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Alison Reppert Gerber

Smithsonian Institution Archives
Preservation Coordinator
Damascus, MD
Alison is the Preservation Coordinator for the Smithsonian Institution Archives (SIA) in Washington, DC. At SIA, she oversees all preservation-related activities, which include collection need and risk assessment, preventive conservation tasks, budgeting and procurement, and long-term preservation strategies and initiatives. Since coming to the Archives in 2015, Alison has led a pan-institutional audiovisual survey that was completed in 2017, and is now managing an audiovisual preservation readiness assessment for eleven participating Smithsonian units. Prior to coming to SIA, Alison was a conservation technician for the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) and then the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). Alison received her bachelor’s degree in Art History, with minors in Chemistry and Religious Studies, from Seton Hill University in 2009, and went on to receive her master’s degree in Museum Studies from Johns Hopkins University in 2014.