Cultural Diplomacy Leadership Council

The Cultural Diplomacy Leadership Council is a network of leaders and advisors around the United States and the world who believe in employing the arts and culture as a tool of diplomacy and global engagement. Council members are committed to supporting the Meridian Center for Cultural Diplomacy, which serves the U.S. government, private sector, and the diplomatic community through creative programming, such as exhibitions, cultural exchanges, panel discussions, lectures, film screenings, and concerts.

By broadening the reach of our work around the world and gaining strategic guidance and partnerships for our programs, council members elevate awareness of the role of arts and culture in diplomacy. Specific benefits are outlined below.


Terry K. Harvey, Vice President, Meridian Center for Cultural Diplomacy | (202) 939-5566 | tkharvey@meridian.org

Council Advisors

Council Members

Laura Ballman, Founder, Capital Art Strategies

Megan Beyer, former Executive Director of the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities

Victoria Butler, Journalist and Writer

Carla Canales, Senior Fellow, Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative

Devon Caraher, Jewelry Historian

The Honorable Tim Carney, Former U.S. Ambassador to Sudan

David Castillo, Founder, David Castillo Gallery

Meryl Chertoff, Former Chair of Meridian Center for Cultural Diplomacy

Tamsin Dillon, Executive Director, Socrates Sculpture Park

Deborah Driesman, Kennedy Center, Council Member

Brady Doty, Senior Director, David Zwirner Gallery

Luke Frazier, Founder and Music Director, American Pops Orchestra

Frank Islam, Meridian Council Member

Nora Halpern, Independent Curator

Vicki Heyman, co-founder of Uncharted LLC

Allison Kahl, Architect, OTJ & Associates

Tessa Kaneene, Senior Advisor at Harvard University

Julie Kent, Artistic Director, The Washington Ballet

Gary Knell, Chairman, National Geographic Partners

Bonnie Larson, Meridian Board Member

Bonnie Lautenberg, Photographer

Rachel Lehmann, co-founder, Lehmann Maupin Gallery

Stacy Lieberman, Deputy Director, The Broad LA

Shahin Mafi, Founder and CEO, Home Health Connection

Ambassador Capricia Marshall, Ambassador-in-Residence, Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center, Atlantic Council of the United States

Kimberly Marteau Emerson, Attorney and Civic Leader

Donna McLarty, Founding Member and Board Co-Chair, Vital Voices Global Partnership

Eva Meharry, Cambridge Heritage Research Centre

Clare Reichenbach, CEO, The James Beard Foundation

Jennifer Roberts, CEO, Design Miami

Aviva Rosenthal, Senior Advisor, The Smithsonian Office of International Relations and Global Programs

Deborah Rutter, President, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Damion Thomas, Museum Curator of Sports, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

Fred Tomaselli, Artist

Lisa Sasaki, Director, Smithsonian American Women’s History Museum

Nada Shabout, Modern Arab and Middle Eastern Art, College of Visual Arts and Design, University of North Texas

Virginia Shore, Independent Curator and former Director of Art in Embassies

Ana Sokolof, Independent Curator

The Honorable Ann Stock, Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State, Educational and Cultural Affairs, Department of State

Sasha Suda, Director, National Gallery of Art, Canada

Vicki Match Suna, Executive Vice President & Vice Dean, Real Estate Development & Facilities at NYU Langone Health

Noor Al Suwaidi, Cultural Advisor and Curator

Sue Hostetler Wrigley, Former Editor in Chief of Art Basel Magazine

Heidi Zuckerman, CEO and Director, Orange County Museum of Art

 

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