he management of Benjamin Franklin House includes Chairman John Studzinski and Director Dr Márcia Balisciano. The Board of Governors comprises business leaders, specialists in architecture, history and communications, and individuals with life-long involvement in heritage and voluntary causes. The Board provides the strategic direction of Benjamin Franklin House and meets on average four times a year.
Lady Mary, Countess of Bessborough, Founding Governor
John Studzinski, Chairman
Elizabeth Tirone, Secretary
Anne Prescott Keigher
Dr Jonathan Fanton
Dr Márcia Balisciano, Director
Mr John Studzinski, Chairman
John runs Blackstone Advisory Partners and is a Senior Managing Director of The Blackstone Group. Before joining Blackstone in 2006, he was co-head of investment banking at HSBC and instrumental in repositioning its investment banking franchise. Prior, he was at Morgan Stanley. He is Vice Chair of Human Rights Watch and serves on the Board of Directors of Bowdoin College, FAPE, The Passage Day Centre, American Patrons of Tate, American Friends of the Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry and the Royal Parks Foundation. He also serves as Chairman of CREATE. He is also a member of The Atlantic Council, The Council on Foreign Relations, The Royal College of Art and The Peterson Institute. He has received Papal honours as a Knight of the Order of St. Gregory and Knight Commander of the Order of Saint Sylvester. He is a past recipient of the Prince of Wales Ambassador’s Award and the Beacon Prize. He holds a BA from Bowdoin College and an MBA from the University of Chicago. He was named Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen’s 2008 New Year Honours List.
Dr. Márcia Balisciano, Director
In addition to her work as Founding Director of Benjamin Franklin House, Márcia is Director of Corporate Responsibility for global media group Reed Elsevier. She has previously served as Advisor to the American Chamber of Commerce in Britain and the documentary film project 50Lessons. She is a member of the steering group for the Media Corporate Social Responsibility Forum (UK) and the United Nations Global Compact (UK). She has recently been chosen as one of 28 international women to feature in a book and exhibition for the Federation of American Women’s Clubs Overseas (FAWCO), a UN-recognised NGO. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and holds an MA in International Relations from the University of Chicago and a PhD in Economic History from the London School of Economics. She was made a Member of the British Empire (MBE) in the Queen’s 2007 Birthday Honours List.