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Advisory Board

The Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute’s board members provide advice, fundraising assistance, and promote the institute’s conservation activities around the world. 

Dawn Arnall

Dawn Arnall is a private investor, businesswoman and philanthropist. She currently serves as chair of SBP Capital Corporation. A seasoned executive with more than two decades of professional experience in the financial services and real estate industries, Arnall is an active investor in the energy, insurance and technology sectors. She is a supporter of animal rescue and conservation organizations, cancer research and therapeutic education for mentally and physically challenged children. She is a member of the board of directors of Conservation International and former chair of National Geographic's International Council of Advisors. She also serves on the Executive Committee of the Simon Wiesenthal Center and is a member of the George W. Bush Women's Advisory Board.

Arnall obtained her B.A. and M.B.A. from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. She lives in Aspen, Colorado.

Hal Brierley

Hal Brierley serves as executive chairman and chief loyalty architect of Brierley+Partners, Inc., one of the world's leading specialists in the design and implementation of customer loyalty programs, having founded the company in 1985. B+P's clients include Allstate, American Eagle Outfitters, Express, Fandango, GameStop, Hard Rock Café, Hertz, Hilton, Levi's and 7 Eleven.

Brierley has provided loyalty program design counsel to some 200 major global brands over the past twenty five years, including the design for American Express, Continental Airlines' OnePass, Hertz #1Gold and Hilton Honors, as well as a decade of support for United's Mileage Plus.

Brierley founded and served as CEO of e-Rewards, Inc., the world's largest online market research panel, with some six million panelists in 36 countries, with annual sales of over $300 million.

He began his entrepreneurial career in 1969 as co-founder of Epsilon Data Management, one of the pioneers in database marketing, serving as its president and CEO for eleven years. Epsilon's early clients included some 400 not-for-profit organizations, including the San Diego Zoo and the National Zoo.

In 1980, Brierley served as the only consultant for the launch of American Airlines' AAdvantage program, the nation's first frequent traveler program. In 1982, Brierley was elected vice president of sales and advertising for Pan American World Airways, where he launched Worldpass, the first global frequent traveler program. In 1983, he was named senior vice president of marketing for Continental Airlines.

He graduated with highest honors in chemical engineering from the University of Maryland in 1965 and as a Baker Scholar with high honors from Harvard Business School in 1968.

Brierley is involved in a variety of activities, including: the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts Foundation as a member of the board of directors and its executive and finance committees since 2000; Dallas Symphony Association; member of the board of Marketing Edge; member of the International Board of Advisors of the National Geographic Society; member of board of directors of Baylor Health Care System Foundation, Dallas Opera, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas Foundation, University of Maryland College Park Foundation; member of Harvard Business School's board of dean’s advisors; member of the Mayor's Business/Arts Initiative Action Team; and a member of World Presidents Organization.

John A. Canning, Jr.

John A. Canning, Jr. co-founded Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC (“MDP”) in 1992, and served as its Chief Executive Officer until becoming its Chairman in 2007. MDP has raised investment funds with more than $22 billion in limited partner commitments from over 400 endowments, pension funds and other sophisticated investors. MDP is one of the most experienced and successful private equity investment firms in the United States with 43 investment professionals.

Prior to co-founding MDP, Mr. Canning spent 24 years with First Chicago Corporation, most recently as Executive Vice President of The First National Bank of Chicago and President of First Chicago Venture Capital.

Mr. Canning currently serves on the Boards of Directors of Corning Incorporated and Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club; and is a Life Trustee of Northwestern University. Mr. Canning is Co-Chairman of the Big Shoulders Fund, a Director and Chairman of Northwestern Memorial Hospital, a Trustee and Former Chairman of the Museum of Science and Industry, former Director and Chairman of The Economic Club of Chicago, former Chairman of The Chicago Community Trust, a Trustee and former Chairman of The Field Museum and former Director and Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

Stephanie Cutter

Stephanie Cutter is a founding partner at Precision Strategies, a communications, digital and data targeting consulting firm in Washington D.C. and New York City. Her political and communications experience spans two decades in public service and the private sector; crafting communications and crisis-management strategies for the White House, US Senate, and the nation's leading political campaigns and corporations. After helping to elect the president in 2008 and serving in the White House, Cutter was President Obama’s 2012 deputy campaign manager in charge of communications, media, policy, and research as well as being a member of the senior strategy team.

Cutter sits on the boards of Organizing for Action, the University of Chicago Institute of Politics, the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, and in 2013, she was appointed to the President's Committee on Arts and Humanities.

