BOARD OF DIRECTORS

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

WPA’s Board of Directors comprises local artists, arts patrons, lawyers, designers, realtors, and business professionals. The Board sets policies, ensures adherence to the mission, and oversees the administration of the organization.

BOARD CHAIR

Kim Ward is an independent arts consultant and cultural arts professional with extensive experience in management and organizational leadership. Over her professional career she has served in a variety of roles and has worked for organizations and institutions such as the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Washington Project for the Arts, a leading non-profit contemporary visual arts group based in the District of Columbia.  Kim served as an Arlington County Arts Commissioner for the past six years and chaired the Arlington County Public Art Committee for five years.  Kim received her B.S. degree in Business Administration from Auburn University. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst and previously served as Vice-President for a national bank’s capital investment management group managing endowments, foundations, pension plans, and fiduciary trust instruments.

BOARD MEMBERS

Paula J. Bruening is an attorney and Senior Counsel for Global Privacy Policy at Intel Corporation, where her work focuses on privacy and the responsible management and use of data. She has also worked extensively on issues of free expression and First Amendment rights on the Internet. Through her work she travels extensively to Asia, Latin America, Europe and the Middle East. Her fascination and love for art began in classes she attended sitting on the gallery floors at the Cleveland Museum of Art when she was eight. Today she is building a collection of works by contemporary artists, and her photography is represented in corporate and private collections. When she is not developing public policy or supporting WPA, she studies painting and drawing at the Washington Studio School and participates in its atelier program.

Rose Carter co-founded Global Wireless Solutions in 1996. Prior to that she worked as an architect in residential, commercial and mixed-use developments for projects in the United States, Canada, and Europe. She is president of the Paul and Rose Carter Foundation and she is an ardent enthusiast and patron of the arts. She sits on the Collectors Committee at the National Gallery of Art as well as the International Committee for the Arts at the Kennedy Center. She also serves on the board of the National Symphony Orchestra. She actively supports programs promoting the visual and performing arts, culture, children’s literacy, and after-school programs both locally and abroad. She is currently helping build a secondary school for an orphanage in Malawi with children affected or inflicted by HIV/Aids.

Michael E. Hickok is the founding principal and owner of Hickok Cole Architects, a 90 person architectural and interior design firm located in Washington, DC.  In 2013, Mr. Hickok’s firm celebrated its 25 anniversary and was honored by the Washington Architectural Foundation as The Architectural Firm of the Year.  Recently completed projects include the new headquarters for NPR and The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).  Hickok Cole Architects takes an active role in DC arts community, co-sponsoring with WPA its annual ART NIGHT.  Last year’s ART NIGHT raised more than $100,000 for WPA and local artists.  Since its inception, ART NIGHT raised more than $500,000 in support of local artists.

Elise Hoffmann is a Principal in the firm of Marshfield Associates, Washington, DC. Ms. Hoffmann has worked as a securities lawyer, legislative counsel, and investment professional since graduating from law school in 1983. Until 1987, she practiced corporate securities and banking law. From 1987 to 1995, she served as finance counsel to the Subcommittee on Telecommunications and Finance, U.S. House of Representatives. Since 1995, she has worked as a portfolio manager and research analyst at Marshfield Associates, where she has been a principal since 1997. Marshfield manages over a billion dollars for 400 clients, both institutional and individual.

Joff Masukawa is Vice President and Global Head, Government Relations and Public Affairs, for the specialty biopharmaceutical company, Shire. A strategic leader experienced in creating and leading commercialization strategies for emerging life science technologies and breakthrough therapeutics, including orphan drugs, he enables optimal legislative, regulatory and market access environments to support business objectives.  Mr. Masukawa is an advocate for emerging artists,  and has served on the steering committees of MOCA Contemporaries in Los Angeles, and the Corcoran Contemporaries in Washington, D.C. He earned his B.A. in International Studies from Johns Hopkins University, completed his graduate studies in International Affairs at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and serves as a guest lecturer for the Strategic Communications program at Columbia University.

Marvin Morris is the Managing Partner of Bedrock Global (BG), a boutique firm that advises on project financing strategies, and connects the resources of governments, private companies and financial sponsors to structure successful projects. Prior to forming BG, Mr. Morris practiced public finance law with the law firm of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP, and as Special Counsel to the Chief Financial Officer of the District of Columbia. Mr. Morris also has over 15 years of experience as an advisor to private investment consortiums and municipalities in the Republic of South Africa.

Jessica Naresh is co-owner of The Art Registry, an art consulting and events firm in Washington, DC. Her introduction to the contemporary art world was as an intern at Casey Kaplan, NY.  After receiving a Masters Degree from Christie’s Education in New York, she moved to Washington, DC, where she worked first for the WPA as the Auction Coordinator and then at a local gallery.  She has curated numerous exhibitions in galleries and alternative art spaces in the DC area.  She has served on the WPA Auction Committee since 2006.

