw the Institution’s internal and external communications, the Office of Government Relations, the Office of Special Events and Protocol and the Office of Visitor Services, the organization that coordinates Smithsonian volunteers.

Before joining the Smithsonian, Lieberman was the first under secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, appointed by President Bill Clinton. While at the State Department, she oversaw the merger of the U.S. Information Agency and the State Department and also directed the first White House Conference on Culture and Diplomacy.

From 1997 to 1999, Lieberman was the director of Voice of America, the largest international nonmilitary broadcast operation, communicating in 52 languages to 93 million people worldwide.

Lieberman was a member of the White House staff from 1993 to 1997. She served as assistant to the President and deputy chief of staff, the first woman to hold that title. She also served as deputy assistant to the President and deputy press secretary for operations and as assistant to the chief of staff in the Office of the First Lady.  

Before serving in the White House, Lieberman was press secretary to then-Sen. Joseph
Biden Jr. (D-Del.) from 1988 to 1993 and was director of communications at the Children’s Defense Fund from 1981 to 1988.

Lieberman received an honorary doctor of humane letters from Buffalo State, the State University of New York, May 17, 2014.

A native New Yorker, Lieberman and her husband, Edward H. Lieberman, an attorney, live in Washington, D.C. 

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Evelyn S. Lieberman

Evelyn S. Lieberman

Photo by Tamara Hoffer

Evelyn S. Lieberman
Senior Advisor and Assistant to the Secretary for External Relations
Smithsonian Institution

(Photo by Tamara Hoffer)