Elizabeth A. Sackler, PhD is a Public Historian and social activist. Dr. Sackler is the Board Chair of the Brooklyn Museum – the first woman to hold the position in the museum's nearly 200 year history. She has spent her adult life creating opportunities for those who have not had a public voice or venue; as an American Indian advocate, this drive led her to establish the American Indian Ritual Object Repatriation Foundation in 1992, and as an arts activist, it informed her vision for the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum.
The Sackler Center is a nexus for feminist art, theory and activism. It is the permanent home of The Dinner Party by Judy Chicago, its Feminist Art and Herstory galleries display critically acclaimed exhibitions, and its Forum is a venue for lectures and a platform of advocacy for women's issues. In 2012, the Sackler Center inaugurated the Sackler Center First Awards to honor women who have broken gender barriers and have made outstanding contributions in their respective fields. In the spring of 2014, the Sackler Center began its ongoing public program series, "States of Denial: The Illegal Incarceration of Women, Children, and People of Color."
Dr. Sackler is a regular lecturer and has received numerous awards, including ArtTable's "Distinguished Service for the Visual Arts Award." She is an honorary member of the Guerrilla Girls.
Elizabeth Sackler is President of The Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, President and founder of the American Indian Ritual Object Repatriation Foundation, President of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Foundation, and a Trustee of the Brooklyn Museum.