President and Chairperson, Art & Remembrance
Bernice Steinhardt, one of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz's daughters, was born in Belgium and immigrated to the United States with her parents when she was 20 months old; her first languages were Polish and Yiddish. Moved by her parents' experiences as victims of the Holocaust, she has devoted most of her life to social causes.
In addition to her community involvement, most of her career has been aimed at improving civic participation and good government.
For more than a decade, she has held a variety of leadership positions with the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the investigative and analytic arm of the U. S. Congress. She has directed GAO's work on environmental, energy, and public health programs, as well as government-wide management issues, testifying numerous times before the Congress. For several years, she was also responsible for leading GAO's strategic planning. Her work has led to major improvements in the effectiveness of federal policies and programs as well as savings for taxpayers, for which she received a number of awards.
At the same time, she has been working to bring her mother's story and art to a broad audience, founding the Esther Project and Art and Remembrance to help in this mission. Her efforts have led to current and planned exhibits at major museums, as well as speaking engagements at the Polish Embassy, the University of North Carolina Center for Jewish Studies, the Cooper Union for the Advancement of the Science and Art, and the Washington DC Jewish Women's Project, among others. She is also the co-author of the book, "Memories of Survival," based on her mother's work.