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Mark Wallace

Director, Office of Protection Services (OPS), Smithsonian Institution

Mark Wallace is the Director of the Smithsonian Institution’s Office of Protection Services (OPS) and the host and chair for the National Conference on Cultural Property Protection. He is a strategic leader in risk management and mission effectiveness and has over 24 years of law enforcement and museum security experience.  

 Prior to joining the Smithsonian, Mark was the Chief of the Office of Protection Services for the National Gallery of Art (NGA), where he managed a diverse workforce of more than 300 personnel. While at NGA, Mark prioritized technology upgrades to maintain a high level of security and enhance incident-reaction time while accurately counting the number of people that enter and exit the building and providing discrete and accurate surveillance and behavior analytics.  

In addition to his work for the National Gallery of Art, Mark worked as Director for the Integrated Emergency Operations Center for the Department of Defense from 2009 to 2013, where he was responsible for the safety and security of the Pentagon Reservation. Prior to that, he was Acting Director for the Department of the Interior’s Information Sharing and Analysis Division. There, he worked as a Watch Commander, Interim Director of the Victim Assistance Program, Intelligence Coordinator, and Acting Assistant Director. Mark also served the Department of Justice from 1994 to 2004 in several roles, including Law Enforcement Coordinator and Anti-Terrorism Officer in the U.S. Virgin Islands. He also serves on the board of the National Conference on Cultural Property Protection.  

Mark holds a master’s degree in national security strategy from National War College, a bachelor’s degree in administration of justice from the University of the District of Columbia, and an associate’s degree in law enforcement from the University of the District of Columbia.   


Day 2

Meet Your Moderators Nikkia Morgan Bertha Ellis Terrell Wilson

Day 1

Meet Your Moderators Alia Davis Ronald Gaskins Terrell Wilson

11 a.m. – 11:05 a.m.

Welcome Ron Cortez

11 a.m. – 11:05 a.m.

Welcome Mark Wallace

11:05 a.m. – 11:10 a.m.

Introduction by Lonnie G. Bunch III, Secretary of the Smithsonian Lonnie G. Bunch III

11:10 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.

The Museum: A Short History of Crisis and Resilience Samuel J. Redman

11:10 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.

The Fire at Notre Dame: A Chronicle of the Restoration Process Francesco Bandarin

12:25 p.m. – 1:10 p.m.

Preparedness and Response in Collections Emergencies (PRICE): The Smithsonian’s First Central Collections Emergency Response Team Melissa Miller Sam Snell

12:25 p.m. – 1:10 p.m.

Crime Deterrence and Forensic Traceable Liquids: Impacting Illicit Antiquities Trade Alesia Koush

1:10 p.m. – 1:55 p.m.

Vulnerability Assessment Results and Risk Management Resources Daniel (Dan) Genua Michael Stewart

1:25 p.m. – 2:10 p.m.

Locked Up With Art. How to Keep Your Visitors, Staff, and Collection Safe During a Lockdown Kim Covent Wesley De Smet

2:10 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Lightning Round: Innovative Physical Security and Staffing Techniques Kim Beck Yasmine Vatere Ana Muñoz Sonya Barron Kim Hoffman Dan Bailey Rose Soldano

2:10 p.m. – 2:55 p.m.

Working With a Barrier Model in Our Fight Against Art Crime Ibrahim Bulut Wesley De Smet

3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Conservation and Exhibit of Stolen Willem de Kooning’s “Woman-Ochre” Olivia Miller Ulrich Birkmaier

3:10 p.m. – 4:10 p.m.

Art of the Guardians: Curator Discussion and Employee Panel Maureen Catbagan Lambert Fernando Ervin Hargett Sgt. Rosalind Hubbard Louisa Lam Emilie Lemakis Sgt. Will Palenscar Jevijoe Vitug

3:45 p.m. – 5:10 p.m.

Case Study: The MoMA Incident and Staff Wellness and Safety Michelle Reugebrink Amanda Jones Tunji Adeniji Danny Platt

4:25 p.m. – 5:10 p.m.

Year in Review Robert (Bob) Combs

5:10 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Closing Mark Wallace

5:15 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Virtual Networking

5:10 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Closing Mark Wallace

5:15 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Virtual Networking

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