Wonderful Women Wednesday: Era L. Marshall

Each week, the Archives features a woman who has been a groundbreaker at the Smithsonian, past or present, in a series titled Wonderful Women Wednesday.

Era L. Marshall has been the director of the Smithsonian’s Office of Equal Employment and Minority Affairs since 1992. 

In this role, she manages the Institution’s Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Program and Supplier Diversity Program. Marshall directs the Smithsonian’s programs related to affirmative employment, reasonable accommodations, diversity training, conflict resolution, and EEO complaint processing. Ashead of the Supplier Diversity Program, Marshall ensures the Institution uses small and under-utilized businesses. 

Before directing the Smithsonian’s programs, Marshall was a senior EEO manager of the Women’s Program and Special Emphasis Programs at the Federal Aviation Administration and Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Marshall earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology and history from Bradley University, a master’s degree in human relations and education from the University of Oklahoma, and a certificate in conflict resolution and mediation from George Mason University. 

Marshall stands at a podium and speaks to an audience.

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