Chief of Staff to the Secretary
Patricia Bartlett is Chief of Staff to the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. In this role, she assists Secretary Wayne Clough on policy and operations matters, leads or supports special initiatives and maintains communications with key stakeholders.
Bartlett brings to the Smithsonian more than 30 years of experience in federal and state government, government affairs and policy development. At the Smithsonian, she works to expand stakeholder outreach by building new coalitions and enhancing collaborative activities that further the Institution’s mission.
Before joining the Smithsonian in August 2008, Bartlett was the director of federal relations at Georgia Tech for more than 11 years. Prior to joining Georgia Tech, she maintained a government affairs and communications consulting business that included higher education institutions, technology-focused companies and nonprofit organizations. During the Carter Administration, she served as a staff assistant to the assistant secretary for conservation and solar energy at the U.S. Department of Energy. Before that position, she worked on the staff of the Office of Energy Resources for the state of Georgia.
Bartlett holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Agnes Scott College, a master’s degree in urban affairs from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a master’s degree in writing from Johns Hopkins University.
Founded in 1846, the Smithsonian is the world’s largest museum and research complex of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park and nine research facilities. The total number of objects, works of art and specimens at the Smithsonian is estimated at nearly 137 million. There are more than 150 affiliate museums in 39 states, Panama and Puerto Rico. The Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) organizes exhibitions and circulates them to museums around the country. In 2007, SITES traveled 50 exhibitions to more than 400 venues in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia, Guam and Canada.
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