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Leadership

The National Gallery of Art is governed by a nine-member board of trustees, composed of five general trustees, who are appointed to staggered ten-year terms, and four ex officio trustees.

General Trustees

Mitchell P. Rales, President

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Mitchell P. Rales, President
Mitchell P. Rales is co-founder and chairman of the executive committee of Danaher Corporation and has been an active supporter of the National Gallery of Art for more than two decades. Now the president of the National Gallery, he has served the institution in a number of capacities, including as a member of the Collectors Committee (1999–present), the Trustee’s Council (2001–2006), and the National Gallery of Art Board of Trustees (2006–present). In addition to his work with the National Gallery of Art, Rales is cofounder of Glenstone, a foundation and museum that seamlessly integrates art, architecture, and nature on a nearly 300-acre property in Potomac, Md. The museum opened in 2006 and houses an extensive collection of postwar and contemporary art. Admission to Glenstone is always free.

David M. Rubenstein

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David M. Rubenstein, Chairman
David M. Rubenstein is a Washington, DC philanthropist and Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of The Carlyle Group, a global alternative asset manager, which he cofounded in 1987. He has been involved with the National Gallery of Art since 1999 when he was a patron member of the National Gallery of Art Circle through 2003. In 2005 Rubenstein made a substantial gift toward scholarly publications and curatorial fellowships. Rubenstein has been on the National Gallery of Art Board of Trustees since 2015 and served as a member of the Trustees' Council from 2005 to 2010. In 2012 Rubenstein generously donated $10 million towards the expansion of the National Gallery's East Building.

Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen

Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen
Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen is a founder, educator, and best-selling author who empowers women to pursue leadership roles and encourages people to make an impact – in their communities, workplaces and society – by sharing their time, expertise, networks or resources. She is the founder and chairman of the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (Stanford PACS), and the Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen Foundation (LAAF.org), and founder and chairman emeritus of the Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund (SV2). For 20 years, Laura has developed and taught original courses on strategic philanthropy, women in leadership, and inclusive leadership at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Laura’s New York Times Best Seller, Giving 2.0: Transform Your Giving and Our World, encourages people of all backgrounds to give with greater intent and impact. Through LAAF.org, Laura provides free educational resources and a framework that helps anyone who wants to make a difference in the world use their voice, lead and give in ways meaningful to them and to those they strive to reach and empower. Laura holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, as well as an MA in Education, BA and MA in Art History, all from Stanford University.

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Indra Nooyi
Indra Nooyi was chairman and CEO of PepsiCo from 2006 to 2019. Nooyi was the architect of Performance with Purpose, PepsiCo’s pledge to make more nutritious products, limit its environmental footprint, and empower its associates and the people in the communities it serves. Nooyi is now a member of the board of Amazon and the supervisory board of Philips. She is also a member of the International Advisory Council of Temasek; an independent director of the International Cricket Council; and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is on the dean’s advisory council at the MIT School of Engineering and a member of the MIT Corporation. She serves on the boards of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and the Partnership for Public Service. She is also the Class of 1951 Chair for the Study of Leadership at West Point. Nooyi has received 15 honorary degrees, and the government of India awarded her the Padma Bhushan, the country’s third-highest civilian honor, in 2007. That same year, the US State Department named her an Outstanding American by Choice. In 2019, her portrait was inducted into the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. Nooyi is the author of the 2021 book My Life in Full: Work, Family, and Our Future. She joined the National Gallery of Art Board of Trustees in 2021.

Darren Walker

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Darren Walker
Darren Walker is president of the Ford Foundation, a $13-billion international social justice philanthropy. He is cofounder and chair of the U.S. Impact Investing Alliance and cochair of the President's Council on Disability Inclusion in Philanthropy. Before joining Ford, Darren was vice president at the Rockefeller Foundation, overseeing global and domestic programs. In the 1990s he was COO of the Abyssinian Development Corporation, Harlem's largest community development organization. He joined the National Gallery’s Board of Trustees in 2019.

Executive Officers

The board of trustees appoints the National Gallery of Art director and executive officers, who manage the day-to-day operations of the museum.

Director: Kaywin Feldman

Director: Kaywin Feldman
Kaywin Feldman is the National Gallery’s fifth director. She is committed to connecting people to art in a globalized world through the power of wonder and accessibility. Prior to her arrival, Feldman served for 11 years as the Nivin and Duncan MacMillan Director and President at the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia). She is a trustee of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the White House Historical Association, and the Chipstone Foundation, and a member of the State Hermitage Museum International Advisory Board. She is a past president of the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) and past chair of the American Alliance of Museums (AAM). Feldman received an MA in Art History from the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London (1991), an MA in Museum Studies from the Institute of Archaeology at the University of London (1990), and a BA, summa cum laude, in Classical Archaeology from the University of Michigan (1988), where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

Nancy Robinson Breuer

Secretary and General Counsel: Nancy Robinson Breuer
As Secretary and General Counsel, Nancy Robinson Breuer directs the office providing legal advice and assistance to National Gallery staff and the Board of Trustees including advice regarding contractual agreements, obligations, gifts, litigation, official records, and trustee meetings. She also serves as secretary to the Board of Trustees and is responsible for the National Gallery Archives.  Prior to joining the National Gallery, Breuer was an associate at the New York law firm of Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler in the trusts and estates and not-for-profit departments. She holds a JD from the New York University School of Law and a BA from Harvard College.

