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FONZ Board of Directors

The Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ) volunteer Board of Directors plays an essential role in FONZ leadership, and its members bring skills, experience and talents to further our mission of helping Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute save species through educational and fun experiences, the power of our members, and funding for critical work. Much of the FONZ Board’s work is accomplished by three standing committees (Executive; Finance, Audit, and Investment; and Governance and Nominating) and three strategic committees (Membership, Marketing, and Communications; Engagement; and Partnerships and Operations).

Members of the FONZ Board of Directors are nominated by and consist of FONZ Members. The Board elects new Board Members and sets the slate of offices each year.

Friends of the National Zoo is pleased to announce that Maya Garcia, Nora Gardner, Cynthia McCabe, and Joyce Rogers will be joining our Board of Directors in 2018. As board members, they will support FONZ in its mission to help the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute save species by raising funds to support its mission, providing educational and fun experiences, and inspiring our members and guests. We are fortunate to have such a respected and accomplished group of community leaders joining us as we continue to take FONZ to the next level.

David Mork

Chair, FONZ Board of Directors / Ex-officio, Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute Board

David Mork is the Chief of Staff for Congressman Peter Roskam, who represents the western and northwestern suburbs of Chicago and sits on the powerful U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means.

Mork has worked with Representative Roskam since his 2006 campaign. Following the election, Mork was offered a position on the legislative staff for the congressional office, and spent the next several years working on a growing portfolio of both domestic and international policy issues, with a focus on translating that policy work to coalition building and outreach to serve the constituencies and interests in the congressional district at home. From his experience working with a representative from a competitive district who has also served in both the minority and the majority and House leadership, Mork brings a unique perspective to the inner workings of the House. Today, his responsibilities include managing a team with the twin goals of deepening his representative's policy expertise and maintaining a robust political operation.

Mork grew up in Wheaton, Ill., a constituent of the congressional district he now serves. While attending the University of Notre Dame, he spent a semester in Washington interning for Speaker Dennis Hastert. After graduating, he returned home to work on the 2006 congressional campaign. During that time he met his wife, Kirsten. Mork and his wife currently reside in Washington, D.C., with their son, Bobby.

Pete Smith

Vice-Chair

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 various executive management positions and directing its worldwide compensation consulting practice. 

Active in civic affairs, Pete currently serves on the Board of Compass. He has also served on many other 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, D.C., close to the Zoo, which they enjoy greatly. They are long-term FONZ advocates. 

Carin Levine

Board Secretary

​Carin Levine is the co-creator and co-owner of FONBOOTH, the necessary new fixture for commercial restrooms and private residences that holds your cell phone for the moments you need to be hands free. Prior to launching FONBOOTH, Carin was the co-creator and owner of Hitched and Hitched Maids, DC's "go to" bridal spot for all things weddings.   

Carin also ran her own firm, which consulted with foundations, academia, and non-profit organizations. She worked with a range of organizations, including Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Embassy Series, and Sarah Lawrence College, developing strategic plans, fundraising through grant writing, and creating revenue-generating businesses. Carin started her career in the event world, managing the Revlon Run/Walk for Women in New York City for the Entertainment Industry Foundation. Attracting over 40,000 participants, it is still one of the largest fundraisers for women’s cancers in the country.  

Carin earned her MBA from Yale University and her BS from Northwestern University. A Washington, D.C. native, she lives with her family in Bethesda, Md. The Levines are frequent zoo-goers, and especially look forward to all of the fabulous Zoo events.

Mark D. Rothman

Treasurer

Mark D. Rothman owned and operated The MYTA Corporation, one of the largest IT staffing firms in the Washington, D.C., area, until its sale in April 2002. After graduating with an engineering degree from Ohio State University in 1984, Mark moved to D.C. to pursue the area’s many technology opportunities. Over the next eight years, he worked as a software engineer for IBM and as a software contractor for MCI. While at IBM, he helped design and implement system upgrades for the FAA’s air traffic control system. At MCI, Mark worked on several projects pertaining to the company’s growing network management system.

