David Feinstein, Chairman of the Board
For 25 years, David Feinstein has been a partner at Beveridge Seay, Inc., a venerable Washington, DC-based, internationally recognized, award-winning branding and identity firm. Prior to 1993, he was on the design and editorial staff of the International Sculpture Center’s Sculpture magazine. Mr. Feinstein received a bachelor of arts from Swarthmore College and was awarded the Jonathan Leigh Altman Scholarship for outstanding undergraduate artist. He has been the recipient of numerous awards from many national and international competitions for design excellence. He has lectured to a variety of academic and professional organizations, and is active in the American Institute of Graphic Arts and the Design Management Institute.
Scott Shanklin Peterson, Vice Chairman of the Board
Scott Shanklin-Peterson was appointed by President Clinton as the Senior Deputy Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts for four of her seven years there (1994-2001). Prior to that, Ms. Shanklin-Peterson was director of the South Carolina Arts Commission (1980-1994). She is currently the Sr. Fellow and former Director of the Arts Management Program in the School of the Arts at the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC. A nationally renowned leader in arts in education, she also currently serves as Chair of Engaging Creative Minds (ECM), a national award-winning organization that works with artists and teachers to more deeply engage students in learning through arts integration and through developing their imagination, creativity, and innovation skills. Ms. Shanklin-Peterson is the recipient of a number of awards, including the SC Governor’s Award for the Arts; the “Scottie” Award, established by the SC Arts Alliance and named for her to recognize outstanding leadership in the arts; and the College of Charleston Arts Management Internship Endowment, which was established in her name.
Warren Lee Brown, Secretary of the Board
Warren Brown retired from the US National Park Service as Chief of Planning and Special Studies in 2005. He provided leadership for management planning in national parks throughout the nation and for studies of potential new parks, wild and scenic rivers, trails, and heritage areas. Prior to joining the National Park Service, he served as a project associate for the Environmental Law Institute, and as a legislative assistant in the US Senate and for the DC City Council. Mr. Brown holds a master’s degree in city planning from Harvard University and a BA in public affairs from the University of Chicago.
Lisa Wood, Treasurer of the Board
Lisa Wood is Vice President of Customer Solutions for the Edison Electric Institute and Executive Director of the Institute for Electric Innovation (IEI). Ms. Wood is the editor of three books on Key Trends Driving Change in the Electric Power Industry. She currently serves on the Board for the National Energy Foundation and is a guest lecturer at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). She was formerly a nonresident senior fellow in the Energy Security and Climate Initiative at The Brookings Institution and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. Ms. Wood holds a PhD in public policy and management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an MA from the University of Pennsylvania. She is also a printmaker and textile artist and has shown her work at the Corcoran Gallery of Art.
Board of Trustees
A much-honored inventor, Ken Hakuta appeared on national television for six years as the host of the popular Dr. Fad Show, a program promoting creativity and innovation in children. He was the organizer of multiple inventors’ conventions across the United States, and received the Inventor of the Year Award from the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. He received an MBA from Harvard Business School, and is the manager of the estate of seminal and influential video artist Nam June Paik, his uncle. He currently serves as a board member of the Hirshhorn Museum and as an emeritus board member on the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Chas A. Miller
Chas Miller is president and owner of ForwardMiller, a firm based in New York and Rhode Island that provides management and consulting services on philanthropy and relationship building. His firm has worked with over 100 organizations, including The Museum of Modern Art, the American London Symphony Orchestra Foundation, the Canadian Centre for Architecture, and The Frick Collection.
Before launching his firm, Miller focused on philanthropy, management for the arts, and historic preservation, including his long-term work with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Columbia University, and the American Academy in Rome. Until June 2018, his 14 years as the Executive Director of Sir John Soane’s Museum Foundation generated a wealth of transformational funding and growth for the world’s oldest historic house museum.
Over the years, his dedication to the arts has been powerfully demonstrated through his membership on multiple boards and councils; as a fellow of London’s Royal Society of Arts; and as President of his family’s foundation, whose focus includes arts and preservation.
For the past four years, Joan Schaffer has worked with the County Council of Montgomery County, Maryland, managing its nonprofit grants program. Ms. Schaffer leads a process that this year included the review of nearly 400 grant applications from local nonprofits, resulting in the Council’s approval and award of approximately $11 million annually. Previously, she spent 25 years in technology management, working at Price Waterhouse, Freddie Mac, and Capital One. Ms. Schaffer has also served as a director of Leadership Montgomery, the Lean and Hungry Theater, Court Appointed Special Advocates, and as a member of the Bard College Board of Governors.
Hugh Webster, Exofficio/General Counsel
Mr. Webster is a nationally recognized lawyer who has served as an advisor to associations and other non-profit organizations, association management companies, as well as individual executives, for almost 20 years. With special expertise in governance, strategic, and operational issues, Mr. Webster works regularly in such diverse areas as employment (including executive employment), taxation, antitrust, contracts, standards and certification, code of ethics, publishing, and fiduciary obligations of directors and officers. He earned his law degree from Duke Law School.
He is a frequent speaker for organizations such as the American Society of Association Executives, the International Association of Association Management Companies, and the Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives.
He is the author of the semi-annual updates to The Law of Associations, the only treatise in the association law field, and has written numerous articles and other publications on issues relevant to nonprofit organizations. Mr. Webster has authored: Fiduciary Obligations of Nonprofit Directors and Officers and Trade Associations. He has Co-Authored: Lobbying and Political Expenditures; Association Lobbying and Regulation; Law of Associations and is a Contributing Editor: Washington Non-Profit Legal & Tax Letter.
Lise Dubé-Scherr, Executive Director/CEO of International Arts & Artists
Lise Dubé-Scherr is the executive director and chief executive officer of International Arts & Artists. A native of Canada, Dubé-Scherr has over 27 years of experience in American and Canadian art and historic house museums. She previously served as the executive director at The Richard H. Driehaus Museum and as director of museum affairs for The Preservation Society of Newport County (Newport Mansions). Dubé-Scherr lectures nationally on audience development and engagement through the visual arts, consults and leads workshops for museums, and serves as a peer reviewer for the American Alliance of Museums’ accreditation program.
David Furchgott, Founder of International Arts & Artists
David Furchgott is founder and president emeritus of IA&A. For over 16 years, he was the Executive Director of the International Sculpture Center, which he developed to become the largest organization for sculpture with 15,000 members in over 70 countries. It was there that he began Sculpture magazine. Previously, he was with the State Arts Commission, Spoleto Festival USA, and the Gibbes Museum in South Carolina.
Emeritus Board Members
Paul Abrams, Treasurer*
Michael Freedman, Chairman
Dr. Olin M. Hamrick, Jr., Chairman
Dr. Alan Jabbour, Chairman*
Robert N. Rosen, Esq.