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President and Chief Executive Officer
Director of the International Foundation for Art Research. Ms. Burnham is an expert in the protection and preservation of cultural heritage. She holds degrees in art history from the University of Florida and the Université de Paris-Sorbonne. Ms. Burnham has been honored as a chevalier of the French Order of Arts and Letters, is a Distinguished Alumna of the College of Fine Arts of the University of Florida, and is the first recipient of its Beinecke-Reeves Distinguished Achievement Award in Historic Preservation. She holds an honorary doctorate from Florida Southern College.
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Lisa Ackerman was named Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of World Monuments Fund in 2007. Previously Ms. Ackerman served as Executive Vice President of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. Ms. Ackerman holds a B.A. from Middlebury College, an M.S. in historic preservation from Pratt Institute, and an M.B.A. from New York University. Ms. Ackerman serves on the boards of Historic House Trust of New York City, New York Preservation Archive Project, and US/ICOMOS. In 2007 she received the Historic District Council’s Landmarks Lion award and in 2008, Ms. Ackerman was named the first recipient of the US/ICOMOS Ann Webster Smith Award for International Heritage Achievement.
Chief Executive, World Monuments Fund Britain
Jonathan Foyle was named Chief Executive of World Monuments Fund Britain in 2007. With a background in medieval and sixteenth-century British architecture, Dr. Foyle writes and broadcasts on a range of architectural and archaeological issues. He holds a B.A.(Hons) and a postgraduate diploma in architecture from the Canterbury School of Architecture; an M.A. in art history from the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London; and a Ph.D. in archaeology from the University of Reading, for which he received a British Academy postdoctoral research award. Dr. Foyle previously worked at the Historic Royal Palaces (Buildings Curator, Hampton Court and Kew) and Canterbury Cathedral (Purcell Miller Tritton Architects).
Chief Financial Officer
Christopher Jeannopoulos joined World Monuments Fund in 2011 as Chief Financial Officer. Previously, Mr. Jeannopoulos served as Chief Financial Officer of the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution. Before entering the not-for-profit sector, he worked at American International Group, Deloitte & Touche LLP, and Brown Brothers Harriman. He is a licensed CPA and an alumnus of University at Buffalo, The State University of New York.
Vice President for DevelopmentDarlene McCloud joined World Monuments Fund as Vice President for Development in 2012. Her career includes positions in development, conservation, and historic preservation. Ms. McCloud led the effort to protect Times Square for the Municipal Art Society, founded the first field office for the Land Trust Alliance for New York State, and served as President of the Preservation League of New York State. In Florida she was the Vice President for Development for the Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts and Director of Advancement for Florida Gulf Coast University. She is a graduate of Florida State University and earned her M.S. in historic preservation from Columbia University.
George H. McNeely
Vice President for Strategic & International AffairsGeorge H. McNeely joined World Monuments Fund in 2013 as the Vice President for Strategic & International Affairs. Previously, he had been with Christie’s for 15 years, most recently as a Senior Vice President in the Chairman’s Office. He managed Christie’s regional offices in North and South America and was an active member of the firm’s business and client development efforts. Prior to joining Christie’s, he was the Director of Institutional Giving at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and also in management consulting. He has served as a charity auctioneer for hundreds of charity events throughout the United States. He received his B.A. in art history from Princeton University and his M.B.A. from Columbia University.
Henry Tzu Ng
Executive Vice President
Henry Ng, Executive Vice President, is responsible for institutional initiatives. Mr. Ng has a B.S. from New York University and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago. Before joining WMF, Mr. Ng worked at the Municipal Art Society of New York, the American Academy in Rome, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, and the J.M. Kaplan Fund.
Bertrand du Vignaud
President, World Monuments Fund EuropeBertrand du Vignaud has been President of World Monuments Fund Europe since its creation in 2003. From 1987 until 2003, he held the voluntary posts of Vice-Chairman and then Chairman of WMF France. He was also Chairman of Christie’s Monaco, Vice Chairman of Christie’s France, and a Director of Christie’s Europe. Previously, he was Deputy Director of the Caisse Nationale des Monuments Historiques et des Sites and Director of the Conseil Supérieur du Mécénat Culturel. He holds a licence and a diplôme d'études supérieures in international public law, a licence de lettres classiques in art history, and degrees in political science from the Universities of Toulouse and Paris. Mr. du Vignaud serves on the boards of several nonprofit organizations. He is a chevalier de la Légion d’ Honneur and officier des Arts et Lettres and, in 2009 he received the Médaille de Vermeil from the city of Paris.
Program DirectorBased in Cairo, Egypt, and Berlin, Germany, Jeff Allen is a project planner who joined World Monuments Fund as a consultant on the Future of Babylon Project in 2009 and a staff member in 2013. He specializes in managing field projects that contain community components, especially those aimed at building the capacity of local heritage professionals to encourage project sustainability. He carries a project portfolio mainly partnering World Monuments Fund with U.S. State Department Ambassadors Fund for Culture Preservation assistance. Prior to his experiences with World Monuments Fund, he worked in the field for 15 years on a number of projects in the Middle East and Asia.
