STAFF & BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Founder and Chair of the Board

Jane Lipton Cafritz

Jane Lipton Cafritz is a real estate developer and former tax attorney. She currently serves on the boards of the Smithsonian Institution, the Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Washington National Opera, the Blair House and the Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation. She is a member of the National Gallery of Art Collector’s Committee.  She is a past Chairman of the Washington National Opera, which became affiliated with the Kennedy Center under her tenure. She is also a past Secretary of the National Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors.
President and CEO

RHONDA BUCKLEY-BISHOP

Rhonda Buckley-Bishop, President and CEO of the Explore! Children’s Museum, has served as the associate dean for outreach and engagement at the Michigan State University (MSU) College of Music and the executive director of its two Community Music Schools. Prior to her role at MSU, she was founder and longtime executive director of the Sitar Arts Center, a community arts center that serves at-risk youth and families in Washington, DC, where she received numerous awards for her work as a nonprofit leader.  She received a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and Master of Music in Saxophone Performance degree, both from MSU, and a graduate degree in business from the University of Maryland University College.  She has also been a Fellow in the Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders-Arts, Stanford Graduate School of Management. Buckley-Bishop has served as director of instrumental music at Central Florida Community College in Ocala, Florida and as a woodwind specialist for Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. She has performed with the Virginia Chamber Orchestra, Central Florida Symphony and the Brooklyn Heights Orchestra.
Program Associate

Irina rubensteiN

Irina Rubenstein joins Explore! with a variety of experiences in the museum field, and a passion for museum education and culture. Before joining the team, Irina earned her Master's of Science from the University of Edinburgh in Social Anthropology. She has worked at the National Geographic Museum, and interned with The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, StoryCorps, The Textile Museum, and the Smithsonian’s Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.
Mission Mobile Manager

MArk Mumm

Mark Mumm, originally hailing from The Queen City: Buffalo, NY, is thrilled to be strapping into the Flight Director chair as Mission Mobile Manager with Explore!. A longtime lover and supporter of the arts, he has two Bachelor’s degrees from SUNY at Buffalo (B.A. Video Production and B.A. Theatre Performance) and a Master’s in Theatre for Young Audiences from Rose Bruford College in (the greater) London (area), UK. Mark has worked directly providing drama education and facilitation with children of all abilities. Ever the creative type, Mark plays guitar and also writes music, poetry, scripts, and the occasional motivational text message.
Executive Assistant

Tiffany Sorenson

Tiffany Sorenson comes to Explore! as a devoted office administrator as well as being a Infant Sign Language teacher in her spare time. She has her Master’s in Public Administration from Old Dominion University with a concentration in Nonprofit Management. She also spent a year with Operation Smile, traveling to Kenya in her work. Her passions include early education enrichment and achieving her personal travel goal to visit all seven continents.
Board of Directors
Nazir Ahmad
President, GivingWorks, Inc.
Jane Lipton Cafritz
Founder and Chair of the Board
Susan Blumenthal
Former U.S. Assistant Surgeon General
Rose Carter
Board Member, Portrait Gallery
Board Member, National Symphony Orchestra
Teddy Downey
CEO and Executive Editor of The Capital Forum
Bonnie Fogel
Founder and Executive Director, Imagination Stage
Judah Lifschitz
Principal and Co-President, Sharpiro, Lifschitz & Schram
Dorothy Pierce McSweeny
Past Chair, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation; Chair Emeritus, D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities
Jeffrey Pulford
President and Co-Founder of Interface Multimedia;
Board Member, Capitol Hill Community Foundation
Jill Cooper Udall
Member, President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities;
Board of Trustees, Hirshhorn Museum;  
Board of Trustees, Ford’s Theatre;
Board of Trustees,  Washington National Opera; 
Formerly, Consultant for the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian;
Officer of Cultural Affairs for the State of New Mexico.

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