Colleen Marzec standing on the beach holding a cut out red heart.

Colleen Marzec

Colleen Marzec is the Chief of Content Strategy and Development at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. She joined the Museum in 2009 to manage the development and launch of the Ocean Portal, and has a background in journalism, communications, and marketing. She is the former Editor-in-Chief of Nature Conservancy Magazine and has worked for organizations such as The Washington Post Express, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the National Park Service. She holds a degree in English from Canisius College, studied television, radio, and film at the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, and has taught courses in writing and journalism. Her background also includes a slew of natural history courses from the Audubon Naturalist Society in Chevy Chase, Md., and a stint as a summer naturalist along the Potomac River for the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority. During the big snowstorms that hit the Washington, D.C. area in February 2010, she had the good fortune to be “stuck” in Florida, and spent several extra days running along the beaches of Sarasota. In this photo, Colleen holds a Valentine for the Gulf of Mexico.