Research and Education Director
Erica Avrami joined the World Monuments Fund in 2008 as Director of Research and Education. Ms. Avrami directs the World Monuments Watch program, which highlights challenges facing heritage sites and recognizes issues of interest to the preservation field. She also works with program staff on research, training, publications, and symposia. Ms. Avrami has taught in the preservation programs at Columbia University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Pratt Institute, and she previously worked at the Getty Conservation Institute. She formerly served as Secretary for US/ICOMOS. She has a B.A. in architecture from Columbia College, an M.S. in historic preservation from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in planning and public policy from Rutgers University.
Program AssociateYiannis Avramides joined WMF in 2009. Since then, he has been a member of the team managing the World Monuments Watch, WMF's flagship advocacy program, and has participated in conservation field projects and edited research publications for World Monuments Fund. He is also a member of the project team behind the development of the Arches heritage inventory and management system. Yiannis received a B.S.E. in civil engineering and architecture from Princeton University with honors in 2008 and an M.Sc. in historic preservation from Columbia University in 2010.
Program Director for Latin America, Spain, and PortugalNorma Barbacci joined WMF in 2001 and serves as Director of Programs for Latin America, Spain, and Portugal. Ms. Barbacci received her B.A. in architecture from Carnegie Mellon University, where she was awarded the AIA School Medal and Certificate from the Adams Fund for Excellence in the Study of Architecture. She received her M.S. in historic preservation from Columbia University, where she was awarded the Historic Preservation Thesis Award for her study of the adaptive reuse of a medieval residential complex in Civita di Bagnoregio, Italy. Ms. Barbacci is a registered architect in the State of New York. Before joining WMF, Ms. Barbacci worked as a preservation architect at Beyer Blinder Belle Architects and Planners.
Program Director, Sub-Saharan AfricaStephen Battle is an architect with 20 years of professional experience managing conservation projects in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. He started on his professional path in Zanzibar, where he lived for five years working on a variety of projects in the historic Stone Town. He worked for the Aga Khan Trust for Culture for over 10 years, based in Geneva, where he was project manager for conservation and urban rehabilitation projects in Aleppo, Zanzibar, and the Northern Areas of Pakistan. He joined WMF in 2009 and is responsible for managing all of WMF’s projects in sub-Saharan Africa.
Brittany C. Brown
Senior Program AssociateBrittany Brown joined WMF in 2010. She received her B.A. in history with a pre-medicine (science) concentration from Boston College in 2006. She received her M.Sc. in the history of international relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2008 and wrote her dissertation on the controversy of the1967 Gibraltar Referendum.
Program ManagerSamantha Earl joined WMF in 2012. She received her M.C.P. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2011, focusing on urban design and planning projects in the US and abroad. In 2010 she received a MISTI scholarship to spend the summer working at UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre, and while at MIT Samantha also participated in an MIT/Aga Khan collaboration in Delhi focusing on landscape conservation and urban regeneration for Humayun’s Tomb and the surrounding neighborhood. She received her B.A. from Columbia University in 2001, focusing on urban studies and art history, and spent five years living in London working in the arts and on film and television projects prior to attending MIT.
Yann Jurez Lancien
Projects Manager, WMF EuropeYann Jurez Lancien joined WMF Europe as Project Manager in 2012. He received his D.E.A. (French postgraduate diploma) in art history from the Sorbonne in 1992 specializing in medieval art and architecture with a particular focus on stained glasses and wall paintings. Before joining WMF he was an account manager in the casting workshop of the Louvre Museum. Among his duties in the casting workshop, he managed a database containing over 4,000 moulds made from 1794 to present. He also managed the relationship between the workshop's activities and its partners, including personnel at the Réunion des Musées Nationaux et du Grand Palais des Champs-Elysées, regional and local authorities in France, and institutions abroad. He has also studied painting restoration and gilding for many years.
Senior Program ManagerHolly MacCammon received a B.F.A. from Long Island University and an M.L.S. from St. John’s University. She served as an archivist at cultural institutions throughout New York City, including the Queens and Brooklyn Historical Societies. Before coming to WMF, she was the New York Metro Area Regional Manager of the New York State Archives’ Documentary Heritage Program. She has held the position of Grants Manager at WMF since 2000.
Director of Archives and Information ManagementMargot Note joined World Monuments Fund in 2006. Prior to WMF, she worked in the cultural heritage sector, including colleges, libraries, and archives. Her research interests include photographic history and image collections, as well as managing the delivery of digital information and improving access to primary sources. She holds an M.A. in history from Sarah Lawrence College and an M.L.I.S. and a post-master’s certificate in archives and records management from Drexel University.
Project Manager, WMF BritainMelissa Marshall joined WMF Britain in 2011. She received her B.A. (Hons) in art history from the University of Warwick in 1998 specializing in architectural history, and subsequently studied building conservation at the Architectural Association. She held the position of Grants Officer at the Heritage Lottery Fund between 2001 and 2007, responsible for assessing and managing funding to a range of projects in the north-west of England. In 2007 she joined Stockport Council as Conservation Project Manager, responsible for delivering conservation-led regeneration schemes, including the multi-million pound restoration of the town’s Victorian market hall and developing proposals for the repair and transformation of Bramall Hall and Park. She also ran the council's heritage skills program providing unemployed people with practical skills-based training in the heritage sector.
