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.

Executive Offices
5185 MacArthur Boulevard, Suite 570
Washington, DC 20016
Phone: 202-809-9976

We are happy to work with those wishing to create a personalized recognition package. Please email our Senior Director of Stewardship & Operations, Becca Daniels, at rdaniels@betterangelssociety.org.



Brian Conway

Chairman, TA Associates

Bobby Stein, Chair

President, The Regency Group

Phil Kent, Vice Chair

Retired CEO, Turner Broadcasting System

Meredith DeWitt, Secretary

Founder & Principal, MJD Associates, LLC

Gregory Lau, Treasurer

General Partner, Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe

Hal Brierley

Chairman & CEO, The Brierley Group, LLC

Patrick Butler

President & CEO, America's Public Television Stations

Nancy J. Cable

Executive Director, The William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust

Joe Evangelisti

Head of Corporate Communications & Media Relations, JPMorgan Chase

Greg Golkin

Managing Partner, Kitchen Fund

Cappy McGarr

President, MCM Interests, LLC

Admiral Mike Mullen

President, MGM Consulting LLC

Eric Obeng

Sales Leader, LinkedIn

Laura Roosevelt

Principal, LR Art House

Jason Schlesinger

Managing Director, UBS

Peter L. Thoren

Executive Vice President, Access Industries


Ken Adelman, Chair

Vice President, Movers and Shakespeares

John Fullerton

President, JBF Capital Inc.

David Blistein


Talmage Boston

Attorney at Law, Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley & Norton

Jeannie Lavine

Co-Founder, Crimson Lion/Lavine Family Foundation

Ronald S. Moultrie

Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence & Security

Rebecca Nordstrom

Professor Emerita of Dance, Hampshire College

John Debs

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

Kenneth Rosenthal

President (Retired), The Seeing Eye, Inc.

David Pfeil

President, Pfeil Holdings Corporation; President, The Pfeil Foundation

Ron Sullivan

Owner, Prospect Hill Antiques


Greg Golkin, Chair

Managing Partner, Kitchen Fund

Charlie Hellman

Vice President of Product, Spotify

Alexa von Tobel

Founder and CEO, Learnvest.com


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Header Photo Credits:

Pictures are from the films that The Better Angels Society supports. 

Top row, left to right: Imagining the Indian: The Fight Against Native American Mascoting; The War; Country Music; Philly on Fire

Second row, left to right: Benjamin Franklin, painting by David Martin, courtesy of White House Historical Association, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Walter H. Annenberg; Virgil Thomson: Creating the American Sound; The American Buffalo; Bella! This Woman’s Place is in the House

Third row, left to right: Baseball, photo credit: Florida State Archives, All American Girls Professional Baseball Team training in Opa-Locka; The U.S. and the Holocaust; Vietnam; Prohibition

Bottom row, left to right: The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, Mesa Verde; Jackie Robinson; The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, Mount Rainier; The Dust Bowl