Rhona Wolfe Friedman - Ward 2
Rhona Wolfe Friedman, an attorney, was a commissioner on the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities from 2007–2010 and served as vice chair. Friedman’s primary focus is arts education as well as the creative economy in the District of Columbia. She formed and chaired the Commission’s task force on the creation of an arts policy for the inclusion of the arts in the District’s public and charter schools. She testified before the State Board of Education about this policy and has received widespread approval for the policy to help all of DC’s school children receive an arts education. In 2011, Friedman hosted the Commission’s Larry Neal Awards Ceremony at the Folger Shakespeare Library. Friedman has testified several times before the District of Columbia City Council in support of the Commission’s budget and on behalf of funding for the arts.
In 2008, Friedman participated in the City’s Creative Economy Conference and she about the creative economy in relation to the arts. She was also a panelist at the Creative Schools Seminar held by DC’s international community at the Embassy of Sweden.
Friedman started her legal career as a litigator and is currently a realtor at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. She holds a master's degree in the history of decorative arts from the Parsons School of Design/Smithsonian Institution, a juris doctorate degree from the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College and a master's degree in counseling and clinical psychology from Boston University.
Friedman is actively engaged in the arts in Washington, DC. She serves as a member of the board of directors of the Youth Orchestra of the Americas and of THEARC, in Ward 8. She has helped to introduce the Trey McIntyre Project, a unique, modern ballet company, to children and adults in Washington, and has sponsored events for the dancers and supporters. She is a Founding Friend of PEN/Faulkner, an organization which brings together American writers and readers using a wide variety of programs to promote a love of literature.
As a member of the board of directors for the Washington Ballet, Friedman focused on outreach programs in public schools and its partnership at THEARC. She also served on the board of directors for the Lab School of Washington, a school that teaches learning-disabled children through the arts.
Currently, Friedman is involved in many professional and community activities. She is a chairperson for the ExecWomen's Forum at the University Club of Washington and is a member of Capital Speakers Club. She also participates in several legal, real estate and local organizations.