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Leadership

Justin Shubow, President. A 2008 graduate of Yale Law School, Mr. Shubow is the author of The Gehry Towers over Eisenhower: The National Civic Art Society Report on the Eisenhower Memorial, a 150-page critique of the memorial’s competition, design, and agency approval. In June 2012, he testified to the House Subcommittee on National Parks on the future of the National Mall. In March 2013, he testified in front of the same subcommittee in defense of a bill to scrap Frank Gehry’s design for the Eisenhower Memorial. Shubow spent four years in the University of Michigan’s Ph.D. program in philosophy, and has taught his own philosophy courses at Michigan and Yale. During law school, he was a Yale Journalism Scholar and studied in the International Security Studies’ Program in Grand Strategy. A former magazine and newspaper editor, he has contributed reviews and criticism to numerous publications. He has spoken about architecture and other subjects at Baylor University, Colorado College, Hamilton College, and the Universities of Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, among elsewhere. Shubow sits on the Board of Academic Advisors for the Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization.

Marion Smith, Chairman. Mr. Smith is Executive Director of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation. He is also president of the Common Sense Society located in Budapest, Hungary and Washington, D.C. He was a 2010 Washington Fellow at the National Review Institute in Washington, D.C, and a 2011 Publius Fellow at the Claremont Institute in California. He is a native of South Carolina where his ancestors fought as both Patriots and Tories in the American War of Independence. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Wofford College with a BA in Government & History and, after studying in England, France, and the Netherlands, received an MA in International Relations from Central European University, writing his thesis on the compatibility of NATO and EU security cooperation. In terms of architecture and art, he seeks to promote historical preservation and the continuation of the classical tradition. He has also participated in excavations of several ancient sites as an "amateur archaeologist" in the Middle East.

Christian Charnaux, Vice Chairman. Mr. Charnaux is Vice President, Investor Relations at Hilton Worldwide. Mr. Charnaux joined Hilton Worldwide in 2009 after three years with the Boston Consulting Group, where he focused on the travel and consumer product sectors. Previously, Christian was a Senior Associate at the Partnership for New York City Fund and began his career at J.P. Morgan in the Technology coverage and Mergers & Acquisition groups. He holds an MBA with Distinction from Harvard Business School and a B.A. with Highest Distinction in History and Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a Morehead Scholar. Mr. Charnaux and his wife Susan have two daughters and reside in Alexandria, Va.

David Talbot, Treasurer. Mr. Talbot is the Assistant Director of Development at the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation. He studied Politics and Literature at Hillsdale College where he graduated cum laude. Since 2011, he has chaired the "Poetry in the Library" event series at Hillsdale College's Allan P. Kirby Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship in Washington, D.C. David and his wife Jenna live in Alexandria, Va.

Michael Curtis, Director. Mr. Curtis studied classical architecture at the University of Michigan and painting, sculpture, and engraving in Florence, Italy. He has been a sculptor for more than 25 years. Major commissions include The History of Texas at the Texas Rangers Ball Park in Arlington, Texas, the largest American frieze produced in the 20th Century; as well as portrait busts for the Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court’s Thurgood Marshall Building, and many other public venues. His specialty is portraiture and fine medals. On the architectural front, Curtis currently is designing a classical office building for Sundance Square in Fort Worth, Texas. He has taught and lectured widely, and served on numerous boards, including the Board of Governors of the University of Michigan’s School of Art. He is past president of the Michigan Chapter of Artists Equity. Curtis is currently involved with the establishment of a classically-oriented graduate school of architecture and fine art in Alexandria, Va., where he lives.

Marcia Feinstein, Director. Marcia Teller Feinstein is the principal of Vintage Interiors II, an antique gallery in Alexandria, Va. A graduate of Vassar College, she was formerly a fundraising consultant for Marts and Lundy Inc, Director of Development of the Houston Grand Opera, and later a stock broker with Merrill Lynch. She is active in decorative arts societies including the French Porcelain Society, London. She serves on the board of the Alexandria Association and is a member of the Connoiseur Society of Mount Vernon Estate Gardens.

