National Trust for Historic Preservation

Elizabeth Karcher

Elizabeth Karcher is the Executive Director of the President Woodrow Wilson House in Washington, D.C., a site with the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The Wilson House offers an intimate look at Wilson the man, his presidency, and his legacy. Elizabeth is responsible for ensuring that the site’s strategic themes of African American history, women’s history, and Wilson’s international impact are fully explored and that the House is a place for open dialogue and discussion of our shared past.

Elizabeth leads the strategy and operations of this historic house and museum. Her team encompasses curatorial, operations, and marketing managers, as well as a 20 trained museum guides. Aside from telling the many stories afforded by this National Historic Landmark with over 9000 pieces in its collection, Elizabeth’s goal for the house is to share deeper stories that tie the past to today.

Prior to joining the National Trust a the Wilson House, Elizabeth was Head of Global Mobility at Discovery, Inc. a media leader in global entertainment. Preceding Discovery, Elizabeth was with Lockheed Martin Corporation in International Human Resources. Before joining Lockheed, Elizabeth started and managed her own relocation services company relocating international executives and their families to the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area. 

Elizabeth served in many roles with the Junior Woman’s Club of Chevy Chase, MD, General Federation of Women’s Clubs, including Club President where she led the club to convert from 501c4 to 501c3 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 lives in Washigton in a historic home that she has lovingly restored and renovated, preserving many of the historic features and detail.

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