Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company is proud to be supported by its active and engaged 30-member Board of Directors.
Linette S. Hwu, President
Linette S. Hwu is the Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs at Scripps Networks Interactive (SNI). In her current capacity, she functions as SNI’s lead employment lawyer, partnering with a department of over 50 Human Resources professionals to support SNI’s business worldwide, and also leads the effort to establish SNI’s worldwide ethics and compliance program.
Previously, Ms. Hwu led the Business Affairs team at Travel Channel in the negotiation and management of the network’s programming and talent deals and business relationships with its production companies and talent. In early 2010, following her work on the December 2009 acquisition of Travel Channel by SNI, she co-chaired Travel Channel’s integration into the Scripps Networks.
Ms. Hwu has been honored by CableFAX as one of the cable industry’s Women on the Move (April 2009) and Most Influential Minorities (September 2010), by NAMIC as one of its 2010 Luminaries, and by the Washington DC/Baltimore chapter of Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) as an Emerging Leader (October 2012). She is currently serving on the Alumni Committee of the Board for WICT Washington DC/Baltimore and as Board President at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington, D.C.
Prior to SNI, Ms. Hwu was Vice President, Legal/Commercial Affairs & Operations for Travel Channel Media and Vice President, Legal Affairs for Discovery Communications, Inc. She began her career as an associate at the law firm of Hogan & Hartson, LLP in Washington, D.C.
Ms. Hwu graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Yale University with a Bachelor of Arts in History and German Studies, and received her Juris Doctor with honors from The University of Chicago Law School. She has attended Boston University School of Management’s Pocket MBA for Lawyers program and London Business School’s Accelerated Development Programme, and she is a member of Class 30 of WICT’s Betsy Magness Leadership Institute. She is admitted to the State Bar of California and the District of Columbia Bar. In February 2013, she summited Mount Kilimanjaro.
Scott schreiber, immediate past president
Scott Schreiber sees the playwright and theater as an agent for social change and building community in our pluralistic society. He is particularly keen on the playwright’s ability to communicate with the audience and move the audience by creating empathy. He is a Partner at Arnold & Porter LLP and joined the Board at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in May
of 2009. He was born and raised through Junior High School in the Lower East Side of Manhattan before he moved to Washington, DC. He is a graduate of Bates College, received his JD from The Columbia University School of Law and remains an avid theater attendee.
Elizabeth friedman, 1st vice president
Elizabeth Friedman spent her professional career directing seminars and conferences for lawyers and the business community, most notably for the District of Columbia Bar and,
for over 20 years, The Institute for Professional and Executive Development. During that time and since, she has brought her organizational skills to a variety of arts institutions, social service organizations and community groups, serving on the boards of the Washington Project for the Arts, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Anti-Defamation League, the Abramson Memorial Foundation and WETA’s Community Service Board. Liz joined the Woolly Mammoth board in 2007 and has served as chair of Dinner on Stage since its inception. Originally from New York, Liz holds a B.A. in political science from the University of Pittsburgh.
Michael fitzpatrick, vice president
Michael Fitzpatrick is Senior Counsel and head of Regulatory Advocacy at General Electric Company. Prior to joining General Electric, he served for three years in the White House where he helped to lead the Obama Administration’s development of regulatory policy and White House review of significant regulations. He was also appointed by the President to serve on the Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS). During his time at the White House, Michael served as the Administration’s lead on regulatory cooperation issues with the EU, Canada, and Mexico. Previously, Michael was a partner at Akin Gump, an Assistant United States Attorney, and a Senior Advisor on regulatory matters in the Clinton White House. Michael is a proud Washington native, supporter of the arts, and historian of the city. He served for ten years on the Board of Cultural Tourism DC (six as Chair). He also currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Partnership for Justice Reform in Afghanistan. Michael received his B.A. from Brown University, M.A. from University of Virginia, and J.D from Stanford University.
nancy hartsock, vice president
Nancy Hartsock is a Financial Advisor and Financial Planning Specialist with The Hasenberg Hartsock Group at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in Washington, DC. She specializes in Wealth Management, Financial Planning, and multi-generational family work. Prior to her career as a Financial Advisor, she worked for 25 years in the health care industry with the last 10 years in senior management as a business owner. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and English from Southern Illinois University and her Master of Science degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from the Rehabilitation Institute at Southern Illinois.
