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President and Chief Executive Officer
Bonnie Burnham is president of World Monuments Fund and has led its international historic preservation work since 1985, when she joined the organization as Executive Director. Previously she served from 1975 to 1985 as executive 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 the history of art 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 16th-century British architecture, Dr. Foyle writes and broadcasts on a range of architectural and archaeological issues. He holds a B.A.(Hons), Architecture, and a Postgraduate Diploma, Architecture, from the Canterbury School of Architecture; an M.A., History of Art, from the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London; and a Ph.D., 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 the 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 Europe
Bertrand 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’Etudes Supérieures of 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.
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. He received a B.S.E. in Civil Engineering and Architecture from Princeton University in 2008 and an M.Sc. in Historic Preservation from Columbia University in 2010. He has participated in heritage conservation projects in Greece and the United States.
Program Director for Latin America, Spain, and Portugal
Norma Barbacci, who joined the World Monuments Fund in 2001, is WMF’s Director of Programs for Latin America, Spain, and Portugal, and she manages all field projects and initiatives in these countries. 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 Africa
Stephen Battle is an architect with 20 years 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 (Syria), Zanzibar and the Northern Areas of Pakistan. He joined World Monuments Fund (WMF) in 2009 as Program Director, Sub Saharan Africa, and is responsible for managing all of WMF’s projects in sub-Saharan Africa.
Brittany C. Brown
Senior Program Associate
Brittany Brown joined WMF in 2010. She received her BA in History with a pre-medicine (science) concentration from Boston College in 2006. She received her MSc 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.
Senior Program Associate
Pauline 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’s Masters of Arts Program in Humanities in 2008.
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 History of Art from the Sorbonne University in 1992 specialising 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.
Director, WMF Europe
Pierre Jacky, Director, WMF Europe, manages WMF’s European office in Paris and oversees a range of projects in continental Europe, in particular, the European Fine Interiors program. Dr. Jacky has a Licence in Law from the Sorbonne, where he also received his Ph.D. in art history, specializing in 17th- and 18th-century European painting. Prior to joining WMF Europe in 2004, he curated exhibitions, published on painting and stained glass, and advised private collectors and auction houses.
Senior Program Manager
Holly MacCammon received a BFA from Long Island University and an MLS 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 Management
Margot 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 a Master’s in History from Sarah Lawrence College, a Master’s in Library and Information Science, and a Post-Master’s Certificate in Archives and Records Management, both from Drexel University.
Project Manager, WMF BritainMelissa Marshall joined WMF Britain in 2011. She received her BA Hons in History of Art from the University of Warwick in 1998 specialising 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 AssistantStephanie 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 Asia
Gaetano Palumbo, Program Director for North Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia, joined the World Monuments Fund in 2002 to manage WMF’s activities in these regions. 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 States
Frank Sanchis joined WMF in 2010 as Director of US Programs. He has significant experience in architecture, preservation, and planning and holds a BA in Architecture from Pratt Institute and a MS 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 non-profit organizations, assisted with conservation projects in the US and abroad, and participated in a number of Jewish heritage preservation projects.
John H. Stubbs
John H. Stubbs, Senior Advisor, joined the World Monuments Fund as Director of Programs in 1990, and was named Vice President in 1996. He is a graduate of Columbia University's master's program in Historic Preservation and was a UNESCO Fellow at ICCROM's Architectural Conservation course in Rome. In addition to his work at WMF, Mr. Stubbs was Adjunct Associate Professor of Historic Preservation at Columbia University for many years. Prior to joining WMF, Mr. Stubbs served for ten years as Assistant Director of Historic Preservation Projects at Beyer Blinder Belle, Architects and Planners, and worked as a historical architect for the U.S. Department of the Interior. He is chairman of the James Marston Fitch Foundation and, until winter 2007, served for six years as a trustee of the Archaeological Institute of America. In 2011, after 21 years at WMF, he relocated to New Orleans to become Senior Professor of Architectural Preservation Practice and Director of the Master of Preservation Studies program in the Tulane University School of Architecture. John remains on WMF staff as Senior Advisor.
Field Projects Director
Mark 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.
Prior 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. In addition to designing all of WMF's print collateral, he is also the design director of Archaeology magazine. He holds a BFA in communication design from Pratt Institute.
Ben joined WMF in January 2008. He received his B.A. in history from Bates College in 2006, and his MA 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.
Director, Digital Media
Lissa Kiernan holds an MA, Media Studies from The New School for Social Research, and an MFA, Creative Writing from Stonecoast, the University of Southern Maine.
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.