"What interests me in life is curiosity, challenges, the good fight with its victories and defeats."
Paulo Coelho

My name is Matthew Wagner and I believe education can a way to create a level playing ground in our society. One of my favorite quotes about education is by William S. Burroughs. He once said, "The aim of education is the knowledge, not of facts, but of values." I believe that one of the best values that educators can impart on our students is curiosity.  When I was younger, I found myself learning to question knowledge at museums. Some of my fondest childhood memories involve museums. I learned about global history and mythology by collecting trading cards at the Morris Museum in Morristown, NJ. I spent hours examining rocks at the Smithsonian Natural History in Washington DC. I realize that the best way I can help encourage curiosity is to work with software that enables on-the-go learning.  I want to encourage all to be curious and their best selves.


My education at the Cooperstown Graduate Program (CGP) trained me to think critically about the issues facing many museums today. Reaching out to millennials, engaging all audiences, and promoting civic engagement are few of the important issues. While at CGP, I realized what is important to me. I want to create an inclusive environment that asks questions anybody can answer. Since leaving CGP, I have taught myself UX/UI through the Interaction Design Foundation. I am now with the George Mason University Learning Technology Program (formerly the E-learning Program) to gain the technical skills to create software to enable people to succeed with their dreams.




Professional Development



George Mason University
Graduate Certificate in Learning Technology

State University of New York at Oneonta

Cooperstown Graduate Program

Master of Arts in Museum Studies



James Madison University 

Bachelor of Arts and Science in History and Anthropology

Concentration in Public History and Archaeology




 Relevant Experience

Development Associate                                                                   May 2017- Present
Started as a Development Assistant (promoted Oct 2018)

Development/Public Policy Fellow                                                Nov 2016-May 2017

Accessibility Intern                                                                        June 2016-Sept 2016
National Museum of Natural History Museum Q?rius



Special Projects Assistant                                                              Sept  2014-May 2016

Cooperstown Graduate Program


Public Programs Intern                                                             June 2015-August 2015

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Museum


Digital Archival Specialist                                                          Jan 2014- August 2014

Intermountain Technologies (Contracted to Ancestry.com)


Other Experience

  • Collections Intern, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, June 2013-  August 2013

  • Museum Intern, Frontier Culture Museum, January 2013-May 2013

  • Archaeological Intern, George Washington's Mount VernonJune 2012-July 2012

  • Museum Intern, Charles Lisbany Gallery, January 2012-May 2012

  • Grader, James Madison University, January 2010-December 2010

  • Site Director, Fairfax Park Authority, June 2010-August 2010


Professional Development

Member  of: 

Phi Alpha Theta (History Honor Society)

Lambda Alpha (Anthropology Honor Society)

Museum Education Roundtable
Museum Computer Network

Interaction Design Foundation


Conferences Attended:

World IA Day DC (2018)
UX Day Camp DC (2018)
American Alliance of Museum (2016, 2017)
Small Museum Association (2017)

New England Association of Museums (2014, 2016)

Mid-Atlantic Museum Association (2016)

Visitor Experience Conference (2016)


Volunteer Experience:
Small Museum Association Accessibility Coordinator (2018-Present)

Smithsonian Museum of Natural History (2016-2018)
VA/National History Day (2017- Present)