Governing Council

Governing Council

A diverse board of directors that guides our nonpartisan work

The Miller Center is an integral part of the University of Virginia but with maximum autonomy within the University system. Under the bylaws of the Miller Center, the Governing Council exercises oversight of the Center's work and mission. 

Read about The Holton Society, a society created to recognize long-standing friends and supporters who have dedicated their time, talent, and treasure to support the work of the Center.

Review the membership of the Miller Center Foundation Board of Directors.

George Keith MartinGeorge Martin

George K. Martin, chair, is the former managing partner of the McGuire Woods’ Richmond office. He practices in the areas of construction and commercial real estate. He has more than 25 years of experience handling construction-related transactions, including joint ventures, public-private partnerships, and project finance transactions. In 2013, Martin became the first African American rector of the University of Virginia, a position first held by Thomas Jefferson. During his tenure, he helped seat a nonvoting faculty member on the board and met with a group of student leaders before every board meeting. He also helped establish a committee focusing on diversity and inclusion.

Tricia A. Hoefling

Tricia A. Hoefling, vice chair, is an teaching professor on gender, law, and the Constitution at Georgetown University. Prior to Georgetown, Hoefling taught at Washington & Lee School of Law, practiced law for many years at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLC in New York, and worked as a consultant for Whole Woman’s Health Alliance, a national reproductive rights nonprofit. In addition to the Miller Center, Hoefling serves on the boards of many Virginia-based and national organizations, including the Board of Regents at Georgetown University, the Emily Couric Leadership Foundation, Whole Woman’s Health Alliance, and the Village School of Charlottesville. She received her BS from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and her JD from Columbia Law School.

Robert BondBob Bond

Robert “Bob” Bond graduated in 1966 from Case Institute of Technology in Cleveland, Ohio, receiving a BS in engineering. He spent his entire career in the computer industry: 16 years with Hewlett Packard and 14 years with a software company, Rational Software, which was acquired by IBM in 2003. After retiring from Rational in 1998, he served on the boards of several technology companies, including 13 years as a director of KLA, one of the world's largest semiconductor capital equipment suppliers. During his career, he was responsible for managing non-U.S. businesses for both HP and Rational and spent four years living overseas in France, Germany, and Iran.

David BurkeDave Burke

David Burke is the co-founder, managing director, and former CEO of Makena Capital Management. He is also a member of the firm’s board of directors and management and investment committees. Prior to forming Makena in 2005, Burke was a managing director of the Stanford Management Company, overseeing the Stanford University endowment's investments in private equity and venture capital. Burke currently serves on the boards of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, University of Virginia Law School Foundation, and Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton. Burke received a BS degree in finance, a JD, and an MA in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia, and is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Virginia and guest lecturer at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and Knight-Hennessey Scholars Program.

Stephen M. BurnsBurns

Stephen M. Burns is a managing partner at Quad-C Management, a middle-market private equity firm headquartered in Charlottesville, Virginia. Since joining Quad-C in 1994, Burns has invested in the building products, business services, specialty chemicals, packaging, transportation/logistics, and food sectors. Prior to joining Quad-C, Burns worked in the Risk Arbitrage Group and Leveraged Capital Group at Paribas and the corporate development group at W.R. Grace. He graduated from Boston College with a BS degree and earned his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Adib ChoudhuryAdib Choudhury

Adib Choudhury is a recent graduate of the University of Virginia, where he received a BS degree in commerce with a concentration in finance from the McIntire School of Commerce. Choudhury currently works as an investment analyst at Investure, an outsourced investment office for colleges and foundations, where he supports investment diligence and portfolio management. Prior to Investure, he interned at Salesforce in their finance & strategy group and for Ernst & Young’s advisory group. While a student at UVA, he served on class council, as a tour guide for the University Guide Service, and as an intern for the Jefferson Trust.

Barbara Comstock

Barbara ComstockBarbara Comstock, a senior advisor with Baker Donelson, was elected to Congress in 2014 as a Republican representing Virginia's 10th Congressional District (the first woman in that seat). She chaired the Science, Space, and Technology Committee's Research and Technology subcommittee and served on the Joint Economic Committee, the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and the House Administration Committee. Comstock passed legislation to promote women and disadvantaged populations in STEM and expanded research in the technology space. She also was the leader on anti-sexual harassment legislation in Congress and legislation to tackle the opioid crisis and gang crime. Comstock is the president-elect of the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress.

Mary Vee ConnellMary Vee Connell

Mary Vee Connell comes from a distinguished career in the intelligence community, most of which was at the Central Intelligence Agency. She also served as deputy undersecretary of intelligence in the Department of Homeland Security. Connell received the National Intelligence Medal, the Secretary of Homeland Security Medal, and the CIA’s Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal. Previously, she was an assistant professor of history at Southern Methodist University. She earned her BA at Cornell University and PhD in U.S. diplomatic history at the University of Virginia. Connell has served on several boards in Charlottesville, including the Charlottesville Symphony Society, Committee on Foreign Relations, and the Miller Center Foundation.