A Massachusetts native, Cutter lives in Washington, DC, and is a graduate of Smith College and Georgetown University Law Center.

James Dinegar


James Dinegar joined the Greater Washington Board of Trade as president and chief executive officer in July 2006. As president and CEO, Dinegar oversees an organization that represents major business interests throughout northern Virginia, Washington, D.C., and suburban Maryland. The Board of Trade puts its focus on the critical issues facing the greater Washington, D.C., region: transportation; emergency preparedness and business continuity; green as a competitive advantage; and the workforce in regards to recruiting and retaining highly qualified people. For more than 120 years, the Board of Trade has been instrumental in creating and protecting the environs of the Washington region for the population and business.

Before coming to the Board of Trade, Dinegar served as chief operating officer of the American Institute for Architects (AIA) where he was responsible for the overall operation of a 77,000-member organization and directed strategic efforts in the areas of education, technology, international collaboration, organizational alliances, and government advocacy. Mr. Dinegar lives in Arlington, Virginia and has called the Washington, D.C., region home for more than 30 years. He is a graduate of the Catholic University of America. 

Joan Donner


Joan Donner of Colorado Springs, Colorado, is president of Twende, LTD, a Colorado- and Nairobi-based company that leads and coordinates safaris in Africa. She has been active on a number of boards and committees in the Washington area, including the Smithsonian national board, National Museum of the American Indian, and the James Smithson Society.

Elliott Ferguson

Elliott Ferguson serves as president and CEO of Destination DC, the official convention and tourism corporation for Washington, DC.

A veteran of more than 25 years in the travel and hospitality industry, Ferguson leads Destination DC's efforts to generate economic opportunity for the District through meetings and tourism, overseeing the organization's convention and tourism sales, marketing, finance and business development operations. Ferguson began his tenure with Destination DC in 2001 as senior vice president of convention sales and services and has served as president and CEO of Destination DC since 2009. Prior to working at Destination DC he served as vice president of sales at the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau. He has also served as director of sales for both the Atlanta and Savannah, Georgia Convention and Visitors Bureaus.

Ferguson received a Bachelor of Arts in marketing and business administration from Savannah State University. His many memberships in the industry include the American Society of Association Executives, Professional Conference Management Association, International Association of Exhibition Executives and Destination Marketing Association International.

Ferguson currently serves on the board of directors for the following organizations: the U.S. Department of Commerce's Travel and Tourism Advisory Board; U.S. Travel Association; Downtown DC Business Improvement District (BID); the District of Columbia's Taxicab Commission; DC Jazz Festival; Capital Partners for Education; and the Ryan Kerrigan "Blitz for the Better" Foundation. Ferguson also serves on Brand USA's Marketing Advisory Group; DC Business Coalition and Hospitality Alliance of Washington, DC.

Ferguson is a longtime resident of Capitol Hill, a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and is an active mentor with Capital Partners for Education.

Fernand Fernandez

Fernand “Fern” Fernandez is the interim president and CEO of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Previously, Fernandez served as American Airlines’ vice president – global marketing.  He is an experienced airline executive with more than 20 years in the industry.

At American Airlines, Fernandez led the team responsible for advertising, brand, product development, promotions, sponsorship and marketing initiatives for all of the company’s products and services. He worked across the enterprise and collaborated with various operational departments, such as reservations, airport customer service, and in-flight service to create and deliver an industry leading customer experience.

Fernandez joined U.S. Airways in 2007 as director – Dividend Miles and was later promoted to managing director – marketing and customer loyalty where he led a team responsible for managing the efforts to provide high-value, world-class loyalty and partnership programs for U.S. Airways’ 30 million members worldwide. In addition, Fernandez led all marketing, communications and advertising activities at U.S. Airways, Dividend Miles and U.S. Airways Vacations.

Fernandez began his airline career at TWA followed by Northwest Airlines where he held a number of increasingly responsible positions in finance, alliances, marketing and sales.

A native of South Florida, he graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautical science and business administration. Fernandez is also on the board of directors of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Fernandez lives with his wife and two children in Colleyville, Texas.

David C. Leavy

A 16-year Discovery veteran, David C. Leavy manages the company’s creative and corporate marketing functions; government relations and public policy; standards and practices; global corporate communications; talent relations; global technology and operations, including broadcast operations, technology strategy and architecture, IT infrastructure, systems and data solutions, and information security; as well as business operations, including administration, security, travel and real estate functions. Additionally, Leavy leads Discovery’s in-house media agency – The Discovery Agency – which offers a 360° suite of services including creative strategy and design, media planning and marketing partnerships, and brand activation.

