About the Institute
The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate is dedicated to educating the public about the important role of the Senate in our government, encouraging participatory democracy, invigorating civil discourse, and inspiring the next generation of citizens and leaders to engage in the civic life of their communities.
The Institute’s Staff
Interim Executive Director
Art Buckland was named Interim Executive Director of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute in November 2019. He brings extensive executive and board leadership experience to the Institute, having ignited growth in public, privately held, and nonprofit businesses in seven states and seven countries, ranging from startups to billion-dollar global enterprises in diverse industries, many in the social impact space. Buckland’s entrepreneurial achievements earned him the prestigious recognition as “Entrepreneur of the Year,” co-sponsored by Ernst & Young, NASDAQ, Sprint, Kauffman Fund and USA Today. He is deemed by Sarbanes-Oxley as a financial expert and has earned an MBA from Harvard Business School, a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Syracuse University, and a Professional Director certification from the American College of Corporate Directors.
Caroline Angel Burke
Vice President of Education, Visitor Experience & Collections
Caroline Angel Burke is responsible for all educational programs, exhibits, interpretation, media development, and curatorial collections at the Institute. Angel Burke has worked in and for museums for over twenty years, and believes passionately in the power of informal educational experiences.
Prior to her arrival at the Institute, she was senior project manager in exhibits at the Museum of Science, Boston; program manager for the Museum’s adult and special programs; and has worked in curatorial, project management, educational, and visitor service management positions at a variety of museums and their support industries in the United States and the UK. She has a BA in history and anthropology from Northeastern University and a master’s degree in Museum Studies from the University of Leicester, UK.
Chief Operating Officer
Gina Perille oversees technology and the Institute’s digital presence as well as the external relations division at the Institute which encompasses marketing, government relations, public programs, and communications.
Perille previously worked at Harvard where she was part of the University’s public affairs and communications division and served as the director of communications for the Harvard Library system. Previously, she worked for the City of Boston in the role of chief of communications and strategy for the Boston Public Library where she wrote the award-winning strategic plan, the BPL Compass; and led media, marketing, branding, and engagement efforts across twenty-five locations with a combined average of 800 monthly programs and exhibitions.
In other roles, Perille led a global corporate foundation where she oversaw philanthropic, corporate culture, and corporate citizenship initiatives; and worked at a management consulting firm that advised government agencies, cultural organizations, academic institutions, and foundations. A former correspondent for the Boston Globe, Perille holds an MBA from Boston University and a BFA from the University of Illinois. She is a graduate of the LeadBoston social justice leadership program, volunteers with the Boston Pride Committee, and serves on the Corporate Executive Council for WGBH. In November 2018, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker appointed her to the Commonwealth’s Board of Library Commissioners.
Meet the Rest of our Team
Department Staff Title Development Kerri Cullen Director of Membership and Annual Fund Development Lauren Janes Senior Adviser Development Alessandra Pasquale Development Coordinator Development Tara Rendon Alumni Relations Coordinator Education Caroline Angel Burke Vice President, Education, Visitor Experience & Collections Education Sarah Yezzi Director of Education, Family & Youth Programming Education Amy Munslow Education Manager Education Nate Gundy Manager of Educational Programming Education Will Foster-Nolan Lead Educator Education Jan Crocker Senior Exhibit & Content Developer Education Lou Rocco Program & Content Developer Education Mitchell Carolan Education & Visitor Experience Senior Staff Education Tyler Crosby Education & Visitor Experience Senior Staff Education Abigail Courage Visitor Experience Coordinator Education Eileen Donovan Volunteer & Intern Program Manager Executive Office Chelsey Burke Executive Assistant External Relations Gina Perille Chief Operating Officer External Relations Claire Cooper Director of Community Engagement External Relations Miles Halpine Communications Officer External Relations Allison Kaminsky Program Coordinator External Relations Katie Leclerc Multimedia & Graphic Designer External Relations Lauren Scribi Program & Partnership Manager Technology & Infrastructure Kevin Boothby Facilities Manager Technology & Infrastructure Luis Colon Customer Support Engineer Technology & Infrastructure Jason Eliot Senior Managing Director of Technology & Infrastructure Business & Finance Eileen Driscoll Cape House Project Manager Business & Finance Paul Rehme Director of Financial Operations Business & Finance Tim Stancell-Condron Director of Business Affairs & Events Business & Finance Rachel Frazier Events Manager