Chris Todd joined the firm as a partner in 1994, specializing in litigation and white collar criminal defense. Prior to that, he was head of the Litigation Group at Johnson & Gibbs. Mr. Todd’s extensive career in government service includes service as a Law Clerk to a federal judge, as Associate Counsel in the Office of Independent Counsel under Lawrence Walsh during the Iran/Contra Matter, and as Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Criminal Division in the United States Attorney’s Office, Southern District of New York where he conducted the prosecution of numerous violations of federal law, including multi-defendant business fraud and tax evasion cases. Prior to serving in the Southern District, Mr. Todd also served as a Trial Attorney for the Department of Justice’s Tax Division, Criminal Section, where he conducted numerous jury trials and grand jury investigations involving tax evasion.
For the past ten years Mr. Todd has served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of College Year in Athens, a study abroad program located in Athens, Greece.
Melvin L. Hardy is an Africanist, a peace-building practitioner, an experienced fundraising professional, a systems strategy advisor, and a professional advocate for the arts, culture and the humanities. Mr. Hardy is experienced in organizational assessments and prescriptions for NGOs and non-profit organizations with emphasis on leveraging the power of their creative and entrepreneurial classes. He gives great attention to uncovering the personal and organizational influence centers in local geography with impacts on strategic philanthropy and economic development in community. The intersection of Mr. Hardy’s areas of focus support incremental growth in economic and social development for peoples in lesser economically diversified economies whether they be local communities or nation states. Evidence is provided in his work with the African Union, with Japanese A-bomb survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, with philanthropic intermediaries, and with arts and culture groups in the United States. He is “connected” in the Diasporan community.
Mr. Hardy is a graduate of Columbia University’s School of International Affairs. Degrees and Certificates: M.I.A. (Development Economics); IFP (Honors); and Certificate: Institute of African Studies. Major professor: Zebigniew Brezinski. Thesis: East African Federation, with additional study under Sir Walter Rodney in Arusha, Tanzania. Thesis advisor: the late Dr. Ronald Walters of Howard University.
As a public and global citizen, Mr. Hardy is Chairman of Millennium Arts Salon of Washington, DC; is an Organizing Principal of the International Artists for Peace and World Harmony Initiative based in Harlem, NY; was a member of the Sahel Advisory Group of the National Endowment for Democracy; is a member of Mali Moving Forward (prior MaliWatch); is on the leadership team for Mayors for Peace (Hiroshima, Japan and Ypres, Belgium); is on the regional Washington area African Affairs Advisory Group; sits on the board of directors of PeaceAction National, and committees of United for Peace and Justice; and is a member of the Alliance for Peacebuilding of Washington. Amongst his personal initiatives is the “Millennium Arts Salon Diasporan Dialogues”, a successful program of bridging the African, Latin/Hispanic, and Asian Diasporan communities to engage in conversations between and amongst culturally specific communities that constitute the fabric of the Greater Washington, DC area.
Mr. Hardy has been appointed Director of Peace-building Initiatives for the Partnership League for Africa’s Development and also advises an emerging think tank, “New Beginning Advisory Systems” building a branded, peace-based, African Diasporan involved system for delivering the benefits of appropriate investment, commercial activity, and people-to-people cultural exchange in the interest of the economic and social development for the peoples of the African Union. In other important civil society volunteerism, Mr. Hardy is a Substitute Teacher in the DC Public Schools assigned to the Duke Ellington School for the Arts. He is the adjunct lead on helping students with compliance in their internship and community service requirements. In the area of “Intercultural Competency and Dexterity” Training, Mr. Hardy lead an initiative for both the Chinese and African theaters advising business entities on cultural sensitivities for effective women’s market entry and business efficacy in foreign markets.
Mr. Hardy, and his wife Juanita, are avid collectors of African and African American visual cultural material, books and other such material reflecting their extensive global travel and work. As global citizens, their collecting reflects their global sensibilities, having lead global tours to Europe, Africa and China for their audiences. He believes in the power and prowess of the creative classes, across the ethno-cultural spectrum of humanity, to assert their leadership in civil society and governance matters, to inure to the benefit for justice seeking and peace-building across all sectors of society and geographies.
Kathleen is a studio artist and arts educator who has been associated with CK/RFA since 2012. She taught music & fine arts for 6 years in NYS, and studied at Nazareth College, Universite de Beaux Arts and Conservatoire Nationale de Rennes, France, UNC Greensboro, and Forsyth Tech in Winston-Salem, NC.
She has also worked in other fields which have helped finance her art studies and inform her current body of work addressing social and political themes. While in sales and marketing at Corning Electronics, Kathleen won the company’s President’s Circle Award for top electronics salesperson in North America. She was later a broker at Miller Hatcher Commercial Real Estate in Winston-Salem, and the Regional Director of Health & Safety for the American Red Cross in NW North Carolina, where she oversaw the training of corporate and community populations and chaired the Forsyth County HIV/AIDS task force, before returning to school full time to concentrate on her art.