While a contractor at MCI, Mark saw the need for qualified IT specialists in the D.C. region and decided to start his own consulting company. In 1992, he landed his first contract, a three-month assignment at Fannie Mae. Over the next ten years, the MYTA Corporation assisted some of the region’s largest companies, including Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Verizon, the World Bank, Lockheed Martin, Cable & Wireless, AT&T, and the Discovery Channel. At its sale, MYTA’s revenues were more than $25 million, with a growth rate averaging more than 100 percent per year. MYTA ranked as one of the region’s top ten IT staffing firms by the Washington Business Journal. In 1998, Mark was named a Maryland Small Business All Star, and in 2000, he was named Washington, D.C.’s Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst and Young.

Over the next 12 years, Mark was an active member of the area business community, serving on the boards of several private companies. He also worked with numerous philanthropic and nonprofit organizations, including The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, the D.C. Chamber of Commerce, Friends of the National Zoo, and many others. In 2014, he went back into the IT staffing industry, opening up MYTA Technologies—or MYTA 2.0. He is currently working hard to duplicate the original success while bringing up his twin girls, Melissa and Nicole.

Karen Silberman

Immediate Past Chair

Karen Silberman is the Executive Vice President of the American Chiropractic Association (ACA). The ACA is the largest professional association in the United States, representing doctors of chiropractic. ACA promotes the highest standards of ethics and patient care, contributing to the health and well-being of millions of chiropractic patients. On behalf of its members, ACA lobbies for pro-chiropractic legislation and policies, promotes a positive public image of chiropractic, supports research, provides professional and educational opportunities for doctors of chiropractic, and offers leadership for the advancement of the profession.

Prior to joining the ACA, Karen served as the Executive Director of the Federal Bar Association (FBA). The FBA is a 16,000-member organization dedicated to the advancement of the science of jurisprudence and to promoting the welfare, interests, education, and professional development of all attorneys involved in federal law.

Previous to her work with the FBA, Karen served for seven years as the Executive Director of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Foundation. The Foundation is the philanthropic arm of SHRM and was established to advance and support the human resource profession by funding original research, innovative educational products, and scholarships.

A seasoned association executive, Karen’s experience includes serving as Executive Director of the National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity (NCPPA), an advocacy organization. NCPPA members include the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society, Nike, the American College of Sports Medicine, and the International Health, Racquet and Sports Club Association. She also worked for the Association Management Group, at which she served as Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer for several national and local trade and professional associations.

A Washington, D.C., native, Karen earned her undergraduate degree from Oberlin College and a master's degree in public affairs from Indiana University. In 2005, she became a Certified Association Executive (CAE). 

David T. Bell

David T. Bell, CPA, is a partner with Deloitte and Touche LLP, the Audit and Enterprise Risk Services (ERS) function-specific subsidiary of Deloitte LLP, a leading global professional services firm. David is based in McLean, Va., and, with more than 20 years of experience as a financial statement auditor, serves a number of clients in the aerospace, defense, technology, and energy industries. Over his career, David has served large public, small private, and not-for-profit institutions.  Before relocating to Deloitte’s McLean office in late 2011, David worked for 13 years in Chicago, and, most recently, six years in Wilton, Conn., where he served as chief of staff for Deloitte’s professional practice network in its national office. 

David is a graduate of Harding University and holds a B.B.A. in accounting. He is a licensed certified public accountant, with licenses in Illinois and Virginia, and he is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. David and his wife, Carmen, live in Vienna, Va., with their four daughters.

David and his family are committed to the belief that all people should have access to the wonder of animals, not just in pictures or books, but in real life—as the National Zoo offers.

Michael Caplin

Michael Caplin is an attorney specializing in social entrepreneurship and nonprofit management.  He is president of Turtle Island Group.

