Cole Fiala works to empower communities and inspire change around the world through museum exhibitions, events, and people-to-people exchanges. Since 2018, his focus has been on the environment and sustainability, serving as Manager of International Traveling Exhibitions for the National Geographic Society. Previously, he helped achieve the public diplomacy goals of the U.S. Department of State and diplomatic corps partners while at the Meridian International Center. He was appointed by Mayor Bowser to the Board of the Humanities Council of Washington, DC, in 2020, and has regularly served as a grant review panelist for the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.
Cole earned his MA in Museums Studies from Marist College and the Istituto Lorenzo de’ Medici and his BA in Art History and International Studies from Loyola University Chicago. He can often be found taking his dog on long walks in Columbia Heights or dining out with his husband and friends at their favorite local establishments.