Frederick P. Ognibene, M.D. is a collector of contemporary art and strong supporter of local artists and the DC arts community. He lives in Washington, DC and works at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland as Deputy Director, Educational Affairs and Strategic Partnerships. Dr. Ognibene has been a member of the Board of Directors of WPA for over 14 years, has served as the co-chair of the annual WPA Art Auction for three years, Chair of the Governance and Nominating Committees, and is currently in the last year of his three-year term as Board Chair.  Dr. Ognibene began collecting contemporary art by local emerging and mid-career artists in the early 1980′s and has expanded his collection to include nearly 300 works by regional, national, and international artists.   Many works have been featured in museum shows around the country.  He takes pride in getting to know the artists whose work he owns and has been very supportive of the careers of several DC-based artists.

Mary Margaret Plumridge is the Director of Marketing and Communications with Akridge, a Commercial real estate firm providing acquisitions, development, leasing, and property management services in the greater Washington region. Prior to joining Akridge, Ms. Plumridge worked as a graphic designer for the Bomstein Agency and the American Pharmaceutical Association. Ms. Plumridge is a member of the Jubilee Support Alliance Auxiliary Board and the Greater Washington Board of Trade Marketing and Communications Network. She is also active with the Georgetown Ministries Homeless Shelter and occupies a leadership role at Christ Church Georgetown.

Michael Pollack, D.D.S., Private Practitioner 

James F. Ritter is a Special Counsel in the Corporate Practice Group of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP. Jim has over 25 years’ experience in negotiating a wide variety of financing arrangements, including senior secured loans and mezzanine and other subordinated debt, acquisition financings, working capital financings, equipment leasing and other vendor finance transactions, letters of credit and venture capital and other equity investments. He represents businesses seeking and providing access to capital in a number of industries, with particularly extensive experience in the aerospace, communications, defense, energy, health care and private equity industries. A graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law (JD 1986) and Dartmouth College (A.B. 1981), Jim is admitted to practice in California and the District of Columbia. 

Jocelyn Sigue is a freelance media producer and performer. Her broadcast television producing credits include the long running television program America’s Most Wanted, and the Emmy award winning educational program Teen Kids News. Jocelyn spent a decade reporting for television news organizations in cities nationwide, including her native San Francisco, before moving to Washington, DC in 2008. She is also a published children’s book author.

Judy J. Sherman is an independent curator and the Principal of j fine art, a corporate art consultancy that focuses on the role and importance of artistic works in organizational culture and branding. Her love of art began while at the University of Virginia where an initial course in art history inspired a journey toward a lifelong passion and appreciation for the visual arts. She enjoys strong relationships with the regional arts community and cherishes the opportunity to work with and support artists. Judy is involved with Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) and CoreNet. Prior to launching her own business, Judy was an art consultant for two local galleries and practiced law in the areas of labor and employment. This will be her third year serving on the planning committee of the WPA Art Auction and Gala, and her second as the table sculpture curator. 

Robert Shields is the Principal of Robert Shields Interiors Inc., which has been offering full design services to Washington area clients for the past fifteen years. Additionally Mr. Shields has been awarded projects in London, East Hampton and various other cities around the world. Before beginning Robert Shields Interiors Inc., Mr. Shields worked as a decorative arts painter to leading Washington designers. In 2010 before joining the Board of Trustees, Mr. Shields served as a member of the WPA Auction Committee.

Vikki Tobak is an independent public art consultant, curator and journalist. Vikki began her professional career at Paper Magazine in New York writing about global sub-culture and went on to cover politics and the economy for CNN and Bloomberg News.  She served as new media columnist for CBS MarketWatch and contributed to publications including Ego Trip Magazine, I-D, Dazed and Confused, The Detroit News and Vibe. Prior to her arts and reporting career, Vikki worked in the music industry developing hip hop and dance music projects. Vikki is the founder of Kidulu.com, an online magazine focused on Art + Design for kids and currently serves on the Palo Alto Public Art Commission.  Hailing from Kazakhstan via Detroit, Vikki graduated with honors from New York University.

BOARD MEMBERS EMERITUS

William C. Paley is the President of the William C. Paley Foundation. William C. Paley is the son of William S. Paley, founder of CBS, noted art collector and connoisseur of fine living and Barbara “Babe” Cushing, the daughter of pioneering neurosurgeon and Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer, Dr. Harvey Cushing. Mr. Paley is also president of 2023 LLC, an addictions, alcohol, and family therapy practice in Washington, DC. From 1980 to 1984, Mr. Paley acted as president of his own emerging electronic media consulting firm, Paley Communications. He supports a variety of nonprofit organizations, serving on the Board of Directors for other local arts institutions as well as the Museum of Television and Radio in New York City and Los Angeles. He is a Director of the William S. Paley Foundation and the President of William C. Paley Foundation.