Meredith Holmgren serves as curator of American women’s music, which is a joint appointment between the Center and Smithsonian Music. Before serving in her current role, she worked for six years as program manager for education and cultural sustainability initiatives at Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. She also led the Smithsonian’s first pan-institutional project on intangible cultural heritage. In previous capacities, she has worked with the International Institute for Asian Studies, UNESCO, International Council for Traditional Music, Freemuse, and UCLA's Center for Intercultural Performance. Her professional service includes positions on the executive committee of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies (2014-18) and the East-West Center’s Asia Pacific Leadership Alumni Association (2010-14). She holds an MPhil in Asian studies (Leiden), an MA in cultural anthropology (Leiden), a PGCert. in Asia-Pacific Leadership (East-West Center/University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa), and a BA in ethnomusicology (UCLA). Her research interests include intangible cultural heritage, ethnomusicology, anthropology, Asian studies, gender, and cultural policy.