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The White House Historical Association, chartered in 1961, is a nonprofit historical and educational organization that plays a vital role in preserving the White House and recording its unique history. To enhance the understanding and appreciation of the President's home, the White House Historical Association has published and distributed more than eight million books, as well as videos and other educational materials. The association also sponsors lectures, exhibits, and other outreach programs. Thousands of schools, universities and libraries have received free educational materials about the White House, and traveling exhibits and videos are circulated to the presidential libraries and museums.


  • Frederick J. Ryan, Jr., Chairman

    Fred Ryan is Publisher and CEO of The Washington Post and has previously served as a senior official in the Reagan White House. He serves as Chairman of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, and is a Trustee of the University of Southern California as well as several other organizations.

  • John F. W. Rogers, Vice Chairman

    John F. W. Rogers is an EVP and Secretary to the Board of Goldman Sachs. Prior to GS, Rogers was a senior fellow at Rice University and spent many years in government service. He is a life trustee and treasurer of the Reagan Presidential Foundation, vice chair of the American Academy in Rome, Board member of Howard University and chairman emeritus of the NMAH.

  • James I. McDaniel, Secretary

    James I. McDaniel served more than 20 years as Director of White House Liaison for the National Park Service. He currently chairs the White House Endowment Trust and manages Operation Starfish®, a community development program for the people of Haiti.

  • Stewart D. McLaurin, President

    Stewart McLaurin has been the White House Historical Association president since 2014. Previously, he held senior positions with Mount Vernon, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, Georgetown University and the American Red Cross.


  • John T. Behrendt

    John T. Behrendt was a litigation partner with Gibson Dunn & Crutcher from 1981 to 2010. He was Global Head of Litigation for UBS from 2010 to 2018. He is active on behalf of a number of organizations associated with the breeding of Thoroughbred racehorses as well as The White House Historical Association. He is a graduate of Sterling College and the University of Minnesota School of Law.

  • Michael Beschloss

    Michael Beschloss is an award-winning Presidential historian and bestselling author of ten books — most recently Presidents of War (2018). Born in Chicago, Beschloss is an alumnus of Phillips Academy (Andover), Williams College and Harvard Business School, and has served as an historian at the Smithsonian, an associate scholar at the University of Oxford and a senior fellow of the Annenberg Foundation, as well as a trustee of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation. He is the NBC News Presidential Historian and a contributor to the PBS NewsHour.

  • Teresa Carlson

    Teresa Carlson serves as the President and Chief Growth Officer at Splunk, leading efforts to align and drive ongoing business transformations across Splunk's go-to-market segments. Most recently, she served as Vice President, Worldwide Public Sector and Industries, for the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Worldwide Public Sector business, founding AWS's Worldwide Public Sector and "We Power Tech," AWS's diversity and inclusion initiative. Carlson holds a B.A. and M.S. from Western Kentucky University.

  • Jean Case

    Jean Case, the Chairman of the National Geographic Society and CEO of the Case Foundation, is a philanthropist, investor and internet and impact investing pioneer who advocates for the importance of embracing a more fearless approach to innovate and bring about transformational breakthroughs.

  • Janet A. Howard

    Janet Howard worked for three U.S. Senators and the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, from 1969-1974. She was Director of Political Action Committee and the Chief of Staff to Pamela and Averell Harriman in the 1980s and served as Chief of Staff and Special Assistant to U.S. Ambassador Harriman at the Embassy of the United States in Paris from 1993-1997. She also served as Vice President, International and Diplomatic Relations, The Coca-Cola Company from 1997-2012.

  • Knight Kiplinger

    Knight Kiplinger is an economic and business journalist who is Editor Emeritus of Kiplinger Publications and Chairman/CEO of Outlook, Inc., a real estate investment company. He has long been involved in historic preservation and arts leadership in Washington, D.C. and Maryland.

  • Martha Joynt Kumar

    Martha Joynt Kumar is an emeritus professor in the Department of Political Science at Towson University. She serves as director of the White House Transition Project, a non-partisan, non-profit organization that provides information to incoming White House staff about the functions of offices there as well as the responsibilities of the directors.

  • Anita McBride

    Anita McBride directs the Legacies of America's First Ladies Initiative at the American University where she serves as Executive in Residence in the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies in the School of Public Affairs. Her White House service and experience spans three decades and four Administrations including as Chief of Staff to First Lady Laura Bush. She is a frequent speaker and media commentator on White House history, its occupants and presidential transitions.

  • Robert M. McGee

    Bob McGee had a 34 year career at Occidental Petroleum Corporation as a Corporate Officer, Vice President, and President Occidental International Corporation. He currently is a Trustee and Past President of the Pan American Development Foundation.

  • Ann Stock

    Ann Stock is the Chair for the Board of Trustees at Meridian International Center and served as Meridian’s Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees since 2015. She previously served as Assistant Secretary of State for Education and Cultural Affairs and Acting Undersecretary for Public Diplomacy from 2010-2013, Vice President of Institutional Affairs at the John F. Kennedy Center from 1997-2010, and Deputy Assistant to President Bill Clinton and White House Social Secretary from 1993-1997.

