Claudia Ocello, President & CEO of Museum Partners Consulting, LLC has over 25 years' experience working in museums in the areas of education, exhibition development, evaluation, and accessibility. As a consultant she has worked with museums across the US including Smithsonian Museums and National Park Service sites as well as smaller local institutions, historical societies, libraries, school districts, aquariums, botanic gardens, and visual arts centers, treating all clients as equal, collaborative partners regardless of budget or size.
For 20 years Claudia has also volunteered with students and teachers on National History Day and profoundly believes that the arts and humanities play a key role in the development of citizens in a democratic society. As part of her philosophy of "giving back" to the museum field, she has served as Adjunct Faculty in Seton Hall University's Masters in Museum Professions Program for 20 years and volunteers on the board of the Education Committee (EdCom) of the American Alliance of Museums. Never forgetting her own mentors, in 2016 she started EdMEM, the first mentoring program for Museum Education professionals through EdCom.
Believing that learning is lifelong, Claudia strives to continue her personal and professional growth by attending and presenting annually at national, regional, and local conferences, and looking for inspiration in her work with museums from examples outside the museum field.
- M.S., Bank Street College of Education
- B.S., Bryn Mawr College
- "Transforming through Race and Ethnicity (working title)" co-authored with Jane M. Eliasof, in Reimagining the Historic House Museum: Catalysts for Change (working title) Rowman and Littlefield, (Forthcoming, January 2018).
- "Should I Stay or Should I Go?" and "Rebounding After Losing Your Job" in A Life in Museums: Managing Your Museum Career. AAM Press, 2012.
- "Being Responsive to Be Responsible: Museums and Audience Development" in Redefining Museum Ethics. Routledge Press, 2011.
- "Getting Out of the Subject Box" in An Alliance of Spirit: Museum School Partnerships, 2nd Edition. American Association of Museums Publications, 2010.
- "Meeting on the bridge: A review of Connecting Kids to History with Museum Exhibitions edited by D. Lynn McRainey and John Russick." History Matters, National Council for History Education, Volume 23, No. 3, November 2010. "Making Lemonade." Museum Magazine, July/August 2009.
- "Lessons Learned from the Non-Museum World," Musings: Inspirations from the Walls to the Halls, Vol 2 No. 4, Seton Hall University, February 2009.
- "Musings on the Thousands: The American Association of Museums Annual Meeting of 2008," Musings: Inspiration from the Walls to the Halls, Vol 2 No. 3 Seton Hall University, September 2008.
- "Unique Opportunities at The New Jersey Historical Society," LRE Network News, Vol 13 Winter 2005.
- TB or Not TB: How Infectious Diseases Influenced NJ History: Activities Using Photos and Documents from NJ. Co-authored with Leslie Hubbard, 2004.
- First Steps: A Scrapbook and Guide for Young Parents, Museums, and Community Partners. May 2002, Newark, NJ: The New Jersey Historical Society.
- Working in New Jersey during the Industrial Revolution: Activities using Photographs and Documents Reflecting New Jersey's Role in the Industrial Revolution. 2002, Newark, NJ: The New Jersey Historical Society.
- Faces of the Civil War: Activities using Photographs and Documents Reflecting New Jersey's participation in the Civil War. 2001, Newark, NJ: The New Jersey Historical Society.
- "The Barnum Museum and AmeriCorps: Meeting Community Needs Together," Museum News, Vol. 78 No. 4, Jul/Aug 1999.
- 2017 Nominated for Adjunct Faculty of the Year Award, Seton Hall University
- 2013 John Cotton Dana Award, New Jersey Association of Museums
- 2008 Education Committee, American Alliance of Museums, Award for Excellence in Practice
- 2006 Award of Merit for Exhibition Transit Drivers, Honeymooners, Midwives: Collecting and Telling NJ Stories (Curator), American Association for State and Local History
- 2004 New Jersey History Day Outstanding Educator
- 2002 Education Committee, American Alliance of Museums, Award for Excellence in Programming for Partners in Learning: Teen Parents and their Children at Museums