Board of Directors

Scott CrosbyScott Crosby

Scott was named executive director of the New City Commons Foundation in 2010, after almost 30 years of living and working in China. In this position, he draws on his experience in fostering the arts, academics, and service. While abroad, he worked in consulting, edited a book series for Busy Person’s Publishing (in conjunction with Oxford Analytica), and established Shanghai’s twocities gallery—which he still oversees. With its focus on Chinese contemporary art, the gallery seeks to celebrate the first of two co-existing cities: one that signifies “all that is good and right and desirable,” and one that represents “everything that we long to see changed.”

A graduate of American University, Scott now resides in Charlottesville, Virginia, with his wife Phyllis and their two children.



James Davison Hunter

James is LaBrosse-Levinson Distinguished Professor of Religion, Culture, and Social Theory at the University of Virginia. He is the author of several books, including To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World (2010)—which inspired the creation of the New City Commons Foundation.

For the past 16 years, James has directed the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, a university-based, interdisciplinary research center concerned with understanding the underlying movements of contemporary culture and its consequences for individuals and social life.

James, who lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, with his wife, Honey, recently completed a six-year term to the National Council of the National Endowment for the Humanities, to which he was appointed by the White House in 2004.


David Kiersznowski

Dave is founder and co-owner (with his wife, Demi Lloyd) of DEMDACO, a wholesale gift company founded in 1997, headquartered just outside Kansas City, and best known for its Willow Tree line of inspirational sculptures.

After receiving a bachelor’s in manufacturing engineering from Boston University, Dave earned an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management. His more than 20 years of involvement in the gift industry includes experience in wholesale, direct selling, and Asia-based sourcing and production.

He and Demi, parents of three, serve on the boards of various arts and educational organizations.


Greg ThompsonGreg Thompson

Greg became senior pastor at Trinity Presbyterian (PCA) in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2006 after serving as a campus minister with Reformed University Fellowship at the University of Virginia from 2000 to 2005. He lives in Charlottesville with his wife, Courtney and their four children.

A graduate of both the University of South Carolina and Covenant Theological Seminary, Greg is currently pursuing a Ph.D. from UVa’s Department of Religious Studies’ Theology, Ethics, and Culture program.