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Washington DC Portal Curator & Associate Portal Program Coordinator
Marisa DeSalvio has worked in educational institutions, museums, and design agencies for the past five years. She is passionate about finding the intersections between education, technology, and great design. Through her time as an English Second Language Teacher in Qatar, she experienced firsthand the transformative power of conversation between different cultures and how connection is the key to understanding.
Washington DC Portal Curator
Deirdre Darden is an emerging curator born and raised on art in Washington DC. She began her curatorial practice in 2014 exhibiting the youngest members of Black Artists of DC. Following that show she exhibited and collaborated with some of DC's best emerging artists, organized panel discussions and artists talks touching themes of race, societal pressures, and art's power. Notable shows include Black Lives / White Light, Pressure Points and Lest We Forget.
Washington DC Portal Translator
Wassim is a citizen diplomat from Colorado who enjoys learning about the world and its people. His ethnic heritage crosses Saudi, Syrian, Sudanese, Kurdish, Egyptian, and his work takes him even further, translating business and security needs into learning interventions for clients around the world.