Jerelle Jenkins reigns from Belleville, Illinois, a small suburb located just outside of St. Louis, Missouri. Deep within rural America, Jerelle discovered her passions in visual arts and the preservation of material culture. Determined to one day be a museum curator, she attended Saint Louis University and in the Spring of 2016 she graduated with a B.A. in American studies and a minor in art history. Now, with an interest in museum management, she is a first-year graduate student at American University studying an M.A. in Arts Management (Museum Track), which is a program that cultivates future arts managers to be influential and well-equipped cultural leaders for tomorrow’s non-profit world. As a future museum professional, Jerelle desires to revolutionize unjust policies of cultural heritage preservation and exchange, expand K-12 arts education programming to include all students and their backgrounds, as well as deepen museums’ civic engagement with their communities. In her free time, Jerelle is currently reading The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, rewatching Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown, and dreaming of one day becoming a Museum Director or Director of Exhibitions.