Margaret Salazar-Porzio is Curator of Latinx History and Culture and Chair of the Division of Home and Community Life at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. She co-curated Many Voices, One Nation (2017) and produced the exhibition book, Many Voices, One Nation: Material Culture Reflections on Race and Migration in the United States. Salazar-Porzio is project director of the bilingual exhibition and book, ¡Pleibol! In the Barrios and the Big Leagues / En los barrios y las grandes ligas, which is on a SITES national tour through 2025. An artifact-rich version was on display at the National Museum of American History in Washington, DC (2021-2022).
Dedicated to public history and community-driven projects, Salazar-Porzio works closely with partners to co-curate exhibitions and build archives and collections. Her most recent projects-in-motion include the award-winning “Collective Care in Puerto Rico” in collaboration with the Hurricane Maria Archive and the University of Puerto Rico to document the recent overlapping crises that have affected Puerto Ricans on the island and the diaspora, as well as a highly acclaimed project about “Chicanas Changing History,” which chronicles the lives and careers of Chicanas in academia over 50 years to demonstrate the importance of their contributions to the field of History. Her much-anticipated next exhibition on Latinx Movements (forthcoming 2027) will demonstrate how Latinos have changed the world through civic engagement and political action. While continuing to oversee collections and exhibitions, Salazar-Porzio also practices people-first leadership to guide staff to realize their career goals as the current Chair of the Division of Home and Community Life. Originally from East Los Angeles, Salazar-Porzio now lives in Virginia with her husband, son, and their two cats.