US Board of Directors
With more than 30 years’ experience in areas including bank and underwriter’s counsel, not-for-profit hospitals, universities, industrial development agencies and units of state and local government, James Normile now concentrates his practice in the area of public finance and is a partner at Katten Munchin Rosenmann LLP in NYC. Jim has served as a trustee of the Citizens Budget Commission for the past 10 years and is co-chair of their Recruitment and Retention Committee. He serves as president-general of the American Irish Historical Society and has a long association with the University of Limerick Foundation. Jim holds a Juris Doctor (JD) Degree and a BA from Fordham University and is a member of the New York Bar Association
Born in Dublin and studied medicine at Trinity College Dublin. He moved to New York in 1990 to purse residency and fellowship training at New York University Medical Center. Since 1996 David has worked at Westchester Medical Center where he is the Section Chief of Medical Genetics and Director of the Inherited Metabolic Disease Center. He is also an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at New York Medical College. David has been active in the fine photography scene since moving to New York. He is a patron at the International Center for Photography, and has served on their focus, executive and library committees. He has worked closely with the Irish Museum of Modern Art on several exhibitions of his collection of photography.
Andrea is a partner at BDO and has extensive experience helping nonprofits, individuals, and foundations make important fiscal decisions. With her support, organizations strengthen the effectiveness of their giving and receiving of contributions, implement powerful fiscal management tools, establish appropriate fiscal policies and procedures, and successfully assess strategic decisions. Andrea works with a diverse group of clients across the United States and internationally, including a noteworthy engagement in Haiti in which she helped set-up the proper accounting infrastructure and controls for three large international foundations. She has served as an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s School of Continuing Education, and was recently nominated as Innovative Practitioner 2020 from DigitalCPA.com.
Emma is a director of Hattington Property Management and a former manager in the retail and consumer products group at Bain and Company in San Francisco. Prior to that she worked in banking in Dublin and London. She holds a BA (mod) in economics and mathematics from Trinity College and an MBA from Insead (Institut Européen d’Administration des Affaires). For the past twelve years she has been actively involved in a wide range of non-profit organizations in the US, UK and Ireland with a focus on fundraising and governance. She is currently Vice-Chairman of INSEAD, the business school and Chairman of the INSEAD Alumni Fund. She is also a member of the Provost Council at Trinity College Dublin, trustee of the Contemporary Art Society in London and a board member of IMMA. She is a lifelong collector of art with a focus on contemporary sculpture.
David C O Sullivan
David C O Sullivan is Executive Director of the Ireland-U.S. Council, a transatlantic business organization with members in the United States and in Ireland. He is a native of Dublin and is a former financial journalist and former Marketing Director in the U.S. for Ireland’s Industrial Development Agency. He is a citizen of the United States and has resided there for over 40 years. David is actively involved with several charitable organizations including American Friends of the Arts in Ireland, The Abbey Theatre Foundation, Inc. and the Royal Irish Academy of Music Foundation, Inc.
Eva is a writer based in Dublin. In 2018 she was awarded a PhD in Comparative Literature from Princeton University for a dissertation on Samuel Beckett’s novels. Her fiction and art criticism has been published in Artforum, Frieze, Kaleidoscope, Flash Art, the Irish Times, the LA Review of Books, the Dublin Review of Books, The Stinging Fly and Brand-New-Life.
The mission of American Friends of the Arts in Ireland (AFAI) is to aid in the exhibition and performance of artforms by supporting specific projects of national and other significant cultural organizations in Ireland. AFAI will support the exchange of exhibitions and performances in the arts in general including visual arts, film, music, theater, cultural history and other arts fields AFAI is a 501(c)(3) public charity with EIN No #27-3373172