Board of Governors


Steve Blitz

Steve Blitz’s professional experience as economist and fixed-income portfolio manager began in the late 1970s. It includes econometric modeling at Data Resources Inc., creating interest rate and FX derivatives strategies at Salomon Brothers, managing US and global fixed-income portfolios for not-for-profits at OFFITBANK, being global head of fixed-income at Lazard Asset Management, developing “big data” products to help analyze the economy and capital market pricing as Chief Economist at M Science. At present, Steve is Chief US Economist at TS Lombard where he writes on the US economy, politics and markets from short- and longer-term perspectives. Aside from his extensive client-facing work, Steve is a well known commentator on economic and financial issues, is frequently quoted in the financial press, appearing on TV and radio, and writing guest columns for financial publications. Steve was also Treasurer of Temple Israel of White Plains for two terms, and was a founding member of the board for “Summer Solstice Theater Conference.”

Among Steve’s outside pursuits, he is an amateur artist and photographer, who has had several of his photographs published. Steve will serve as NA Board Treasurer (a currently vacant position) and will Chair the new NA Investment Committee.

Steve received his BA in Economics from New York University and an MA in Economics from Columbia University.


Willard Boepple, NA

Willard is an abstract sculptor who has exhibited widely since the early seventies. His work is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, The Portland Museum, Storm King Art Center, The Fitz-William, The National Galleries of Botswana, of Kenya, and numerous other public and private collections worldwide. He has served on the faculties of Bennington College and The Boston Museum School and has traveled extensively in Africa as a U.S. State Department Visiting Cultural Specialist. For twenty years, he was Chairman of the Triangle Artists’ Workshop in New York and serves on the board of the Vermont Studio Center. He is represented by Lori Bookstein Projects in New York and Maddox Arts in London. He lives and works in New York and Vermont and is frequently in the UK where he makes prints with Kip Gresham at the Print Studio, Cambridge.

Willard was elected to the Academy in 2010, and to the Board in 2012.


Paul Broches, NA

Paul Broches is a Senior Partner at Mitchell/Giurgola Architects where he has worked since completing a Master of Architecture degree in 1970 at the Columbia University School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. A Fellow in the American Institute of Architects (AIA) since 1991, Paul has led design teams for civic, cultural, educational and research buildings throughout the country, with a particular focus on New York City. Clients include The Rockefeller University, Brooklyn Academy of Music, FDR Four Freedoms Park, Cornell, City University of New York and NYC Public Schools.

His approach to design is founded on architecture as a social art and the importance of aspirational, uplifting buildings. To bring aesthetic delight to community life, Paul has a strong commitment to the integration of art and architecture, an important part of his practice. He encourages clients to incorporate site specific artist/architect collaborations in their projects.

Paul is a board member of the international human rights /social justice NGO, Architects Designers and Planners for Social Responsibility. In 2013, he was elected to the National Academy for his significant contributions to American architecture. He currently serves as Co-Chair of the NA Membership Committee.


Veronica Bulgari


Veronica Bulgari currently oversees special projects for Bulgari after having held managerial positions with the company’s jewelry and fragrance division since 1991. She is a graduate of Duke University where she earned her BA in Art History and Political Science and received her MA from the Courtauld Institute of Art in 1990. She served on the Trinity Board of Visitors at Duke University from 2002 to 2008 and on the board of the Piano Outreach of New York from 2012-2017, an organization providing music scholarships. She also serves on the board of the American Foundation for the Courtauld Institute of Art. Bulgari is active with the Carnegie Hall Notables, which promotes classical music to younger audiences through the Weill Music Institute. She is a collector of photography. In 2012, Bulgari co–founded the Washington Square Park Conservancy, a non-profit organization with the mission of preserving and enhancing Washington Square Park in New York City. 


Walter studied painting at the New York Studio School and the Philadelphia College of Art before receiving a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Maryland. He did post-graduate work at the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies, where he was assistant to architect Peter Eisenman. He received a midcareer Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome in 1989, and in 1986, founded Walter Chatham Architect. His firm has received numerous awards for architecture and planning, including two National American Institute of Architects Distinguished Architecture Awards. Walter is one of this year’s recipients of the Seaside Prize, given by the Seaside Institute for excellence in architecture and urban design.

In addition to his professional activities, Walter is a current director and past president of the Architectural League, and was for many years on the boards of the Sir John Soane’s Museum Foundation and the Wolfsonsian Museum in Miami. He is currently also a member of the Hudson New York Planning Board.

Walter was elected to the Academy in 2011, and has served as Board Co-Chair since 2015.


