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Carlyle Group Macher David M. Rubenstein Joins NGA Board

The East Building, for which both Sant and Rubenstein provided $10 Million donations

The East Building. Both Victoria Sant and David M. Rubenstein provided $10 million donations for work on the building.


Changes are afoot in the governance of the National Gallery of Art (NGA) in Washington, D.C., with David M. Rubenstein, the philanthropist and CEO of the asset-management firm the Carlyle Group, joining its board of trustees for a 10-year term.

Meanwhile, Victoria Sant will leave the board, earning the title of trustee emerita. Sant—a “tireless champion” of the NGA, its president, Frederick W. Beinecke, said in a statement released to press—served on the museum’s board for 15 years, 12 of them as its president.

Rubenstein was Deputy Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy from 1977 to 1981 and has a long standing law practice. He is the chairman of the board of trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and is a regent of the Smithsonian Institution. In 2012 he donated $10 million toward construction projects on the museum’s East Building, which will be completed next year. He’s a major collector of historical documents and has an original copy of Magna Carta among his holdings.

Sant also tendered a $10 million donation for that ongoing construction with her husband Roger Sant, and served on the board as some 36,000 pieces of art were added to the collection, including works by Matisse and Calame. Beinecke said that, though she is departing the board, the museum would “continue to seek [her] wise counsel.”

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