Appointed by the President, the President’s Committee Co-Chairs lead the committee, which includes both public and private members. The public members consist of the heads of twelve federal agencies with cultural programs, including the National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the U. S. Departments of Education, Treasury and State, the Smithsonian Institution, the Library of Congress, the National Gallery of Art and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The private members are appointed by each administration, and represent some of the country’s most prominent and successful artists, actors, architects, dancers, authors, scholars, philanthropists and businesspeople.
The President’s Committee’s achievements across a variety of arts and humanities fields are made possible by the expertise and leadership of both its private and federal members, who embody and represent the diverse elements of the U.S. interdependent system of support for the arts and humanities.
Government Members who serve ex-officio
Paula E. Boggs, Seattle, WA
Paula E. Boggs is a Songwriter and the Lead Vocalist for the Paula Boggs Band. Previously, she was Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary of the Starbucks Corporation from 2002 to 2012.
Chuck Close, New York, NY
Chuck Close is a painter, photographer, and printmaker whose work has been the subject of over 200 solo exhibitions in more than 20 countries.
Richard J. Cohen, St. Paul, MN
Mr. Cohen is a Minnesota State Senator chairing the Finance Committee. In 2009, he received the Public Leadership in the Arts Award from the Americans for the Arts.
Fred Goldring, Pacific Palisades, CA
Fred Goldring is a media, technology, entertainment and brand entrepreneur, lawyer and EMMY award-winning Executive Producer with will.i.am of the iconic “Yes We Can” music video.
Howard Gottlieb, Wilmette, Illinois
Howard Gottlieb is the General Partner of Glen Eagle Partners, Ltd., a family private investment firm and an accomplished violinist.
Victoria S. Kennedy, Pacific Palisades, CA
Ms. Kennedy is an educational consultant for Loyola Marymount University and co-founder of the Go Campaign.
Jhumpa Lahiri, Brooklyn, NY
Ms. Lahiri's debut short story collection, Interpreter of Maladies, won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and her first novel, The Namesake, was adapted into the popular film of the same name.
Anne Luzzatto, New York, NY
Formerly the Deputy White House Press Secretary, Ms. Luzzatto served as the Obama-Biden Transition Team review lead for the National Endowment for the Arts.
Thom Mayne, Los Angeles, CA
Founder of Morphosis Architects and co-founder of the Southern California Institute of Architecture, Mr. Mayne is a Distinguished Professor at UCLA Architecture and Urban Design.
Kalpen Suresh Modi, Freehold, NJ
Kalpen Suresh Modi is an actor, writer, and producer, and formerly an Associate Director of the Office of Public Engagement at the White House.
Eric Ortner, Los Angeles, CA
Eric Ortner is a Producer and Manager at The Ortner Group and is the Principal Partner of Vector OMG, a division of Live Nation Entertainment.
Ken Solomon, Santa Monica, CA
Mr. Solomon is chairman of Ovation TV, a national cable and satellite network focused on bringing art, culture, and personal creativity to all Americans.
Caroline "Kim" Taylor, Lenox, MA
Caroline “Kim” Taylor is currently a Trustee of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, which encompasses the Tanglewood Music Center and the Boston Pops.
Jill Cooper Udall, Santa Fe, NM
Ms. Udall is a lawyer and former Officer of Cultural Affairs for the State of New Mexico.
Andrew J. Weinstein, Coral Springs, FL
Andrew J. Weinstein is the Managing Partner at the Weinstein Law Firm, a position he has held since 1996.
George C. Wolfe, New York, NY
Mr. Wolfe is a Tony Award-winning theater and film director and playwright.
John Lloyd Young, Los Angeles, CA
John Lloyd Young is an actor and singer. Mr. Young won a Tony award for Best Actor in a Musical in 2006 for his work in Jersey Boys, and received Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and Theatre World awards.