Bachelor of Arts in History, College William & Mary, 1979. Master of Arts in Architectural History, University Virginia, 1984. Doctor of Philosophy in Architectural History, University Virginia, 1992.
Archivist, assistant curator Ash Lawn College William & Mary, Charlottesville, 1981—1984. Reference staff Alderman Library. University Virginia, 1984—1991.
Director programming Very Special Arts, Washington, 1991—1995. Instructional designer, senior scientist Human Resources Research Organization, Alexandria, Virginia, 1995—1997. Director statewide partnerships Virginia Museum Fine Arts, Richmond, 1997—2003.
Director United States Department of the Interior Museum, Washington, 2003—2006. Chief cultural resources division Office of Secretary, Interior Department, since 2006. Lecturer architectural history Goucher College, Washington, 1996—1997.
Board directors Virginia Association Museums, Richmond, 1998—2005. Lecturer art history Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, 2000—2001. Member steering committee standards learning development Virginia State Board Education, 2000—2002, member governor's advisory board on gifted education, 2001—2002.
Member of Virginia Association Museums (director art 1998—2005, board directors since 1998), American Association Museums.