About Erik Ledbetter

Born and raised in Washington, D.C., Erik began working in museums in his early teens. He has extensive experience in curation, strategic planning, and collections management for transportation museums. In addition to his staff experience, Erik has also worked in all aspects of governance for museums and historic preservation organizations.

Prior to founding HMS, Erik served as Director of International Programs and Ethics at the American Alliance of Museums. He led AAM’s response to the Nazi-era asset issue from 2003 through 2009, overseeing the design, development and launch of AAM's Nazi-Era Provenance Internet Portal. In 2008 and 2009 he facilitated the development of AAM's Guidlines Regarding Archological Matrial and Ancient Art. With Elizabeth Merritt, Founding Director of AAM's Center for the Future of Museums, he co-wrote a bimonthly column on museum ethics for AAM's flagship magazine, MUSEUM.

Looting and repatriation issues continue to be a major interest, and Erik welcomes inquiries about teaching, public speaking and participating in panels on these topics.

Erik holds an M.Phil. in History from Yale University and an M.A. and B.A. in History and History of Science respectively from the Johns Hopkins University.


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