Christine Franck, Director. Ms. Franck is Director of Contemporary Traditional Architecture Initiatives at the University of Colorado Denver College of Architecture and Planning. A designer, author and educator, her built work includes award-winning residential design and decoration. Through her written work, such as Winterthur’s Traditional American Rooms, the ICA&A’s forthcoming Handbook of Classical Architecture for Today and published essays, she shares her knowledge of classical and traditional architecture with practitioners and the public alike. In addition, she teaches and lectures frequently on the topics of design, classical architecture and contemporary classicism. A leader in the contemporary classical movement, she served as the first Executive Director of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA), was appointed Harrison Design Scholar at the Georgia Institute of Technology, has taught with the University of Notre Dame over many years, and developedthe Prince of Wales’s Institute of Architecture’s first two American Summer Schools. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the ICAA and INTBAU’s International College of Chapters. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Virginia and a Master of Architecture from the University of Notre Dame. Her work in design and education has been recognized with various awards including a Palladio Award and HRH’s The Prince of Wales’s Public Service Award.

Milton W. Grenfell, Director. From his architectural firm’s inception in 1986, Mr. Grenfell has committed himself to practicing in the great tradition of Western architecture and urbanism. Grenfell’s design endeavors range from town centers to fireplace mantles. He also finds time to lecture, write essays for Traditional Building and other journals, and serve on professional panels. His work has been published in numerous books including Building Classical: A Vision of Europe and America (1993), Southern Style (1999), and the Institute of Classical Architecture’s A Decade of Art & Architecture 1992 – 2002 (2002). Grenfell holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Williams College and a Master’s in architecture from Washington University in St. Louis. He is a founding member of the Charlotte, N.C. chapter of The Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America. In 1997 he received the prestigious Arthur Ross Award from Classical America, which subsequently merged with the Institute. Grenfell has recently designed an extension to the eighteenth-century colonial capital of Edenton, N.C., and has proposed a traditional neighborhood for the expansion of Duke University’s campus. In 2005 Grenfell moved his practice from Charlotte to Washington, D.C.

Reginald Greer, Director. Mr. Greer is Special Assistant to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation. Before that he was Political Staff Assistant at the Democratic National Committee. Greer received a B.A. in government and history from Georgetown University, where he focused his studies on education and social policy. During his undergraduate years, Greer served as speaker and vice-speaker of the Georgetown University Student Association Senate. Greer is originally from Wichita Falls, Tx., and co-chaired the North Texas United Way Youth Cabinet.

James C. McCrery, II, AIA, Director. Mr. McCrery holds Bachelor and Master of Architecture degrees from the Ohio State University. He began his professional career as a project designer in Peter Eisenman’s deconstructivist office before changing artistic direction and abandoning postmodernism for tradition. He went on to apprentice for many years with leading classicist Allan Greenberg. Mr. McCrery now practices on his own as principal of McCrery Architects. Mr. McCrery has worked on a range of residential and institutional and civic projects, with the design of churches being a particular specialty. He collaborated on significant urban design projects for Lincoln Center and the World Trade Center site in New York City that were featured in the Manhattan Institute’s prestigious City Journal. In his practice he is committed to the integration of art and architecture. Recognized for his contribution to the public realm, he has been appointed a National Peer of the GSA’s Design Excellence Program. Mr. McCrery lives in Washington, D.C.

Peter Milligan, Director. Originally from Nebraska, Mr. Milligan is a corporate mergers and acquisitions attorney in the New York office of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. He regularly participates on teams representing public and private companies, as well as private equity funds in connection with acquisitions, dispositions, minority investments, financings, joint ventures, and restructurings. He has extensive experience working with private equity clients and portfolio companies on a broad range of general corporate, securities laws, and governance matters, including management arrangements. Before practicing law, Mr. Milligan worked for Catterton Partners, a Greenwich, Conn. private equity fund. He received his J.D. and his M.B.A. from Cornell University, where he was Managing Editor of the Cornell International Law Journal and Associate Editor of the Legal Information Institute Supreme Court Bulletin.

Howard Segermark, Director, Chairman Emeritus. Mr. Segermark is a businessman with decades of prior experience as a Congressional staffer involved with economic policy issues. He has long had an amateur interest in classical art and architecture, and his strategic vision has been central to the development of the Society’s agenda. He is president of Howard Segermark Associates, his wholly-owned government relations and association-management firm. He also is executive director of the Industry Council for Tangible Assets and the International Prepaid Communications Association, as well as a senior consultant to the American Family Business Institute. Segermark is a longtime resident of Washington, D.C.

