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Elliott Ferguson

Elliott Ferguson serves as President and CEO of Destination DC, the official convention and Tourism Corporation for the nation’s capital. Ferguson received a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing and Business Administration from Savannah State University.   He currently serves on the board of The US Department of Commerce’s, US Travel and Tourism Advisory Board, The Downtown Business Improvement District, The Greater Washington Sports Alliance, The Military Bowl, The Historical Society of Washington, DC and the Franciscan Monastery USA.

Claude Bailey

Claude Bailey is a Partner at Venable Partners and focuses on real estate development, public finance, public sector labor negotiations, local legislative and regulatory matters, and governance issues for public entities. Prior, he served as General Counsel of the D.C. Sports and Entertainment Commission and the Washington Convention Center Authority (WCCA). He also worked with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, where he developed and managed an award-winning grants program to renovate homes in the Shaw neighborhood.

Ronald D. Abramson

Ronald D. Abramson focuses on corporate governance matters, mergers and acquisitions, real estate finance, business and succession planning, as well as estate planning. Ronald previously served on Buchanan's Board of Directors.  Prominent in the community, Ronald is a chairman emeritus of the Board of Trustees of the prestigious Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington. In 2003, The Corcoran College of Art + Design granted Ronald its highest academic honor, the Doctor of Fine Arts, honorus causa, for his 18 distinguished years of stewardship as a trustee of the institution.

Harriet Sanford

Harriet Sanford is the President and CEO of the NEA Foundation. The Foundation is a public charity founded by educators for educators to improve public education for all students. Since its beginning in 1969, the Foundation has served as a laboratory of learning, offering funding and other resources to public school educators, their schools, and their districts to solve complex teaching and learning challenges.

Michelle I. Galler

Ms. Galler has been involved in a myriad of business and cultural endeavors during the her many years in Washington.

Ms. Galler has been involved in a myriad of business and cultural endeavors during the her many years in Washington.

Bob Marshall

Bob Marshall is currently an Area Business Banking Manager with Wells Fargo Bank for Northern Virginia, Washington, D. C. and Maryland. He is responsible for leading a team of Business Banking Managers, Credit Analysts, and Business Banking Associate Managers. Prior to his current role, Mr. Marshall has held several banking management positions including Community Bank Executive for the Wholesale Banking Group (Wachovia Bank, NA), Corporate Retail Sales & Service Strategy Team Leader, and also Corporate Retail Bank Sales Manager.  Mr.

Meet the Artist Series: The Cookers

The Cookers – the name comes from the title of Freddie Hubbard’s classic 1965 Blue Note recording, Night of the Cookers: Live at Club La Marchal – aptly describes this group of dynamic jazz artists: Jazz veterans, colleagues and kindred spirits Billy Harper (tenor saxophone), Eddie Henderson (trumpet), Donald Harrison (saxophones/flute), David Weiss (trumpet), George Cables (piano), Cecil McBee (bass) and Billy Hart (drums).

Meet the Artist Series: Billy Hart

William “Billy” Hart (born November 29, 1940 in Washington, D.C.) is a jazz drummer and educator who has performed with some of the most important jazz musicians in history. Early on Hart performed in Washington, D.C. with soul artists such as Otis Redding and Sam and Dave, and then later with Buck Hill and Shirley Horn, and was a sideman with the Montgomery Brothers (1961), Jimmy Smith (1964–1966), and Wes Montgomery (1966–1968).

Meet the Artist Series: Jack DeJohnette

In a career that spans five decades and includes collaborations with some of the most iconic figures in modern jazz, NEA and Grammy winner Jack DeJohnette has established an unchallenged reputation as one of the greatest drummers in the history of the genre. The list of creative associations throughout his career is lengthy and diverse: John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman, Sonny Rollins, Thelonious Monk, Bill Evans, Stan Getz, Keith Jarrett, Chet Baker, George Benson, Stanley Turrentine, Herbie Hancock, Dave Holland, Joe Henderson, Freddy Hubbard, Betty Carter and so many more.