November 17, 2020
Washington, DC— Board Chair J. May Liang of the Folger Shakespeare Library has announced several new appointments to the Board of Governors: Jeff Bleich (San Francisco, CA), Susan Sachs Goldman (Washington, DC), Rosa Joshi (Seattle, WA), Eugene Pinkard (Washington, DC), Charles Roxburgh (Washington, DC / New York, NY), and Ramie Targoff (Cambridge, MA). D. Jarrett Arp, Rebecca Bushnell, and Vinton Cerf have been re-elected to a second term as board members of the Capitol Hill cultural and educational center, now in its 88th year.
“The Board of Governors elected these individuals in recognition of the talent, expertise, and perspective they bring at a time when the Folger is making substantial investments to its collections, scholarly endeavors, and performance programs, and the renovation of its historic building to dramatically increase spaces for exhibitions, learning, and humanities programs for the public,” Liang commented at the close of the Board’s October 2020 meeting.
Florence Cohen, chair of the Board’s Nominating and Governance Committee added, “We are grateful to those who have accepted the responsibilities to lead the Folger at this momentous time in our history.”
Jeff Bleich is the Chief Legal Officer and Chief Risk Officer of Cruise LLC. He was the 24th US Ambassador to Australia (2009–13) and a special counsel to President Obama in the White House. He also served as a Special Master for the US Courts, arbitrator, and as the chair of the boards of PG&E Co. and Nuix USG, Inc. He currently sits on the Board of Trustees of Amherst College, which administers the Folger.
Susan Sachs Goldman is the author of Friends in Deed: The Story of Quaker Social Reform in America. She has served on the boards of the American Jewish Committee, Arena Stage, the Washington Historical Society, Breakthrough Collaborative, Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law School, and Sidwell Friends School, where she received the Preston Award from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education/ National Association of Independent Schools.
Rosa Joshi is a director and producer whose work has been seen at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Northwest Asian American Theatre, Folger Theatre, and upstart crow collective, a Seattle company committed to presenting classical plays with diverse female and non-binary casts which she co-founded. She is Chair of Performing Arts and Arts Leadership at Seattle University.
Eugene Pinkard is Director, Practice and Leadership, for the Aspen Institute Education & Society Program. Before, he was the Chief of School Design and Continuous Improvement at DC Public Schools, where he led school improvement, innovation, and strategic planning. He has taught at the American University Graduate School of Education. He serves on the board of Honored and on the Community Action board of the Children’s National Medical Center.
Charles Roxburgh is the Second Permanent Secretary at Her Majesty’s Treasury and a member of the Executive Management Board. He represents HM Treasury on the Bank of England’s Financial Policy Committee, and on the board of UK Government Investments Limited. Prior to joining HM Treasury in 2013, he spent 26 years at McKinsey & Company where he was a Senior Partner and member of the Shareholders Council. His wife, Dame Karen Pierce, is British Ambassador to the United States.
Ramie Targoff is Professor of English, Co-Chair of Italian Studies, and Director of the Mandel Center for the Humanities at Brandeis University. A prize-winning author, her most recent book Renaissance Woman: The Life of Vittoria Colonna is a biography of the 16th-century Italian poet. She has also completed the first English translation of Colonna’s 1538 book of sonnets, entitled Sonnets of Widowhood, and is currently writing a book about four women writers at the time of Shakespeare, entitled, Shakespeare's Sisters.
“I look forward to working in partnership with these leaders, and our entire Board, as we transform the Folger’s historic building into a 21st-century center for Shakespeare and the humanities in service to ever greater, more diverse audiences,” remarked Folger Director Michael Witmore. On August 26th, the Folger broke ground on a $69 million building renovation project to expand public spaces, improve accessibility, and enhance the experience for all who come to the Folger. The project is funded by a $50 million capital campaign, The Wonder of Will; The Campaign for the Folger Shakespeare Library, which has raised more than $32.7 million toward its goal.
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