Leadership

Board of the National Mall Coalition 

Officers

Judy Scott Feldman, Ph.D., Chair

A native Washingtonian, art historian, and educator, Judy Scott Feldman is a founder of the Coalition and has served as the Chairman of the Board since its creation in 2000. She has testified on Mall matters before Congress, and has been quoted and interviewed by national and international media including The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Dallas Morning News, the Los Angeles Times, and the Voice of America. She has been a guest on The News Hour, CBS Sunday Morning, and National Public Radio’s Diane Rehm Show and Kojo Nnamdi Show. She is author of “Turning Point: The Problematics of Change on the Mall” in The National Mall: Rethinking Washington’s Monumental CoreJohn Hopkins University Press, 2008. Dr. Feldman received the Committee of 100 on the Federal City Vision Award in May 2002, the D.C. Federation of Citizens Associations Award in 2005, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Committee of 100 in June 2011 for her Mall advocacy. Dr. Feldman holds a Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in art history from Pennsylvania State University, as well as a doctorate in art history from The University of Texas at Austin.

Arthur Cotton Moore, FAIA, Vice Chair

Arthur Cotton Moore, a sixth-generation Washingtonian, is a national award-winning, internationally recognized Architect, Planner, and Preservationist. Since 1965, Mr. Moore has practiced in 38 cities across the country, and received over 70 Design Awards, including three National AIA Honor Awards, and two national Architectural Record Residential Design Awards, while his work has been published in over 2,600 articles in magazines and newspapers in the U.S. and abroad. Mr. Moore is the Design Architect of Record for the Coalition’s innovative, multi-use National Mall Underground proposal that would help ensure the Mall’s resiliency and vitality in the 3rd century.

George H. F. Oberlander, AICP, Vice Chair

George Oberlander’s came to Washington in 1965 to be Planning Director of the National Capital Regional Planning Council and then spent 31 years with the National Capital Planning Commission, mostly as the Associate Executive Director, DC Affairs. Mr. Oberlander’s 50-year urban-regional planning career has included work for various communities in the New York metropolitan area and Newark, N.J as well. Mr. Oberlander is a member of the DC Preservation League, a Trustee of the Committee of 100 on the Federal City, and is active in the American Planning Association, American Institute of Certified Planners, and the International Fraternity of Lambda Alpha, among other organizations. He is a veteran of the Korean War and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University and a Masters of Science in Planning and Housing from Columbia University.

Joseph D. West, Esq., Treasurer

Joseph D. West is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and Co-Chair of the firm’s Government and Commercial Contracts Practice. For over 30 years, Mr. West has concentrated his practice on contracts counseling and dispute resolution. He has represented both contractors (and their subcontractors, vendors and suppliers) and government agencies, and has been involved in cases before various United States Courts of Appeals and District Courts, the United States Court of Federal Claims, numerous Federal Government Boards of Contract Appeals, and both the United States Government Accountability Office and Small Business Administration.

Lisa Benton-Short, Ph.D., Secretary

Lisa Benton-Short is Chair and associate professor in the Department of Geography at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and Senior Fellow with the Sustainability Collaborative. Dr. Benton’s interests lie in Urban National Parks, public memory spaces, and national identity and the political planning process. She has written a book about The Presidio of San Francisco, The Presidio: from Army Post to National Park, Northeastern University Press, 1998. Her new book, The National Mall: No Ordinary Public Space, Toronto University Press, 2016, examines planning and development issues confronting the National Mall in Washington, D.C. In addition to teaching urban geography at GWU, she hosted the 2004 public forum and workshops for the National Mall Third Century Initiative.

Board Members

M.J. “Jay” Brodie, FAIA, Director

M.J. “Jay” Brodie has spent a long career in economic development, architecture and city planning, most recently retiring as President of the Baltimore Development Corporation, responsible for the City of Baltimore’s city-wide economic development. Previously, Mr. Brodie has led other major redevelopment agencies in Washington and Baltimore, with his contributions to the revitalization of these cities being recognized in 1994 by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Thomas Jefferson Award, which honors public officials and public- and private-sector architects whose career achievements represent quality design. Mr. Brodie is a fellow of the American Institute of Architects and a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, Urban Land Institute, and National Trust for Historic Preservation. Mr. Brodie earned a master of architecture degree from Rice University and a bachelor of architecture degree from the University of Virginia.

James P. Clark, FAIA

James Clark has built his professional career dedicated design excellence. He has created programs that empower collaborative connections which harness and direct collective knowledge and talents of architects, students and institutions to inspire awareness, creativity, education and excellence. Mr. Clark is a principal at MTFA Architecture, an award winning firm in Virginia. His projects include the National Children’s Center, Amazonia at the National Zoological Park, John Paul the Great High School and the renovation of the historic Virginia Science Museum. He is past president of the Virginia Society AIA and past president of the Northern Virginia American Institute of Architects. He has created numerous programs routed in education including the National Ideas Competition for the Washington Monument Grounds and the Annual Interschool Design Competition at the National Building Museum. Mr. Clark has been honored with the distinguished VSAIA Award of achievement – an achievement of Virginians who have made creating, preserving and enhancing Virginia’s communities an important life commitment.