“Political art began for me as a cathartic response to a presidential campaign that had dragged on way too long and become increasingly shallow. And I remember the gravity of the moment that I realized all art is autobiographical!”
Kathleen believes art can serve to remind humanity of its higher instincts and interconnection. As a universal language, art can defy barriers of class and custom and provide powerful symbols to invoke insight and promote change. “It’s time that fine art of political relevance be recognized as such and claim its rightful place in history. Beyond that, art must reach through the political veil of hypocrisy and confront tyranny as only art can, before its voice is silenced.”
Phyllis E. Greenberger, M.S.W., was President and CEO of the Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR), a national non-profit organization based in Washington DC, is widely recognized as the thought-leader in women’s health research. SWHR’s mission is to improve the health of all women through advocacy, education and research.
Greenberger was the first and only President and CEO of SWHR since its founding in 1990 up until 2016. Through her leadership, dedication and
promotion of women’s health, sex differences is now widely known and
recognized as a critical factor in women’s health.
As a well-respected women’s health advocate, Greenberger has earned widespread media attention. The Medical Herald selected her as one of the twenty most influential women in medicine today. In 2006, Greenberger was named one of Washingtonian’s 100 Most Powerful Women by Washingtonian Magazine. Woman’s Day magazine awarded Greenberger the 2006 “Red Dress Award” in recognition of her work in leading the way in the fight against heart disease in women, and in 2010 named her one of 50 “Women Who
Are Changing the World.” She is profiled in the book Extraordinary Women: Fantasies Revealed (Stewart, Tabori and Chang, 2006), which features profiles and portraits of 58 prominent women in the United States. Greenberger with Dr. Jennifer Wider is the editor of the book The Savvy Woman Patient: How and Why Your Sex Impacts Your Health (Capitol Books, 2006). A resource guide detailing sex differences across major health diseases, the book provides detailed information about symptoms, treatments and diagnosis creating an opportunity for women to become savvy about their medical health.
In addition to her accomplishments, Mrs. Greenberger has also served on various boards, such as: SWHR’s Board of Directors, Scientific Advisory Board for Women Heart, a national coalition for women with heart disease; the University of Wisconsin (UW) Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) Executive Advisory Committee, a National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded K-12 institutional training grant aimed at improving the health of women and understanding how sex/gender differences impact health and disease; Interstitial Cystitis Association; the Editorial Board for Shape magazine; Women’s Task Force for the National Hemophilia Foundation; and is a member of the International Women’s Forum and the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW). She currently sits on the Alzheimer’s Science Advisory Board for Accelerate Cure/Treatments for Alzheimer’s Disease (ACT-AD), a coalition of committed national organizations whose goal is end Alzheimer’s through research.
Greenberger is the recipient of numerous awards, including: the “Award for Research Excellence” by the National Association for Women’s Health, “Journal of Women’s Health & Gender-Based Medicine’s Achievement Award,” “Champion of Women’s Health” by Ladies’ Home Journal, the “Washington Woman of Genius” by Trinity College in Washington, D.C., and received an award for public advocacy from the Clinical Research Forum. She was named the 2013 ‘Woman of the Year’ by the NAPW and recipient of the Office on Women’s Health 2016 Trailblazer award.
Greenberger received a B.A. from Syracuse University and an M.S.W. from The Catholic University of America.
Judy A. Greenberg served as the Founding Director of The Kreeger Museum from January 1994 – June 2017. As Director, Ms. Greenberg was committed to broadening the public’s understanding and appreciation of the arts. Her background as a studio artist and educator directly related to her approach and the programming she developed at The Kreeger Museum.
She was actively engaged with curators, artists, architects, musicians, gallery owners, and her colleagues in the museum community. In addition to exhibitions, concerts, lectures, panel discussions and school programs, Ms.
Greenberg initiated Conversations at The Kreeger Museum: A program for
individuals with memory loss, Painting Sound, Art On Site, The Kreeger Museum Artist Award and DC Citypiece: Monuments at the Millennium.
DC Citypiece, 1998-2000, brought the visual and performing arts together. The National Symphony Orchestra, John F Kennedy Center, National Public Radio, and more than twenty Community organizations were partners in this endeavor.
Ms. Greenberg received recognition for her accomplishments in December 2000, when she was nominated as a finalist to receive the Mayor’s Arts Award for Excellence in Service to the Arts, the highest honor in the arts conferred on an individual by the District of Columbia.
