Board of Directors 2020-2021
President: Rick Nash, Newark Street (second term exp. 2023)
Vice President: Leila Afzal, Ordway Street (first term exp. 2021)
Treasurer: Shannon Penberthy, Porter Street (second term exp. 2022)
Secretary: Karen Lightfoot, Ordway Street (first term exp. 2023)
John Buchanan, Newark Street (first term exp. 2023)
John Chelen, 30th Place (first term exp. 2021)
Karen Davis, Connecticut Avenue (first term exp. 2022)
Saveria Emblad, 30th Street (first term exp. 2022)
Polly Ghazi, Ordway Street (second term exp. 2023)
Mike Goldstein, Lowell Street (first term exp. 2021)
Christine Hobbs, Norton Place (second term exp. 2022)
Shaun Jones, Newark Street (second term exp. 2022)
Judith Kennedy, Newark Street (first term exp. 2023)
Bonnie LePard, Macomb Street (first term exp. 2023)
Vicki Marchand, Rodman Street (first term exp. 2022)
Ron Ngaim, 34th Street (first term exp. 2022)
Lois Orr, 34th Street (first term exp. 2022)
Raina Regan, Connecticut Avenue (first term exp. 2021)
Julia Rogers, Macomb Street (first term exp. 2021)
Frank Swain, Newark Street (second term exp. 2022)
(See the bottom of this page for board biographies.)
Committees of the Board
Executive Committee 2020-21: Rick Nash, President; Leila Afzal, Vice President; Shannon Penberthy, Treasurer, Karen Lightfoot, Secretary
Preservation Task Force: Christine Hobbs, Mike Goldstein, Rick Nash, Raina Regan, Frank Swain. The Preservation Task Force makes recommendations to the board on matters of ongoing concern that are not covered by the Architectural Review Committee’s project review mandate, such as advocacy with DC Council and agencies, prevention of demolition by neglect, Connecticut Avenue corridor issues, Eaton school renovation plans, etc. Contact the PTF at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Membership Committee: Julia Rogers. Contact for membership inquiries: Camilla Carpenter, email@example.com
Nominating Committee 2020: Rick Nash, Leila Afzal, Frank Swain, Shannon Penberthy
Architectural Review Committee 2020-2021
ARC members include current and former CPHS board members and other CPHS members with relevant professional expertise. The ARC conducts project review for alterations to properties in the Cleveland Park Historic District when they are referred by the DC Historic Preservation Office.
Download the ARC’s operating guidelines here.
For ARC-related business, contact Camilla Carpenter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Phil Eagleburger, ARC co-chair
Christine Hobbs, ARC co-chair
Board Member Biographies
Leila Afzal (Ordway Street)
“I have always felt lucky to live in our local treasure of Cleveland Park, first as a renter and now as a homeowner (35 years total). I have been a longtime advocate of the wonderful institutions and features of our community. I was on the John Eaton Home and School Association Board. I was co-president of the Cleveland Park Club. I represented the Cleveland Park historic district on the Advisory Neighborhood Commission. I have been a long-time member of the Cleveland Park Historical Society. The CPHS has been a vital and important part of our community. I want to be more active and offer my energy, and hopefully talents, to continue its educational role and contributions to our neighborhood.”
John Buchanan (Newark Street)
John Buchanan has lived in Cleveland Park since 1987, along with his wife Denise, a former teacher and Director of Admissions at National Cathedral School. Their house in the 3300 block of Newark Street, where they raised their four sons, was built in 1904 and has been shown on the CPHS House Tour. In addition to his service in various capacities for CPHS over the years, John has been active in other Cleveland Park organizations, including St. Albans School, the Cleveland Park Congregational Church and the National Cathedral. John is Senior Counsel at the law firm of Covington & Burling and also serves as an Adjunct Professor at U. Conn. Law School’s Insurance Law Center. Born in Pittsburgh, he is a graduate of Princeton, Oxford and Harvard Law School, where he studied architecture on the side at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
John Chelen (30th Place)
John is an attorney with substantial experience on technology, energy, and environmental matters. He holds degrees from Carnegie-Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. He has worked in commercial, government, and public interest sectors at all levels, including the World Bank, District Government, and Greenpeace. He has directed the development of numerous landmark software, modeling, and communications applications, testified before the US Congress on Internet and environmental issues, and participated in several White House information infrastructure initiatives. Locally, he has lived in Cleveland Park for nearly 40 years, served as President and Board Member of CPCA, served on the Executive Committee of the Ward Three Democrats, provided legal representation for CPBA, and will appear again, soon, as President Grover Cleveland for the opening of the new Cleveland Park Library.