Kate Haw

Collections, Exhibitions and Programs Officer: Kate Haw
Kate Haw supervises exhibitions, exhibition design, registration, and art preparation and installation, as well as the National Gallery’s library and educational, music, and film programs. Prior to joining the National Gallery, Haw was director of the Archives of American Art, where she implemented strategic planning; realigned departmental priorities, including initiatives to build resources on historically underrepresented groups; modernized productivity; and increased worldwide accessibility of the collection. She started her career at the National Gallery as a curatorial assistant. Haw holds an MA in art history from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a BA in art history and religion from Sweet Briar College.

Bill McClure

Treasurer: William W. McClure
Bill McClure is the Treasurer of the National Gallery and oversees all financial operations, management of the invested endowment portfolio, and retail operations. McClure also directs the strategy and management of the National Gallery’s information technology and digital programs. Before joining the National Gallery, McClure worked for more than a decade in financial manage­ment at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and investment management at the Episcopal Church Pension Fund in New York City. He holds a BA in architecture from Princeton and an MBA in finance and manage­ment of organizations from Columbia Business School.

Sheila McDaniel

Administrator: Sheila McDaniel
Sheila McDaniel oversees the divisions of administrative support, architecture and capital improvement, facilities, horticulture, personnel, procurement, and security, which comprise more than one-third of the museum's staff. In addition, McDaniel manages the annual budget for operations and building renovations, including the complex, multiyear Master Facilities Plan. She previously served as the deputy director of finance and operations at the Studio Museum in Harlem and was a member of the leadership team responsible for implementing the museum's strategic plan and managing the construction of a new facility. McDaniel holds an MA in public administration from Baruch College and is pursuing a doctor of education in adult learning and leadership at Columbia University. 

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Deputy Director: Eric L. Motley
Eric L. Motley is the deputy director of the National Gallery of Art. In this role, Motley is responsible for developing and deploying a national strategy for the museum through civic, cultural, and philanthropic partnerships, in addition to advancing the National Gallery's mission in tandem with its operating and revenue-generating plans. He oversees congressional relations as well as the museum’s departments of development and membership, communications, special events, visitor experience and evaluation, and content strategy, publishing, and branding. Prior to joining the National Gallery, Motley worked for the Aspen Institute, a global, non-partisan public policy organization based in Washington, DC. There he served most recently as an executive vice president and the corporate secretary. Motley’s other notable experiences include director of the US Department of State’s Office of International Visitors within the Bureau of Public Diplomacy and special assistant for presidential personnel to President George W. Bush. Motley holds a PhD in political philosophy from St. Andrew's University (Scotland) and a BA in political theory and philosophy from Samford University.

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Dean, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts: Steven Nelson
Steven Nelson is the dean of the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA), responsible for its fellowships, meetings, research, and publications. Nelson has published widely on the arts, architecture, and urbanism of Africa and its diasporas and on queer studies. Nelson is professor emeritus at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he served as director of the African Studies Center and advised the university on its diversity and inclusion strategic planning. Before assuming the role of dean, he was the Center’s Andrew W. Mellon Professor. Nelson earned a BA in studio art from Yale University and an AM and a PhD in art history from Harvard University.

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Chief Curatorial and Conservation Officer: E. Carmen Ramos
E. Carmen Ramos is the chief curatorial and conservation officer responsible for expanding the National Gallery’s collection and developing scholarship and exhibitions that connect with current and future audiences. Ramos previously served as the acting chief curator and curator of Latinx art at the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM), where she built one of the largest collections of Latinx art at a museum of American art and organized such scholarly exhibitions and publications as Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art (2013) and ¡Printing the Revolution! The Rise and Impact of Chicano Graphics, 1965 to Now (2020). Prior to SAAM, she was an assistant curator at the Newark Museum of Art in New Jersey. Ramos holds a PhD and MA in art history from the University of Chicago and a BA in art history and psychology from New York University. 

Trustees Ex-Officio

John G. Roberts Jr., Chief Justice of the United States
Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State
Janet L. Yellen, Secretary of the Treasury
Lonnie G. Bunch III, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution

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