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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.

Officers

  • 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 Co-Chair of the National Archives Advisory Committee on Presidential Libraries, and is on the Board of 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 Regan Presidential Foundation, Georgetown University and the American Red Cross.

Directors

  • John T. Behrendt

    John T. Behrendt is a member of the board of directors at the White House Historical Association.

  • 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 leads the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Worldwide Public Sector business, which includes state, local, central and regional governments; educational institutions and Ed Techs; non-profits and non-governmental organizations (NGO); and she advises Amazon Public Policy on global policy issues.

  • 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.

  • Cathy Gorn

    Dr. Cathy Gorn is executive director of National History Day® a nonprofit education organization that engages more than half a million middle and high school students annually in conducting in-depth historical research. Dr. Gorn received her B.A. from Kent State University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in history from Case Western Reserve University.

  • 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 heads the Kiplinger publishing organization in Washington, D.C. He has long been involved in historic preservation and arts leadership in 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 two decades and three 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.

  • Mike McCurry

    Mike McCurry served as White House Press Secretary and State Department Spokesman during the administration of President Bill Clinton. He is now a professor and director for the Center for Public Theology at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C.

  • 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 a member of the board of directors at the White House Historical Association.

  • 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

    Drawing on 8 years of service in the Obama White House, a career of legal experience, and a lifetime of service as an advocate for gender equity, Tina Tchen shares unique insights on leadership, policy, and progress in today’s ever-changing environment.

Ex-Officio

  • 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.

  • Thompson Mayes

    Thompson Mayes, Vice President and Senior Counsel of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is the author of Why Old Places Matter (forthcoming Fall 2018), and has written and lectured widely on historic preservation law, historic house museums, preservation easements, and the importance of old places in our communities.

  • Earl A. Powell III

    Earl A. Powell III has been director of the National Gallery of Art since 1992 and is an expert in nineteenth- and twentieth-century European and American art. Mr. Powell serves as the chairman of the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts and a trustee of the White House Historical Association, the American Federation of the Arts, the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Norton Simon Museum, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. A graduate of Williams College, Mr. Powell received his masters and doctorate degrees from Harvard University.

  • David J. Skorton

    David J. Skorton is the 13th Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, overseeing 19 museums, the National Zoo, 21 libraries, several research centers, and numerous education units and centers. Dr. Skorton is a board-certified cardiologist and the first physician to lead the Smithsonian. Dr. Skorton is currently a Distinguished Professor at Georgetown University and previously served as the president of Cornell University. He was also a professor in the Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics at Weill Cornell Medical College and in Cornell’s Department of Biomedical Engineering. Before that, he was President of the University of Iowa and a professor there for 26 years.

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.

  • 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.

  • Nancy M. Folger
  • Gail Berry West

Liaison:

  • Dan Smith

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