David CroweDavid Crowe

David Crowe owns and operates several farms in the Piedmont region of Virginia, where he is active in preserving farmland and open space. He moved to the Piedmont from London, where he worked for 13 years in the investment banking industry. Before that, he was a partner at Caplin and Drysdale in Washington, DC, and served as associate international tax counsel at the U.S. Treasury Department. He has served on the boards of the College Foundation at the University of Virginia, the Virginia League of Conservation Voters, and the Piedmont Environmental Council, where he was a vice chairman.

Barbara J. FriedBarbara Fried

Barbara J. Fried, ex officio, is chair emerita and former general counsel and executive vice president of Fried Companies Inc., a real estate development and property management firm based in Ruckersville and Crozet. She is a director of the UVA Foundation, member and immediate past chair of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership State Advisory Board, and a former director of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. Fried is a former member of the Virginia Port Authority Board of Commissioners and a former trustee of the George Mason University Foundation. Fried is active in many community organizations in and around Crozet. She earned a BA degree and law degree from the University of Chicago and an MA degree in history from UVA.

John GeorgesJohn Georges

John Georges serves as CEO of Georges Enterprises, headquartered in New Orleans. In 2013, he and his wife, Dathel, completed the purchase of The Advocate, the largest daily newspaper in Louisiana. In 2018, the Georges added The Gambit, a weekly entertainment publication, and then acquired The Times-Picayune and merged it with the New Orleans edition of The Advocate. Georges is a trustee for the National World War II Museum, past president of the Young Presidents Organization of Louisiana, and former member of the Tulane University President's Council, the University of New Orleans Foundation, the LSU Medical Foundation Board, New Orleans and Jefferson Parish Business Councils, World Trade Center, and the Chamber of Commerce. Georges established the Galatoire Foundation, named after the restaurant he owns, to expand local cultural programs.

Maya GhaemmaghamiMaya Ghaemmaghami

Maya Ghaemmaghami is a retired hematologist and oncologist. She graduated from Youngstown State University with a BS degree in combined sciences and received her medical degree from Northeast Ohio College of Medicine. She completed her residency in internal medicine at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh and her fellowship in hematology and oncology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. She served as a hematologist and oncologist for more than 20 years. Ghaemmaghami was an associate professor of medicine at the University of Virginia from 2011 to 2016 in a community-based academic hematology and oncology practice. She has served on the Martha Jefferson Hospital Foundation Board and on the Hospice of the Piedmont Board.  

Jennie HantzmonJennie Hantzmon

Jennie Hantzmon has lived in Charlottesville, Virginia, for most of her life, leaving to earn an undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago and an MA in elementary education and to teach in Evanston, Illinois. She raised four boys in Charlottesville and was involved in various capacities in their schools and educations. Since then, she has volunteered at her church, for Meals on Wheels, in literacy, and at Our Lady of Angels Monastery in Crozet, Virginia.
She served on the Miller Center Foundation Board from 2021 to 2024. She was also a member of the original Friends of the Miller Center committee in 2019–20.

Robert D. HardieRobert Hardie

Robert D. Hardie, ex officio, is the rector of the Board of Visitors at the University of Virginia. He is co-chairman and CEO of H7 Holdings, LLC, and Level One Partners, LLC. Hardie was first appointed to the Board of Visitors by Governor Tim Kaine in 2008 and again by Governor Terry McAuliffe in 2017. He earned a BA degree from the University of Virginia in 1987, an MBA from the Darden School of Business in 1995, and a PhD in management from the Darden School of Business in 1999. From 1999-2007, Hardie served as an adjunct member of the Darden faculty. He also served on the Governor’s Advisory Council for Revenue Estimates (GACRE) under Governors Kaine, McDonnell, McAuliffe, and Northam.

John HarrisJohn Harris

John Harris is the founder of POLITICO and served as its editor-in-chief until 2019. Harris began his career at The Washington Post, covering politics on the local, state, and national levels. From 1995 to 2001, he covered the Clinton White House. Later, he expanded on his reporting in a history of that presidency, The Survivor: Bill Clinton in the White House. He is also co-author, with his friend and fellow journalist Mark Halperin, of a book on presidential politics, The Way to Win: Taking the White House in 2008. After 20 years as a reporter, he became an editor, which led him and Jim VandeHei to launch POLITICO, a publication about politics from the ground up.

Dwight HoltonDwight Holton

Dwight Holton is the former United States attorney for Oregon. He currently serves as the chief executive officer at Lines for Life, a nonprofit dedicated to preventing substance abuse and suicide and promoting mental wellness in the state of Oregon. He is a graduate of Brown University and the University of Virginia School of Law. Between degrees, Holton served as a manager for the Clinton presidential campaign and on the presidential transition team, then as a special assistant to White House Chief of Staff Mack McClarty and later to Deputy Chief of Staff Harold Ickes. After graduating from law school, he joined the United States Department of Justice as an assistant United States attorney and spent over a decade prosecuting cases in Brooklyn, New York, and Portland, Oregon. He is the son of former Virginia governor Linwood Holton.

John C. Jeffries Jr.John C. Jeffries Jr.

