Pherabe Kolb

Pherabe Kolb

Managing Director , Communications and Public Affairs

As Managing Director of Communications and Public Affairs, Pherabe Kolb extends the reach and impact of Aspen Institute programs by leading strategy and managing operations of its communications, media relations, publications, websites, and digital products.

Pherabe came to the Institute from the Smithsonian Institution where she spent 12 years in a series of senior management positions leading strategic planning initiatives, developing pan-Institutional programs, and improving the efficiency and effectiveness of financial and administrative functions. From 2011 to 2014, she was the Smithsonian’s Associate Director of Strategic Communications where she led the revitalization of the Smithsonian brand, launched the Seriously Amazing national advertising campaign, and worked to increase the Smithsonian’s engagement with younger audiences across multiple platforms.

A New Orleans native, Pherabe also has prior professional experience as an attorney and as a political journalist with Congressional Quarterly. She holds a BA in History from Dartmouth College and a JD from the Northwestern University School of Law.