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Frank Hodsoll

A long time public servant and lawyer, Frank Hodsoll is currently a management consultant and chairs the board of the Center for Arts and Culture, an independent think tank affiliating with George Mason University. He is also a member of the Public Diplomacy Council. Following stints at the White House, the State and Commerce departments, and the Environmental Protection Agency, Frank chaired the National Endowment for the Arts where he was recognized for doubling the program to build endowments, initiating a new program to stimulate local government funding, expanding the museum indemnity program, strengthening arts education efforts (including publication of the Endowment’s 1988 Toward Civilization), and initiating the Endowment’s Heritage Awards and Mayors’ Institute to encourage better urban design. He persuaded President Reagan to establish the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities and the Congress to enact the National Medal of Arts. His work on film and video preservation was recognized by the movie and television industries with an Oscar and an Emmy. Frank retired from federal service in 1993 as the first Deputy Director for Management of the Office of Management & Budget. He was a Foreign Service Officer (1966-1980); his last assignment was as Deputy US Special Representative for Non-Proliferation. Mr. Hodsoll has co-chaired three American Assemblies: The Arts and the Public Purpose (1997), Deals and Ideals: For-Profit and Not-for-Profit Arts Connections (1999), and Art, Technology, and Intellectual Property (2002).

Mr. Hodsoll has a B.A. from Yale, an M.A. and LL.B from Cambridge, and a J.D. from Stanford. Early in his career, he ran a trading company in the Philippines and practiced law in New York. Mr. Hodsoll has recently relocated from Colorado where he founded a nationally recognized not-for-profit data center, was elected a county commissioner, and became a leader in National Association of Counties telecommunications work. Mr. Hodsoll and his wife live in Falls Church, Virginia.


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