Eric Motley, National Nominating Committee Chair
Executive Vice President & Corporate Secretary, The Aspen Institute
District of Columbia
Eric L. Motley, Ph.D., is an executive vice president at the Aspen Institute, responsible for Institutional Advancement and governance. Prior to joining the Aspen Institute, he served as the Director of the U.S. Department of State’s Office of International Visitors within the bureau of Public Diplomacy. In 2003, he became Special Assistant to President George W. Bush for Presidential Personnel, where he managed the appointment process in the White House for over 1,200 presidentially-appointed advisory board and commission positions. Eric serves on the Board of Directors of Barry-Wehmiller Companies, the Library Cabinet for the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington, The Smithsonian American Art Museum’s National Council, The John F. Kennedy Centennial Memorial Task Force, National Advisory Board of Honored, Young Concert Artists, Advisory Board of Planet Word Museum, Board of Overseers of Samford University and is a former member of the Chapter Board of the Washington National Cathedral. Eric earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Philosophy from Samford University. As a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, he earned a Master of Letters in International Relations and a Ph.D. as the John Steven Watson Scholar.
Leslie Greene Bowman
President, Thomas Jefferson Foundation
Leslie Greene Bowman is President of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, which owns and operates the UNESCO World Heritage site, Monticello– the home of Thomas Jefferson. She has spearheaded the Foundation’s vision to bring history forward into national and global dialogue, propelling restoration, dialogue and programs that offer an honest, complicated and inclusive view of our past– common ground for all Americans. She earned her Bachelor of Philosophy in American history and art history at Miami University, and her Master of Arts in Early American Culture as a Winterthur Fellow at the University of Delaware. She has spent her entire career in museums, and served at the highest levels– Director of the Winterthur Museum, Assistant Director of Exhibitions and head Curator of Decorative Arts at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, accreditation commissioner for the American Alliance of Museums, and board member of the Association of Art Museum Directors. While in Los Angeles, she enjoyed academic appointments with both USC and UCLA, where she taught American decorative arts history. She is the author of American Arts & Crafts: Virtue in Design, and co-author of American Rococo, 1750–1775: Elegance in Ornament, each amplifying scholarship on important eras in American art history. She is a trustee emerita of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and a fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce in London. She continues to serve on the Committee for the Preservation of the White House, on which she previously served under Presidents Obama, Clinton and Bush.
Walpole, New Hampshire
Dayton Duncan is an award-winning writer and documentary filmmaker. He is the author of twelve books. For more than twenty years he has been making documentaries for PBS with Ken Burns, including Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery, The Dust Bowl, and The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, for which he won two Emmy awards as writer and producer, and was named by the director of the National Park Service as an Honorary Ranger. Duncan has served on the boards of the National Park Foundation, the Student Conservation Association and the Conservation Lands Foundation and was appointed by President Clinton as chair of the American Heritage Rivers Advisory Commission. He lives in Walpole, New Hampshire.
President and CEO, PBS
Paula A. Kerger is president and chief executive officer of PBS, the nation’s largest non-commercial media organization with nearly 350 member stations throughout the country. Under Kerger’s leadership, PBS has grown its audiences across genres and platforms, moving from the 15th most watched network in America to number six in the past decade. Since Kerger’s arrival, PBS has consistently presented high-quality, groundbreaking content that delivers on the founding mission of public television— to educate, inspire and entertain the American people. Kerger also serves as president of the PBS Foundation, an independent organization that raises private sector funding.
Prior to joining PBS, Kerger served for more than a decade at Educational Broadcasting Corporation (EBC), the parent company of Thirteen/WNET and WLIW21 New York, where her ultimate position was executive vice president and chief operating officer.
Kerger received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Baltimore, where she serves on the Merrick School of Business Dean’s Advisory Council. She has received honorary doctorates from Washington University in St. Louis, Grand Valley State University, Allegheny College and Northeastern University. She is a member of the Women’s Forum, director of the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and chair of the board of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History.
President and Chief Executive Officer, National Park Foundation
District of Columbia
Will Shafroth joined the National Park Foundation and oversees a staff of 80 and serves at the pleasure of a board of 30 men and women from across the country. Shafroth is responsible for leading the $100 million annual fundraising goal and ensuring that these funds are strategically invested in projects and programs in our national parks.
A fourth-generation Coloradan, Shafroth’s career stems from a personal commitment to conserving America’s public and private lands.
From 2009–2013, Shafroth served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Secretary Ken Salazar in the Department of Interior. Prior to that, he served as executive director of the Great Outdoors Colorado Trust Fund and the Colorado Conservation Trust, and Assistant Secretary for Natural Resources for the State of California.
In his volunteer capacity, Shafroth served as chairman of the Land Trust Alliance and Resources Legacy Fund, and in numerous positions for the Boulder Valley School District.
Shafroth received an MPA from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and a BA in political science and environmental studies from UC Santa Barbara. He enjoys fishing, canoeing, hiking, biking, tennis, platform tennis and gardening.
Secretary, Smithsonian Institute
District of Columbia
David J. Skorton is the 13th Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, overseeing 19 museums, the National Zoo, 21 libraries, several research centers, and numerous education units and centers. Dr. Skorton is a board-certified cardiologist and the first physician to lead the Smithsonian.
Dr. Skorton is currently a Distinguished Professor at Georgetown University and previously served as the president of Cornell University. He was also a professor in the Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics at Weill Cornell Medical College and in Cornell’s Department of Biomedical Engineering. Before that, he was President of the University of Iowa and a professor there for 26 years.
Dr. Skorton received his bachelor’s degree in psychology and his medical degree from Northwestern University. He completed his residency in internal medicine and fellowship in cardiology at the University of California, Los Angeles.