Ms. Greenberg also introduced ColorField.remix. A city-wide visual arts celebration that included The Kreeger Museum and over 30 venues – museums, galleries, non-profit alternative spaces, Cultural Tourism DC, WCTC, DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities and the business community – to pay homage to the critically acclaimed Washington Color School of the 1950s-1960s. The ColorField.remix collaboration marked the largest celebration of painting ever held in the Washington area.
Most significant was Greenberg’s creation and development of The Kreeger Museum Sculpture Garden situated on five plus acres surrounding the Museum.
Ms. Greenberg has a long record of leadership and involvement in the visual arts with professional and cultural organizations. She was a practicing artist, founder and president of the Board of Directors of Rockville Arts Place (RAP,presently called VisArts), an Arts Commissioner for the City of Rockville, served on the MAAM Board of Directors and Art Table Advisory Council.
A native of NYC, Ms. Greenberg earned a Bachelor of Science degree from New York University in Studio Art and Education, continued graduate studies at Hunter College in Painting and was an art educator before moving to Washington DC in 1975.
Andrew Brandel is a Lecturer on the Committee in Degrees in Social Studies at Harvard University. He earned his Ph.D. in Anthropology at The Johns Hopkins University in 2016, where his research focused on contemporary German literary culture. At Hopkins, he taught courses on the anthropology of art in Europe (as a Dean’s Teaching Fellow), German Romanticism, and
structuralism. He was also the inaugural University Fellow at the Hamburger Archives, where he processed and curated the Sidney W. Mintz Collection. His research was additionally suppported by the Social Science Research Council and the Institute for Global Studies in Culture, History and Power. Prior to coming to Harvard, he was a fellow of the European Institute for Advanced Study in Vienna, the Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen (Institute for Human Sciences).
Michael Hodgson MD is an internist and occupational physician, born in Switzerland to a US expat and a former German actress, with a long-standing interest in the arts. He has worked for the Federal government, including the Centers for Disease Control; the Universities of Pittsburgh and Connecticut Schools of Medicine; and both labor unions and industry. His scientific work led to more than 150 publications in the peer-reviewed literature and editing of two books on a broad range of topics, from disease and the built environment through human “dis-ease” and the organization of the U.S. workplace. His field represents the intersection of disease and the environment, in the workplace and outside, and his interest in art reflects the political nature of those events and their representation. He views disease as no less a symbol of conflicts than the physical representation of ideas expressed in the arts. His family has a long tradition of practicing arts, including a grandfather who was a woodcarver, a mother as an actor, a sibling as a painter, and a daughter who is a sculptor.
Robin Strongin, was Creator & Founder of the award winning Disruptive Women in Health Care blog®. A public affairs expert with over 30 years’ experience working in Washington, DC, Robin has worked with and for Federal and state governments, regulatory agencies, The White House, Congress, think tanks, nonprofit organizations, corporations, start-ups, coalitions and trade associations. Robin currently serves on several boards and advisory groups including the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function (founded by Dr. Oliver Sacks). She was a member of the Washington DC Capital Speakers Club, was a Contributor to The Hill newspaper, and in December 2015 was named a Woman of Impact. Robin grew up surrounded by a family of artists and educators. Her love of, and appreciation for the arts started at a very young age. She carried her first picket sign during the 1960s NYC teachers’ strike and has been in awe of the power of words, symbols and art to drive change and start movements ever since.
Mr. Krause’s former Washington gallery, CHARLES KRAUSE/REPORTING FINE ART, is believed to be the only privately-owned art gallery in the United States dedicated exclusively to exhibiting and selling contemporary fine art created to influence, or in response to, social and political issues of national and/or international concern. Since its opening in 2011, the Gallery presented 22 exhibitions of paintings, drawings, assemblages and sculpture, attracting attention from collectors, museum curators and art critics from the United States and abroad. Its exhibitions have been reviewed or written about by such publications as The Washington Post, ARTFORUM Magazine, Art in America, The Pennsylvania Gazette, Eyemazing and The Washington Star. Prior to opening his gallery, Mr. Krause had a long and distinguished career as a foreign correspondent for The Washington Post, CBS News and The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour, winning an Emmy Award in 1997 for his NewsHour coverage of Israel and the Middle East. In 1978, he won the Overseas Press Club’s Hal Boyle Award and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for his coverage of Jonestown, where he was shot and wounded; his book, Guyana Massacre: The Eyewitness Account, was a bestseller and later became the basis for a CBS mini-series that remains the 10th most widely watched mini-series in US television history. Mr. Krause is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was editor-in-chief of The Daily Pennsylvanian and later a Trustee, and of Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School. He is currently president of the American Friends of the Gdansk Shakespeare Theatre Foundation; a board member of Washington’s Post-Classical Ensemble; and a member of the InterAmerican Foundation’s international advisory board.