Karen Davis, Connecticut Avenue
Karen Davis and her husband, Clark Madigan, have lived in historic neighborhoods since shortly after they were married 35 years ago—first on Capitol Hill and then, beginning late in 1999, when they moved to Cleveland Park with their daughter Caithlin into a house they had begun renovating—with Cleveland Park Historical Society approval, of course!—in 1998. They now live at the Kennedy-Warren. Karen, a military brat, gained a lasting appreciation for historic architecture living in Italy as a teenager, and she has great respect for the role the CPHS plays in our community. Professionally, Karen has always worked in the non-profit sector, typically in fundraising and communications. Currently, as a semi-retired consultant to a project that has had Federal funding, among other tasks she is supporting women with disabilities who are survivors of domestic and/or sexual violence. As a volunteer, she has served on a variety of different boards and committees over the years, from the auction committee at her daughter’s school, to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation local chapter board, to the DC Quality Trust board and, currently, as a member of the board of the DC Rape Crisis Center.
Saveria Emblad, 30th Street
Saveria moved to 30th Street with her husband, Stefan Emblad, son Sebastian (17) and daughter Louise (15) in April 2016. The international family (Saveria is French and Stefan is Swedish) lived in Bethesda 10 years ago and has reconnected with a lot of excitement in the DC area. Before that, she lived in Cambodia, Germany, Sweden, and Switzerland. In addition to being an engineer in telecommunications, Saveria became a teacher in 2011 and now teaches at Sidwell Friends School after being at the International School of Geneva. When not in a classroom, Saveria is often seen practicing Yoga and Pilates, running, hiking, skiing or playing golf. She loves gardening and cooking for her friends. She volunteered with A Wider Circle and helped to coordinate the service program in her school. Saveria and her family love Cleveland Park and all it has to offer: friends, school, restaurants, nature, entertainment, and great neighbors. She thinks it is a privilege to live in such a great neighborhood and would love contributing to helping to maintain the atmosphere she loves in this special place in DC.
Polly Ghazi (Ordway Street)
Polly Ghazi is a self-employed sustainability writer, editor and communications strategist. A British citizen, she is the former Environment Correspondent of the Observer, the Sunday version of the Guardian. Since arriving in Washington, DC, 17 years ago, she has worked for the World Resources Institute and Context sustainability communications consultancy, as well as freelance. She has also authored three books on environmental and work-life topics, published in the UK. Polly and her husband Allan, a founder of Greenpeace, have been Cleveland Park residents for 11 years and have raised two children in the neighborhood. Jessie is a rising college junior and Grace is a 4th grader at Eaton Elementary.
Mike Goldstein (Lowell Street)
Mike previously served as a member of the CPHS Board and as Vice President for Regulatory Affairs. Mike is Senior Counsel at the global law firm, Cooley LLP, where he founded and long served as leader of the firm’s education practice. Prior to establishing the education practice Mike was Associate Vice Chancellor for Urban and Governmental Affairs and associate professor of urban sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago and before that served as founding director of the New York City Urban Corps, Assistant City Administrator and Director of University Relations in the New York City mayor’s office. He is a long time member of the Board of Directors of The Washington Ballet, the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, the Friendship Fire Association, the DC Fire & EMS Foundation and the American-Russian Cultural Cooperation Foundation. He holds an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Fielding Graduate University, in 2014 was awarded the Richard Jonsen Award for lifelong commitment to improving postsecondary educational programs and services through innovative uses of technology, and in 2010 was awarded the President’s Medal by Excelsior College for exceptional contributions to the field of adult and distance education. Mike is a graduate of Cornell University, holds a law degree from New York University and was a Loeb Fellow in Advanced Urban and Environmental Policy at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He and his spouse Jinny have lived on Lowell Street opposite the National Cathedral since 1998.
