Alyssa Berg, Government Affairs Associate, 202-296-4994 ext. 109,

Alyssa Berg is the government affairs associate for the National Humanities Alliance. Prior to joining the NHA, Berg served as a legislative aide and scheduler for Congressman Timothy Walz, where she managed a portfolio of issue areas, including space and technology, tribal affairs, and the arts and humanities. Before working on Capitol Hill, Berg served as White House intern under President Obama. She holds a B.A. in Political Science with a concentration in Middle Eastern Studies from St. Olaf College.


Daniel Fisher, Postdoctoral Fellow and Project Director, 202-296-2296 ext. 151,

Daniel Fisher is a postdoctoral fellow and project director at the National Humanities Alliance Foundation, leading an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-funded research initiative entitled “The Publicly Engaged Humanities: A Survey of the Field.” He holds a B.A. from McGill University and an M.A. from Vanderbilt University and has held fellowships at the École Biblique and the Albright Institute in Jerusalem. He is completing his Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible and Near Eastern Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, where he taught and co-curated a publicly-engaged research-driven exhibition before joining the National Humanities Alliance Foundation.


Beatrice Gurwitz, Deputy Director, 202-296-4994 ext. 150,

Beatrice Gurwitz is deputy director of the National Humanities Alliance (NHA). Prior to joining NHA, Gurwitz served as a consultant at the National Endowment for the Humanities and the U.S. Department of State. She has also taught at the University of Maryland and in the New York City public school system. She is the author of Argentine Jews in the Age of Revolt (Brill, 2016). Her writing has also appeared in Journal of Jewish Identities, Immigrants and Minorities, and the Chronicle of Higher Education. She holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University and a Ph.D. in History from the University of California, Berkeley.


Cecily Erin Hill, Project Director, 202-296-2296 ext. 101

Cecily Erin Hill is a project director for the National Humanities Alliance Foundation. Prior to joining NHA, Cecily served as Marketing and Communications Director for Books@Work, a public humanities nonprofit based in Cleveland, OH. Her writing has appeared in Studies in English Literature, 1500 - 1900 and Women's Writing. She holds a B.A. from the University of Southern Mississippi and a Ph.D. in English from the Ohio State University.


Stephen Kidd, Executive Director, 202-296-4994 ext. 149,

Stephen Kidd is executive director of the National Humanities Alliance (NHA). Before joining NHA, he was director of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, the Smithsonian Institution's "Museum without Walls." As director, he oversaw the development of major, research-based exhibitions including, among others, Crisis and Creativity: Unfolding the AIDS Memorial Quilt (2012), Colombia: the Nature of Culture (2011), and Asian Pacific Americans: Local Lives, Global Ties (2010). Prior to his work at the Smithsonian, he served on the staff of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. He holds a B.A. in history from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in American Studies from the George Washington University.


Alexandra Nowicki, Communications Associate, 202-296-4994 ext. 116,

Alexandra Nowicki is the communications associate at the National Humanities Alliance. Before joining NHA, she was an Allen Lee Hughes Fellow at Arena Stage where she worked in the communications department, splitting her time between Media Relations and Marketing. Prior to Arena Stage, Nowicki attended the George Washington University where she received a B.A. in both Journalism and English.


Kassandra Wahlstrom, Administrative Assistant, 202-296-4994 ext. 160,

Kassandra Wahlstrom is the administrative assistant for the National Humanities Alliance. Before joining the NHA, she worked as a coffee roaster while volunteering at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. She earned her B.A. in Anthropology from Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY.


Mailing Address

National Humanities Alliance
21 Dupont Circle NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC  20036

Tel: (202) 296-4994
Fax: (202) 872-0884



John Hammer, Executive Director Emeritus