Initially part of the architectural sculpture movement of the early 1970s, Donna Dennis is best known for her complex sculptural installations with sound. BLUE BRIDGE/red shift, a 24-foot long evocation of railway drawbridges was exhibited at SculptureCenter in NY in 1993 and her subway-inspired Deep Station filled the lobby of the Brooklyn Museum in 1987. In 2007, the outdoor sculptures Tourist Cabins on Park Avenue, were exhibited on Park Avenue, NYC. In 2013, Coney Night Maze, a complex mixed media installation with sound that drew inspiration from the maze of layered fences, gates, ramps and barriers that nestled beneath the Cyclone roller coaster, was seen at the Neuberger Museum.

Her work is included in Sculpture Today (Phaidon Press), which overviews sculpture worldwide during the past 50 years. In 2004, her work was seen in "Architecture & Arts 1900–2004," at the Palazzo Ducale in Genoa, Italy, curated by Germano Celant. A frequent collaborator, Donna has worked with poets Anne Waldman, Kenward Elmslie, Daniel Wolff and Ted Berrigan and with performance artist/puppeteer Dan Hurlin.

Donna’s work is in prominent collections including the Brooklyn Museum, the Cleveland Art Museum, the Microsoft Collection, the Walker Art Center, Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst in Aachen, Germany, the Indianapolis Museum, the San Diego Museum of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Neuberger Museum, and the Martin Z. Margulies Collection. Permanent public art commissions are located at John F. Kennedy Airport, P.S. 234, in Tribeca, Queens College, and at the Wonderland MBTA Station in Boston.

Grants and awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, several National Endowment Fellowships, and Pollock-Krasner Foundation grants. In recent years, she received the prestigious Artists’ Legacy Foundation Award, the Merit Award in Sculpture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Anonymous Was a Woman Award.

She was elected to the National Academy in 2010 and currently serves as Co-Chair of the NA Membership Committee. She lives and works in New York City and is Professor Emerita at Purchase College, SUNY.


Buzzy Geduld


Buzzy has been the Chairman and CEO of Cougar Capital, LLC, since its inception in 2002. Prior to forming Cougar, Geduld was Chairman and CEO of Herzog, Heine, Geduld, a Merrill Lynch Company. Before Herzog’s merger with Merrill Lynch, Mr. Geduld served as its President and CEO and had been with the firm for more than 30 years. He serves on the Board of Directors of enCourage Kids Foundation, and is Co-Chair of their Investment Committee; The New-York Historical Society; Jazz at Lincoln Center, and is a member of their Investment Committee. He also serves as a member of the Board of Governors of The National Academy of Design. He served on the Board of Trustees of the Rodeph Sholom Temple from 2004–2013, as well as the Rodeph Sholom School Board, the Board of Trustees of The Dalton School from 2008–2014. He has served on the Board of Directors of Nasdaq, Inc.; the NASD Quality of Markets Committee; the Board of Governors of the Security Traders Association; is a past President, Director, Vice President and Secretary of the Security Traders Association of New York (STANY); past President of STANY Gratuity Fund; and has served on the Trading Committee of the NASD and Security Industry Association (SIA).


Andrew Ginzel produces work in multiple mediums, including installation, performance, photography, drawings, and site-specific works. Often working in collaboration with Kristin Jones, his many projects include the University of Colorado’s new Art Museum in Boulder, Snow College Library, The Hoboken Ferry Terminal and the Metro System in St. Louis. Architectural interventions in Manhattan include Metronome on Union Square, and Oculus throughout the World Trade Center / Park Place / Chambers Street Subway station. Other projects include installations created for the Kunsthalle, Basel; The Olympic Arts Festival; The List at MIT; Public Art Fund; Wadsworth Atheneum; The New Museum of Contemporary Art; The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts; Triennale, New Delhi; Creative Time; Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Prato; Chicago Cultural Center, among others.

His multiple performance works include commissions from The Next Wave Festival of the Brooklyn Academy of Music, David Dorfman, Matthew McGuire of the Creation Company, and Merce Cunningham. Concurrent is a studio practice of “thought experiments” on paper. Andrew has received numerous awards throughout his career, including the Rome Prize, The “Bessie”, three NEA grants, Pollock-Krasner, The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundations, Indo-American, NYSCA, NYFA, and Rockefeller Foundation fellowships.

His work is included in the permanent collections of The Brooklyn Museum of Art, Centro per L’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato, Italy; Kunsthalle Basel; Targetti Art Light Collection, Florence, Italy; U.S. Trust Company of New York, NY; Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT; Yves Klein Foundation, AZ, among others.