 

Board Members on Leave

Erik Bootsma, Director. Mr. Bootsma is an architect and planner in Washington, D.C. He holds an undergraduate degree in liberal arts from Thomas Aquinas College, and a Master of Architecture from the University of Notre Dame. He has written articles on the philosophy of beauty, art and architecture and ecclesiastical art and writes about other architecture-related topics on his blog. He has traveled extensively in the U.S. and Europe studying and sketching his favorite architecture. Bootsma currently works for Glave and Holmes Architecture in Richmond, Va.

Jack Carlson, Director. Mr. Carlson is a Clarendon Scholar and archaeologist at Brasenose College, Oxford.  He is the author and illustrator of A Humorous Guide to Heraldry, and he has written articles on such topics as the Martin Luther King memorial; the power of images in the age of Obama; the Arch of Constantine; and Iron Age weaponry. Carlson graduated magna cum laude from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and earned an M.Phil. with distinction at Oxford.  His current research focuses on the comparative study of the Roman and Qin-Han Chinese empires, and on the idea of the public monument.  Carlson has represented the United States at the world rowing championships, and is also currently writing a book on rowing blazers.

Seth Levey, Director. Mr. Levey is a policy advisor at the Republican Governors Public Policy Committee (RGPPC), the official policy organization of the Republican state and territorial governors. At the RGPPC, he specializes in energy, environment, infrastructure, and economic development policy. He provides counsel to governors and their staffs and works to promote the innovative ideas coming from the "laboratories of democracy." Levey began his career working for two Virginia state senators and a Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade as a Governor’s Fellow. He also worked on the campaign of Virginia Governor Robert F. McDonnell as a policy researcher and in Governor McDonnell’s Washington, D.C. office. He has also had stints at a large energy service and development company and at an energy consultancy. Additionally, Levey serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Concord51, Vice President of the William and Mary Greater Metropolitan DC Alumni Association Chapter, and Chairman of the SS United States Conservancy's D.C. Chapter. He earned a B.A. in government and history from the College of William and Mary in 2008.

Andrew T. Olivastro, Director. After living in Washington, D.C.’s Capitol Hill district for more than a dozen years, and developing executive communications and public policy engagement platforms for leading citizens, companies, and organizations, Olivastro returned to his native Connecticut to lead the global community affairs and charitable giving portfolio for a multi-national corporation. Olivastro, who occasionally blogs at andrewolivastro.com, received a bachelor’s degree from Troy University with a dual major in print journalism and political science.

Eric Wind, Secretary and Chairman Emeritus. Mr. Wind is the senior analyst at a consulting and law firm in Washington, D.C. Wind graduated with honors from Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service with a major in international politics, receiving the Dean’s Citation in recognition for outstanding contributions to the school. Wind is particularly interested in public monuments and their importance to civic culture and remembrance.

Board of Advisors

Herman Belz, University of Maryland, College Park, Md.

Philip Bess, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Ind.

The Honorable Bruce Cole, Ethics and Public Policy Center,
Washington, D.C.

Patrick Deneen, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Ind.

Hank Dittmar, Dittmar Associates, Limited, London, U.K.

Ronald Lee Fleming, F.A.I.C.P., The Townscape Institute, Cambridge, Mass.

Cherie Harder, Trinity Forum, Washington, D.C.

Ambassador J. William Middendorf II, Little Compton, R.I.

John Massengale, Massengale & Co., New York, N.Y.

Peter H. Miller, Restore Media, Washington, D.C.

Roger Scruton, American Enterprise Institute, Washington, D.C.; University of St. Andrews, St. Andrews, Scotland

Bridgett G. Wagner, The Heritage Foundation, Washington, D.C.

George Weigel, Ethics and Public Policy Center, Washington, D.C.

 

Founding Directors Emeriti

Michael M. Franck, AIA, Franck and Lohsen Architects, Washington, D.C.

Catesby Leigh, Art and Architecture Critic, Washington, D.C.