President and Chief Executive Officer
Autry Museum of the American West
W. Richard West, Jr. serves as the President and CEO of the Autry Museum of the American West in Los Angeles, and is Director Emeritus and Founding Director of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian. He is a citizen of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma and a member of the Southern Cheyenne Society of Peace Chiefs. West currently is a member of the Board of Directors of ICOM-US and the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, and previously served on the Boards of the Ford Foundation, Stanford University, and the Kaiser Family Foundation. He also was Chair of the Board of Directors of the American Alliance of Museums (1998 – 2000) and Vice President of the International Council of Museums (2007 – 2010).