julie rios, vice president
Julie Rios has been a Woolly fan since the late 1980s. Now retired, Julie enjoys all forms of performing arts and attends over 100 performances a year. In her 34 year career with the U. S. Postal Service, she had responsibility for key marketing, IT, web, operations, strategy and energy initiatives. A California native, she has lived on Capitol Hill for the last 28 years. She received her BA in Studio Art from the University of California and attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.
hilary b. miller, treasurer
Hilary B. Miller is an attorney whose practice focuses on consumer financial services law and complex litigation. He is admitted to the bars of New York, Connecticut, District of Columbia and England and Wales, as well as numerous federal courts in the U.S., including the U.S. Supreme Court. He holds a J.D. degree from Fordham University; and both A.B. (summa cum laude) and M.B.A. (Edward Tuck Scholar) degrees from Dartmouth College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Hilary devotes much of his free time to cycling and classical music. He is also a director and vice chairman of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Hilary is a Chartered Financial Analyst, a volunteer firefighter and fire service instructor, a licensed airline transport pilot, and a devoted flyfisherman. He pretends to play golf.
pete miller, secretary
Pete Miller became an enthusiastic playgoer after a high school class brought him to the Folger Library to see a production of Love’s Labours Lost. He volunteered as a stage manager while an undergraduate at the University of Chicago. During his seven years in the Air Force, theater availability varied – pretty good in Austin, Texas, not so easy to find English language plays in Kaiserslautern, Germany, great DC theater available during his final tour at the Pentagon. Continued to see a lot of DC theater while working for KPMG for four years, during which time he moved into the District. Worked for AOL for eleven years, mostly in network operations, at the same time working his way up within Woolly Mammoth from volunteer usher to board member. With his long time partner Sara, co-chaired the Breaking New Ground capital campaign. Took a brief hiatus from board membership while living in Portland, Oregon then rejoined upon his return to DC. While resident in DC, Pete averages around 100 evenings of theater per year.
Swati Agrawal is CEO of Firmseek, a national company providing integrated marketing and technology solutions to professional service firms around the country. She has worked
for some of the most successful professional services companies in the world, helping them improve their competitive positioning and grow market share. Prior to Firmseek, Swati spent many years as an attorney at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, a leading New York law firm. It was Swati’s business and creative spirit that drew her away from legal practice to the world of entrepreneurialism. And those same forces brought her to the board of Woolly Mammoth. A National Truman Scholar, Swati received a J.D. from Yale Law School (where she continues to serve as class secretary) and a B.A. with high distinction and high honors in Economics from the University of Michigan.
Donna Ari presently works as a consultant for non-profits, especially in financial development, strategic planning and management — most recently with the Washington National Opera and the Textile Museum. This transition from full time to consulting allows flexibility to travel internationally, to summer in Maine, and to engage fully with Woolly. A native of Massachusetts, Donna and her husband, Ewing Miller live a block from their favorite theater, Woolly Mammoth.
j. chris babb
J. Chris Babb is President of The Group Tour Company; a family business founded in 1975. Born and raised in Washington, DC he is a graduate of James Madison University. Following graduation, Chris embarked on a career in theatre management working at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, The Shakespeare Theatre and Source Theatre Company. Chris resides in Washington’s historic Shaw neighborhood with his partner and serves on the Boards at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Leadership Greater Washington (LGW) and the National Tour Association (NTA).
Jeff Banks is Managing Director of Business Development at Bank of Georgetown’s headquarters office, Jeff Banks helps businesses and nonprofits develop financial solutions that help build and grow their organizations. Mr. Banks has held this position with Bank of Georgetown since early 2007, bringing more than 30 years of banking experience to his diverse portfolio of clients in commercial real estate, retail, technology, churches, and charitable organizations. Over the last 20 years, Mr. Banks has dedicated his career to supporting the diverse communities within the Washington Metropolitan area. He works to build connections with local businesses and organizations, to identify the financial needs of customers, and provide personalized, smart solutions. He is also an active supporter of The Collective Banking Group (CBG) of Washington, DC, Virginia, and Maryland. In February 2008, the CBG invited Bank of Georgetown to be a financial partner to provide financial solutions, loans, and advice for more than 150 member churches and parishioners throughout its family. Before joining Bank of Georgetown, Mr. Banks was vice president and business development manager for Industrial Bank, NA (IBNA) of Washington, DC. Prior to that, he worked for a variety of financial institutions in Cincinnati, Ohio, including AVCO Financial, Hamilton County State Bank, and Central Trust Bank. Mr. Banks earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in business management from the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio.
