Deputy CEO for Visitor Services
United States Capitol Visitor Center
Before joining the Capitol Visitor Center team, Nik was the Associate Director of the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, where he oversaw exhibition design and production, collections management, electronic research, external affairs, operations, visitor services, new media and publications.
Prior to his work at the National Portrait Gallery, Nik served as Associate Manager for Planning and Budget at the National Gallery of Art, and also in a variety of congressional and intergovernmental affairs, budget, and program analysis roles at the U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against a Women, and on a detail to the Office of Management and Budget. His career began at the National Gallery of Art, where he provided visitor services for special exhibitions, assisted in the Art Research Library, and as an intern conducted research in the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts and gave gallery talks in the Division of Education.
Nik is an adjunct professor and teaches in the Master's in Museum Studies graduate programs at both Johns Hopkins University and George Washington University. He is a board member of the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative, and served on the Curatorial Advisory Committee of CityCenterDC. He was selected to participate in the Getty Museum Leadership Institute. Nik received a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Case Western Reserve University; and a B.A. in art history and classical civilizations from Wesleyan University in Connecticut.