Andrew was elected into the National Academy in 2009. He teaches at the School of Visual Arts and lives and works in NYC. He has served as Co-Chair of the NA Membership Committee and has recently been elected Vice President of the Academy.


Julie was elected as a National Academician in 2011 and to the Board of Governors in 2014. Julie received her MFA in painting and printmaking at Yale School of Art and Architecture in 1985, and her BFA from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1981. She has been exhibiting widely for the past two decades. In the last 5 years alone, she had 14 solo exhibitions throughout the United States and Europe, including at the Crocker Art Museum and Michael Haas Gallery in Berlin; and a museum show entitled “The Water Rises," originating at the Louisiana State University Museum of Art in Baton Rouge, and traveling to six museums in Pennsylvania, Florida and Texas. Her work is in numerous museums throughout the country, including the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Columbia Museum of Art, Crocker Art Museum, Honolulu Museum of Art, Knoxville Museum of Art, McNay Art Museum, The Mint Museum, New Britain Museum of Art, Norton Museum of Art, Palmer Museum of Art, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, among many others.

In addition to her art practice, Julie has published reviews and articles in a number of books and magazines, and in 2014, she launched (with Virginia Wagner) a blog called “Painters on Paintings,” a platform investigating painting across time and temperament, style and trends.


Lisa Hoke, NA

Lisa Hoke was born in Virginia Beach, VA, 1952. Hoke received a BA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. She was awarded the Edwin Austin Abbey Fellowship from the National Academy Museum, New York in 2008 and a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant. Her work has exhibited nationally, notably at the Sarasota Museum of Art, Oklahoma City Museum of Art, New Britain Museum of American Art, MASS MoCA, The Aldrich Museum, The Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Cleveland Institute of Art, Serpentine Gallery, London, Corcoran Gallery of Art and The New Museum. Her work is in numerous public and private collections including The Whitney Museum of American Art, Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, and New Orleans Museum of Art, and was most recently commissioned by Lavazza in 2018 to create a permanent installation for their headquarters in Turin, Italy. Hoke is represented by Pavel Zoubok Gallery and works and lives in New York City.


Wendy Evans Joseph, FAIA is Founding Partner of Studio Joseph, AN architectural, exhibition design and planning practice she founded in 1996.

Wendy’s work includes a diverse spectrum of commercial, residential and institutional design. Her projects range from a butterfly watching park and visitor center in Texas to a long-span pedestrian bridge for The Rockefeller University in New York. She is known for her specialty in exhibition installation and has designed a number of important museum shows.

Prior to launching her practice, Wendy was with Pei Cobb Freed & Partners where she worked for over a decade. Wendy holds a Master in Architecture with “Distinction” from Harvard University Graduate School of Design. She earned her Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania. A recipient of the prestigious Rome Prize in Architecture, she was a Fellow at the American Academy in Rome. In 2003, she was elected into the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects and in 2012 she was elected Academician of the National Academy of Design. Overall, Wendy's firm has won more than 100 professional design awards and in 2104, the firm was named by Wallpaper Magazine one of the “Hottest Young Firms” internationally.

Apart from practice, Wendy is interested in art and design education. She is a member of the Harvard GSD Dean’s Advisory Council. She is former chairman of the University of Pennsylvania Design School Board of Overseers, and was University Trustee. Other involvements include: member of the Design Council of the Museum of Modern Art, past president of The Architectural League of New York, and past chairman of the American Institute of Architects National Committee on Design. In 2000, Wendy was the president of the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

She currently sits on the board of American Ballet Theatre and 2nd Stage Theatre. Wendy has served as an advisor to a number of non-profit organizations to help with buildings, architect selection and master planning.

Wendy was elected into the National Academy of Design in 2012, has served as Vice President of the Academy, and now serves as President of the Academy.


Roberto Juarez, NA

Roberto Juarez is a painter, printmaker and public artist who was born in Chicago, Illinois, received his BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and pursued Graduate Studies at UCLA’s School of Film and Television. He has exhibited widely since the early 80’s in New York City and has shown nationally and internationally in Europe, Mexico, and China.

Roberto’s public work can be found at Grand Central Terminal, the Miami International Airport, the University of Michigan Ann Arbor and at the Federal Courthouse in Ft Pierce, Florida. He won the Prix de Rome in 1997, was a Guggenheim Fellow in 2002 and elected to the National Academy in 2011.

His work is included in the collections of the Denver Art Museum, El Museo Del Barrio, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Perez Art Museum of Miami, the Speed Art Museum and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

In the past, he has served on the boards of Creative Time and Visual AIDS.

