Leadership

Chief Executive Officer

On October 24, 2022, John Suau was appointed as the new CEO of the 35-year-old arts education facility. With more than 20 years of experience in arts administration, Mr. Suau has served museums and other cultural institutions in a variety of capacities. Before joining the Armory, he was a consultant for several AI technology companies working with libraries and museums. A trusted advisor, his experience includes supporting museums across the Americas and Europe with technology solutions, marketing and public relations strategies, collections management, and innovative communication tools.

Some of Mr. Suau’s other accomplishments include creating a training program for cultural competency skills for the American Alliance of Museums in partnership with the Smithsonian Office of Educational Technology, spearheading the first national coalition of diverse museum professionals, and establishing a national scholarship program for diverse museum professionals. During the pandemic, John was instrumental in helping cultural organizations utilize innovative technologies to improve visitor experiences in the post-COVID-19 reality.

Mr. Suau also worked as museum director at the Historical Society of Washington, DC, where he launched the DC History Center in partnership with Apple. He also served as the executive director at the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums and held a variety of positions during his six years at the American Alliance of Museums in Washington, DC. There, he curated innumerable educational programs, championed inclusion and accessibility, and was a visionary for creating impactful programs for diverse audiences. An arts & culture leader with extensive experience in operations and cultivating DEIA-centered environments, Mr. Suau has supported nonprofit organizations and international artists and he has created many exhibits and public programs that reflect the diversity of the institutions with which he has worked.