Carol Cadou

Executive Director

Carol Cadou joined the staff in September 2021 and is the first to hold the title Executive Director, the NSCDA and National Headquarters, Dumbarton House Museum. The expansion of her Executive Director responsibilities mirrors the breadth of NSCDA initiatives and properties across the country. 

Carol most recently served as the Charles F. Montgomery Director and CEO of Winterthur, a position she assumed in May of 2018, after serving George Washington’s Mount Vernon for nineteen years—first as Curator and eventually as Senior Vice President for Historic Preservation and Collections. Prior to Mount Vernon, Carol was the Curator for the Maryland State Art Collection in Annapolis and the Curator of Education and Interpretation at Historic Charleston Foundation.

Carol is a graduate of Wellesley College, the Sotheby’s American Arts Course, and the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, a master’s degree offered in conjunction with the University of Delaware. She received her M.B.A. from Ohio University in 2019 with a concentration in executive management. Her publications range from The Installation of Historic Architecture at Winterthur Museum to The George Washington Collection: Fine and Decorative Arts at Mount Vernon. Carol’s latest book, Stewards of Memory: The Past, Present, and Future of Historic Preservation at George Washington’s Mount Vernon was released by the University of Virginia Press in 2018.