Civita Institute Committees

Descriptions, Committee Chairs, and Members: 2022

The Board of Directors guides all committees, and all committees report to the Board. Yet committees are a driving force of the Civita Institute managing its ongoing operations and also creatively shaping the Civita Institute's evolving response to its mission and vision. Non-board member participation in committees is encouraged and is an excellent way to 'give-back' passion and expertise as personal time permits.


Archive and Collections Committee
Responsible for preserving, cataloguing, scanning, and making available the existing collection in Civita for online and in-situ use; scanning and preparing archives housed at the corporate office in Seattle for transport to Civita; coordinates with the Facilities Committee on best practices for preserving the archival collection in Civita.

Acting Committee Chair: Stephen Day
Members: Nancy Josephson, Christina Wallace, Rob Wallace

Cantina Restoration Committee
In the fall of 2018, the Board began discussions about restoring the medieval, rock-cut cantina beneath Casa lo Studio as a supplemental space for the creative pursuits and meetings for Fellowships, Educational Programs, Creative Retreats, members and guests. Following a donation of $15,000 by Dave Hoedemaker to jumpstart restoration, the Board instigated a capital campaign in February 2019 for an additional $25,000. The Cantina Restoration Committee is currently exploring the mechanical, electrical, and architectural options to maximize comfort and utility while minimizing visual impact within this ancient space.

Committee Chair: Nancy Josephson
Members: Stephen Day

Communications Committee
Responsible for all general communication of the Civita Institute via website, newsletters and e-blasts, Facebook, and Instagram.

Committee Chair: Dan Beert
Members: Angela Prosper, Nancy Josephson

Continuing Education Committee
Responsible for the coordination of the Civita Institute as a Provider of the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System, the coordination of face-to-face and online sessions for the approval of AIA, and the reporting of all successful course completion by architects to AIA . 
Committee Chair: Iole Alessandrini
Members: Nancy Josephson (primary POC with AIA) and Stephen Day (secondary POC with AIA)
Educational Programs Committee
Responsible for coordination of educational programs in Civita including outreach to prospective hosts, coordination of Memberships in the Civita Institute and Member-Stays by all program participants, and coordination of program scheduling, housing, and programs' use of Civita Institute facilities. 
Committee Chair: Stephen Day
Members: Nancy Josephson, Stephanie Bower

Event Committee
Responsible for guiding the annual Civita Institute fundraising event and up to three additional social or virtual events.

Committee Chair: Clark Pickett
Members: all board members

Facilities Committee
Responsible for oversight of all Civita Institute facilities in Civita including board-approved expenditures for maintenance and capital improvements; coordinates all activities with the board’s liaison Bella Lazio Servizi (Laura Burla); coordinates the safe use of space for the Civita Institute archives in Civita including an annual facilities work party in Civita; collects all forms for member-stays and prepares expectations of guests; coordinates the calendar use of all houses; communicates with members staying in Civita, as needed.

Committee Chair: Stephen Day
Members: Iole Alessandrini, Dan Beert, Nancy Josephson, Christina Wallace, Robert Wallace

Fellowship Committee
Responsible for management of annual application process and selection of objective jury, communication with applicants and selected Fellows; coordinates the new Fellows welcome party; scheduling of Fellows’ stays with Facilities Committee; and coordinates Fellows’ presentations.

Committee Chair: Steve Butler
Members: Iole Alessandrini, Stephen Day

Friends of Civita Institute (FOCI)
Communication with and coordination of major donors providing $500 or more per year; Friends may be advisory about fundraising.  

Friends of Civita Institute Chair: Nancy Josephson (or current president)
Members: all board members

Membership and Outreach Committee
Responsible for outreach and generating enthusiasm among members and supporters; tracks contact information; manages membership levels, benefits earned and used by members, and is responsible for communication about membership renewal.

Committee Chair: Stephanie Bower
Members: Open

Treasurer Committee
An adjunct to the Treasurer that is responsible for preliminary review of monthly bank statements, balance sheets, and quarterly profit and loss statements; leads discussion setting annual budgets; assists communication of financial information to the board and beyond.

Committee Chair: Dan Beert (or current Treasurer)
Members: Clark Pickett, Nancy Josephson, Steve Butler


AZX Committee
Responsible for design and installation of ‘Astra in Civita’, a video in three parts on the life of Astra Zarina and her impact on Civita di Bagnoregio; responsible for any ongoing communication with the Museo Geologico e delle Frane and/ or the Comune di Bagnoregio who were partners in the development of the installation and are now responsible for its operation; discontinued 2019.

Chapters Committee
Created to advance outreach to supporters living outside of the Pacific NW for purposes of community and fundraising. A Southern California Chapter took initial steps before withdrawing. The Northeast Chapter representing nine states on the northeast coast was active for 5 years from 2014 – 2019 and selected several Civita Institute Northeast Chapter Fellows before withdrawing; the Civita Institute now offers the fellowship program nationally and the chapters program was discontinued in 2019.
Diversity, Equity, and Community (DEC) Committee
Works to actively promote diversity, equitable communities through the mission of the Civita Institute; developing a library of reference materials; and in 2022 became an ongoing attribute of every committee and was discontinued as a separate committee.

Governance Committee
Created for considerations of the corporate legal structure during the process of receiving the Zarina-Heywood property in 2008 - 2013; developed a rotating presidential succession in 2013; discontinued 2015.
New Director Outreach Committee
Responsible for outreach to potential new directors; develops an ‘open call’, an application, and quantifiable criteria for evaluation; conducts interviews for Board of Director review and selection of new directors; will be re-activated as needed.
One Road Capital Campaign Committee
Tasked with generating revenue from 2010–2012 for the purposes of 1) transferring ownership of the Zarina-Heywood property to The Civita Institute; 2) repairing roofing and improvements to the Sala Grande; 3) creating the Astra in Civita exhibit in the Palazzo Alemanni in Civita di Bagnoregio, 2019, our legacy; a total of $80,000 was raised and has been fully spent on these three activities; discontinued in 2019.

UNITI Committee
Develops periodic concepts to unite members and supporters through submittals of art to be shared on social media and The Civita Institute website; discontinued in 2021.