Marvette Pérez is a curator of Latino History at the National Museum of American History/Behring Center. An anthropologist by training, she has brought key collections to the Smithsonian, including the notable Vidal Collection of Puerto Rican folk materials. A tire-less advocate for Latino issues, she has curated or co-curated such exhibits as: A Collector’s Vision of Puerto Rico; 1848: New Border, New Nation; Ritmos de Identidad; and Latin Jazz: la combinacion perfecta.