  • Benjamin C. Sutton

    Ben C. Sutton, Jr. is chairman of Teall Capital, a private equity company with investments in sports and entertainment. Sutton was previously Chairman|CEO of IMG College and ISP Sports. In addition to the White House Historical Association, he serves on the boards of the Ronald Reagan Presidential, U.S. Olympic and national football and basketball foundations.

  • Tina Tchen

    Tina Tchen is a former Assistant to President Barack Obama and Chief of staff to First Lady Michelle Obama, and the former Executive Director of the White House Council on Women and Girls. She also was formerly President and CEO of TIME'S UP Now and the TIME'S UP Foundation. She has worked throughout her career to advance gender equality, and currently serves as Co-chair of United State of Women and Senior Advisor to the Girls Opportunity Alliance, a project of the Obama Foundation.

  • Gregory W. Wendt

    Gregory W. Wendt is a Partner at Capital Group. He holds a master's of business administration from Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s degree in economics from The University of Chicago. Greg is in his third term as a trustee at The University of Chicago and served on the National Board of Teach for America.


  • Shawn Benge

    Shawn Benge is currently exercising the delegated authority of the National Park Service (NPS) Director. He has 32 years with the NPS and currently serves as the Deputy Director of Operations. Previously, Shawn served as the Associate Director for Park Planning, Facilities, and Lands. He was the Southeast Deputy Regional Director/Chief of Staff for over 6 years and provided operational leadership to parks in Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.


  • Lonnie G. Bunch III

    Historian, author, curator, and educator, Lonnie G. Bunch, III is the 14th Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum complex, who was appointed in June 2019. Prior to assuming this position, Bunch was the founding director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.

  • Kaywin Feldman

    Kaywin Feldman is Director of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. Prior to joining the Gallery, Kaywin led the Minneapolis Institute of Art as its Nivin and Duncan MacMillan Director and President. 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.

  • David S. Ferriero

    David S. Ferriero was confirmed as 10th Archivist of the United States in November 2009. The National Archives and Records Administration is responsible for preserving and providing access to the records of the U.S. Government. NARA has 43 facilities across the country, including 13 Presidential Libraries, containing approximately 13 billion pages of textual records; 43 million photographs; miles and miles of film and video, and an ever increasing number of electronic records. Previously, Mr. Ferriero served as the Andrew W. Mellon Director of the New York Public Libraries and held top library positions at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Duke University.

  • Carla Hayden

    Dr. Carla Hayden is the 14th Librarian of Congress who was nominated by President Barack Obama in 2016. She was the first woman and the first African American to hold the position. Prior to this, Hayden’s most recent role was serving as CEO of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, Maryland. She also served as deputy commissioner and chief librarian of the Chicago Public Library, an assistant professor for Library and Information Science at the University of Pittsburgh, and as library services coordinator for the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.

  • Katherine Malone-France

    Katherine Malone-France is the Chief Preservation Officer for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, where she is responsible for leading the organization’s comprehensive preservation efforts including advocacy, outreach and grant programs, research & development, technical assistance and oversight of the historic sites portfolio. Prior to assuming this role, Katherine served as the National Trust’s Senior Vice President for Historic Sites.

Directors Emeriti

  • John H. Dalton

    John Dalton retired from the Housing Policy Council in June 2017. He serves on the corporate boards of Fresh Del Monte Produce and Crius Technology Group and the nonprofit boards of Washington National Cathedral, Community Renewal International, PathNorth and the White House Historical Association. He is grateful for the government service he had as Secretary of the Navy, Chairman of the Federal Home Loan Bank Board, President of the Government National Mortgage Association and the President’s Advisory Council for the Arts.

  • Nancy M. Folger

    Nancy “Bitsey” Folger is a former teacher in Montgomery County Public Schools and serves on the board of White House Historical Association and is actively involved with the Sitar Arts Center. She received her undergraduate degree from Bryn Mawr College and her Master of Arts in teaching from Harvard University.

  • Elise K. Kirk

    Elise K. Kirk, Ph.D., is an award-winning author, lecturer and musicologist, whose latest book, "Music at the White House: From the 18th to the 21st Centuries" (White House Historical Association, 2017), is the winner of four major awards. An alumna of the University of Michigan, Dr. Kirk has been a member of the university's national arts council (UMS) and, by presidential appointment, served on the National Advisory Board of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

  • Harry G. Robinson III

    Harry G. Robinson III, FAIA, AICP is an architect/educator who retired from Howard University as Dean and Professor Emeritus. He has served as chair of the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts and president of both the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards and the National Architectural Accrediting Board. He served in the U.S. Army with a tour of duty in the Republic of Vietnam for which he was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart medals.

  • Gail Berry West

    Gail West is a retired attorney who formerly headed the Washington office of Armstrong World Industries and Bell Communications Research. She began her career as a corporate attorney for IBM. As an appointee of the Carter administration, she held positions of special assistant to the secretary of Housing and Urban Development, staff assistant to the Interdepartmental Task Force on Women, and completed her public service as deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force in Manpower and Reserve Affairs.

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