The lobby shop that former Attorney General John Ashcroft set up this spring has added staff and clients and moved into new office space.
Signing on are William Gaynor, who was western finance director for the 2004 Bush-Cheney presidential campaign and the Republican National Committee, and Lori Sharpe Day, who was director of the office of intergovernmental affairs at Justice before joining the Air Transport Association of America as vice president of government affairs in 2003. [IMGCAP(1)]
Juleanna Glover Weiss, one of the founding members of the firm, said the “glitzy, pretty suite” at 1399 New York Ave. NW, befits a man who has served as attorney general, senator and governor.
She added that “business is excellent,” especially in homeland security and law enforcement, including activities related to the USA PATRIOT and Bank Secrecy acts. Weiss said some clients are not seeking lobbying services and are remaining confidential. But the publicly reportable clients include the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Museum Matters. The yet-to-be-constructed National Museum of African American History and Culture added another face to its leadership team Wednesday when Kinshasha Holman Conwill was named its deputy director.
Conwill, an arts, museum and management consultant, has worked on numerous cultural projects over the years, including the Museums and Community Initiative of the American Association of Museums and “A Cultural Blueprint for New York City,” an initiative of the New York Foundation for the Arts aimed at sustaining the city’s cultural life.
She also has advised groups ranging from the New York Times Co. Foundation and the Center for Black Music Research to the storied Riverside Church.
Previously, Conwill, a native of Atlanta, Ga., spent more than a decade as director of Harlem’s Studio Museum, where she presided over a major expansion and renovation and helped organize such exhibits as “Memory and Metaphor: The Art of Romare Bearden, 1940-1987” and “Contemporary African Artists: Changing Tradition.”
Conwill, who has been chairman of the National Museum Services Board, holds a bachelor’s in fine arts from Howard University. She earned a master’s in business administration from the University of California at Los Angeles.
The Smithsonian Board of Regents is expected to pick one of four locations for the new museum by early next year.
— Kate Ackley and Bree Hocking