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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. He also writes about architecture for Forbes magazine online. In 2012, he testified to the House Subcommittee on National Parks on the future of the National Mall. The following year he testified in front of the same subcommittee in support 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. 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.

Shaun Rieley, Secretary. Mr. Rieley is Outreach and Research Analyst at Concerned Veterans for America. Previously he was the Assistant Director of the National Legislative Division at the American Legion’s National Headquarters. He holds a B.A. from the University of Delaware in political science and an M.A. from St. John’s College in Annapolis, Md., where he studied philosophy, political theory, literature, and classics. He also holds an M.A. from Wilmington University in social studies education. He served as an infantryman in the Maryland Army National Guard for nine years, which included tours in Iraq and Guantanamo Bay, attaining the rank of sergeant. He is a native of Delaware, and resides in Washington, D.C.

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.

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.

Reginald Greer, Director. Mr. Greer is Associate Director of Public Engagement at 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.

Brian H. Hook, Director. Mr. Hook is senior advisor and Director of Policy Planning for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. In 2012, Hook worked on the Mitt Romney for President campaign staff as senior advisor on foreign policy. During the President George W. Bush administration, Mr. Hook served as Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs; Senior Advisor to the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations; Special Assistant to the President for Policy in the White House Chief of Staff’s office; and as Counsel, Office of Legal Policy, at the U.S. Justice Department. He practiced corporate law at Hogan & Hartson in Washington from 1999 to 2003. He has also worked for Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and U.S. Congressman Jim Leach.

Seth Levey, Director. Mr. Levey is a Public and Government Affairs Advisor at ExxonMobil Corporation. He joined the company in 2015 after over three years as 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 specialized in energy, environment, infrastructure, and economic development policy. He provided counsel to governors and their staffs and worked to promote the innovative ideas coming from the "laboratories of democracy." Mr. 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. Additionally, Mr. Levey is co-founder and a member of the Board of Directors of and serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Concord 51 PAC. He earned a B.A. in government and history from the College of William and Mary in 2008 and an M.P.A. from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) in 2015.

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. Dr. Carlson is author of Rowing Blazers and A Humorous Guide to Heraldry. He has also written articles on such topics as the Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial, the power of images in the age of Obama, the Arch of Constantine, and Iron Age weaponry. He received a D.Phil. in archaeology from Oxford, and graduated magna cum laude from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

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, received a B.A. from Troy University with a dual major in print journalism and political science.

Eric Wind, Director and Chairman Emeritus. Mr. Wind is Vice President, Senior Specialist of Watches with Christie's. He previously served as the senior analyst at a D.C. consulting firm and as a director at a biofuels venture. Wind received an MBA from Oxford and a B.S. in foreign service from Georgetown University.

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.