Justin Shubow, President

A 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 has also written about architecture for Forbes magazine. In addition, he is Executive Director of Rebuild Penn Station, a project of the National Civic Art Society project that aims to reconstruct the original Penn Station in New York. 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.

Board of Directors


Marion Smith, Chairman

Marion Smith is a civil society leader, expert in international affairs, and has been Executive Director of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation since March 2014. As Executive Director, he provides strategic leadership for VOC and spearheads its educational initiatives. He is also founding president of the Common Sense Society, an international foundation that promotes civic engagement, entrepreneurship, and leadership virtues among young professionals in the United States and Europe. Marion is a native of South Carolina, where his ancestors fought as both Patriots and Tories during the American War of Independence. He was previously a visiting fellow at the B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics at The Heritage Foundation. His articles have appeared in various publications, including USA TodayThe HillThe Washington PostThe Wall Street JournalNational Review, and The Weekly Standard. He is a regular guest analyst on major network and cable television news channels, including ABC, NBC, MSNBC, Fox News, and CNN.


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 Director of Development of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation. He was raised in Pacific Northwest Washington State and educated at Hillsdale College, where he studied politics and literature and graduated cum laude. He has convened many successful arts events including a popular "Poetry in the Library" series. He and his wife live in Alexandria, Va.


Shaun Rieley, Secretary

Mr. Rieley is Program Officer for Trustee & Legislative Affairs at the American Council of Trustees and Alumni. Previously he was Outreach and Research Analyst at Concerned Veterans for America. 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

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

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 developed the 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.


Brian H. Hook

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

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 Opportunity.us 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.


Joseph Malchow

Mr. Malchow is an active technology investor and cofounder of Publir, the widest-reaching political digital advertising exchange in the U.S. He is an occasional contributor to The Wall Street Journal. ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jake Tapper profiled him in 2008. In 2012, he was named to the Forbes "30 Under 30" list. Mr. Malchow has been an active investor since 2013, originating equity investments in notable private technology companies in the Palo Alto-San Francisco corridor. A 2008 graduate of Dartmouth College, he studied at the Law and Business schools of Stanford University, receiving a J.D. in 2013. Originally from New Jersey, he lives with his wife Olivia in Menlo Park, Calif.


James C. McCrery, II, AIA

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

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, 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. Mr. Segermark is a longtime resident of Washington, D.C.

Justin Shubow. (See above.)

Board of Advisors

Herman Belz
Philip Bess
The Honorable Bruce Cole
Patrick Deneen
Hank Dittmar
Ronald Lee Fleming, F.A.I.C.P.
Cherie Harder
Ambassador J. William Middendorf II
John Massengale
Peter H. Miller
Roger Scruton
Bridgett G. Wagner
George Weigel

Founding Directors Emeriti

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

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