Board of Directors
& Staff

Board of Directors
Staff List
Staff List

Carlotta M. Arthur
Program Director for Clare Boothe Luce Program

Carlotta earned a B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering from Purdue University, and worked for ten years in industry before completing a M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and a W.K. Kellogg post-doctoral fellowship at the Harvard School of Public Health. Carlotta also taught at Meharry Medical College in Nashville and later at Smith College. Prior to joining the Foundation, she served on the staff of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Elizabeth A. Brennan
Program Assistant for Theology and Information Technology

Elizabeth was hired as an Administrative Assistant in 1993. She had graduated with a degree in advertising art and computer graphics. After working for six years in sales and then for six years in insurance, she was drawn to the non-profit field. In previous years, she has assisted in many of areas of the Foundation, including Higher Education, the Henry R. Luce Professorship Program, Asia, the US-China Cooperative Program, the Luce Fund for Asian Studies, Public Affairs, and Administration and Finance.

Sean Buffington
Vice President

Prior to joining the Luce Foundation in 2015, Sean served as President of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. During his tenure, the University developed and introduced an innovative interdisciplinary curriculum, launched a number of new degrees, and established a program for creative entrepreneurs. Before moving to Philadelphia, Sean was a senior administrator at Harvard University, initially overseeing inter-faculty initiatives in neuroscience, health policy and environmental studies on behalf of the Provost, and then managing Harvard's arts and culture activities as Associate Provost. Sean received the A.B. summa cum laude from Harvard College, and an M.A. in American Culture from the University of Michigan.

Mina E. Camacho
Grants Administrator

Born and raised in Rome, NY, Mina studied theater at Buffalo State College before joining the Foundation staff in 1991. She served twenty years as executive assistant to the President, before being named Grants Administrator in 2013.

Teresa A. Carbone
Program Director for American Art

Dr. Teresa A. Carbone worked as a curator at the Brooklyn Museum from 1985 to 2015, overseeing the American Art collections from 2005 as Andrew W. Mellon Curator of American Art. As principal author of the two-volume American Paintings in the Brooklyn Museum: Artists Born by 1876, she was awarded the College Art Association’s 2006 Alfred H. Barr Prize. She served as project director for the innovative permanent installation American Identities: A New Look (2001). Her curatorial projects have included the exhibitions Eastman Johnson: Painting America (1999); Youth and Beauty: Art of the American Twenties (2011); John Singer Sargent Watercolors (2013); and Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties (2014). In 2014, she was the recipient of the prestigious Lawrence A. Fleischman Award for Scholarly Excellence in the Field of American Art, presented by the Smithsonian Institution’s Archive of American Art.

Reynaldo Dipasquale
Director of Information Technology

After studying in England for three years, Rey obtained a BS in Electrical Engineering from CUNY and has worked in various capacities in the computer technology area since 1986. He is fluent in Spanish.

Michelle Douenias
Program Associate and Events Coordinator for Luce Scholars

Michelle directs the day-to-day administration of the Luce Scholars program including all meetings and events. During her tenure at the Foundation she has also worked as Program Assistant on the Luce Scholars and Clare Boothe Luce Programs. Prior to joining the Luce Foundation in 1990, she worked as a jewelry designer and taught 6th-12th grade art. She holds a B.A. and a teaching certificate in fine arts from Ohio Wesleyan University. Michelle also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Morris Educational Foundation.

Michael Gilligan

Michael was elected president of the Henry Luce Foundation in December 2002, having been Program Director for Theology since 1998. He previously served at the Association of Theological Schools (ATS); as Academic Dean of the Pontifical College Josephinum; and as teacher and administrator in the Catholic Diocese of Columbus. He received a B.A. from Duke University and a M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the University of Virginia. He is chairman of the United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia, and serves on the board of the Council of Independent Colleges.

Helena Kolenda
Program Director for Asia

Prior to this appointment in 2008, she served for a decade as program officer for the Foundation’s Asia Program. Ms. Kolenda holds a BA in Chinese Language and Literature from the University of California, Berkeley (1980) and a JD from the University of Texas School of Law (1989). Between 1981 and 1996, she spent ten years in China, working first as an English teacher with Volunteers in Asia and later as an attorney with the law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the National Committee on United States-China Relations, a trustee of the Harvard-Yenching Institute, and a former trustee of the Lingnan Foundation.

Li Ling
Program Director for Luce Scholars and Program Officer for Asia

Ling has directed the Foundation’s Luce Scholars Program since 2009 and concurrently serves as the program officer for the Asia Program. Previously, Ling served as the director of transnational initiatives at the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations and practiced law at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, both in New York. He also worked for the intergovernmental International Organization for Migration as a program officer in its Geneva Headquarters and in its Washington, D.C. and Vienna Missions. Ling is a native of Wuhan, China, and studied at the Institute of International Relations in Beijing from 1988-1991. He received his B.A. in comparative literature from Brigham Young University and has an M.A. in international relations from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School and a J.D. from Columbia University Law School.