Michael recently retired as founding President of the Tysons Partnership, an association of civic, business, and government leaders working together to redevelop Tysons, Va.—the largest place-making experiment in America. He previously served as founding Director of East Coast Operations for Childhelp USA, a national nonprofit dedicated to the prevention and treatment of child abuse. For his work on behalf of children in crisis, he received the Northern Virginia Leadership Award, the Governor’s Commendation for Outstanding Service to the Commonwealth, and a Certificate of Excellence from the Virginia Department of Social Services.

Michael is a graduate of Swarthmore College, the University of Virginia School of Law, Georgetown University Law School, and Georgetown University Public Policy Institute. His career includes service as a public defender; a clinical instructor at Georgetown University Law School; Special Trial Attorney in the Criminal Section of the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice; entertainment law counsel to jazz and pop artists, classical musicians, dancers and variety artists; founding Executive Director of the Lincoln Theatre in Washington, D.C.; and manager of the lectures and seminars division of the Smithsonian Institution Resident Associates Program. He is a member of the bar associations and admitted to practice law in New York, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. He is also a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, a husband, and the father of three great children whom all love the Zoo!

Larry Hanauer

Larry Hanauer is the Vice President for Policy at the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA), a nonprofit association that promotes effectiveness and efficiency in the U.S. intelligence community through robust public-private partnerships. Previously, he spent six years as a Senior International Policy Analyst at the RAND Corporation, where his research focused on foreign policy and national security, principally regarding Africa and the Middle East.

Before joining RAND in 2010, he spent five years as a senior staff member of the U.S. House of Representatives' Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, one of two congressional committees charged with overseeing the activities of the U.S. Intelligence Community. Earlier in his career, he worked in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, where over the course of a nine-year tenure he managed U.S. defense policy vis-a-vis Israel, Iran, Iraq, and countries in Eastern Europe and West Africa. Larry has also served as a foreign policy advisor to a congressman from New York City, as a management consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, and as an environmental public relations consultant at Burson-Marsteller.

Larry and his family live near the Zoo and believe that it is both a national treasure and a valued local resource. In addition to visiting the Zoo frequently, they regularly participate in a range of FONZ activities, including Snore & Roar, Boo at the Zoo, ZooFari, ZooLights, and FONZ adult education classes. Larry's wife, Julie Breslow, is a longtime FONZ volunteer who has served as a behavior watch monitor for the Golden Lion Tamarin free range program, a panda pregnancy watch monitor, and an interpreter on Asia Trail. 

Larry received his M.A.L.D. from Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and his B.A. in English, magna cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. A native New Yorker who frequently visited the Central Park Zoo as a child, Larry has lived in Washington, D.C. for the past 20 years.

Dennis W. Kelly

Dennis W. Kelly is the director of the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute, a position he has held since 2010. Kelly oversees the 163-acre Zoo in Washington, D.C., and the 3,200-acre Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) in Front Royal, Virginia.

Kelly is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Zoo, which has more than 2 million visitors a year, and manages the Zoo's research programs, including groundbreaking work by Zoo scientists in conservation biology around the world. He also oversees membership and education programs coordinated by the Zoo's support organization, Friends of the National Zoo. The Zoo has more than 450 full-time staff, including keepers, curators and scientists, and a combined budget for fiscal year 2016 of about $70 million. Kelly has overseen significant improvements to visitor experience at the Zoo, as well as to the research capacity, educational programs and financial resources of the Zoo and SCBI. 

In 2010 Kelly launched an $80 million capital campaign, which is nearing its successful completion. Kelly has overseen the opening of three major exhibit projects since starting at the Zoo, and is currently planning for "Experience Migration," a major $55 million, first-of-its-kind experience which involves the renovation of the Zoo's historic 1928 Bird House.

In 2012, he oversaw the opening of the Speedwell Foundation Conservation Carousel—one of only a handful of solar-powered carousels in the world—featuring key animals in the Zoo's mission to save species.

In 2013, Kelly supervised the complete, eco-friendly renovation of the Zoo's American Trail. The exhibit underscores how scientists and the public can work together on conservation to bring species back from the brink of extinction. Nearly every animal in the exhibit has been on the endangered species list, but most have experienced significant recoveries since conservation efforts began.

