Library Administration and Staff

Alan Price, Director

Alan Price, JFK Library Director

Alan Price was appointed Director of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in November 2018.

In 2015, Mr. Price was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as Associate Director of Management at the Peace Corps and Acting Chief of Staff for the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. Before joining the federal service, Mr. Price was a manager at Northeast Utilities (now Eversource Energy) and Director of the Global Leadership Initiative at Harvard Business School. He began his career as a management consultant in the fields of dispute resolution and leadership development.

Mr. Price has a JD from Harvard Law School and an undergraduate degree from Earlham College. He and his wife, Gina LaRoche, have two sons and live in Cambridge, MA.

James Roth, Deputy Director

James Roth has served as Deputy Director at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum since 2008. He assists the Library Director in planning, directing, and administering all programs and activities of the Library.

Mr. Roth oversees the Operations Division; is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the building, including assessing and coordinating technical programs, human resources management, overseeing budgets and facility management issues including security, maintenance, and construction projects; and is responsible for community relations, public outreach, special events, museum visitor services and relations, and retail and merchandising operations.

Mr. Roth first joined the Library staff in 2001 as the Ernest Hemingway Curator, and later served as Senior Archivist/Head of Processing and Digitization, overseeing the acquisition of textual collections, the arrangement and description of collections, the Oral History Program, the Digital Initiative Access to a Legacy, and the records management program. He received a B.A. in History from Johnson State College, holds a M.A. in American History from the University of New Hampshire and an M.S.L.S., specializing in Archives, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Library Senior Staff

Karen Adler Abramson, Director of Archives

Karen Adler Abramson directs the JFK Library's Archives department, which is responsible for acquiring, preserving, and providing access to primary-source materials in all formats that document the life, career, presidential administration, and associates of John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States. The Archives also holds the world's largest collection of Ernest Hemingway papers and photographs. The department is comprised of several units: Declassification, Digitization, Processing, and Reference Services, and operates a robust student internship program supported by the Library Foundation.

Ms. Abramson has been a professional archivist for more than 20 years and joined the Kennedy Library staff in October 2010. She holds a B.A. in Sociology and Women's Studies from Brandeis University; an M.A. in Social Welfare Policy and Women's Studies from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management (Brandeis University); and an M.L.I.S. with a concentration in Archives Management from Simmons University's School of Library and Information Science.

Janice Hodson, Supervisory Museum Curator

As the Supervisory Museum Curator, Janice Hodson is responsible for the exhibit programs of the museum. This includes responsibility for the planning, formulation, design, construction, and installation of exhibits; overseeing and monitoring museum objects; and providing professional advice concerning preservation of the museum collections. In addition, the curator supervises administrative activities of the museum including budget, personnel, space management, procurement, and security.

Ms. Hodson has worked as a curator in museums and historic sites in New England for over 30 years. She received her bachelor’s degree in Art History at the University of Massachusetts and her Master’s at Boston University. Her past employment includes senior positions at the National Park Service’s Northeast Museum Services Center, Longfellow National Historic Site, John F. Kennedy National Historic Site and Historic New England. Ms. Hodson has also done extensive historic furnishings research for numerous house museums in the region.

Nancy McCoy, Director of Education and Public Programs

The Director of Education and Public Programs is responsible for the overall planning and direction of educational and public programs and the supervision of all program staff. The Director develops and implements plans for programs for the general public on a variety of historical, political, and public policy issues, including programs for primary and secondary school groups, conferences, seminars, and workshops for primary and secondary school teachers, and education outreach efforts.