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National Archives Foundation Announces New Board Members: Douglas Brinkley, Charlie Dent, Ackneil M. Muldrow, Michele Norris, Gerry Salemme, and Rose Stuckey Kirk

March 23, 2023

Washington DC —The National Archives Foundation, the nonprofit partner of the National Archives and Records Administration, announces the election of five new members to its Board of Directors. New members include:

  • Historian and Author Douglas Brinkley
  • Former Congressman and CNN Political Analyst Charlie Dent
  • Senior Partner with Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP Ackneil M. Muldrow, III
  • Washington Post Columnist and former NPR Host Michele Norris
  • Co-CEO of Pendrell Corp Gerry Salemme
  • Chief Corporate Social Responsibility Officer for Verizon Rose Stuckey Kirk.

“It is an absolute honor to welcome these new members to our distinguished Board. They each bring tremendous talent and expertise to the table, which will help us extend our reach and further our mission to inspire a deeper appreciation of our country’s heritage and encourage citizen engagement in our democracy” said Chair and President of the Board Governor James J. Blanchard.

The National Archives Foundation Board is the key strategic advisory body of the National Archives Foundation. The Board works to generate financial and creative support for National Archives exhibitions, public programs, and educational initiatives.

New Board Member biographies are below. Headshots available upon request.

Douglas Brinkley
Douglas Brinkley is the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Chair in Humanities and Professor of History at Rice University, pres­idential historian for the New-York Historical Society, trustee of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library, and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. The Chicago Tribune dubbed him “America’s New Past Master.” Six of his nonfiction books have been chosen as New York Times’s “Notable Book of the Year”. He is also the recipient of such envi­ronmental leadership prizes as the Frances K. Hutchison Medal (Garden Club of America), Robin W. Winks Award for Enhancing Public Understanding of National Parks (National Parks Conserva­tion Association), and the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s Lifetime Heritage Award. His book The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast received the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. As a music producer he earned two Grammy Awards for Presidential Suite (Large Jazz Ensemble) and Fandango on the Wall for (Latin Jazz). He is the recipient of seven honorary doctorates in American studies. His two-volume, annotated Nixon Tapes recently won the Arthur S. Link–Warren F. Kuehl Prize. His most recent book is Silent Spring Revolution: John F. Kennedy, Rachel Carson, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, and the Great Environmental Awakening. He lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife and three children.

Charlie Dent
Congressman Charlie Dent is Executive Director and Vice President of the Aspen Institute Congressional Program. He also serves as a political commentator for CNN; he is a Senior Policy Advisor to DLA Piper; and he serves on the Boards of CARE USA, Research America, and the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition.

Congressman Dent served seven terms in the U.S. House of Representatives where he represented the 15th Congressional District of Pennsylvania. Before his time in the U.S. House of Representatives where he served for eight years, Congressman Dent served for six years in the Pennsylvania State Senate.

Congressman Dent holds a Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Service and International Politics from Penn State and a Master’s of Public Administration from Lehigh University. He was a Distinguished Advisor for Pew Charitable Trusts, a former Visiting Fellow for the University of Pennsylvania and Perry World House, and he was the inaugural Visiting Fellow at Penn State’s McCourtney Institute for Democracy.

Ackneil M. Muldrow, III (Trey)
Trey Muldrow is a senior partner in the market leading Private Equity group of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. Trey has been recommended for M&A by Legal 500 US and recognized as a “Highly Regarded” lawyer by IFLR1000. Trey was selected by Crain’s New York Business in its inaugural class of Notable Diverse Leaders. Trey was also named “Private Practitioner of the Year” by the Metropolitan Black Bar Association.

Prior to joining Weil, Gotshal & Manges, Trey served as Partner-in-Charge of the New York office of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, international law firm, and as a member of its Global Corporate Steering Committee.

Trey serves as Chair of the Corporation Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association and as the Chairman of the Board of The Dance Theatre of Harlem. Trey is also a Board Member of The Friends of The High Line, and a Board and Executive Committee Member of The Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation. Trey is a graduate of Princeton University and The University of Virginia School of Law. Trey lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife and two daughters.

