New Jersey: Sean Blinn
Director of Programming, Heritage Trail Association: Bridgewater, NJ
Sean Blinn is a museum professional focusing on evaluation and developing participatory experiences. He currently serves as Director of Programming for the Heritage Trail Association in Bridgewater, New Jersey, and has also served as a trustee of that organization. He is a former President of the Board of Trustees of the Jacobus Vanderveer House, a historic house museum in Bedminster, New Jersey, where he remains a member of the Board. His involvement in history museums extends to service on the American Association for State and Local History’s Small Museums Committee, and he has recently start blogging for AASLH about how to advocate for museums with municipal and county government.
Outside the museum field, Mr. Blinn has extensive service in municipal and county government. He is a current member of the Bedminster Township (NJ) Historic Preservation Commission. He is also a member of the advisory board of the Somerset County (NJ) Cultural and Heritage Commission, where he serves on the Arts Committee and History Committee. Prior to this, he was Chairman of the Bedminster Township Environmental Commission and Vice Chairman of the Bedminster Township Planning Board.
Before joining the museum field, he worked in the technology sector, including working as Senior Manager of Quality and Process at AT&T, where he wrote and reviewed process documentation, as well as leading software user acceptance testing projects.
He holds an M.A. in Museum Studies from Johns Hopkins University, an M.A. in Political Science from Binghamton University, and a B.A. in Political Science from Haverford College.