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Fernando Diaz Jr.

Assistant Security Manager for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian

Fernando Diaz Jr. is the Assistant Security Manager for the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian. He began working for the Smithsonian in 2006 and has held various roles within the Institution such as Sergeant, Lieutenant, and Watch Commander. During his career with the Smithsonian, Mr. Diaz had the distinct pleasure of working for several years with Sgt. Fernando Diaz Sr., his father, who recently retired. Prior to working at the Smithsonian, Mr. Diaz worked at Capitol Security as a Security Specialist in Puerto Rico.

Mr. Diaz is a skilled risk management professional and is proud of his ability to collaborate and effectively communicate with stakeholders both within and outside of the Smithsonian. He believes that to be successful in the security field, one must be a good listener and understand that not everything will go as planned.

Mr. Diaz is from Puerto Rico and currently lives in Virginia.


12:00 to 12:10pm

Welcoming Remarks by Lonnie G. Bunch III, Secretary of the Smithsonian Lonnie G. Bunch III

12:10pm to 12:40pm

Communities of Collaboration – Similarities Far Outweigh the Differences Matthew S. Miller

12:05 to 1:00pm

Art Crimes Timothy S. Carpenter

12:55 to 1:30pm

Déjà vu Delta…Reopening Strategies 2.0 Douglas Beaver

1:15 to 2:10pm

Promoting Exhibit Access and Safety: A Collaborative Approach to Collections Care Sam Snell Jeffrey Hirsch Cali Martin

1:30 to 2:25pm

Social Unrest – The Insurrection, January 6, 2021 Robert J. Contee III Robert Glover Jeffery Carroll

2:25 to 2:55pm

Learning from Climate Change, from Hurricane Harvey to Winter Storm Uri Sheryl Kolasinski

2:40 to 3:20pm

A Hybrid Security Model for Equity in Visitor Experience Jamie Gibbons Austin Sharpe Nick Haddon

2:55 to 3:25pm

Surviving Civil Unrest Ramey J. Kyle

3:35 to 4:25pm

Year in Review Robert (Bob) Combs

3:35 to 3:55pm

Shifting the Focus: Emphasizing Safety in Customer Service Trainings During COVID-19 Vanessa Herndon Andrea Lowther Tiffany Spriggs

3:55 to 4:20pm

Back to School – University Campus Safety Alignments with Cultural Protection Andrew Flagel

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