Dennis Riley is the Institutional Archivist and Records Manager for the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. In this role, Riley oversees the entire life cycle of official records, while also ensuring the preservation, access, and use of the museum’s institutional memory. Prior to joining the museum, Riley served as the Senior Archivist in the Museum Management Program at the National Park Service, providing technical assistance and support to staff nationwide in caring for museum archival collections.
Previously, Riley was a regional adviser at the New York State Archives providing records management and archives services to local governments and as an appraisal archivist working with agencies to identify and transfer records of enduring historical value. Before this he managed both corporate records and historical collections at the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation and worked at the National Archives at New York City as part of its reference services staff, where among other projects he focused on promoting holdings related to Puerto Rico.
For over 13 years, Riley worked for the U.S Department of State, most of that time in the research library and archives at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, managing this office for his last three years there. Non-governmental work has included brief stints in academic and nonprofit repositories. He has been active in the National Association of Government Archives and Records Administrator and the Society of American Archivists, among other professional organizations.