John C. Jeffries Jr., ex officio, is the David and Mary Harrison Distinguished Professor of Law and counselor to the UVA president. His primary research and teaching interests are civil rights, federal courts, criminal law, and constitutional law. Jeffries has co-authored casebooks in civil rights, federal courts, and criminal law and has published a variety of articles in those fields. He also wrote a biography of Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell Jr. Jeffries served as dean of the UVA Law School from 2001-2008 and accepted an appointment in University administration in 2018.

Fred McClureFred McClure

Fred McClure is the chief community engagement officer at Texas A&M University. He was previously the chief executive officer for the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation, McClure was the Washington, D.C., managing partner for the international law firm SNR Denton. He has also served as assistant for legislative affairs to President George H. W. Bush and as special assistant for legislative affairs to President Ronald Reagan. His previous U.S. government service includes legislative director to U.S. Senator John Tower, associate deputy U.S. attorney general, and chairman of the Board of Visitors of the U.S. Naval Academy. In 1995, Governor George W. Bush appointed McClure to the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents, where he served as vice-chairman.

Clarence PageClarence Page

Clarence Page, the 1989 Pulitzer Prize winner for commentary, is a columnist syndicated nationally by Tribune Media Services and a member of the Chicago Tribune’s editorial board. Page was also a regular contributor of essays to PBS NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and was a regular on The McLaughlin Group, NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show, ABC’s Nightline, and BET’s Lead Story news panel programs. Page’s accolades include a 1980 Illinois UPI award for community service for an investigative series titled “The Black Tax” and the Edward Scott Beck Award for overseas reporting in 1976. He also received lifetime achievement awards from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, the Chicago Headline Club, and the National Association of Black Journalists. In 1992, he was inducted into the Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame.

James E. RyanJames Ryan

James E. Ryan, ex officio, became the ninth president of the University of Virginia on August 1, 2018. Before joining the University, he served as dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the Charles William Eliot Professor of Education. A first-generation college student, Ryan earned his BA degree in American studies summa cum laude from Yale University and his law degree from UVA. He joined the UVA School of Law faculty after clerking for the chief judge of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and for then-United States Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist. In 2009, he founded the Program in Law and Public Service, which gives law students training and mentoring for public service careers.

Kim Malone Scott

Kim Malone ScottKim Malone Scott is the author of Just Work: Get *t Done Fast and Fair and Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity. She co-founded two companies that help organizations put the ideas in her books into practice. Scott was a CEO coach at Dropbox, Qualtrics, Twitter, and other tech companies. She previously held leadership roles at Apple and Google. Earlier in her career, Scott managed a pediatric clinic in Kosovo and started a diamond-cutting factory in Moscow.

Haag ShermanHaag Sherman

Haag Sherman, an attorney and certified public accountant, is the founder and CEO of Tectonic Financial and a director of CBIZ, a provider of financial, insurance, and advisory services. Sherman previously cofounded and served in various executive positions at Salient Partners, a Houston, Texas–based investment firm, and was an executive officer and partner at the Redstone Companies. He has also practiced corporate law at Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, LLP, in Texas, was an auditor at PriceWaterhouse, and was an adjunct professor of law at the University of Texas School of Law. He also wrote the book Shattering Orthodoxies: An Economic and Foreign Policy Blueprint for America (2008), which reached No. 6 on Amazon’s list of top social and economic policy books.

Hatsy VallarHatsy Vallar

Hatsy Vallar is a graduate of Smith College and NYU’s Stern School of Business, with a degree in finance. She has spent most of her career in banking and then as a hospital executive in charge of the hospital’s foundation and marketing department. Prior to moving to Charlottesville in 2016, she served on multiple boards and co-chaired a $30 million capital campaign. She currently serves as chair of the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank Board, sits on the Martha Jefferson Medical Affairs Board, and is the co-founder of the Friends of the Miller Center.

Walter F. WalkerWally Walker

Walter F. Walker is the current owner and CIO of Hana Road Capital. From 1994-2006, he was president and CEO of the Seattle Sonics and Seattle Storm basketball teams. The Sonics had the 5th best winning percentage in the NBA during that time and the Seattle Storm won the 2004 WNBA Championship. Walker played in the NBA from 1976-1984 and was a member of two NBA championship teams. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 1976 and was named a first team Academic All-American basketball player that year. He graduated from Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1987 and joined Goldman, Sachs & Co. He was conferred as a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) in 1992. Walker was a member of the University of Virginia’s Board of Visitors from 1997-2001.

Tanya Rivero WarrenTanya Rivero Warren

Tanya Rivero Warren is an anchor for CBS News, where she has covered U.S. politics, world events, and breaking news. She hosted her own show, Lunch Break with Tanya Rivero, on the Wall Street Journal's video platform and interviewed world leaders in politics, business, and the arts, including Jimmy Carter. She was previously anchor on ABC News Now and the host of Good Morning America Health, Good Money, and What's the Buzz. Before joining ABC News, she was a reporter and fill-in anchor for WCBS-TV in New York City, and before that, was an anchor and reporter for News 12 in the Bronx and Brooklyn. Rivero Warren is a graduate of Yale University and the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.