David s. cohen
David Cohen is a partner in the Washington, DC office of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy and a member of the firm’s Litigation Group. A partner since 2002, he is the head of Milbank’s Litigation Technology Committee. He joined the firm in 1998. Mr. Cohen has a broad litigation practice, with special emphasis on bankruptcy, derivatives, transportation, insurance and tort litigation. He has also represented clients in matters involving class action defense, fraud and employment. Mr. Cohen has tried significant cases for major institutional and individual clients of the firm in federal and state courts and arbitrations throughout the United States. Mr. Cohen served as the Executive Notes and Comments Editor of The Bankruptcy Developments Journal and was elected to the Order of the Coif at Emory University School of Law. He is a Fellow at the Litigation Council of America. Benchmark Litigation, Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys has recognized Mr. Cohen as a leading bankruptcy litigator, both nationally and in the District of Columbia. Mr. Cohen is presently a member of the Emory Law School Dean’s Advisory Board.
Lizbeth (Becky) Dobbins’ byline is “Delivering the future. Let’s build it together.” She is employed at the Postal Service and one of her favorite positions was district manager for 7 years. During that time Lizbeth managed a 54,000 square mile area, 500 post offices, and thousands of employees. She managed a $1.4 billion revenue stream and a $1 billion budget. Currently Lizbeth oversees and coordinates the Postal Service’s national and global implementation of product, pricing, and classification requirements. Lizbeth is a native Californian and at a young age she wrote plays and put on neighborhood events for a small entrance fee. She continues to write modestly and focuses on song lyrics. Her devotion to the artist community has filled her with inspiration and joy. Lizbeth attended the University of California and Arizona State University. She received an MPA from American University and completed the Senior Executive Development and the International Strategic Management Programs at Duke University and University of Virginia.
Jane Grove Fishkin
For 35 years, Jane Fishkin worked at the Brookings Institution in the delivery of information technology services and during her time there served as Chief Information Officer/ Vice-President. Jane served on the boards of a variety of relevant organizations, including The Computer Ethics Institute, E.Gov Knowledge Management, and PaperFree Systems. Jane assumed a leadership role in Knowledge Management through conferences at Brookings and elsewhere. She was a frequent speaker on technology and Knowledge Management issues, including involvement with EDUCAUSE, Snowmass Academic Computer Directors Seminars, Washington Area Computer Consortium, Women Administrators in Higher Education and Women in Technology. Jane currently serves on the board of N Street Village where she has been involved with every aspect of the organization. She has served as Board Vice Chairman, Audit Chair, and on the Building, Capital Campaign and Governance Committees. Additionally, Jane formed the Ambassadors Council, now consisting of 50 Ambassadors, the purpose of which is to further outreach. Jane also serves on the advisory board of Doctors Speak Out at Georgetown University Medical Center and is a found member of the Russian Cultural Board. Her husband of 44 years, Nathan, is an independent consultant specializing in mixed-use real estate development. Her son, Justin, is Chief Strategy Officer for Local Motors, Inc., specializing in automobile innovations and the producer of the first 3-D printed car.
Wendy Hagen is a communications strategist who lives and works in Dupont Circle. After a 25-year career in advertising, public relations and corporate communications, Wendy now works with nonprofits, trade associations and corporate clients on brand development, research, communications strategy and integration. A graduate of Georgetown University, Wendy currently serves on the board of the American Marketing Association and is a Trustee Emeritus of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She joined the Woolly Mammoth Board in 2009 and serves on the strategic planning and marketing committees.