Also in 2013, Kelly completed the seven-year, $56 million Elephant Trails exhibit, including the construction of the Elephant Community Center—both a state of the art facility for elephant care and for immersing visitors in the world of elephants and the science of conservation.

In 2011, Kelly was elected to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' (AZA) board of directors and currently serves as the chair of that board through September, 2017. AZA ensures that North American zoos meet high standards and best practices in animal care, wildlife conservation and science, conservation education, guest experience, and community engagement. Kelly's opening remarks from the 2016 AZA Conference can be read here.

Prior to his time at the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute, Kelly served as president of Zoo Atlanta for six years, where he enhanced scientific and animal welfare programs, visitor experience, and rebuilt Zoo Atlanta's marketing, government relations and fundraising capabilities.

Kelly earned a bachelor's degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a master's degree from Harvard University and is a veteran of the United States Army.

Eric Koefoot

Eric is an experienced software executive and an internet pioneer, having either founded or served as a senior executive for early-stage internet companies since 1996. He was the founding CEO and Publisher of U.S. News Ventures, a branded internet publishing company funded in part by U.S. News & World Report. Prior to that role, he was co-founder and CEO of Five Star Alliance, a successful eCommerce startup in Alexandria, Va., which became the largest independent booker of luxury hotels worldwide and was sold in 2007 for over a 20x return to investors less than 3 years after it was founded.

For almost seven years before that, Eric served in various executive roles at Washingtonpost Newsweek Interactive (WPNI), including CFO, VP of Business Development, VP of Strategy, VP of Operations and Technology, and then quite successfully as the VP of Sales for the division. Prior to WPNI, he worked for 9 years as a financial executive in product development at Ford Motor Company, consulted at Deloitte Consulting, and founded a startup company, PrimeSource, which provided financial and strategic consulting services to Fortune 500 clients.  Eric has an engineering degree from M.I.T. and an MBA from the Sloan School at M.I.T.

An accomplished Ironman and Olympic-distance triathlete, Eric is a co-founder and Managing Partner at PublicRelay, a market-leading enterprise software company providing advanced media intelligence solutions to large corporations, trade associations, and government agencies.

 

Barbara Lang

Barbara Lang is managing principal and CEO of Lang Strategies. Barbara manages the overall brand of the organization and oversees each of its practice areas: Business Development, Political Strategy Management, Executive Leadership and Business Tactical Planning, Assessment and Problem Solving. Prior to her current role, Ms. Lang was president and CEO of the DC Chamber of Commerce, where she was responsible for the operations and overall strategic direction of the organization, as well as advancing the Chamber's interests through advocacy, education, information, and business development. She also worked diligently on education (Pre-K-12) and workforce development issues and projects, as well as small business/entrepreneurial development initiatives.

Prior to joining the Chamber, Barbara was the Vice President of Corporate Services and Chief Procurement Officer for Fannie Mae, where she managed all of the company's procurement, real estate, and facility operations. She also had a long career with IBM, where she served in several management positions in finance, administration and product forecasting.

Barbara is renowned in the community for her business acumen, leadership, and community engagement. She holds numerous awards for her distinguished leadership in the greater Washington community, including Washingtonian magazine's 150 Most Powerful People in the Washington region (twice), the Lifetime Achievement Award presented by Cardinal Bank, and the Lifetime Legacy Award from the Washington Business Journal. She and her husband, Gerald, live in Washington, D.C. Barbara is an appointee of the Mayor of the District of Columbia.

John Lettieri

John Lettieri is co-founder of the Economic Innovation Group (EIG) and serves as its Senior Director for Policy and Strategy. He leads EIG’s policy development, economic research, and legislative affairs efforts.

John has worked in both the public and private sectors with a diverse set of policymakers, entrepreneurs, investors, and global business leaders.

Prior to EIG, John was the Vice President of Public Policy and Government Affairs for a leading business association, the Organization for International Investment (OFII), where he worked closely with a wide range of member companies, industry associations, and stakeholder groups. John led the OFII’s state and federal policy work on such issues as tax reform, trade, investment promotion, and manufacturing.

