Meredith Holmgren joined the Center in 2012 after seven years of experience overseas, primarily in Europe and Asia. She currently serves as the program manager for education and cultural sustainability initiatives. Previously, she served as the principal investigator and project manager of the Smithsonian's pan-institutional project on intangible cultural heritage. Her professional interests span ethnomusicology, cultural heritage policy, sociocultural research, Asian studies, and education. Prior to joining the Smithsonian, she worked with the International Institute for Asian Studies, the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the International Council for Traditional Music, Freemuse, and UCLA's Center for Intercultural Performance. She holds an M.Phil. in Asian studies (Leiden), an M.A. in cultural anthropology and development sociology (Leiden), a PGCert. in Asia-Pacific Leadership (East-West Center/University of Hawai’i at Manoa), and a B.A. in ethnomusicology (UCLA). She is a member of several professional organizations and holds service leadership positions with the Smithsonian's Institutional Review Board, Smithsonian Music, and the Association of Critical Heritage Studies.