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David A. Fleischner Elected to the Barnes Foundation Board of Trustees

Philadelphia, PA, January 31, 2023—The Board of Trustees of the Barnes Foundation today announced that David A. Fleischner, Executive Vice President at Asplundh Tree Expert, LLC, has been elected to the Board of Trustees.

“Our Barnes Trustees and staff are delighted and extremely fortunate to welcome David Fleischner to the Board,” says Aileen Roberts, Chair of the Barnes Foundation Board of Trustees. “David has been a steadfast supporter of the Barnes and our myriad educational initiatives for many years and currently serves as co-chair of our Ambassadors Board. His extensive business background coupled with his philanthropic work with many educational, civic, and charitable organizations in Philadelphia and beyond will make him a significant asset to the Barnes as we continue expanding our service and fulfilling our mission in the years to come.”

“I look forward to working alongside my fellow trustees and the staff as we continue fulfilling the Barnes’s educational mission and growing its significant impact at home in Philadelphia and around the world,” says Fleischner.

David A. Fleischner is an executive vice president and board member at Asplundh Tree Expert, LLC. Fleischner joined the company in 1998 and spent nine years working in a training program throughout the United States and Australia before returning to the corporate office in Philadelphia in 2007. During his 25 years at Asplundh, he has been involved in many operational aspects of vegetation management, utility construction, and landscape businesses in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

In addition to his role as a Barnes Trustee, Fleischner is also co-chair of the Barnes’s Ambassadors Board, and serves on the board of St. Paul’s School in Concord, New Hampshire, where he is co-chair of the Grounds and Building Committee. In the Philadelphia area, David and his family support many civic and charitable organizations, including MANNA, Mural Arts Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, and NOMO Foundation. He has served in board leadership capacities for several industry associations during his career.

Fleischner holds a bachelor of arts in international relations from Johns Hopkins University. He and his wife, Julia, live in Haverford, Pennsylvania, and have two daughters.

The Board of Trustees of the Barnes Foundation
Aileen Roberts, Chair
John R. Alchin, Vice Chair
Stephen J. Harmelin, Esq., Treasurer
The Honorable Jacqueline F. Allen, Secretary
John J. Aglialoro*
Armando I. Bengochea, PhD*
Sheldon M. Bonovitz, Esq.*
Pamela D. Bundy*
Gregory E. Deavens
David A. Fleischner
Jeffrey A. Honickman
Cathy Hughes
John H. McFadden, Esq.
Joseph Neubauer
Christine Poggi, PhD*

*Elected to the Barnes’s Board of Trustees upon the nomination of the Trustees of Lincoln University.

Chair Emeritus
Bernard C. Watson, PhD

Emeritus Trustees
Stephanie Bell-Rose
Bruce S. Gordon
Agnes Gund
Neil L. Rudenstine, PhD
Brenda A. Thompson, PhD

Honorary Trustees
Wallis Annenberg
Laura T. Buck
Tory Burch
Betsy Z. Cohen
David Haas
Anne F. Hamilton
Herbert Kean
Marguerite Lenfest
James J. Maguire
William A. Slaughter, Esq.
Joan Thalheimer
Bruce E. Toll
A. Morris Williams, Jr.

The Barnes Foundation is a nonprofit cultural and educational institution that shares its unparalleled art collection with the public, organizes special exhibitions, and presents programming that fosters new ways of thinking about human creativity. The Barnes collection is displayed in ensembles that integrate art and objects from across cultures and time periods, overturning traditional hierarchies and revealing universal elements of human expression. Home to one of the world’s finest collections of impressionist, post-impressionist, and modern paintings—including the largest groups of paintings by Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Paul Cézanne in existence—the Barnes brings together renowned canvases by Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Amedeo Modigliani, and Vincent van Gogh, alongside African, Asian, ancient, medieval, and Native American art as well as metalwork, furniture, and decorative art.

The Barnes Foundation was established by Dr. Albert C. Barnes in 1922 to “promote the advancement of education and the appreciation of the fine arts and horticulture.” A visionary collector and pioneering educator, Dr. Barnes was also a fierce advocate for the civil rights of African Americans, women, and the economically marginalized. Committed to racial equality and social justice, he established a scholarship program to support young Black artists, writers, and musicians who wanted to further their education. Dr. Barnes was deeply interested in African American culture and became actively involved in the Harlem Renaissance, during which he collaborated with philosopher Alain Locke and Charles S. Johnson, the scholar and activist, to promote awareness of the artistic value of African art.

Since moving to Philadelphia in 2012, the Barnes Foundation has expanded its commitment to diversity, inclusion, and social justice, teaching visual literacy in groundbreaking ways; investing in original scholarship relating to its collection; and enhancing accessibility throughout every facet of its programs.

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