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Board of Directors, Funders and Collaborators


Founder and Chair of the Board

Jane Lipton Cafritz

Jane Lipton Cafritz is a real estate developer and former tax attorney. She currently serves on the boards of the Smithsonian Institution, the Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Washington National Opera, the Blair House and the Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation. She is a member of the National Gallery of Art Collector’s Committee.  She is a past Chairman of the Washington National Opera, which became affiliated with the Kennedy Center under her tenure. She is also a past Secretary of the National Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors.

Board of Directors
Nazir Ahmad
President, GivingWorks, Inc.
Shaika Aisha Al Khalifa
Board Member, Washington Performing Arts
Eileen Bakke
Co-Founder, Imagine Schools
Grace Bender
Director of the Dorothy G. Bender Foundation and Philanthropist
Susan Blumenthal
Former U.S. Assistant Surgeon General
Rose Carter
Board Member, Portrait Gallery
Board Member, National Symphony Orchestra
Teddy Downey
Executive Editor & CEO, The Capitol Forum
Liz Dubin
The Richard & Elizabeth Dubin Foundation
Phyllis Hedlund
Principal, Shepherd Elementary DCPS
Judah Lifschitz
Principal and Co-President, Sharpiro, Lifschitz & Schram
Kristen Lund
Trustee, Washington National Opera
Marlene Malek
President, Friends of Cancer Research
Dorothy Pierce McSweeny
Past Chair, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation; Chair Emeritus, D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities
Jackie Perrins
Managing Director and Market Manager at J.P. Morgan Private Banking
Jeffrey Pulford
Co-Founder of Interface Multimedia
Susan Silverstein Scott
Educator & Museum Consultant
Jill Cooper Udall
Officer of Cultural Affairs for the State of New Mexico
Carol Winer
E-Commerce Professional


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