National Symphony Orchestra Announces $10 Million Pledge

By Francisco Salazar

The National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) has announced that long-time Board member Roger Sant has pledged an additional $10 million towards the organization’s endowment.

The pledge is the largest individual gift in the Orchestra’s history and brings Sant’s lifetime giving to more than $35 million, a portion of which funds the naming of the Music Director Chair for Roger Sant and Congresswoman Doris Matsui.

This gift launches the NSO’s efforts to grow its endowment to $100 million by 2031.

Regarding his gift, Sant said, “Leaving these legacy gifts to the National Symphony Orchestra is an expression of our profound love for the NSO and its gifted musicians. My wife, Doris, and I are grateful to the creation of the Roger Sant and Congresswoman Doris Matsui Chair, dedicated to the NSO Music Director. Our hope is that this chair will amplify the NSO’s capacity to inspire and enrich our community through the transformative power of music.”

In addition to the pledge, new leadership positions were announced new positions were announced at the board meeting. Joan Bialek, Founder and CEO of Bialek Environments was elected as Chair and will succeed Ronald Abramson.

Jo Ann Jenkins, current CEO of AARP was elected as Vice Chair while Christina Co Mather will serve as the chair of the NSO’s DEIAB Committee and is an advocate for the arts, education, victim rights, and health and will serve on the NSO Board of Trustees as Secretary.

Tom Green, a nationally recognized trial lawyer and former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia will serve as Treasurer.