Director of Public Affairs and Development
As Director of Public Affairs and Development, Katherine Hamilton-Smith is responsible for overseeing the District’s external communications with the public. This includes information that is available to the public and fundraising with the Preservation Foundation of the Lake County Forest Preserves.
Hamilton-Smith received her bachelor’s degree in art history from the University of Nebraska and attended St. Andrews University in Scotland studying art and music history. She also has a master’s degree in art and music history from the University of Chicago.
Before taking on her current position in 2015, Hamilton-Smith has held several positions within the District, most recently as Director of Cultural Resources. Prior to joining the Lake County Forest Preserves, she was an Assistant Curator of the Epstein Photographic Archives at the University of Chicago. These archives are a study collection that encompasses the entire history of art from ancient pre-history to the 1960s.
Hamilton-Smith is a member of the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) and is certified with the Academy of Certified Archivists. She particularly values the Lake County Discovery Museum and wants others to know that the Museum is accredited by the AAM; a major achievement as only 5 percent of American museums receive this standard. She thinks it is an extraordinary place with great exhibits and programs that others should not hesitate to participate in and enjoy!