FBA Leadership

FBA President Marina Streznewski

Karen Medsker

Patrick Kennedy

James Sonne

Peter Maye

The property and affairs of the Foggy Bottom Association are managed by a Board of Directors. The Board consists of at least nine (9) members:  four (4) officers (President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer); and at least five (5) at-large members. The Immediate Past President will be a nonvoting ex officio nonvoting Board member.

Only voting FBA members are qualified to hold Board positions.

Terms of office are staggered. Terms of office are for three (3) years, with approximately one-third (⅓) of the directors elected annually. Terms will begin at the close of the annual election meeting. No voting member is eligible for more than two consecutive terms in any position on the Board except those who were appointed to fill a vacancy.

Members of the Board, except for the ex officio Past President, are elected by secret ballot of those voting members present at the annual membership meeting, and will serve for the ensuing three years or until their successors have been elected and take office. 


To be eligible as a candidate for office, a voting FBA member must either have been nominated by the Nominating Committee or by petition signed by at least ten (10) Foggy Bottom Association voting members and submitted to the Secretary or the President at least 30 days prior to the annual membership meeting.


Current Board Members

December 1, 2018


President:  Marina Streznewski

Marina Streznewski is the President of the Foggy Bottom Association. She brings more than 25 years of experience in the nonprofit community. Streznewski has worked for several nonprofit organizations, while maintaining a successful freelance proposal writing practice. In addition, she has served several organizations in a volunteer capacity, including as a board member, and is active in community and political organizations. Streznewski came to Washington from Doylestown, Pennsylvania, to attend the George Washington University in 1976, and has lived in the District ever since. She lives in the Foggy Bottom Historic District.

Secretary:  Karen Medsker

Karen Medsker is the FBA Board Secretary and Membership Chair. Karen and her husband, Larry, lived in West End for seven years; they moved to the Watergate three years ago. Although they have lived in 26 different houses in several states during their 50-year marriage, they love DC best and plan to stay where we are. Karen and Larry own Human Performance Systems, Inc., a small consulting firm founded in 1997 and staffed by her former graduate students from Marymount University. HPSI develops online and classroom training for companies, government agencies, and non-profit organizations. Larry is also a professor and administrator at GW.

Treasurer:  Chris Labas


At Large Member:  Christina Farnsworth


At Large Member:  Julia Gustafson


At Large Member:  Patrick Kennedy

Patrick Kennedy is a recent (2014) graduate of George Washington University. A native of Clearwater, Florida, he is a federal contractor by day and an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner by night -- serving on the latter in his third term. Patrick joined the FBA Board in 2012, and is especially interested in transportation issues impacting the community.


At Large Member:  Peter Maye

Peter Maye grew up in Washington DC.  He has lived in the Foggy Bottom Historic District for over 20 years. He is serving his second term on the FBA Board, and co-chairs the Foggy Bottom Garden Committee. Peter spent more than 30 years in advertising production and operations. He worked at Discovery Communications where he supported the Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, and TLC Networks. Prior to that, he worked at AOL in advertising production. Peter also worked in retail advertising for Woodward & Lothrop/John Wanamaker's department stores.

At Large Member:  James Sonne

James Sonne is Assistant Vice President, Federal Government Relations, in MassMutual's Washington, DC office.  

James represents MassMutual, and its subsidiaries on federal legislative and regulatory issues impacting the financial services and insurance space. He advocates for favorable public policy positions while educating Congress on the importance of life insurance products, and the key legislative and regulatory issues of importance to the financial services and insurance industries. James earned his JD at Georgetown University Law Center. He has an MBA/MA from John Hopkins University and a BS from Cornell University. He lives in the West End.

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