Betsy Karmin is a partner in the Real Estate Practice at the law firm of Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP. Betsy has served in a variety of capacities in the theater community in addition to her current service on the Board of Directors of Woolly Mammoth Theatre, including Vice Chair of the Board of TheatreWashington, member of the Advisory Board of Round House Theatre, and President of Act Two Performing Arts, Inc., a non-profit youth theater company. Betsy also currently serves on the Boards of both Goodwill of Greater Washington and the Goodwill Excel Center adult public charter school. Betsy also is a Past President of the Washington, D.C. chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) and is a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and D.C. Building Industry Association (DCBIA).
Anthony Lupo is Partner at Arent Fox LLP and practices in the areas of entertainment and intellectual property law and represents Pixar, Discovery Channel, Google, and Apple. Anthony joined the Board of Woolly Mammoth in 2009. Anthony, for work and in his free time spends a great deal of time traveling the globe. In his free time he is an avid painter and photographer. Anthony is also on the board of the Smithsonian National Zoo and Discovery Channel Global Education Fund. Anthony lives in Alexandria, Virginia with his wife Jean and their children Giovanni and Sophia.
Mary McIntosh is Principal and President of Princeton Survey Research Associates International, a nonpartisan survey research firm. She specializes in international public and elite opinion on a range of socio-economic topics in developing countries, particularly in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. In addition surveying on topics ranging from democratization to social unrest to religious beliefs and media usage she has conducted evaluation and audience research for arts organizations. Mary has lived in Washington, DC since 1987 and has followed DC theater with a passion. On their second date with her now husband Mary attended Douglas Gower’s play Luna Vista at the Woolly on Church Street in 1988.
Liz Norton was a freelance television producer for over ten years, with a focus on public policy issues. Those programs included several Fred Friendly Seminars for PBS and youth violence programming for MTV News. Liz founded Stone Soup Films in 2008 in response to the gap in the communications capacity of the nonprofit sector. Since then, the organization has grown nearly 2,000%, has completed over 100 films and has a roster of nearly 700 industry volunteers. During the Clinton Administration, Ms. Norton was a research director in the White House Office of Communications. In that role, she served as a link between the president, the press and the public, primarily on the issues involving crime and drug policy. For twenty-five years, Ms. Norton has been a director of the Diane and Norman Bernstein Foundation. In addition to joining the Woolly board in 2016, she also serves on the board of The Environmental Film Festival and lives in Washington DC with her husband and two teenage children.
michael E. ramirez
Michael E. Ramirez has been an enthusiastic Woolly fan since 1990. Recently retired from the National Railroad Passenger Corporation, Amtrak, Michael enjoys all forms of theatre: film and stage. His career in Human Resources spans 25 years, most recently as the Senior Director for Workforce Planning and HR Operations, where he lead Amtrak’s human resources operations in developing and implementing nation-wide recruitment and staffing, strategic workforce planning, and HR business strategies and programs. Defining and emphasizing managerial roles in optimizing human capital, Michael implemented strategies linked to organizational goals and short/long range objectives and established and maintained the organization’s succession planning programs. Prior to his appointment at Amtrak, Michael served as the Associate Director, Personnel Operations Administration, District of Columbia Office of Personnel. He was responsible for the management, direction, coordination, evaluation and administrative control of personnel responsible for providing analytical and technical human resource management functions in agencies and departments under the personnel authority of Mayors Sharon Pratt, Marion Barry and Anthony Williams, respectively. Michael has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Master’s degree in Social Work/Public Administration from the Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs, also at the University of Texas.
Stacy Reed was born and raised in Harrisburg, PA. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from the University of Maryland, class of 1990. In 1994, she moved to the DC area and was a founding member of NDC Group, subsequently Xpedior. At NDC Group, she was the MCI client lead in the Telecommunications practice and Advanced Billing Support was her personal area of expertise. In January 1999, Stacy co-founded Acumen Solutions, a leading Management and Technology Consulting that continues to thrive today. Her management and consulting experience was essential in the success of Acumen Solutions operations. Currently, Stacy is a full time mom to two boys.
Stacy served on the Board of Directors of Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company for six years from 2002 to 2008. She was a co-chair of the benefit for three years and Vice President for her last term. In March of 2007, she served as the Interim Managing Director during the search for a permanent resource. In 2005, Stacy completed the Leadership Greater Washington program and served on the LGW Board of Directors for a year in 2013. Stacy rejoined the Woolly board in June of 2016.
