May 21, 2022

Pamela Wright Named as NARA’s First Chief Innovation Officer, Plans to Launch Innovation Hub

From a NARA Announcement:

Archivist of the United State David S. Ferriero today announced the appointment of Pamela Wright as the National Archives’ first Chief Innovation Officer, effective December 2, 2012.

Ms. Wright will lead the agency in developing innovative ways to share the National Archives’ extensive holdings with the public. She plans to create a so-called “Innovation Hub” to develop and launch collaborative projects, raise public challenges, and form partnerships with the archival community, industry, and academic institutions.


Ms. Wright started at the National Archives in 2001 and has spent the past seven years promoting digital access and strategy. Prior to this appointment, she served as the agency’s first Chief Digital Access Strategist and launched many of the National Archives’ now robust social media platforms. She created a “Citizen Archivist Dashboard” to make National Archives records more accessible online by using crowdsourcing to tag, transcribe, and edit articles, as well as to upload and share scans or images of records. She also advanced the first agency tool for online internal communication – the Internal Collaboration Network (ICN).


She began her career at the National Archives as a processing archivist. She holds Bachelor’s degrees in History and English from the University of Montana, and earned a Master’s Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University.

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