Before joining OFII, John was Director of Public and Government Affairs for a leading aerospace and defense manufacturer. He previously served as a foreign policy aide to former U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel during his time as a senior member of the United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

John is a graduate of Wake Forest University, where he studied political science and global commerce. He serves on the Board of Regents at The Fund for American Studies and the Board of Directors for Lincoln Initiative. He lives with his wife and children in Washington, D.C.

Cindy Lewin

Cindy Lewin is a seasoned nonprofit executive with deep experience in helping both membership organizations and environmental and wildlife conservation organizations advance their missions. Currently, she serves as Executive Vice President and General Counsel at AARP, one of the largest membership organizations in the world.

Before joining AARP in June 2010, Cindy was Senior Vice President and General Counsel at the National Wildlife Federation, where she was able to act on her passion for the environment. Prior to her work at the National Wildlife Federation, Cindy served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel at Volunteers of America, and, before that, she was in private practice specializing in representing nonprofit organizations, including the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Save America’s Forests, and other environmental organizations. In addition to heading the legal department at her positions, she has also had responsibility at various times for information technology, ethics and compliance, human resources, facilities, internal audit, enterprise risk management, and the board secretary function.

Cindy served on the Ethics and Accountability Advisory Group for Independent Sector, which revised the Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practice for charities nationwide (the new version was released in 2015). She is on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the nonprofit National Human Services Assembly, where she recently chaired the CEO Search Committee, and also served as Chair of the National Adjudicatory Council for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in 2015. Cindy has received numerous awards, including being named one of "Washington's Most Influential In-House Counsels" by Legal Times in 2011 and one of "DC's Top Corporate Counsel" by the Association of Corporate Counsel—National Capital Region and Legal Bisnow in 2015. Cindy is a graduate of Wellesley College and Yale Law School.

Cindy and her husband have a blended family of four children and three grandchildren, and have enjoyed many trips to the National Zoo. She is passionate about the role FONZ can play in helping families connect with the natural world and in conserving that world for the future.

 

Laura Liswood

In 1996, Laura Liswood co-founded the Council of Women World Leaders with President Vigdís Finnbogadóttir of Iceland. Ms. Liswood is the Secretary General of the Council, composed of women presidents and prime ministers.

From 1992 to 1996, she interviewed 15 current and former women presidents and prime ministers, chronicled in her book and documentary, Women World Leaders.

From 2001 to2015, Liswood was named Managing Director, Global Leadership and Diversity for Goldman Sachs, and became a Senior Advisor.

Liswood’s professional experience includes line management in Fortune 500 companies. After the events of Sept. 11, 2001, Liswood became a reserve police officer in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department. She recently retired as a sergeant.

She earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, a B.A. from California State University, San Diego and a J.D. from the University of California, Davis School of Law.  She is admitted to the California and Massachusetts State Bars.

Her latest book, The Loudest Duck, challenges traditional workplace diversity efforts and provides strategies to create inclusive organizations.  She is a long-term supporter of animal sanctuaries in the United States and frequently visits zoos when she travels globally. Other interests include Southwest art, and she has biked across Siberia and the ancient Silk Route. Liswood resides in Bethesda, Md.

Scott Miller

Scott Miller is Deputy Under Secretary for Collections and Interdisciplinary Support, responsible for central planning and development of the Smithsonian’s vast collections (137 million objects) and interdisciplinary support operations, including collections management, conservation and preservation, and related functions. He oversees the National Collections Program, Office of Fellowships and Internships, Office of International Relations, Smithsonian Institution Archives, Smithsonian Institution Libraries, and Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press. Scott is also a liaison between the Smithsonian and various cultural and scientific organizations in the United States and around the world.

