Gabriella Kahn

Advancement Manager, Engagement and Programming

Gabriella Kahn is the Smithsonian Libraries and Archives advancement engagement and programming manager. She is passionate about sharing the Libraries and Archives' collections and expertise far and wide and growing public and donor engagement. Gabi designs and implements programming strategy, plans and executes all special events, assists with managing the Smithsonian Libraries and Archives Advisory Board, develops and manages the donor stewardship program, leads the creation of advancement-related communications and graphic design pieces, manages fundraising reporting and analysis, and ensures donations are processed and acknowledged in a timely manner. She also serves as the chair of the Libraries and Archives' Museum Education Outreach Group.

Before joining the Smithsonian Libraries in September 2017, Gabi worked on strategy and operations as part of the Smithsonian Campaign team. She assisted with planning and coordination of events, Smithsonian National Board meetings, and Campaign Steering Committee meetings. She also supported the campaign director, especially with her work to develop various pan-institutional initiatives, such as the American Women’s History Initiative and the Secretary’s Scholars Initiative. She co-founded and currently leads the Smithsonian Network of Emerging Advancement Professionals to develop a community across advancement and promote resource-sharing and collaboration. Before joining the Smithsonian in 2015, she worked on political campaigns and for a national super PAC that raised nearly $15 million in two years, organizing countless events and managing hundreds of volunteers. Gabi is from the Washington, DC area and holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania.