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Girl Scouts of the USA
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women, architecture, conservation, public engagement, relevance; progressive, "white house", Washington, DC, California
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About Me

Cynthia Malinick is the Vice President, Cultural and Property Assets for the Girl Scouts of the USA, where she oversees the Cultural and Property Assets Department, which brings together as a portfolio the places, collections, and stories of GSUSA embodied in their cultural resources, in order to fully leverage them in support of the Girl Scout Movement.

The department engages more than 100,000 visitors annually from around the world, and encompasses over 400 acres, more than 40 roofed structures, and a significant number of curatorial objects, decorative arts, media, photographs, archives, and other historically significant documents related to the history and management of Girl Scouts, all providing a window into the agency of women and their history in the United States since 1912.

Previously, Malinick served as the Deputy and Chief of Staff to the Senior Vice President of Historic Sites at the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Washington, DC, where she assisted in the oversight/management of the Trust’s nationwide portfolio of historic sites, encompassing over 4000 acres, 200+ roofed structures, and more than 60,000 art/historical objects.  She has also led museums and historic sites in southern California and Washington, DC, served as an exchange staff member with the National Trust of Western Australia, written and spoken broadly on relevant topics in the field, and curated dozens of exhibitions.

She holds her BA in Education (Fine Arts minor) from the College of William and Mary, and an MA in History from the University of San Diego.

Recent Publications
  • “A Century of Role Models: First Ladies Elevating Girl Scouts.” White House History.  Washington, DC. White House Historical Association, in process for publication, Spring 2017.
  •  “Reflections on the Senses of Place.”  Forum Journal. Washington, DC.  National Trust for HistoricvPreservation, Summer 2014 (with co-author, Estevan Rael-Gálvez, PhD)
Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, Early Modern, Modern, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
Gender, Government, Museums, Politics, Public History, Women