Richard Katz

Richard Katz, MD
Institute Director

Richard Katz, MD, serves as the chairman of the Board and the director of the Institute. He is responsible for safeguarding the Institutes reputation and credibility, ensuring progress in implementing goals, programs and campaigns, and fostering an environment that attracts and energizes outstanding volunteer leaders. Dr. Katz oversees the Institutes staff and works closely with the executive director in the management of the Institutes operations.

Porsha Hart

Porsha Hart
Executive Director

Dr. Porsha Hart is the Executive Director of the GW Heart and Vascular Institute, a Certified Project Management Professional and solutionist.

As an AmeriCorps Alum, former Global Ties Citizen Diplomat & Little Rock Sister Cities

Commissioner, Porsha learned first-hand the importance of building coalitions cross-culturally. Dr. Hart’s passion for public service enabled her to advise State of Arkansas former Governor Mike Beebe as a Councilwoman.

While on the Council, Porsha Hart used her acumen in mass communication to collaborate with others to lead the Division of Community Service & Nonprofit Support, regarding the importance of volunteerism/philanthropy & its impact on communities.

Dr. Hart was the State of Arkansas first Department of Human Services Fellow for Public Service, where she project managed the state’s first early childhood education developmental screening pilot & created the state’s inaugural mass care for the childcare sector initiative; all while completing a Bachelor of Science in Community Health Promotion, Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management, Graduate Certificate in Conflict Mediation & Masters in International Studies & Conflict Mediation, from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Ms. Hart was a 2016 Status on the Commission of Women delegate, former Co-Chair of the United

Nations Association of Women, City of Houston Citizenship Month Steering Committee member and VP of Advocacy for the Dallas chapter of Hadassah.

For over 20 years, Porsha Hart has been a strong leader in conflict resolution/peace keeping, public and media relations, strategic communication, diplomacy, governmental/international relations, early childhood education, politics, government, nonprofit management & youth leadership development.

Furthermore, population health (social determinants of health) and global health; specializing in emerging infectious disease prevention, education, preparedness & recovery. Dr. Hart is also an advocate against injustices, human trafficking & maternal mortality.

Dr. Hart is a member of Women of Color Advancing Peace & Security and Junior League of Howard County. Dr. Porsha Hart is near completion of a PhD in Population Health and is an alumnus of the Bank of America Institute for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Cornell University, Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center Milestone Circles Program, The Campaign School at Yale & International College of Ministry, where she completed a Doctorate in Counseling.