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

Latest Projects and News

Council Chair

Council Members

Name Title
Katie Ledecky
Megan Beyer Advisor @ The Better Angels Society and former Executive Director of the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities
Victoria Butler Journalist and Writer
The Honorable Timothy Carney Former U.S. Ambassador to Sudan
Meryl Chertoff Former Chair of Meridian’s Cultural Diplomacy Leadership Council
Debbie Driesman
Luke Frazier Founder and Music Director @ American Pops Orchestra
Vicki Heyman Co-Founder @ Uncharted LLC
Frank Islam
Allison Laudicina Kahl Director of Design @ OTJ Architects
Julie Kent Artistic Director @ Washington Ballet
Gary Knell Chairman @ National Geographic Partners
Bonnie Larson National Arts Council Member @ Meridian International Center
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
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
Virginia Shore Former Director of Art in Embassies
The Honorable Ann Stock Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State @ Educational and Cultural Affairs
Noor Al Suwaidi Cultural Advisor and Curator
Timothy Wyman Chairman @ The Frederick Richmond Foundation
Lisa Wyman
Mei Xu Founder & CEO @ Chesapeake Bay Candle®, a Newell Brands Company
Heidi Zuckerman CEO @ Aspen Art Museum