Roberto works and lives in New York City and Canaan, New York


Richard Kalina, NA

Richard Kalina was elected to the National Academy in 2011 and joined the board in 2015. Educated at the University of Pennsylvania, he has been exhibiting his paintings nationally and internationally since 1969, and has been represented for over twenty years by the Lennon, Weinberg Gallery in New York.

His work is in many museums and public collections, including Wadsworth Atheneum, the Nasher Museum at Duke University, the Fogg Museum at Harvard University, the Yale University Art Gallery, the Springfield Museum, the Parrish Art Museum, the University of Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, and the University of New Mexico Museum of Art. In addition to his work in painting and drawing, Richard is a widely-published art critic, serving as a Contributing Editor at Art in America, and regularly publishing articles in that magazine and others. He writes on Pop Art, Minimalism and Postminimalism, Conceptual Art, Abstract Expressionism, and issues relating to contemporary abstraction. Richard is the editor of Imagining the Present: Context, Content, and the Role of the Critic, published by Routledge Press in 2006. He recently published a major article on Cy Twombly for Art in America and a catalog essay on Photorealism for the Parrish Art Museum in Southampton, NY. He has been active in recent years at the College Art Association and AICA, the International Association of Critics of Art, and lectures widely. Richard teaches studio art and art history at Fordham University in New York where he served as Chair of the Department of Theatre and Visual Arts for ten years.


Judy Pfaff, NA

Judy Pfaff was born in London in 1946 and raised in Detroit. She received an MFA from Yale University (1973) where she studied under Al Held. A pioneer of installation art in the 1970s, Pfaff synthesizes sculpture, painting, and architecture into dynamic environments in which space seems to expand and collapse; fluctuating between the two- and three-dimensional. But her work is perhaps best described as painting in space.

 Judy’s numerous honors include a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Sculpture Center (2014) and as among the first women artists ever included in H. W. Janson's History of Art. Among her other recognitions are an Academy Member Fellowship, American Academy of Arts & Sciences (2013); Anonymous Was A Woman Award (2013); Guggenheim Fellowship (1983); National Endowment for the Arts grants (1979, 1986); and being elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters (since 2009). In 2004, she received the MacArthur Foundation Award.

Judy has exhibited work in the Whitney Biennials of 1975, 1981, and 1987, represented the United States in the 1998 Sao Paulo Bienal, and continues to show at major galleries, museums, and universities globally. Among her major commissions are the Pennsylvania Convention Center Public Arts Projects in Philadelphia and set designs for Wind Devil at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and Regina with the American Symphony Orchestra at the Fisher Center, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY. 

Judy was the Milton Avery Distinguished Professor of Art, Bard College in 1989 and 1991 and was Richard B. Fisher Professor and Chair of the Bard College Art Department from 1992 – 2014.

Judy was elected to the National Academy in 2007. She lives and works in Tivoli, New York.



Douglas Polley


Doug is the co-founding partner and Chief Investment Officer at Noyack Creek Capital.  He was previously at P Schoenfeld Asset Management, where he was Head of Domestic Equity (2007-2015), Co-head of Credit (2003-2007), and a member of the Investment Committee.  He also previously held positions at in the Investment Bank at Goldman Sachs (1996-2001) and at Baker & McKenzie.  He was previously chair of the investment committee for the Parrish Art Museum and also served on the board of the Trinity School.


James Siena is a New York-based artist whose complex, rule-based linear abstractions have situated him firmly within the trajectory of modern American art. His artwork is driven by self-imposed predetermined sets of rules, or “visual algorithms,” which find their end-result in intensely concentrated, vibrantly-colored, freehand geometric patterns. James works across a diverse range of media, including lithography, etching, woodcut, engraving, drawing, and painting. 

His work is held in numerous prestigious public and private collections across the U.S., including Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, and Whitney Museum of American Art, among many others. James has been the recipient of multiple honors and awards, including The New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Painting (1994), The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Biennial Competition Award (1999), and an award in Art from The American Academy and National Institute of Arts and Letters, New York (2000). James lectures and teaches at institutions throughout the United States, including the Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY, San Francisco Art Institute, the Cleveland Institute of Art, OH, and the School of Visual Arts, New York.

James was elected to the Academy in 2011and to the Board of Governors in 2016, where he currently serves as the Chairman of the Abbey Council. James received his BFA from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY in 1979 and is represented by Pace Gallery in New York.


Samira Nanda Sine

Samira Nanda Sine describes herself a global nomad. During the course of her professional career, she has worked in Mumbai, Hong Kong, and New York City, as a journalist and writer. With over 15 years as a writer, on-air broadcaster, and producer, she has worked at the BBC World Business Desk, Reuters Television News, and the Huffington Post. She has also hosted a travel and food show that airs on the Learning Channel HD Worldwide and Apple TV. Samira holds a master's degree in journalism from New York University, a master's degree in English literature from Bombay University, India, and a bachelor's degree in economics and political science from Mount Carmel College, Bangalore, India.