Ellen Goldstein, Director

Ellen Goldstein has been actively involved in protecting the beauty and promoting the livability of Washington since arriving in 1970, In addition to a long career in spanning teaching, politics, and government affairs, Ms. Goldstein has served actively on boards of several historic preservation organizations, including Don’t Tear it Down and the DC Preservation League.  She also served for more than 20 years on the board of Family Matters (previously known as Family and Child Services of Washington DC, founded in 1901) which provides many health care and adoption/foster care services to support the most vulnerable children, elders, and their families. Ms. Goldstein graduated from the Ohio State University and earned a Master’s Degree from Georgetown University.

Carolivia Herron, PhD

Carolivia Herron is an African American Jewish author, educator and publisher living in Washington, DC. She received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory from the University of Pennsylvania, and has held professorial appointments at Harvard University, Mount Holyoke College, California State University, Chico, and the College of William and Mary. Currently she is the director of EpicCentering the National Mall, a multimedia creative writing project that guides youth of Washington, DC to create stories that interlink their own lives and neighborhoods with installations on the National Mall. Dr. Herron is also an emeritus Distinguished Visiting Scholar of Project Humanities at Arizona State University. Professor Herron makes school appearances as part of the Pen/Faulkner Writers in Schools and gives workshops promoting her multimedia educational programs, EpicCenter Stories. These programs use classic and contemporary epics, group stories, and the diverse cultures of the learners themselves as a multimedia framework for learning modules online and in communities.

George Idelson, Secretary

George Idelson is a long-time resident of Washington and a World War II veteran as an Infantry Squad Leader with the 26th Yankee Division in the European Theatre, earning a Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster and a Purple Heart. After the war, he completed college at New York University and entered the field of advertising, helping to introduce the Porsche automobile in the US market and serving as an adjunct professor in advertising at George Washington University. Mr. Idelson is president of the Cleveland Park Citizens Association and on the board of the newly formed Tregaron Conservancy.

Hon. David H. Marlin, Esq., Director

David H. Marlin has been a public interest lawyer in Washington, DC since 1961 having joined the Kennedy Administration then as a trial lawyer in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice.  Other assignments include the Assistant General Counsel of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, the deputy director of the Washington Neighborhood Legal Services Program, Director of Legal Research and Services for the Elderly (affiliated with the National Council of Senior Citizens), co-founder and executive director of the Disability Rights Council of Greater Washington. He served for 11 years as a trial and appellate administrative judge for the District of Columbia.

Albert H. Small, Director

Albert H. Small represents the second generation of a family involved in real estate development in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area and is a dedicated philanthropist for many Washington area organizations. In 1950, he founded Southern Engineering and eventually built more than 20,000 homes, condominiums, and office buildings throughout the region. In addition to his work with the Coalition, Mr. Small serves on the Board of Directors of the National Symphony Orchestra, Department of State Diplomatic Rooms Endowment Fund, James Madison Council of the Library of Congress, Tudor Place Foundation, The Life Guard of Mount Vernon, Historical Society of Washington, D.C., and the National Archives Foundation. He was awarded the prestigious National Humanities Medal in 2009.

Executive Director: Mark Bennett

Emeritus Directors

Charles I. Cassell, FAIA, Director

Charles Cassell, a native Washingtonian, served in the US Army Air Corps during World War II before becoming a federal government architect, during which time he designed naval facilities for the US Navy and hospitals for the US Veterans Administration. He has served as chairman of the DC Historic Preservation Review Board, Vice President of the D.C. Preservation League, and served on the Board of Trustees for the Committee of 100 on the Federal City. Mr. Cassell earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Architecture from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

W. Kent Cooper, FAIA

Kent Cooper has been involved with architecture and design in the nation’s capital since the 1960s when he began his career working with Eero Saarinen on the innovative design for Dulles International Airport. Mr. Cooper was the Architect of Record for the Vietnam War Memorial and architect of the Korean War Memorial on the National Mall. He is a long-time member of the Committee of 100 on the Federal City, serves on its Board of Trustees and was awarded its Lifetime Achievement Award. In addition to his work with the Coalition, Mr. Cooper as assisted the DC Downtown Business Improvement District with further enhancement of the rapidly growing city’s urban amenities.

3rd Century Mall Advisors

Gordon Binder, Senior Fellow, World Wildlife Fund
Amy Meyer, Co-chair, People for A Golden Gate National Recreation Area