At Brent D. Glass LLC, our combined expertise and diverse professional backgrounds allow us to approach each unique project with a holistic view. We are known for our professionalism and dedication to our clients. Our small team size allows for collaboration, innovation and personalized client-solutions.
BRENT D. GLASS, President
Brent D. Glass is Director Emeritus of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, the world’s largest museum devoted to telling the story of America. A national leader in the preservation, interpretation and promotion of history, Glass is a public historian who pioneered influential oral history and material culture studies, an author, television presence and international speaker on cultural diplomacy and museum management.
As director of the National Museum of American History since 2002, Glass led a two-year, $120 million renovation and development of 20 new exhibitions for the 2008 reopening, including the major exhibitions on The Star-Spangled Banner; Abraham Lincoln: An Extraordinary Life and On the Water: Stories from Maritime America, and 80 public programs and 2,500 theater performances. Since 2008, more than 13 million people have visited, a 50% increase over previous years and the Museum’s web site has an additional 8 million visitors.
Glass is an active member of and consultant to the diplomatic, cultural and academic communities. He is a member of the Flight 93 Memorial Advisory Commission and of the State Department’s U.S-Russia Bilateral Commission Working Group on Education and Culture. He travels frequently as a featured speaker or participant in U.S. State Department public and cultural diplomacy programs, and serves as a consultant and advisor to several cultural organizations including The Presidio in San Francisco Presidio and the DeVos Institute at The Kennedy Center in Washington. He is a trustee of Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania and a Senior Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Studies in Washington, D.C.
Before joining the Smithsonian, Glass served from 1987-2002 as executive director of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, managing the largest and most comprehensive state history program in the country, with 25 historical sites and museums, State Archives, State Museum, the State Historic Preservation Office, public history programs and historical publications.
Glass earned his doctorate in history from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, a master’s degree in American Studies from New York University, and bachelor’s degree from Lafayette College. He also completed the program for government executives at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He writes extensively on topics ranging from state-of-the-museum blogs to public memory, historic preservation and industrial history.
HILARY T. STRIMPLE, Senior Associate
Hilary Strimple is a Senior Associate at Brent D. Glass LLC. She has nine years of experience in museum management and operations, collections, and fundraising. She works closely with clients to develop fundraising strategies and plans, review board organization, and ensure executive searchers attract diverse and qualified candidates.
Strimple began her career as the Administrative Assistant at Brent D. Glass LLC. She also previously served as the Special Events Coordinator and Collections Manager at the Heurich House Museum, and as the Auction Coordinator and Junior Specialist in Furniture at Alex Cooper Auctioneers.
Strimple holds a master's degree in Fine and Decorative Art from Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London and a bachelor’s degree in Art History from Wittenberg University.
VICTORIA GONZALEZ, Associate
Victoria Gonzalez is an Associate at Brent D. Glass LLC. Her work focuses on partnership marketing and social media support to clients, grant writing, diversity and inclusion, and managing the daily operations of Brent D. Glass LLC.
She began her career in broadcast media and event production with CNBC and other media outlets in the New York City area. After working at Cornell University, Victoria began producing digital content about museums and tourism.
Gonzalez holds a bachelor's degree from Rutgers University in Journalism and Media Studies, and a master's degree from the University of Amsterdam in Heritage and Memory Studies.
GRAPHIC DESIGN AND MARKETING
Ruth Abrahams has over 25 years of design experience working with museums and cultural institutions. Currently, she heads Ruth Abrahams Design, providing strategic graphic design solutions for a variety of clients including Hillwood Estate, Museum, & Gardens, The Barnes Foundation and the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Her studio provides design expertise in visual branding, communications design, signage and wayfinding, and website. She also serves on the national board and as regional cochair for ArtTable. Ruth served as Director of Editorial & Graphic Design for the Philadelphia Museum of Art working on the branding and design for over 250 exhibitions and collateral materials. Ruth received a B.F.A., from the University of Michigan School of Art and Architecture, graduating cum laude. Please visit her website: ruthabrahams.com
With over 30 years experience as an executive and consultant in the nonprofit sector, Robert has a deep understanding of his clients’ needs regarding development, governance, financial management, turnarounds and other key institutional priorities. Currently, he heads Alpaugh + Associates, where his clients include Barnes - Jewish Hospital (St. Louis, MO), Meals on Wheels - Tampa (FL), and Minnesota Historical Society (St. Paul, MN) where he initiated a feasibility study for a $40 million campaign and subsequently provided campaign counsel on a $77 million public/private campaign. In addition to his cross-discipline experience, Mr. Alpaugh has held staff positions in opera, theater, dance and music, serving as executive or managing director of institutions such as the Joffrey Ballet, Williamstown Theater Festival and Chicago Opera Theater.
ARCHITECT AND PLANNER
Walt Crimm brings over 30 years of experience working with museums and cultural institutions. He provides expertise that is both visionary and focused on sustainable outcomes: intellectually, fiscally and environmentally. Since 2012, Walt has headed Walt Crimm Associates, Inc. headquartered in Philadelphia. He has worked on a variety of projects throughout his career including the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Utah State University, the Royal British Columbia Museum, the American Museum of Natural History and History Colorado. His approach is based on a foundation of 30 years as an architect designing museums around the country. Walt recognizes that a programmatic voice linking ideas and content will better inform spatial design that in turn will improve an institution’s capacity to serve audiences, care for their collections and create earned revenue. Walt received a Masters in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania in 1980.
PROJECT MANAGER AND MUSUEM PLANNER
Patrick Ladden has worked for museums for almost forty years, thirty of which were spent at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History (NMAH) where he built skill sets in program planning, budget formulation and implementation, strategic planning, project management, program implementation and performance management. His work experience has been wide-ranging and varied from curatorial research at the Corcoran Gallery (1976-77), education outreach at the National Gallery of Art (1979), and at NMAH (1982-2011) a series of management and executive positions from strategic planning program manager, chief of exhibition project management to director of museum renovation. After NMAH, Patrick served as interim director (2012-13) of state-owned Gunston Hall, the 18th-century plantation home of George Mason where a dynamic strategic plan was developed to stitch together a 21st century public/private partnership with the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America. Patrick has taught graduate school teaching Museum Management at the Corcoran, and currently at the George Washington University. Patrick served as a board member for three years, and president (2017/18) of the Alexandria Historical Society. Patrick possesses strong analytical skills for strategy formulation, planning and implementation combined with deep experience, excellent partnership and stakeholder relations.
HISTORIC SITE AND PARK PLANNER
Tia Lombardi joined the Presidio Trust in 2001 as Director of Public Affairs, shortly after the new agency began operations, employing her skills in communications, strategic planning, community relations and project management. In 2012, Lombardi assumed the new role of Director of Cultural Affairs, which she held until she retired from the Trust in April 2015. In this role, she developed new partnerships to bring programs to the Presidio and to shape the program vision for the future. Lombardi played an integral role in every major development and adaptive reuse effort, contributing to strategy, advocating for the public interest, and overseeing outreach and community relations, communications, document preparation and media relations. In 2011, working with Brent Glass, she led a multi-year effort to develop a cultural facility on the Presidio’s Crissy Field. Recently, she oversaw communications and outreach for Samuel Merritt University and Holy Names University as they explored the possibility of sharing the historic Holy Names campus in the Oakland hills, She is a native of Philadelphia and a long-time resident of San Francisco. She received a B.A. from Cornell University in 1976, graduating Summa Cum Laude, and undertook post-graduate studies in 19th Century American History and Literature at Stanford University from 1976 to 1982.