Christine Hobbs (Norton Place)
Christine is a long-time resident of Cleveland Park and her children grew up on Norton Place. She is currently the co-chair of CPHS’s Architectural Review Committee, and has previously served on the CPHS Board. Christine was the Director of Targeted Affordable lending in the Multifamily Division of Freddie Mac, and prior to that, the Director of Freddie Mac’s Low-income Housing Tax Credit Program. She has also worked for the National Cooperative Bank. Christine currently serves on the boards of Sarah’s Circle and the Lisner-Louise-Dickson-Hurt Home, both providers of housing and services to low-income seniors in Washington. She also serves on the board of Cinnaire, a community development financial institution headquartered in Lansing, MI. She is a past president of the Affordable Housing Investors Council, an association of corporate investors in Low-income Housing Tax Credits and a past board member of the Washington Area Community Investment Fund. Christine has a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning.
Judy Kennedy (Newark Street)
Judy and her husband are only the third owners of their 1903 home on Newark Street, where they have lived for 35 years. She is past president of the National Association of Affordable Housing Lenders, representing private capital lending and investing in low- and moderate-income communities. Judy testified frequently on Capitol Hill and before U.S. bank regulators on housing finance and community development. She served on the regulators’ Minority Depository Institutions Advisory Committee, the Treasury/HUD Task Force on Predatory Lending, the Fannie Mae Advisory Committee, and the boards of the National Housing Conference and Women in Housing and Finance. Earlier in her career, Judy worked for Sallie Mae, Freddie Mac, the Congressional Banking Committees, the White House Commission on Housing, and HUD.
Bonnie LePard (Macomb Street)
Bonnie LePard is an environmental and historic preservation lawyer. Since 1992, she and her husband Bruce Reed have lived on Macomb Street, where they raised a daughter and a son. As President of Friends of Tregaron for ten years, Bonnie led the successful fight to stop numerous massive housing developments and secure thirteen acres to create the Tregaron Conservancy in 2006. With the help of the Cleveland Park neighborhood, Bonnie and the Tregaron Conservancy worked to restore the lily pond, stone bridges, stairs, meadows, woodlands, and trail system. In 2015, Bonnie stepped down as Executive Director of the Tregaron Conservancy and became Executive Director at Oatlands Historic House and Gardens, a National Trust for Historic Preservation site in northern Virginia. She later served as Executive Director of The Cultural Landscape Foundation.
Karen Lightfoot (Ordway Street)
“I have always loved this neighborhood for its tree-lined streets, diverse architectural styles, and ability to be both bucolic and urban. We have lived in Cleveland Park for nearly three decades now, but in 2003 bought our 1919 bungalow on Ordway Street. I previously served on the Cleveland Park Citizens Association board and have been a long-time member of the Cleveland Park Historical Society. I greatly respect the CPHS work to preserve our community’s architectural heritage and would welcome the opportunity to play a more active role as it continues its vital work.”
Vicky Marchand (Rodman Street)
Vicky became a Cleveland Park resident in 1972, attended John Eaton and Maret, and returned to raise her three sons in homes on 34th Street and Rodman Street. She has worked on early childhood education and family support initiatives at the Administration for Children and Families and at several think tanks in Washington, DC. Vicky is currently pursuing her Master of Library and Information Science degree and has interned with the Historical Society of Washington, DC. She has served on the Boards of Directors for Woodley House, Inc. and Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ).
Rick Nash (Newark Street)
Rick Nash and his family have lived in a 1910 house on Newark Street since 2000. Rick has longtime interests in historic preservation and conservation, and he values Cleveland Park’s walkable, vibrant “village in the city” character. Rick has been a director of the Rosedale Conservancy since 2006, and his prior board experience includes service on the boards of CPHS and the Cleveland Park Citizens Association. Rick is general counsel of Conservation International, which works to protect land and ocean areas in 30 countries through science, policy and partnerships. Earlier in his career, Rick worked in the information technology and communications sectors and lived in Europe and Central Asia. Rick and MaryAnn have a son and daughter in college and a daughter in high school.