Since joining Discovery, Leavy has overseen communications and strategy for some of the company’s most significant initiatives, including the 2008 debut as a publicly traded company, the $1.7B acquisition of SBS Nordic, the announcement of the company’s joint venture with Oprah Winfrey, Discovery’s agreement to acquire full ownership of Eurosport, and in 2015, Discovery and Eurosport’s agreement for the exclusive TV and multimedia rights to the Olympic Games across Europe from 2018-2024. In addition, he spearheaded the development of the company’s "Discovery Impact" corporate social responsibility programs, which leverage the power of Discovery’s brands, businesses and employees to give back to the world through global volunteerism.

Under Leavy’s leadership, Discovery’s Corporate Communications and Corporate Affairs teams have been recognized with a number of awards, including PR Week’s "Large Corporate Communications Team of the Year" and PR News’ "CSR Volunteer Initiative of the Year." Additionally, The Discovery Agency has won more than 10 In-house Agency Forum awards including, "Best in Show."

Prior to joining Discovery, Leavy served as chief spokesman and senior director of public affairs for the National Security Council and deputy White House press secretary for Foreign Affairs. In that position, Leavy handled all press issues relating to foreign policy and chaired the Interagency Public Affairs Working Group that coordinated the Clinton Administration’s long range strategic messaging on international policy. Leavy developed the communications strategies for NATO’s military action in Kosovo, the State Visit of Chinese President Jiang Zemin, U.S. military action in Iraq, Afghanistan and Sudan, as well as the Senate’s ratification of the Chemical Weapons Convention.

Leavy previously served as assistant press secretary at the State Department and the White House Press Office. He is a graduate of Colby College and the Salisbury School, where he now serves on the Board of Trustees.

Michael Lefenfeld

Michael Lefenfeld is a serial entrepreneur and technology thought leader, co-founded and leads SiGNa Chemistry, Inc., a global manufacturer of highly-active, environmentally-friendly chemicals. SiGNa’s products are used to improve production processes in the energy recovery, petrochemical refining and chemical manufacturing industries. Lefenfeld and SiGNa have been recognized with the EPA’s Presidential Green Chemistry Award and the World Economic Forum’s Technology Pioneer Award.

Lefenfeld built his career around the belief that many of the solutions our world seeks—better healthcare, cleaner manufacturing, and sustainable energy—can be achieved with better science. He has dedicated his career to cutting-edge scientific research and his work has led to safer industrial environments, better medical technologies, and more effective, affordable energy solutions. Prior to SiGNa, Lefenfeld embraced his ability for developing and commercializing new technology and launched and sold three other companies by the time he was 30. He has been widely recognized for his efforts including:  World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, ICIS Top Chemical Power Player to Watch, Cedars-Sinai Award for Technology Innovation in Medical Devices, Red Herring Magazine’s Top 25 Entrepreneurs Under 35, Inc. Magazine’s Top 30 Entrepreneurs Under 30, BusinessWeek’s Best Entrepreneurs Under 25. He also holds more than 50 patents in areas including medical devices, controlled release, electronics, chemical reactivity, and information technology.

Michael has a master's of philosophy in Chemistry from Columbia University and a bachelor's in chemical engineering from Washington University in St Louis. Michael is an annual lecturer at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and is an adjunct faculty scholar at Michigan State University. He is a member of the business advisory board for the Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation, the board of entrepreneurs for Venture for America, the board of directors for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (NYC Chapter) and the advisory board for Washington University of St. Louis’ EECE.

Kenneth "Ken" Lore

Kenneth "Ken" Lore is an attorney and partner at Kattan Muchin Rosenman LLP. He joined the firm in February 2014, where he serves as head of the real estate practice – East Coast. Lore has written extensively on all aspects of real estate law, and his articles have been published in Legal Times, New York Law Journal and American University Law Review. He also lectures on real estate finance at industry forums and seminars, such as the Columbia University real estate development program and meetings of the National Housing & Rehabilitation Association. Lore is frequently interviewed by the real estate and general press for commentary on industry developments and has been a featured speaker on regional and national news broadcasts.

