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Leesburg, Va — The Loudoun Museum announced today that the Board of Trustees

has appointed Carrie Christoffersen as its executive director, effective January 8.

The former executive director and curator of the Newseum in Washington, D.C., Christoffersen most recently served as vice president of engagement at the Freedom Forum in Washington, D.C. She replaces Dr. Joe Rizzo, who had served as the museum’s director since 2018.

“As a recognized leader, Carrie Christoffersen has the experience, approach, and perspective to guide the Loudoun Museum,” said Sharon Virts, president of the museum’s Board of Trustees. “Carrie brings the kind of expertise that the board

has sought for the Museum’s long-term success; she will play a vital role in achieving our vision going forward.”

Christofferson brings more than 25 years of experience in museum leadership; during her tenure at the Newseum, she managed the care and maintenance of the permanent collection, led the exhibit development, video production, visual resources, visitor services, and operations teams, and worked to connect exhibits and educational programs. She holds a master’s degree in American studies from the George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan. An active member of the American Alliance of Museums, she has been a speaker on museum design, collections management and visual culture.

“I am honored and excited to lead the Loudoun Museum as we advance our mission of

connecting people to Loudoun history,” said Christoffersen. “It is clear that the Loudoun

Museum’s robust, eclectic and intriguing collection can tell many stories, and I look forward to working with our community partners to discover, preserve and interpret our shared history.”


About Loudoun Museum

The Loudoun Museum is a 501(c) (3) non-profit dedicated to the preservation of Loudoun’s

history and conservation of the county’s historical artifacts. The museum is chartered to acquire artifacts, curate collections and create interpretive programs that convey meaningful stories with the power to educate, inspire and transform individuals of all ages, and the local, regional, national and international communities and constituents that we serve.

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