WPA's board of directors is comprised of artists, arts patrons, and arts professionals with a shared commitment to supporting contemporary artists as intellectuals, and advancing their art and thought through collaboration and experimentation. 

Board of Directors

Ashley Givens, Ph.D. (Co-Chair) is an independent curator and academic.

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Jocelyn Sigue (Co-Chair) is a media producer and performer.

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Brittany Bansak (Co-Chair, Auction) is a Vice President at Goldman Sachs.

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Martha Blalock
 is the Creative Director with Medical Arts at the National Institutes of Health.

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Zoë Charlton
 (Co-Chair, Governance) is an artist who creates drawings that explore the ironies of contemporary social and cultural stereotypes. 

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Kate Christenberry (Secretary) is Director of the William Christenberry Studio and manages artist William Christenberry’s Estate. 

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Ryan Dattilo is an antitrust and bankruptcy attorney. 

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Nekisha Durrett (Co-Chair, Auction) is a DC-based artist and educator who creates installations and public art.

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Michael Hickok FAIA
(Treasurer; Chair, Audit Committee) is the founding principal and owner of Hickok Cole Architects.

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Lauren Hilyard 
(Co-Chair, Development) is the founder of Hilyard Art Advisory.


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Sam Lewis (Co-Chair, Finance) is an associate at Wilkie Farrar & Gallagher, specializing in regulatory and transactional matters in the cable, internet, and spectrum industries.
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Deirdre Ehlen MacWilliams serves as public art project manager for Arlington’s nationally-renowned Public Art program.

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Michael S. Pollack, D.D.S. is a private practitioner in Washington, DC. 

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Angie Shah is a creative and communications consultant. She studied Communication and Art History at the George Washington University and Fashion History and Theory at Central Saint Martins in London.

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Suhitha Reddy (Co-Chair, Finance) is an investment and finance professional focused on emerging markets and infrastructure.

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Debbie Tang (Co-Chair, Governance) is a Partner at Bridge Partners LLC, a Black-owned executive search firm specializing in diversity, equity, and inclusion for C-level and Board positions.

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Kim Tignor is a DC-native and the creator and founder of Take Creative Control and executive director of the Institute for Intellectual Property & Social Justice. 

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Frederick P. Ognibene, M.D. (Emeritus) is a collector, arts patron, and former deputy director for Educational Affairs and Strategic Partnerships, and Director, Office of Clinical Research Training and Medical Education at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center.


William C. Paley 
(Emeritus) is the founder of La Palina 
Cigars and the President of the William C. Paley Foundation.