GRP BIOS AND PHOTOS FINAL.pdf
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, now in her twellh term as the
Congresswoman for the District of Columbia, came to Congress as a na+onal
ﬁgure who had been a civil rights and feminist leader, tenured professor of law,
and board member at three Fortune 500 companies. Named one of the 100
most important American women in Washington, the Congresswoman's work
for congressional vo+ng representa+on and for full democracy for the people of
the D.C. con+nues her lifelong struggle for universal human and civil rights.
Congresswoman Norton's accomplishments for her district include establishing
economic beneﬁts like a $10,000 per year credit for all D.C. high school graduates to aWend any U.S. college
or university; a $5,000 D.C. homebuyer tax credit which increased home ownership and helped stabilize the
city's popula+on; and D.C. business tax incen+ves.
Congresswoman Norton worked successfully to relocate two U.S. Department headquarters to D.C.; to
develop the 55-‐acre Southeast Federal Center; to bring 6,000 jobs to the Washington Navy Yard; and to
build a new Metro sta+on at New York Avenue helping revitalize the NOMA area.
A full-‐+me law professor before being elected, the Congresswoman is a tenured professor of law at
Georgetown University. Aler receiving her bachelor's degree from An+och College in Ohio, she
simultaneously earned her law degree and a master's degree in American Studies from Yale University.
Execu+ve Director of the U.S. Botanic Garden (USBG) Dr. Ari Novy promotes the
cultural, economic, therapeu+c, and ecological importance of plants to the well
being of humankind. He oversees a staﬀ of 65 that stewards USBG plant collec+ons
and facilitates visitor services and educa+on. Dr. Novy champions innova+ve
partnerships like the highly regarded Landscape for Life and Sustainable SITES
programs that seek to make plant science relevant and accessible to everyone, and
a Kennedy Center program to develop botanically-‐themed educa+onal theater for
Dr. Novy is a plant biologist who worked as an estate gardener in Italy, researched
sustainable agriculture in the Philippines, and served as an environmental consultant in the United States. In
2006, Dr. Novy began research in areas including plant popula+on gene+cs, invasive species, beekeeping
management, and agricultural economics at Rutgers University where he garnered several awards for
excellence in research and teaching. He joined the USBG Staﬀ in 2012.
Dr. Novy holds an appointment as a research collaborator at the Na+onal Museum of Natural History. He
has a deep passion for transla+ng science into best management prac+ces and public educa+on. He has
served in advisory roles for diverse groups including the White House Council on Environmental Quality, the
Pollinator Partnership, and the European and Mediterranean Plant Protec+on Organiza+on. Dr. Novy also
serves on the Execu+ve Leadership Team of the U.S. Architect of the Capitol responsible for the
development and preserva+on of 17.4 million square feet of buildings and more than 553 acres of land on
Dr. Novy was born in Michigan and grew up in New Jersey. He completed a BA at New York University in
Italian and a PhD at Rutgers University in Plant Biology. He lives in Arlington, Virginia.
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