Previously, he was co-chair of Bingham McCutchen LLP's Real Estate Practice Group. He is on the board of the Foundation for the National Archives and was board Chairman and President. He also sits on the Dean's Advisory Council of the Washington College of Law at American University. Additionally, he sits on the board of the National Housing Conference (formerly vice chairman) the advisory board of the Center for Housing Policy, and the editorial advisory board of "Tax Credit Advisor." He was chairman of Johns Hopkins Institute for Policy Studies National Advisory Board from 2004–2010.

Thomas E. Lovejoy

Thomas E. Lovejoy is a university professor of environmental science and policy at George Mason University, a senior fellow at the United Nations Foundation, and the former biodiversity chair of the H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics and the Environment. Lovejoy introduced the term biological diversity to the scientific community in 1980. From 2009-2013, Lovejoy served as chair of the Scientific Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) for the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the multibillion dollar funding mechanism for developing countries in support of their obligations under international environmental conventions and currently serves as a senior advisor. Lovejoy has been assistant secretary and counselor to the secretary at the Smithsonian Institution, science advisor to the secretary of the interior, and executive vice president of the World Wildlife Fund–U.S. He conceived the idea for the Minimum Critical Size of Ecosystems project, a joint project between the Smithsonian and Brazil's INPA, originated the concept of debt-for-nature swaps, and is the founder of the public television series Nature. In 2001 he was awarded the prestigious Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement and in 2012 received the Blue Planet Prize, which recognizes outstanding efforts in scientific research or applications of science that contribute to solving global environmental problems. Lovejoy served on science and environmental councils or committees under the Reagan, Bush, and Clinton administrations. He received his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees, both in biology, from Yale University.

Angela "Angie" Marriott

Angela Marriott is a member of the Marriott Family, long-time supporters of Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute. With the Marriott Family's dedication and support, the Zoo has achieved much-needed momentum for its continuing efforts to raise awareness and funding for its work and to maintain its global leadership among zoos. The Marriott's have also introduced the Zoo's work and important initiatives to other animal lovers, conservationists, and local philanthropic leaders. The Marriott Family played a leading role in securing the funding necessary to bring the Giant Pandas back to the Zoo in 2000 with a gift of $1.6 million, as well as a generous $3 million gift to the Elephant Trails exhibit in 2007, allowing critically endangered Asian elephants to flourish in a state-of-the-art habitat.

Marriott currently serves as a board member of the Make-a-Wish Foundation, Mid-Atlantic chapter; the American Heart Association's Women's Board; and is a former board member of Best Friends Foundation and Washington Performing Arts Society.

John W. Marriott III


John W. Marriott III is chief executive officer of Thomas Point Ventures, L.P. and JWM Family Enterprises, L.P. He developed and owns 11 hotels managed by Marriott International, and is vice chairman of the board of Marriott International.

Over the past 30 years, Marriott has served in a number of positions within Marriott International. Most recently, he served as president of North American Lodging, and executive vice president of sales and marketing, brand management, and operations planning and support. His other positions include senior vice president for Marriott's Mid-Atlantic region, vice president of development, director of finance, general manager, director of food & beverage, restaurant manager, and cook.

In April 2002, Marriott, who speaks Japanese, was named by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Japanese government to co-chair a special taskforce to promote travel between the United States and Japan. He was also named one of the most influential executives by Business Travel News in January 2004.

Adrienne B. Mars


Adrienne B. Mars of Jackson, Wyoming has been involved with various environmental organizations, including the Smithsonian Institution.

Since 1974, Mars has served on the Board of Trustees of her alma mater. She has been a part of the Board of the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, and the Smithsonian's National Board.

For nearly two decades, Mars has been active with the World Wildlife Fund, sitting on the Board and the National Council. She is also involved with the Washington Opera's Board. Born in Quincy, Florida, Mars earned her bachelor’s degree in economics and history from Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts.

Susan A. Mars


Susan A. Mars, of McLean, Virginia, lived in Singapore and in Belgium before moving to the Washington area. A nurse by training, Mars' passion revolves around providing opportunity for disadvantaged children to lead both a productive life and to learn to appreciate and respect their local environment.

While residing in Singapore, she was an active board member of Caring for Cambodia, a non-profit organization focused on improving the lives of children through education and outreach. Mars served on the board of Insulated Shipping Containers, Inc. from 1990 to 2001 and currently serves on the board of Demios, LLC, a private venture capital firm based in Southern California, whose primary mission is to identify and support early start-up businesses in the areas of health and environmental sciences.

Terry D. McCallister

Terry D. McCallister is chairman of the board and chief executive officer of WGL Holdings, Inc., parent company of Washington Gas. He also serves as chairman and CEO of Washington Gas, the natural gas utility serving over 1,000,000 customers in the Washington metropolitan area and surrounding region.