Michele Norris
Michele Norris is one of the most trusted voices in journalism. She is a Columnist for The Washington Post Opinion Section, a celebrated author and the host of an upcoming podcast with Higher Ground Productions called Your Mama’s Kitchen. Her voice will be familiar to followers of public radio, where from 2002 to 2012 she was a host of National Public Radio’s afternoon magazine show, All Things Considered.

Norris is also the Founding Director of The Race Card Project™, a Peabody Award Winning narrative archive where half a million people from all around the world have shared their experiences, questions, hopes, dreams, laments, and observations about identity –in just six words–as the starting point for conversations about race and belonging. The author of the The Grace of Silence, her upcoming book, “Our Hidden Conversations” is scheduled for publication in early 2024. She has received numerous awards for her work, including Emmy, Peabody and Dupont Awards. In 2022 she received the Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism from Harvard University’s Institute of Politics.

Before joining NPR in 2002, Michele spent almost ten years as a reporter for ABC News in the Washington Bureau covering politics, policy and the dynamics of social change. She has also worked as a staff writer for The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune and The Los Angeles Times. Norris was named “Journalist of the Year” in 2009 by the National Association of Black Journalists.

Gerry Salemme
R. Gerard Salemme is Co-CEO of Pendrell Corp. Over the past 40 years, Gerry has
held senior leadership positions in the telecommunications companies that have been at
the forefront of technological innovation such as McCaw Cellular (AT&T Wireless), ICOGlobal, Nextel, Nextlink, XO Communications and Clearwire. Cumulatively, these companies have raised over $45 billion dollars and successfully spawned technologies
and services that are key elements of wireless terrestrial and satellite networks.
Previously, Gerry held senior positions at AT&T, GTE, and US Sprint. Gerry also served as senior policy analyst for the Energy and Commerce Committee in the US House of Representatives.

He is currently on the Board of Directors of Pendrell Corp., Content Guard, Altaeros,
and is Chairman of the Board of Onclave Networks. Previously, he served on the Board
of Directors of EarthLink Corp, Taqua, LLC, Recon Dynamics, ICO Global and DBSD
Corp. He holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in Economics from Boston College. Gerry lives in
Arlington, VA with his wife and two sons.

Rose Stuckey Kirk
Rose Stuckey Kirk is senior vice president and chief corporate social responsibility officer for Verizon. She is responsible for the company’s CSR investment strategy and programmatic buildout, and as a senior leader in the marketing organization, oversees the strategic direction for all of Verizon’s social impact marketing activity. Rose’s background as a senior leader in various P&L functions has primed her to advance the social innovation work of Verizon.

Rose is an independent director of the Board of Directors of Casella Waste Systems, a Rutland-Vermont based company with 3K employees and revenues of $1B. She also is a board member of BSR, the World Childhood Foundation, and is a vanguard member of the NationSwell Council, a membership community of service-minded leaders. She is a member of the Leadership Board of the Women and Public Policy Program at the Harvard Kennedy School, the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Leadership Council, the Executive Leadership Council, and C200—a preeminent global organization for women business leaders. An award-winning journalist and the executive producer of the documentary Without A Net: The Digital Divide in America, Rose holds a BS in Journalism from Arkansas State University and is completing a Masters in International Affairs at Washington University in St. Louis, MO.

About the National Archives Foundation
The National Archives Foundation is an independent nonprofit that increases public awareness of the National Archives, inspires a deeper appreciation of our country’s heritage, and encourages citizen engagement in our democracy. The Foundation generates financial and creative support for National Archives exhibitions, public programs and educational initiatives, introducing America’s records to people around the U.S. and the world. Learn more at www.archivesfoundation.org.

About the National Archives
The National Archives and Records Administration is an independent federal agency that serves American democracy by safeguarding and preserving the records of our Government, so people can discover, use, and learn from this documentary heritage. The National Archives ensures continuing access to the essential documentation of the rights of American citizens and the actions of their government. From the Declaration of Independence to accounts of ordinary Americans, the holdings of the National Archives directly touch the lives of millions of people. The agency supports democracy, promotes civic education, and facilitates historical understanding of our national experience. The National Archives carries out its mission through a nationwide network of archives, records centers, and Presidential Libraries and online at www.archives.gov.

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