The Better Angels Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating Americans about their history through documentary film.

Our goal is to educate, engage and provoke thoughtful discussion among people of every political persuasion and ideology. We work to ensure historically significant films are completed, broadcast, promoted, and shared in ways that reach and inform as many people as possible through robust educational and civic outreach. The Society is currently raising funds for Ken Burns’s films in production and planned over the next ten years.

We are also working to ensure that the next generation of documentary filmmakers, inspired by Ken Burns and his team, receive the education, mentoring, training, and support they need to continue his legacy.

Executive Offices
2000 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (202) 809-9972

We are happy to work with those wishing to create a personalized recognition package. Please call (202) 809-9972 or email us at info@betterangelssociety.org.



Peter Thoren

Executive Vice President, Access Industries

Bobby Stein, Chair

President, The Regency Group

Ronald S. Moultrie, Secretary

Corporate Advisor

John Fullerton, Treasurer

President, JBF Capital Inc.

Hal Brierley

CEO, The Brierley Group, LLC

Patrick Butler

President & Chief Executive Officer, America's of Public Television Stations

Nancy J. Cable

Chancellor, University of North Carolina Asheville

John Debs

Affiliated Scholar, Lane Center for the American West, Stanford University

Meredith DeWitt

Principal, Meredith J. DeWitt Consulting

Greg Golkin

Founder and Managing Partner, Kitchen Fund

Phil Kent

Former CEO, Turner Broadcasting System Inc.

Jeannie Lavine

Co-Founder, Crimson Lion/Lavine Family Foundation

Cappy McGarr

President, MCM Interests

Admiral Mike Mullen


David Pfeil

President, Pfeil Holdings Corporation and President, The Pfeil Foundation

Laura Roosevelt

Owner, TriUne School, Studio, & Event Center

Jason Schlesinger

Private Wealth Management

Michelle Smith

President, Robert H. Smith Family Foundation


David Blistein, Chair


Ken Adelman

Vice President, Movers and Shakespeares

Talmage Boston

Attorney at Law, Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley & Norton

Rebecca Nordstrom

Professor Emerita of Dance, Hampshire College

Ron Sullivan

Owner, Prospect Hill Antiques

Kenneth Rosenthal

President (Retired), The Seeing Eye, Inc.


Greg Golkin, Chair

Founder and Managing Partner, Kitchen Fund

Charlie Hellman

Vice President of Product, Spotify

Eric Obeng

Enterprise Relationship Manager, LinkedIn

Alexa von Tobel

Founder and CEO, Learnvest.com


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