Philippa Feldman Portnoy ’86
BUS ’90 is on the Columbia Alumni Association Board and is the vice chair of the CAA Arts Access committee. She is active at Barnard as a founding member of the Leadership Council of the Athena Center for Leadership Studies and has served on the Barnard Scholarship Dinner committee and the Alma Maters committee of the Alumnae Association. As an undergraduate, she was the captain of the women’s tennis team and has remained active in Columbia athletics through the Varsity C Club. She was the first woman Varsity C Club president, the first woman recipient of the Varsity C Alumni Award, and was honored as one of Columbia’s most influential athletic alumnae at the Athletic Consortium Silver Anniversary. Portnoy is a cofounder of the Women’s Leadership Council for Athletics. Professionally, she ran the Latin American aviation-finance group at Citigroup before leaving in 2000. Portnoy, her husband, Lawrence, and their triplet sons live in New York City.
Virginia Bloedel Wright ’51
Virginia Bloedel Wright '51 majored in art history and credits Barnard for inspiring her love of art. After college, Wright worked in the Sidney Janis Gallery. In 1955, she and her family moved to Seattle, where Wright became active with the Seattle Art Museum. In 1992, she joined Barnard’s board of trustees, chairing the endowment campaign from 1998–2000. Now, as a trustee emerita, Wright continues her support of the arts at Barnard. The Virginia B. Wright Art History Prize is awarded annually to a promising senior art history major, and the Virginia Bloedel Wright ’51 Professorship of Art History was established by her husband, Bagley, in honor of their 50th wedding anniversary. Her daughter, Merrill Wright ’77, is a Barnard alumna, as is her granddaughter, Ada Potter ’11. In 2011, Wright gave an important piece of art and the first gift of its kind to Barnard: a marble-bench sculpture, SELECTIONS FROM TRUISMS (Abuse of power comes...), by award-winning conceptual artist Jenny Holzer.