Prior to his election as chairman and CEO on October 1, 2009, McCallister served as president and chief operating officer of WGL Holdings and Washington Gas. He joined Washington Gas in 2000 as vice president of Gas Transportation.

McCallister is active in the natural gas industry and the community. He serves on the board of directors of the American Gas Association. Additionally, he is currently serving as the chairman of the board of directors of the Southern Gas Association and is on the board of the Gas Technology Institute, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, the Greater Washington Board of Trade, the Virginia Chamber of Commerce, Northern Virginia Family Services, the National Symphony Orchestra, and the INOVA Health System Foundation.

McCallister is a graduate of University of Missouri-Rolla where he received a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Management. He is also a graduate of the Darden Business School Executive Program. He and his wife live in Alexandria, Virginia.

Ziad S. Ojakli


Ziad S. Ojakli is a Ford Motor Company group vice president of government and community relations.

Ojakli leads a team that helps shape policy and legislation that promote the company's core business objectives including areas of energy and the environment, tax, international trade, driver safety, and improvements in the nation's health care systems.

As head of Ford's global government relations, Ojakli oversees interactions with governments in 110 markets around the world where Ford does business. He is also responsible for Ford's federal and state government relations in the U.S.

Ojakli directs the company's philanthropic arm, the Ford Motor Company Fund, which contributes to a broad range of initiatives that support education and assists communities with a variety of needs. He is also chairman of Ford’s Political Action Committee and oversees the grassroots communications effort of Ford employees.

From 2001 – 2004, Ojakli served President George W. Bush as a deputy assistant to the president for legislative affairs. In this role, he managed daily interactions for the White House with U.S. Senators, assisted in strategy and policy development, and coordinated legislative strategy with the president's cabinet. From 1995 to 2000, Ojakli served in senior positions in the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives.

Ojakli is an active board member of numerous organizations, including: the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers; the Arab American Museum Advisory Board; Arab American Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS); the Henry Ford Learning Institute; the Jackie Robinson Foundation; the National Civil Rights Museum; the Washington Center for Internships; and serves on the Smithsonian Institution's National Zoological Park advisory board.

In 2006, Ojakli was named a delegate to the World Economic Forum's Young Global Leaders, joining 410 leaders from all regions of the world.

A graduate of Georgetown University with a bachelor's degree in American government, Ojakli, born in June 1967, joined the company in January 2004.

Terry Prather

Terry Prather is the former corporate senior vice president of operations of SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment. Prior to that, he served as the park president of the three Orlando-based parks: SeaWorld Orlando, Discovery Cove and Aquatica. Before his position at SeaWorld, Prather was vice president of Water Country USA in Williamsburg, Virginia, and oversaw the entire Water Country USA operation, from merchandise and culinary operations to water quality and ride management. Prather focused on developing Water Country USA into a nationally recognized brand, enhancing customer service and offering a memorable experience for guests. Prior to Water Country USA, he served as general manager and vice president of a theme park in New Orleans and president of another park in Maryland. Prather began his career with Busch Entertainment in 1986, managing park operations at Water Country USA's sister park, SeaWorld in San Antonio. His background includes more than 20 years of adventure park experience. He was managing director of the Witte Museum in San Antonio for two years. He attended Morehouse College in Atlanta.

Emanuel "Manny" Rouvelas

Emanuel Rouvelas engages in a wide-ranging federal practice representing leading companies and trade associations in the transportation, telecommunications, high technology, hospitality, and manufacturing industries regarding their Washington, D.C. activities and strategies. He has served as lead government affairs counsel for major companies in transnational acquisitions, mergers, and corporate reorganizations.

He is a recognized authority in maritime law and for more than three decades has traveled globally to advise the CEOs of many of the world's leading shipping companies. His practice has taken him to more than 30 countries, and he often works with the executive branch, Congress, and foreign embassies and governments on international trade and transport matters. He founded the Washington, D.C. office of Preston Gates and guided its growth to more than 140 partners and employees at the time it was merged into K&L Gates in 2007.

He is and has been consistently ranked as one of the country's top lawyers in both maritime law and in government affairs, including Chambers USA, Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers and similar publications. In its 30th year anniversary edition, the Legal Times recognized him as "one of the greatest Washington Lawyers of the past 30 years," a "legal visionary," who helped turn Washington, D.C.'s legal and lobbying community into an international powerhouse. Ten times, from 2005-2015 he was named one of the 50 "Top Lobbyists" (out of 12,000) by The Hill newspaper based on surveys of members of Congress and staff.