Eric Ruffin’s most recent regional theatre directing credits include 2-2 Tango at Studio Theatre, A Raisin in the Sun at Crossroads Theatre, Old Settler for The African Continuum Theatre Company, Gutta Beautiful at New Federal Theatre, New Kid for Imagination Stage, and the critically acclaimed New Jersey premiere of Topdog/Underdog for Luna Stage. He has also directed Venus, Passing Strange, and Cut Flowers at the Ira Aldridge Theatre in addition to In The Blood, Antigone, In Arabia We’d All Be Kings, Jesus Hopped the “A” Train and Our Lady of 121st Street for the Rutgers Theatre Company. Other credits include Public Ghosts/Private Stories at the George Street Playhouse, Romeo and Juliet at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, The Piano Lesson for The African Globe, My Children! My Africa! at Luna Stage, Waiting to be Invited for The Black Theatre Troupe, and The Story for the Howard Players.
He founded “The Acting Studio” at the Newark School of the Arts, a professional training program for actors, and was the founder and Artistic Director for the Newark Youth Ensemble, Newark, NJ. Additionally he has served as the Artistic Director for The New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s Young Writer Workshop and has taught acting and performance theory courses at various schools including Howard University, Duke Ellington School of the Arts and Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts.
Ruffin holds a B.F.A. in Theatre Arts from Howard University and an MFA in Directing from Rutgers University. He is a Society for Stage Directors and Choreographers Associate, a New York Theatre Workshop Usual Suspect and a 1999 recipient of the New York Drama League Directing Fellowship. He has also been honored with a Shakespeare Theatre Acting Fellowship, and the Princess Grace Grant for Dance.
David Sharman is a long time DC-area resident (although still tainted by an English accent) and joined the Woolly board in 2015. His passions include theatre, photography, tennis, ski racing, sailing, and his two daughters – one is studying acting at NYU Tisch, the other media and Spanish at UVA. David is chief executive officer of Hibu, a $1bn revenue multi-national digital marketing company, and has an MA in mathematics and theoretical physics from Cambridge University, England.
Barbara Strack is a lawyer by training who has worked in the public and private sectors over a 34-year career in Washington. She has practiced law, worked for a Senate subcommittee staff, led a project on immigrant integration at a leading nonprofit, and focused on immigration policy and refugee resettlement at the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security.
Barbara was introduced to theatre at an early age and became a regular theatre-goer when she returned to DC after law school. Her first Woolly production was New York Mets in the summer of 1986, in a church basement on F Street, and she has been a fan and supporter over the years. She joined the board in 2015.
Ayanna Thompson joined the faculty at George Washington University in 2013 as Professor of English. Previously she worked at Arizona State University as Associate Dean of Faculty and Professor of English. Ayanna specializes in the works of William Shakespeare and focuses on issues of race in performance. She is the author of Teaching Shakespeare with Purpose: A Student-Centered Approach (The Arden Shakespeare), Passing Strange: Shakespeare, Race, and Contemporary America (Oxford University Press), and Performing Race and Torture on the Early Modern Stage (Routledge). She wrote the new introduction to the revised 3Arden Othello (The Arden Shakespeare), and edited Weyward Macbeth: Intersections of Race and Performance (Palgrave Macmillan), and Colorblind Shakespeare: New Perspectives on Race and Performance (Routledge). Originally from Columbia, Maryland, Ayanna graduated Magna Cum Laude from Columbia University with an AB in English Literature. She then earned her MA from the University of Sussex as a Marshall Scholar, and her Ph.D. from Harvard University. At Harvard she served as the Assistant Senior Tutor and Resident English Tutor at Currier House for five amazing years. When Ayanna is not traveling the world to watch theatre and write about it, she is currently the Vice President and President Elect of the Shakespeare Association of America; a member of the Board of Directors for the Association of Marshall Scholars; an editorial member for numerous scholarly journals (including Shakespeare Quarterly and Renaissance Drama); and a member of the Council of Scholars for Theatre for a New Audience (Brooklyn, NY). Ayanna lives on Capitol Hill with her two overly-active children.