Since its inception in 1970 by The Honorable C. William Verity, Jr., the Board of Governors has celebrated the legacy of President Abraham Lincoln and supported the exploration of the American experience through theatre and education. Today, under the leadership of its inaugural Chairman, Maria Pica Karp of Chevron, the Board of Governors comprises corporations and associations who support and advance the mission of Ford's Theatre through a variety of activities, including production underwriting, education program underwriting and general operating support.