In 2013, he was the recipient of the most prestigious award conveyed on U.S. maritime industry leaders, the Admiral of the Ocean Sea Award, presented by the United Seaman's Service, becoming the only practicing lawyer in its 44-year history to have received this award. Also in 2013, he was the inaugural recipient of the Association of Government Relations Professionals (AGRP) career achievement award for exemplary service to the profession, demonstrated integrity and ethical standards, engagement in civic and pro-bono work and mentoring.

Mr. Rouvelas has served as an advisor to two U.S. presidential transitions, a bipartisan Congressional caucus, an executive branch reorganization, several senators and congressmen, and many political campaigns. Prior to joining K&L Gates, he was counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce and chief counsel to its merchant marine and foreign commerce subcommittees where he had lead staff responsibility for the enactment of 32 public laws. Included was major legislation relating to vessel construction and operation, oil spill prevention, vessel traffic systems, recreational boat safety, Coast Guard and Maritime Administration programs.

Mr. Rouvelas has long been committed to the importance of strong ethical governance in both the public and private sectors and has taught, lectured and counseled clients on governance issues. He completed the advanced management program at Harvard Business School in 1996 and the program on corporate governance for directors at Stanford Business School in 2006.

He has 20 years experience serving on the boards of directors of three U.S. public companies and more than 20 years of service on the boards of directors of nonprofit charitable organizations. He is a director of the Greater Washington Board of Trade, the largest regional network of business and nonprofit leaders; a member of the Smithsonian's Advisory Board for the National Zoo; a lifetime trustee and former vice-chairman of the American College of Greece in Athens; and served nine years through 2013 as a regent of the American Architectural Foundation.

Pete Smith

Ex Officio

Pete Smith is the Founding Partner of SmithPilot, Inc., a firm that specializes in nonprofit executive compensation issues.

Previously, Pete was the President and CEO of Watson Wyatt Worldwide (now Willis Towers Watson), a multinational human resources consulting firm. His 30-year career with Watson Wyatt included holding various executive management positions and directing its worldwide compensation consulting practice.

Active in civic affairs, Pete has served on many civic boards, including the National Rehabilitation Hospital, the Washington Performing Arts Society, American University and the Community Foundation of the National Capital Area. He also served on the Independent Review Committee, evaluating governance problems at the Smithsonian Institution.

Pete is a graduate of Harvard College. He and his wife Marcia live in Washington, close to the Zoo, which they enjoy greatly. They are longtime FONZ advocates.

David M. Velazquez

David M. Velazquez is responsible for leadership of Pepco Holdings’ overall performance associated with service reliability, customer satisfaction, financial management, and regulatory and external affairs. Based in Washington, D.C., Pepco Holdings employs more than 4,700 people, owns more than $16.1 billion in assets and generates approximately $4.8 billion in annual revenues. Pepco Holdings serves 2 million customers as the parent company of Pepco, an electric utility serving Washington, D.C., and suburban Maryland; Delmarva Power, an electric and gas utility serving Delaware and the rest of the Delmarva Peninsula; and Atlantic City Electric, an electric utility serving southern New Jersey.  Pepco Holdings is a recently acquired subsidiary of Exelon Corporation, one of the nation’s leading energy services companies. Exelon is headquartered in Chicago and trades on the NYSE under the ticker EXC.

Velazquez previously served as executive vice president and leader of the power delivery business for Pepco Holdings, Inc. (PHI).  He managed over 95 percent of the business and employee base, and was responsible for all utility operations in three states and the District of Columbia including customer care, asset management, operations, smart grid activities, all support services, including IT, and four local unions. Velazquez was also responsible for the development of and now leads the successful enterprise-wide strategic vision to improve reliability and customer service for Pepco Holdings.

From 2006 to 2009, Velazquez served as president and CEO of Conectiv Energy, PHI’s competitive merchant energy subsidiary, leading and directing the commercial and operational activities for the company. He served as vice president of strategic planning and chief risk officer of PHI from 2005 to 2006.

Velazquez serves on the boards of a number of educational and community organizations, such as Maryland Business Roundtable for Education, Trust for the National Mall, Smithsonian's National Zoo Advisory Board, and United Way of the National Capital Area.  He is also a board member of Southeastern Electric Exchange, Association of Edison Illuminating Companies and the Greater Washington Board of Trade.

Velazquez holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Widener University.