Ron Ngiam, 34th Street
Ron is an architect in Washington, DC, specializing in multifamily and commercial office buildings. Ron and his wife, Kathleen Claire, also an architect, made a decision to move to Cleveland Park in 2008. Ron is currently working at the DC firm CORE architecture + design. A few notable projects in the DC area include 600 Massachusetts Ave NW in Washington DC, Concord Apartment in Arlington VA, and 2501 M in Washington DC. He has served as a member of the Architectural Review Committee since 2012.
Lois Orr, 34th Street
Lois has been a member of CPHS for nearly all of the 20 years she has lived in Cleveland Park. She has served in a number of CPHS roles during this time, including president of the board; currently she is a member of our Architectural Review Committee. One of her favorite CPHS activities was chairing the Call Box Restoration Project. Prior to her retirement, Lois was an economist at the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Shannon Penberthy (Porter Street)
Shannon Penberthy has lived in Cleveland Park (on Porter Street near 34th) with her husband Stratton since 1998. They were attracted to the neighborhood by its sense of community, diversity of architecture, excellent schools, and proximity to stores, dining, and national treasures such as the Cathedral. Professionally employed in Global Government Relations for Procter & Gamble, Shannon has served in various roles on the non-profit boards of the National Hemophilia Foundation, the World Federation of Hemophilia – USA, and the Personal Care Products Association. She grew up in North Carolina and received a B.S. in Economics and a MBA from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington before moving to Washington in 1991. Shannon and Stratton have two children who attended John Eaton Elementary School before matriculating to National Cathedral School and The Field School. Their Cleveland Park home was build in 1923.
Raina Regan (Connecticut Avenue)
Raina is a preservation professional who began her career in Indiana, working with local preservation groups in her job with Indiana Landmarks on strategic planning, applying for grants, developing public programs, and advocacy strategies. She currently manages the the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s preservation easement program, which involves working with property owners to oversee major rehabilitation projects and providing technical assistance as they work to repair protected properties. Raina fell in love with Cleveland Park during an internship in DC in 2009, and when she accepted the position at the National Trust, she immediately focused her apartment search on Cleveland Park. Raina lives at 3801 Connecticut. She hopes that she can represent younger apartment dwellers in the neighborhood in her work with the Cleveland Park Historical Society.
Julia Rogers (Macomb Street)
Julia and her husband, Ed, moved to Cleveland Park in October of 2016 when they purchased their first home. Julia was drawn to Cleveland Park by the history, architectural charm and abundant green spaces. She and her husband have lived in various neighborhoods within DC and spent some years living in North Carolina and New York; after all of the moving they are thrilled to be putting down roots in Cleveland Park. Since moving into the “Gingerbread House” on Macomb Street, she has enjoyed learning more about the Sears’ homes in the area and the history of her home. Julia grew up in Roanoke, VA and attended University of Richmond for undergraduate and University of Virginia for graduate school. She is a CPA and works for a Real Estate Investment Trust. Julia volunteers with the District Alliance for Safe Housing and in her free time enjoys travel, reading and spending time outdoors exploring DC.
Frank Swain (Newark Street)
A Corning, NY native, Frank grew up in an 1848 Greek revival house. After many years in Washington, Frank moved to Cleveland Park in 2011. Before moving, Frank and his wife Hilary each spent quality time in Cleveland Park through many years of delivering children to Cathedral school events and to local friends’ houses. The children have dispersed, but the Cleveland Park friends happily remain. Frank is an attorney, specializing in government contract compliance and general regulatory and administrative law matters. He has been a partner with Faegre Baker Daniels for more than 25 years. Frank was nominated and served as Chief Counsel for Advocacy of the US Small Business Administration. He is a graduate of Colgate University and Georgetown University Law Center. He is a Director and for several years chaired the Metropolitan Club Preservation Foundation. He appreciates the opportunity to support neighborhood preservation priorities.