Yuting Li
Program Associate for Asia

Yuting was born and raised in China, and holds a B.A. in International Studies and a M.A. in Comparative Politics from Peking University. In 2016 she received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Washington, Seattle. Her academic focus is the study of political economy and social welfare, especially public housing in China. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2017, Yuting has devoted herself to women in philanthropy and early childhood education.

Lorraine M. Morales
Executive Assistant to the President and Program Assistant for American Art

Lorraine joined the foundation in 1999. She came to the foundation with experience as an executive assistant in the fashion, decorative home furnishings, investment and human resource recruiting industries.

Carrie A. Ortiz
Office Administrator and Benefits Manager

As Benefits Manager, Carrie oversees all processes related to employee benefits, including accounts payable and receivable, reconciliations, vendor management, grants accounting, facilities, and assistance with the annual audit. Carrie has more than 13 years of administrative experience in nonprofit organizations. Prior to joining the Henry Luce Foundation, she was an Office Manager in the Chaplaincy Department in Minnesota, where she assisted with scheduling, preparing special services and materials, and performing a variety of other administrative tasks. She earned her B.A. from Winona State College. Carrie volunteers and serves on the board of the Art School at Old Church in Demarest, NJ.

Beni Price

A Bronx, NY native, Beni earned a B.S. in Sociology and a M.S.W. from Fordham University. Prior to joining the Luce Foundation in 2010, Beni served as a project manager and a survey analyst.

Staci M. Salomon
Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer

Staci began at the Foundation in 2010 as Controller and she was promoted to Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer in 2015. Prior to joining the Luce Foundation, she was the Vice President of Finance of the YMCA of Greater New York; before that, she held several positions with PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP over a ten year period, ending with the position of Senior Manager. She holds a B.S. in Accounting from the State University of New York at Geneseo and an M.S. in Accounting from Binghamton University. She is a licensed CPA in New York and has reciprocal licenses (currently inactive) in Connecticut and New Jersey. She is a member of the AICPA and the NYSSCPA.

Iris Shih
Communications Manager

Iris graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in Art. She has extensive graphic design experience and her work spans a range of industries (education, non-profit, technology, publishing) and media (corporate identity, print publication, interactive & mobile experience). Prior to joining the Luce Foundation, Iris spent three years as a design manager at HarperCollins Publishers followed by four years as a product designer developing web-based applications.

Bridget Talone
Program Assistant for Clare Boothe Luce and Policy Initiatives

A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, Bridget worked in arts administration and event planning before pursuing her M.F.A. at the Iowa Writers Workshop. She joined the Foundation in 2013.

Jonathan VanAntwerpen
Program Director for Theology

Prior to joining the Foundation, Jonathan was the founding director of the religion and the public sphere program at the Social Science Research Council, where he developed and directed a range of grant-funded projects, launched a suite of experimental digital publishing platforms, served as acting director of communications, and worked to incubate a new initiative on knowledge and culture in a digital age. Jonathan is co-editor of a series of books on secularism and religion, including Habermas and Religion (Polity), Rethinking Secularism (Oxford), The Post-Secular in Question (NYU), The Power of Religion in the Public Sphere (Columbia), and Varieties of Secularism in a Secular Age (Harvard). Originally trained as a philosopher, he received his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley, and he is currently a visiting scholar at NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge.

Toby Volkman
Director of Policy Initiatives and Secretary

Prior to joining the Luce Foundation, Toby worked as Director of Special Projects at the Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program in New York. She has also served as a program officer at the Ford Foundation, where she developed and managed an initiative (“Crossing Borders”) to revitalize the field of area studies; as director of the South and Southeast Asia Programs at the Social Science Research Council; and as deputy provost at the New School. She holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Cornell University and a B.A. in Art History from the University of Chicago.

Linda Ward
Assistant to the President and Vice President

Prior to this appointment, Linda served as Executive Assistant to the President of The Greenwall Foundation and assisted with the Program in Bioethics. She is originally from Oregon, where she earned her B.S. in Dance from Portland State University. She performed and taught dance worldwide for more than two decades before beginning her career in philanthropy.

Edna Wu
Senior Accountant

Edna graduated from Baruch College with a B.B.A in Accounting and a minor in Psychology. She is one of the founding members of Delta Sigma Pi, a business fraternity that was established in October 2010. Prior to joining the Luce Foundation, she served as a staff accountant at a public accounting firm where she specialized in non-profit clients. She is a licensed CPA in New York.

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