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About the Director

Photograph of Dorothy Kosinski


Dr. Dorothy Kosinski has been the Vradenburg Director & CEO of The Phillips Collection since April 2008. Previously, Dr. Kosinski was Senior Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the Dallas Museum of Art. She was also the museum’s Barbara Thomas Lemmon Curator of European Art. Over the course of 30 years in museum work, Kosinski has earned a reputation internationally as an accomplished curator and scholar of 19th and 20th century art. For over 12 years, Dr. Kosinski was based in Basel, Switzerland, where she was a curator, scholar, and university instructor, including curator and administrator of the Douglas Cooper Collection. In August 2013, Dr. Kosinski was appointed by President Barack Obama to the National Council on the Humanities. She currently serves on the Board of the Sherman Fairchild Foundation and The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation. Dr. Kosinski received a BA from Yale University and an MA and PhD from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University.

Staff Leadership

Dorothy Kosinski, Vradenburg Director & CEO

Nehemiah Dixon III, Senior Director for Programming and Community Engagement

Angela Gillespie, Director of Human Resources

Renée Littleton, Chief Communications Officer and Director of Marketing

Cherie Nichols, Chief Financial Officer

Wendy Ponvert, Chief Development Officer

Elsa Smithgall, Chief Curator

Vesela Sretenovic, Director for Contemporary Art Initiatives and Academic Affairs

Anne Taylor Brittingham, Deputy Director for Education and Responsive Learning Spaces

Yuma I. Tomes, Horning Chair for Diversity, Equity, Access, and Inclusion

Micha Winkler Thomas, Deputy Director of Strategy and Chief Operating Officer

Board of Trustees

John Despres, Chair
Barbara Hall, Vice Chair
Sala Patterson, Vice Chair
Pamela Gwaltney, Secretary
B. Thomas Mansbach, Treasurer
Patty Alper-Cohn
Beatriz Bolton
Barbara Berish Brown
Susan L. Butler
Jane Chu
Robert Drumheller

Nina Chung Dwyer
Lindsay Ellenbogen
Todd Galaida
Julie Garcia
Bonnie Burke Himmelman

Lynne N. Horning
Paul Killian
Micheline Klagsbrun
Dorothy Kosinski, ex-officio as Director
Howard Krass
Amy Meadows
A. Fenner Milton
Juanita Moore
Ronald A. Paul
Judy Pomeranz
Harvey Ross
Thomas D. Rutherfoord, Jr
Alice Phillips Swistel
Elizabeth Williams
Leo E. Zickler

Dani Levinas, Chair Emeritus
George Vradenburg, Honorary Chair, Trustee Emeritus

James B. Adler, Trustee Emeritus
C. Richard Belger, Trustee Emeritus
Jonathan Fineberg, Trustee Emeritus
Gerald W. Fischer, Trustee Emeritus
Jay Gates, Director Emeritus
J. Roderick Heller III, Trustee Emeritus
Linda Lichtenberg Kaplan, Trustee Emerita
Toni H. Paul, Trustee Emerita
Richard Thompson, Trustee Emeritus
Alan L. Wurtzel, Trustee Emeritus