Eduardo Díaz joined the Smithsonian as the director of the Smithsonian Latino Center in 2008 and currently serves as the Acting Deputy Director of the National Museum of the American Latino.
Prior to joining the Smithsonian, Eduardo was the executive director of the National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He oversaw the operations of a 16-acre campus that offered year-round programming in the visual, performing and literary arts as well and youth and family activities. Before joining the NHCC, Eduardo managed a private consulting firm that served arts institutions and agencies, statewide advocacy groups and community-based organizations. In 2001, Eduardo co-founded the International Accordion Festival, a free outdoor music celebration, in San Antonio.
From 1981 to 1999, Eduardo served as the director of Cultural Affairs for the City of San Antonio. He is currently a member of the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture. Eduardo earned a law degree in 1976 from the University of California at Davis, and a bachelor’s degree in 1972 in Latin American Studies at San Diego State University. He is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.
He often wears Cornell University sweatshirts. Even when it’s warm out.