He previously served as Deputy Under Secretary for Science, helping oversee the Smithsonian’s science museums and research facilities, major research initiatives, collections management, exhibitions, and educational programs. Before joining the Smithsonian central administration, he was associate director for science at the National Zoological Park from 2004 to 2006, spearheading the rehabilitation of the Conservation and Research Center in Front Royal, Va., and chairman of the departments of entomology and systematic biology at the National Museum of Natural History from 2000 to 2006. He continues to lead the Consortium for the Barcode of Life—an international network that develops DNA-based identification tools to make biodiversity information more widely available, which he helped establish in 2003. Before coming to the Smithsonian in 2000, Scott designed and implemented an international biodiversity and conservation program for the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology in Nairobi, Kenya.

From 1986 to 1997, Scott was chairman of the departments of entomology and natural science at the Bishop Museum in Hawaii. He reinvigorated research programs throughout the Pacific Basin, renovated science facilities, and organized large curatorial and outreach programs. He worked with the state legislature to establish the Hawaii Biological Survey, which made innovative early use of the Internet in delivering biodiversity information to users.

Scott maintains an active research program as a curator of entomology at the National Museum of Natural History. He has published more than 170 publications and co-edited four books. His current research focuses on moths of Papua New Guinea and Africa, especially the integration of systematics, ecology, biogeography and conservation of insects and plants in Papua New Guinea. His collaborative research program in Papua New Guinea has had continuous support from the National Science Foundation since 1994, and it is currently creating a 50-hectare tree plot as part of the Center for Tropical Forest Science/Smithsonian Institution Global Earth Observatories network.

Scott received a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a doctorate degree in biology from Harvard University. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Royal Entomological Society of London.

John Mina

John Mina, Head of Corporate Risk and Broking, has worked with Willis Towers Watson since 1992. Based in the Washington, D.C. metro area, he has overall responsibility for operations from Philadelphia to Miami. The firm, established in 1828, operates in over 130 countries with more than 39,000 employees in over 400 offices.

Over his career John has served large public, small private, and not-for-profit institutions. Before relocating to Washington, D.C, John worked for 19 years in Willis Towers Watson’s New York operation, where he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

John started his career focused on international risks, a natural outcome having spent part of his childhood growing up in in Europe and the Middle East. John is an avid traveler and outside of work spends much of his time on nature photography. You can frequently find him at the cheetah and panda exhibits at the Zoo. His other interests include hiking, sailing, and scuba diving. He is a graduate of Dowling College with a BBA in Management. John and his wife, Susan, live in North Potomac, Md., with their two children.

Brian Sands

Brian Sands is a Vice President / Principal with the Economics practice at AECOM, and has worked on assignments in the real estate and development industries for more than 20 years, with particular expertise in the areas of leisure/culture and mixed-use development. He has led hundreds of assignments located throughout the U.S., Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe, and the Middle East, focused broadly on real estate and business economics and planning (e.g. existing operations analysis, concept and site evaluation, market research, demand potential, preliminary physical planning, earned revenue and financial feasibility analysis, land/lease valuations, and economic/fiscal impact), with uses including a wide-range of commercial attractions (e.g. water parks, theme parks, observation wheels and decks, specialty attractions), cultural attractions (e.g. museums, visitor centers, zoos, aquariums, performance venues), hospitality properties (e.g. hotels, resorts, amenities), retail-dining-entertainment, and related uses. 

In addition, Brian supports national and international business development efforts in the themed entertainment sector (encompassing commercial and cultural attractions as well as related uses), and also the growth of the Design, Planning and Economics practice in across North America, Latin America, and the Caribbean. He also coordinates global production of the Theme Index and Museum Index – Global Attractions Attendance Report, the industry report produced annually by AECOM and the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA), and is primarily responsible for the North American and Latin American commercial attraction figures.

Brian received his Bachelor of Arts in Geography, cum laude, from Arizona State University, and his Master of City Planning from the University of California at Berkeley. He is a member of numerous industry organizations, including:  American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), American Alliance of Museums (AAM), American Planning Association (APA), International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), Themed Entertainment Association (TEA), Urban Land Institute (ULI), and World Waterpark Association (WWA).