Maren Dougherty
VP of Communications and Visitor Experience
Autry Museum of the American West

I oversee communications, marketing, membership, visitor services, education, and public programming operations for the Autry Museum in Los Angeles. Prior to joining the Autry, I was the Director of External Affairs for the Balboa Park Online Collaborative (BPOC), a groundbreaking museum technology project serving more than twenty cultural institutions in San Diego’s Balboa Park. In 2011, I was one of two BPOC staff to live in Balboa Park for 26.2 days for “Museum Marathon,” a social media campaign to showcase everything happening at the park and its cultural institutions. Prior to joining BPOC in 2010, I was the Public Affairs Director for Survivors of Torture, International, a nonprofit organization serving refugees and asylum seekers. I have written for regional and national publications that include Fodor's San Diego, National Geographic Adventure, New York Magazine, San Diego Magazine, and UT San Diego. I graduated from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.