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Keynote Speaker  

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Marcee F. Craighill

Keynote Speaker

Marcee Craighill is Director and Curator of the Diplomatic Reception Rooms, Department of State.

In this capacity, she is responsible for the suite of 42 period- style rooms in which the Secretary of State, President, Vice President, and Members of the Cabinet meet with and entertain official guests. The rooms contain an outstanding collection of 5,000 American fine and decorative arts of the 18th and early  19th centuries. They are among the most important examples of Americana in the world, valued at more than $120 million.

From 2010-2011, Marcee helped lead a successful campaign to raise $20 million to create the first permanent endowment ensuring   that   the   Diplomatic   Reception   Rooms  and the collection continue to foster diplomacy at the highest levels for generations to come. In 2013, she received the Department of State’s Distinguished Honor Award.

Marcee and her team are currently focused on utilizing the Diplomatic Rooms, their historic collection, and the diplomatic work that occurs in the rooms each day as teaching tools to share our country’s history, culture and diplomatic work with students around the world.

Marcee is also responsible for the collection of American and English fine and decorative arts at The Blair House, the President’s Guest House.

Marcee is a native Californian and graduate of Stanford University. She received a Master of Arts in the History of Decorative Arts from Parsons School of Design with a focus on eighteenth century American decorative arts.