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.
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.
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Mitchell P. Rales, President
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Sharon Percy Rockefeller, Chairman
Sharon Percy Rockefeller has served the public broadcasting community for more than 40 years as a leader and policymaker. She has been president and CEO of WETA, Washington's flagship public television and radio station, since 1989. Before assuming the top post at WETA, she was a member of the WETA Board of Trustees for seven years, including three years as chairman; a member of the Board of Directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for 12 years, including four years as chairman; and a director of the Board of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) for 19 years. In 2019 Rockefeller was awarded the National Medal of Arts for “being a renowned champion of the arts, a generous supporter of charity, and a pioneer of new ideas and approaches in the field of public policy.” Rockefeller joined the National Gallery of Art Board of Trustees in 2005 and has served as its chairman since 2013.
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David M. Rubenstein
David M. Rubenstein is a Washington, DC, philanthropist and co-executive 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 Gallery's East Building.
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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 Gallery’s Board of Trustees in 2019.
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
Kaywin Feldman is the 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, and the steering committee of the Bizot Group. 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.
Secretary and General Counsel: Nancy Robinson Breuer
As Secretary and General Counsel, Nancy Robinson Breuer directs the office providing legal advice and assistance to Gallery staff and the Board of Trustees as it relates to 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 Gallery Archives. Breuer joined the Gallery in 1990 and has served as assistant general counsel, associate general counsel, and deputy secretary and deputy general counsel. Prior to joining the 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.
Dean, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts: Elizabeth Cropper
Elizabeth Cropper is the Dean of the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA), responsible for its fellowships, meetings, research, and publications. Cropper holds a BA and MA from Cambridge University, England, and a PhD from Bryn Mawr College. She has lectured and published widely in her specialty of Italian and French Renaissance and Baroque art and has held several distinguished visiting appointments, including the Slade Professorship at Cambridge University; fellowships through the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, as well as chair of the Prado Museum in Madrid, Spain.
External Affairs and Audience Engagement Officer: Elisa Glazer
As the Gallery's new external affairs and audience engagement officer, Elisa B. Glazer oversees fundraising, audience engagement, and visitor services and evaluation. Glazer has a long career in arts fundraising and external affairs and brings years of experience in nonprofit cultural organizations, most recently as chief advancement officer at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art. Glazer is a former employee of the National Gallery of Art, serving as the deputy corporate relations officer from 1990 to 1993. She holds an MA in art history from Brown University and a BA in political science from Duke University.
Collections, Exhibitions and Programs Officer: Kate Haw
Kate Haw supervises exhibitions, exhibition design, registration, and art preparation and installation, as well as the Gallery’s library and educational, music, and film programs. Prior to joining the 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 has held leadership positions at the National Building Museum, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and American Federation of Arts. She started her career at the 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.
Chief Curator and Christiane Ellis Valone Curator of American Paintings: Franklin Kelly
Franklin Kelly is an art historian specializing in 18th-, 19th-, and early 20th-century American and British painting. He leads the Gallery's curatorial, conservation, and collecting activities, and works on projects in American and British painting. Kelly has held curatorial appointments at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art, as well as teaching positions at the University of Maryland and the University of Delaware. Kelly first came to the Gallery as an intern in 1980 and joined the curatorial department in 1985.
Treasurer: William W. McClure
Bill McClure is responsible for the National Gallery’s financial operations, management of the invested endowment portfolio, and retail operations. McClure also oversees the strategy and management of the Gallery’s information technology and digital media programs. Prior to assuming the role of Treasurer in 2011, he served as the Gallery’s Chief Planning and Budget Officer. Before joining the Gallery in 2002, Bill worked for over 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.
Administrator: Darrell Willson
As the Gallery's administrator, Willson is responsible for the Gallery's administrative departments, including but not limited to protection services, capital projects, facilities management, procurement and contracts, administrative services, and personnel. Before coming to the Gallery in 1989, Willson worked for The Art Institute of Chicago, first as associate director of security and then as executive director of protective services.