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Kyle Avery

Programming Chair

Kyle Porter Avery has over a decade of experience in the museum field, specializing in audience engagement, event creation, sales management, & leadership cultivation. Notably, at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans, he played a pivotal role in designing immersive experiences during a period of significant institutional growth. Currently, Kyle spearheads special events and inclusive programs at the historic Shedd Aquarium in Chicago.

Driven by a passion for enriching visitor experiences, engaging diverse communities, and advocating DEAI initiatives, Kyle is dedicated to advancing the museum field. In addition to his role as the Programming Chair for the Visitor Experience Group, he actively contributes to the Chicago cultural community, serving on the auxiliary boards
of the National Museum of Mexican Art and the Field Museum of Natural History.


Kyle holds an MA in Museum Studies from Johns Hopkins University and dual BAs in Peace & Conflict and Latin American Studies from the University of California, Berkeley.
Beyond the confines of museums, he orchestrates Mardi Gras festivities, studies geopolitics, advocates for Indigenous representation, and cherishes moments of respite with his pastry chef husband, James, and their one-eyed Chow-mix, Che.


Feel free to connect with Kyle on LinkedIn to discuss all things: museums, New Orleans Saints football, peacebuilding, early-2000s Bay Area hip-hop, & flora/fauna.

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