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National Archives Foundation Announces Election of Former FCC Chair Wheeler, Brillstein Entertainment Partners CEO & Chairman Liebman to Board of Directors

April 18, 2017

WASHINGTON – The National Archives Foundation, the non-profit partner of the National Archives and Records Administration, today announced the election of Thomas E. Wheeler and Jon Liebman to its Board of Directors. Mr. Wheeler was the former Foundation Board Chairman prior to serving as the 31st Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. Mr. Liebman currently serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Brillstein Entertainment Partners, Hollywood’s premier talent management and production company.

“We are delighted to have Tom and Jon join the board,” said Archives Foundation board chairman A’Lelia Bundles. “I am especially thrilled that we’ll once again have access to Tom’s sage advice and institutional memory. I am equally excited about Jon and his unique combination of a passion for history and deep connections to the storytelling mastery of Hollywood. I know they’ll both help us think of innovative ways to make more people aware of the National Archives narrative and the American story.”

“It is a privilege to rejoin the board,” said Mr. Wheeler. “The stories of our nation are more important today than ever, and those stories are preserved and come alive at the National Archives.”

“Everyone benefits from a real and unvarnished understanding of America’s experience as a democracy. I’m so honored to be invited to help further the National Archives Foundation’s crucial mission of civic education and engagement,” said Mr. Liebman.

Thomas E. Wheeler most recently served as the 31st Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Prior to becoming Chairman, Mr. Wheeler was Managing Director of Core Capital Partners and served as President and CEO of Shiloh Group, an investment company that co-founded SmartBrief. Additionally, Mr. Wheeler is the only person to be selected to both the Cable Television Hall of Fame and The Wireless Hall of Fame. He was President and CEO of the National Cable Television Association (NCTA), served as President and CEO of the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association (CTIA), and has served as the CEO of several tech companies. Mr. Wheeler has written Take Command: Leadership Lessons of the Civil War (2000), Mr. Lincoln’s T-Mails: The Untold Story of How Abraham Lincoln Used the Telegraph to Win the Civil War (2006), and several commentaries in the Washington Post, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, and other leading publications. Mr. Wheeler serves on the board of the Shiloh Foundation (formerly the Carol and Tom Wheeler Foundation), boasting $257K in net assets as of 2014. He graduated from the Ohio State University in 1968.

Jon Liebman serves as CEO and Chairman of Brillstein Entertainment Partners, where he oversees the management and production businesses of the company and works closely with many of the company’s clients. His work involves television, motion pictures, new media, publishing, advertising and marketing, commercial endorsements, and licensing. Mr. Liebman was Executive Producer of “In Memoriam: New York City 9/11/01,” the highly-acclaimed HBO documentary. He was nominated for a Prime Time Emmy Award in 2002 as Executive Producer, and the documentary won The Peabody Silver Baton Award in the 2003 Annual Alfred duPont-Columbia University Awards for excellence in broadcast journalism. Mr. Liebman is an active member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and serves on the CFR’s Nomination and Governance Committee. He is also an active member of the Pacific Council on International Policy and serves on the Advisory Board of the Los Angeles Sports and Entertainment Commission. He has written, taught and lectured on the entertainment business and legal matters, including guest lectures at Columbia, USC, USC Law School and Yale College. He graduated from Yale College in 1981.


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About the National Archives Foundation

The National Archives Foundation is an independent nonprofit that increases public awareness of the National Archives, inspires a deeper appreciation of our country’s heritage, and encourages citizen engagement in our democracy. The Foundation generates financial and creative support for National Archives exhibitions, public programs, and educational initiatives, introducing America’s records to people around the U.S. and the world. Learn more at:

About the National Archives

The National Archives and Records Administration is an independent Federal agency that serves American democracy by safeguarding and preserving the records of our Government, so people can discover, use, and learn from this documentary heritage. The National Archives ensures continuing access to the essential documentation of the rights of American citizens and the actions of their government. From the Declaration of Independence to accounts of ordinary Americans, the holdings of the National Archives directly touch the lives of millions of people. The agency supports democracy, promotes civic education, and facilitates historical understanding of our national experience. The National Archives carries out its mission through a nationwide network of archives, records centers, and Presidential Libraries, and on the Internet at: