Senior Digital Strategist, Center for Learning and Digital Access
For the past ten years, Darren has led strategy for digital outreach at the Center for Learning and Digital Access at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. There he researches and develops tools and services for making online cultural and scientific heritage resources accessible and useful to educators and learners. His work has included producing experiences such as online games and interactives, managing communication and marketing for teachers across the Smithsonian, developing methodologies for the development of standardized educationally-relevant metadata, and directing web platforms, including the online portal for educational resources at the Institution, SmithsonianEducation.org, and the new Smithsonian Learning Lab. Darren was formerly producer and art director of the teacher magazine, Smithsonian in Your Classroom, and the exhibition, The World of Your Senses, in collaboration with the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and the Exploratorium. Prior to the Smithsonian, Darren developed online citizen-science programs and mentoring communities at the Purple Martin Conservation Association in Pennsylvania, and worked in corporate marketing for several dot-com-era B2B software companies. He holds a master’s degree in Digital Heritage from the University of Leicester and bachelor of science degrees in Ethology and Latin American Popular Cultures from Allegheny College. Darren is currently on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for MCN and is a member of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences.