Elizabeth Karcher is the Executive Director of the President Woodrow Wilson House in Washington, D.C., a site owned and managed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The museum is an opportunity to see how a U.S. President lived in retirement a century ago in an untouched and perfectly preserved locale. The Wilson House offers an intimate look at Wilson the man, his presidency, and his legacy.
As Executive Director, Elizabeth manages the strategy and operations of this historic house and museum. The site’s current focus is on the themes of African American history, women’s history, and Wilson’s international impact. The Wilson House team is dedicated to ensuring that the House is a place for open dialogue and discussion of important historical issues related to the Wilson Presidency. Elizabeth’s team encompasses curatorial, operations, and marketing managers, as well as 20 trained museum guides. In addition to telling the many stories derived from the over 8,000 pieces in the collection of this National Historic Landmark and model historic and presidential site, Elizabeth’s goal for the house is to share deeper stories that tie the past to today.
Prior to joining the National Trust and the Wilson House, Elizabeth worked at Discovery, Inc. a leading global media company.
Elizabeth served in many roles with the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, Junior Woman’s Club of Chevy Chase, MD, including serving as Club President where she led the club to convert from 501(c)4 to 501(c)3 status and was instrumental in developing long-term fundraising programs to support the organization. She is an advisor to the board of the Shanta Foundation, which supports sustainable community development in rural Myanmar.
Elizabeth holds a Master of Arts in International Relations from Rutgers University. She received her Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs from the American University of Paris, France. She and her husband live in Washington in a historic home that they have lovingly restored and renovated, preserving many historic features and details.