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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, Director of Community Engagement

Angela Gillespie, Director of Human Resources

Renée Littleton, Chief Communications Officer and Director of Marketing

Cherie Nichols, Chief Financial Officer

Klaus Ottmann, Deputy Director for Academic Affairs and Special Initiatives

Wendy Ponvert, Director of Development

Elsa Smithgall, Chief Curator

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, Director of Strategy and Operations

Board of Trustees

George Vradenburg, Honorary Chair, Trustee Emeritus

Dani Levinas, Chair
Todd Galaida, Vice Chair
Sala Patterson, Vice Chair
Amy Meadows, Secretary
Kathleen Petitt, Treasurer
Patty Alper-Cohn
Barbara Berish Brown
Susan L. Butler
Jane Chu
John Despres
Robert Drumheller
Nina Chung Dwyer
Lindsay Ellenbogen
Julie Garcia
Pamela Gwaltney

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

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