CulturalDC is led by a volunteer board of area leaders with the business skills and experience to govern operations, as well as cultural and civic interests in Washington’s quality of life. An advisory committee made up of other arts and business representatives provides the organization with additional feedback and guidance.

Maurice Perry, President
Senior VP of, Bank of America Community Development Corporation

Olwen Pongrace, Vice President
Thorpe + Searl Communications

Dale Mott, Secretary
Director of Strategic Advancement Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater

Vincent Ammann, Treasurer
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Washington Gas

Tanja Castro, Immediate Past President

Jessica Nigro

John H. Brown, Jr.
Fine Arts Photographer

Julie Chase
President & CEO Chase Communications

Vicki Davis
Urban Atlantic

Geoffrey Fenner
Brooks, Harrison, LLC

Todd Galaida
Clean Method

Tanya Hilton

Timothy Hyde
DCI Group

J. Brooks Martin
Municipal Mortgage and Equity, LLC

Gerald Musarra
Lockheed Martin

John D. O’Dowd
VOA Associates

Andy Shallal
Busboys & Poets

David Shiffrin Esq.
Arena Stage and WETA

Ted Toon


Many other professionals and former board members continue to provide the organization with support, feedback and guidance on a regular basis.

Shalom Baranes
Shalom Baranes Associates
Richard Bradley
Downtown DC Business Improvement District
Janet Farrell
M&T Bank
Anthony Gittens
Filmfest DC
Michele Hagans
Fort Lincoln New Town Corporation
Ernest Drew Jarvis
First Potomac Realty Trust
Alexine Clement Jackson
The Black Women’s Agenda
George Koch
Lon Levin
Patricia Mathews
Northern Virginia Health Foundation
E. Ethelbert Miller
Howard University
Kevin Moore
The Cleveland Playhouse
Oramenta Newsome
Local Initiatives Support Corporation
Frederick P. Ognibene, MD
National Institute of Health
Marshall Purnell
Devrouax & Purnell
Chris Reutershan
United Group Limited – Equis
Victor Shargai
Shargai and Associates
Sam Sweet
Atlas Performing Arts Center
Andres Tremols
Vivo Design
Tom Wilbur
The John Akridge Companies
Douglas Wheeler
Washington Performing Arts Society


Tanya Hilton
Executive Director

Jenny McConnell Frederick
Interim Deputy Director & Director of Artistic Programs

Kristi Maiselman
Major Gifts Officer

Samantha May
Consulting Manager

Jennifer Osborn
Booking + Events Associate

James L. Rogers III
Operations Manager

Monica Scavone
Business Manager


Rachel Burley
Gallery Fellow

Caitlin Caplinger
Development Fellow

Patrick Landes
Marketing & Programs Fellow


Special thanks to all of the energetic and passionate volunteers, artists and community leaders who make CulturalDC’s work possible.