NEH Announces Biden Administration Appointee to Lead Agency Communications 

(February 18, 2021)

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced a new senior political appointee to lead NEH’s Office of Communications and advance key priorities of the Biden administration in broadening access to the nation’s cultural and educational resources.

Miriam Magdieli, Director of Communications
Magdieli is a native of Washington, D.C. Before joining NEH, she served as Chief Communications Officer and Director of Marketing for the Phillips Collection, where she led the creation and execution of strategies and materials to raise the positive profile for the museum and its activities, including visibility for the Phillips’s centennial in 2021. Prior to that, Magdieli was a career Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. State Department, specializing in media relations, public affairs, and communications, cultural programming, and public-private partnership management. Magdieli served at U.S. embassies in Amman, Riyadh, and Tel Aviv, and in domestic assignments in the bureaus of Near Eastern Affairs, Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, and at the Foreign Press Center. She received a bachelor's degree from the College of William and Mary. Magdieli lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and three children.


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