Justin Shubow, President

Mr. Shubow is President of the National Civic Art Society. Among his duties, he serves as the Executive Director of Rebuild Penn Station, a National Civic Art Society initiative to promote the reconstruction of the original Pennsylvania Station in New York City designed by McKim, Mead & White. He is also a Commissioner on the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, an independent federal agency comprising seven presidential appointees who are the aesthetic guardians of Washington, D.C. Mr. Shubow has testified in Congress on topics such as the future of the National Mall and the design of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial. He is the author of The Gehry Towers over Eisenhower: The National Civic Art Society Report on the Eisenhower Memorial, a critical examination of the memorial’s competition, design, and agency approval. He has published architectural criticism at Forbes online, First Things, Public Discourse, The Washington Post, and The Weekly Standard.  Mr. Shubow is a former editor at Forward newspaper and Commentary magazine, and is a recipient of a Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship.  He has delivered talks on architecture and other subjects at the U.S. Department of State, Baylor University, Colorado College, Hamilton College, and the Universities of Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, and others. Mr. Shubow received a B.A. from Columbia University, a J.D. from Yale Law School, and completed four years of study in the University of Michigan’s Ph.D. program in philosophy; he has taught philosophy courses as an instructor at the University of Michigan and Yale College. He is a member of the Board of Academic Advisors for the Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization.

Board of Directors


Marion Smith, Chairman

Mr. 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 Chief Growth Officer of Inspire Brands, a multi-brand restaurant company whose portfolio includes more than 4,600 Arby’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, and R Taco locations worldwide. Prior to Inspire, Mr. Charnaux was with Hilton Worldwide where he
served in a number of brand management, commercial services,
and finance positions. Most recently, he was Senior Vice President
of Corporate Finance where he oversaw the Hilton’s Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions, and Investor Relations efforts. Previously, Mr. Charnaux was with the Boston Consulting Group where he focused on the travel and consumer product sectors. He also worked for J.P. Morgan in the Technology coverage and Mergers & Acquisition groups. Mr. Charnaux is an alumnus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he received a B.A. degree, with Highest Distinction, in History and Political Science and was a Morehead Scholar. He also received an MBA, with Distinction, from Harvard Business School.


David Talbot, Treasurer

Mr. Talbot is Chief of Staff at 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 Director of Veterans Programs at The Philanthropy Roundtable.  He previously held position as Program Officer for Trustee & Legislative Affairs at the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, and 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, Mr. 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. Mr. 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 a designer, educator, and author, and served as the founding Director of the Center for Advanced Research in Traditional Architecture (CARTA) at the University of Colorado Denver College of Architecture & Planning.  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.


Neal B. Freeman

Mr. Freeman is Chairman of the Blackwell Corporation, an advisory firm with clients in communications, defense, and wealth management. He was the founding producer of Firing Line, and served as the Washington Editor for National Review from 1978 until 1981. He was also a member of the magazine's Board of Directors for 38 years. He has written for numerous publications, and is the author of the recently published book Skirmishes, which is part memoir and part collection of his writings. In addition, Mr. Freeman is Chairman of the Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship Program at The Fund for American Studies. He previously worked as an executive with the Hearst Corporation, and was appointed by President Reagan as Director of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. He received his bachelor’s degree from Yale.


Brian H. Hook

Mr. Hook is the U.S. State Department’s Special Envoy for Iran. He is formerly Senior Advisor to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Director of Policy Planning at the State Department. 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.


Richard R. Hough III

Mr. Hough is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Silvercrest Asset Management Group. Mr. Hough joined Silvercrest in 2003 and became a partner in 2006. He has served on the firm’s Executive Committee since 2007 with responsibilities for marketing and corporate strategy and development. Mr. Hough was Silvercrest’s president and chief operating officer from 2010-2013. Prior to joining Silvercrest, Mr. Hough worked as a policy analyst and was the founding national program director of Children’s Scholarship Fund. Mr. Hough is a member of the Board of Governors and executive committee of the Investment Adviser Association. Mr. Hough also serves Chairman of Board of the Institute for Family Studies, and he serves on the boards of the the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation; New York Men’s Leadership Forum; Christendom College; Monmouth Council, Boy Scouts of America; and the advisory board of The New Criterion. Mr. Hough received a B.A. in politics and philosophy from Princeton University.


Thomas D. Klingenstein

Founder and principal of Cohen, Klingenstein LLC, a New York City investment firm, Mr. Klingenstein is a playwright whose plays include "If Only" and "Douglass." He is chairman of the Board of Directors of the Claremont Institute.  


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 the founder of Hanover. A private technology investment partnership in Menlo Park, Calif., Hanover invests in transformative early-stage computer science-driven companies. In the past, the fund has been fortunate to support entrepreneurs whose advances have reordered a number of important global industries. Mr. Malchow was a cofounder of Publir, the widest-reaching political digital advertising exchange in the U.S. He has been 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. 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 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 General Services Administration’s Design Excellence Program. Mr. McCrery lives in Washington, D.C.


Peter Milligan

Originally from Nebraska, Mr. Milligan is a Partner & General Counsel at Ember Infrastructure Partners, a private equity firm that invests in diversified energy infrastructure assets and businesses with a focus on low carbon investment opportunities. He previously worked as a corporate mergers and acquisitions attorney in the New York office of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. He regularly participated 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. He is a Trustee of New York City’s Central Presbyterian Church.


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 firm. He is senior trustee on the American Motorcyclist Association Political Action Committee and a director of the Committee for Monetary Research and Education. He also serves as Vice President of the American Business Defense Council. 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
Ronald Lee Fleming, F.A.I.C.P.
Cherie Harder
Ambassador J. William Middendorf II
John Massengale
Peter H. Miller
John Norquist

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.