Stephanie D. Ortiz
Program AssociateStephanie Ortiz joined WMF in 2011 after she received her M.S. in historic preservation from Pratt Institute. She received her M.Arch. with certificates in heritage studies and documentation and conservation from the University of Puerto Rico School of Architecture in 2009.
Gaetano Palumbo, Ph.D.
Program Director, North Africa, the Middle East, and Central AsiaGaetano Palumbo, Program Director for North Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia, joined WMF in 2002. He also advises on archaeological site conservation initiatives worldwide. He is Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London, and a member of ICOMOS-UK. He holds a B.A. in humanities and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Near Eastern archaeology from the University of Rome. Dr. Palumbo previously worked at the American Center of Oriental Research, Amman, Jordan; the Getty Conservation Institute, and the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. He has also consulted for UNESCO, ICOMOS, ICCROM, and the World Bank.
Program Specialist, Archaeology and the Middle EastAlessandra Peruzzetto joined WMF in 2006 and is responsible for a range of project activities, particularly focused on the ancient world. Specialized in Near Eastern archaeology, she holds a degree from the University of Torino and pursued her doctoral studies at the Sorbonne in Paris. Prior to consulting for World Monuments Fund, she has excavated at Hatra in Iraq and in Turkmenistan. In Jordan she worked for the Institut Français du Proche Orient and for the Petra National Trust.
Program Director, United StatesFrank Sanchis joined WMF in 2010 as Director of U.S. Programs. He has significant experience in architecture, preservation, and planning and holds a B.A. in architecture from Pratt Institute and an M.S. in historic preservation from Columbia University. Most recently, he has served as Senior Advisor to the Municipal Art Society. Prior to his work at MAS, he served as Vice President for Stewardship of Historic Sites for the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Mr. Sanchis was also Executive Director of the New York City Landmarks Preservation commission. He is the author of American Architecture: Westchester County, New York, illustrated largely with his own photographs. Mr. Sanchis currently serves on the board of the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development.
Program Associate, Jewish HeritageSarah Sher joined WMF in 2012. She received her M.S. in historic preservation from Columbia University, after graduating with a B.A. in Jewish music from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and a B.A. in architectural history from Columbia University. Prior to joining WMF, Sarah worked at several New York City historic preservation organizations, assisted with conservation projects in the U.S. and abroad, and participated in a number of Jewish heritage preservation projects.
Field Projects DirectorMark Weber joined the World Monuments Fund in 1998 as Technical Director and Field Projects Manager. Mr. Weber manages a range of WMF’s field projects in regions including Central and Eastern Europe and South Asia; assists with the planning and review of WMF’s countrywide conservation initiatives in India and Turkey; and monitors the work of building conservation specialists on WMF projects. Prior to joining WMF, Mr. Weber worked for the Technical Preservation Services Center, the major public outreach program at the New York Landmarks Conservancy; the Preservation Society of Newport County, Newport, Rhode Island; and the Newport Restoration Foundation. Mr. Weber has a B.A. in economics from the University of New Hampshire and an M.A. in historic preservation from Boston University’s Preservation Studies Program.
Senior AssociatePauline Eveillard joined WMF in 2009 as the Watch and Field Programs Administrator. She received her B.A. in art history from Tufts University in 2005, and spent the subsequent year studying Roman mosaics in Tunisia on a Fulbright scholarship. She received her M.A. in humanities with a focus in art history from the University of Chicago in 2008.
Art DirectorPrior to joining WMF in 2001, Ken's design work appeared in People, Popular Mechanics, Playboy, and Shape, and he was the art director of TV Guide for much of the '90s. He holds a B.F.A. in communication design from Pratt Institute.
Communications ManagerBen joined WMF in January 2008. He received his B.A. in history from Bates College in 2006, and his M.A. in the same subject from the University of Durham (UK) in 2008. In 2010 he participated in the Attingham Summer School. Prior to joining WMF, Ben worked at several historic house museums and historical societies in western Massachusetts.
Senior Director of Online CommunicationsLissa Kiernan holds an M.A. in media studies from The New School for Social Research, and an M.F.A. in creative writing from Stonecoast, the University of Southern Maine.
Annual Giving CoordinatorSara joined World Monuments Fund in early 2014 as the Annual Giving Coordinator. Prior to WMF, Sara worked as the Development Assistant for the Historic House Trust of New York City. She has also volunteered with several other preservation organizations in the city. She earned her B.A. in history from Allegheny College in 2011.
Senior Manager, Development
Ashley Tierney joined World Monuments Fund in 2010 as Development Manager. Prior to WMF, she was senior manager of the annual fund with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and prior to that, director of the Architectural Guild at the USC School of Architecture. She also held a variety of positions with the J. Paul Getty Trust in Los Angeles. Ashley holds a B.S.E. from Duke University and an M.A. in architecture from UCLA.