Jane Stageberg


Jane Stageberg has been practicing architecture in New York City since 1990. Prior to establishing Bade Stageberg Cox, Jane worked at such notable firms as Davis Brody Bond, Tod Williams Billie Tsien and Gluckman Mayner Architects. With her partners, Jane has developed a practice committed to design excellence and has been lead architect for a wide range of project types including new construction, renovations, and adaptive reuse. Bade Stageberg Cox has designed many award-winning projects, including the National Academy Museum + School, Cubic Housing, the Art Cave, Grafted House, MoMA’s PS1 Summer Blow Up, and Casa de Sombra. Jane is a member of the New York chapter of the AIA, and served as the P.S. 8 Robert Fulton School liaison to the Bargemusic elementary music program from 2003-06. Jane is a member of ArtTable, a professional association of women in arts management.


Tim Walch


Tim Walch is an experienced executive who helped redefine selling to the high-net worth and ultra-high-net worth market in the financial service industry for over 30 years, most recently serving as Vice Chairman of Private Banking in the Asset Management division of JPMorgan Chase. Tim consistently led brand expansion by penetrating new affluent market segments (regions, industries), innovating organizational structure, and disseminating best practices throughout the organization. Barron’s has listed Tim as one of the Top 100 Advisors in New York. He has been recognized as an industry innovator and has spoken domestically and internationally on the affluent/high-net worth segment. 

Tim has been working with organizations in a board capacity for over 30 years. He was one of the founding board members and officers of the Louisiana Children’s Museum in the 1980s, and a Planned Giving Chairman and Board member of a 500-bed community hospital, and was invited by the Aspen Institute to represent the Economics Institute, as Director and Officer, at the United Nations Summit on Sustainable Development in Indonesia. Four years ago, Tim took a sabbatical from JPMorgan to work with the Foundation for Education & Development in Phang Nga, Thailand, an organization that provides assistance to Burmese refugees. Since his return, Tim fully retired from JPMorgan and with other US Volunteers established a 501(c)3 to provide continuing assistance to the Foundation for Education & Development, where Tim is President and Treasurer. During the same period, Tim has expanded a farm-to-table event in Northwest Connecticut to fully fund a learning and resource hub for current farmers with a focus on sustainability. In addition to his board work, Tim has been active in historic preservation with projects recognized by city governments, historic preservation groups, and the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.  

Tim joined the Board in 2015 and has served as Co-Chair since then.


Leslie Wayne is a painter and an occasional writer and curator. Her signature works are known for their highly dimensional surfaces of oil paint, forcing a re-examination of the term painting in the traditional sense. They often take the literal form of draped cloth, or like ready-mades, stand-in for the objects they represent.

Leslie was born in Germany in 1953 and grew up in Southern California. She studied painting and printmaking at the University of California, Santa Barbara’s College of Creative Studies. She left school in her third year and moved to Paris to study French and to immerse herself in the art and museums of Europe. She then moved to Israel where she lived and worked from 1975-1980. After she returned to California, Wayne moved to New York and transferred to Parsons School of Design where she received her BFA in Sculpture with Honors in 1984. 

Leslie’s role as artist-curator began after she graduated from Parsons and opened a small commercial gallery for two years called 50 West in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of New York City. Since that time, she has continued to curate shows for other venues in New York and for several university galleries in the U.S. She also conducts interviews with fellow artists, which have been published in

Wayne has been the subject of 32 solo shows, two traveling surveys, and over 150 group exhibitions since 1974. She has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in Fine Arts, a Joan Mitchell Foundation grant, a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Painting, a New York State Council on the Arts Projects Residency Grant, a Yaddo Artists Fellowship, a Buhl Foundation Award for abstract photography, a Change Inc./Rauschenberg Foundation artist’s grant and an Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation grant. Her work is in the public collections of the Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL; la Coleccion Jumex, Mexico City; Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia, Italy; the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC; le Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris; the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum Smithsonian Library, NYC; The Miami Museum of Contemporary Art, FL; the Portland Museum of Art, Portland, OR; and the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY, among others. 

Leslie was inducted into the National Academy in 2016. She is represented by Jack Shainman Gallery and lives and works in New York City. Her next solo show at the gallery, entitled “Free Experience,” opens on September 7, 2017. She is currently working on a glass commission for New York City’s MTA Arts and Design, to be installed at the Bay Parkway Station on the F line in the fall of 2017.