Chair of the Board since 2009 (board member since 2005)
F. Noel Perry took the helm as chair of CCA’s Board of Trustees on May 1, 2009, succeeding Ann Hatch who served for four years. Perry is the founder and managing director of Baccharis Capital Inc., a private venture capital firm in Menlo Park. He is a founding director and former vice-chair of Conservation International and the founder of Next 10, a nonpartisan organization working at the intersection of the economy and the environment to educate and empower Californians.
Perry is also the founder of 100 Families Oakland, a neighborhood social-change art project that ran programs in partnership with CCA’s Center for Art and Public Life He also developed the California Initiative at CCA, a three-year program aimed at confronting the major challenges facing Californians over the next 20 years. Through academic courses, investigative studios, and public programs, students and faculty across disciplines have been examining, researching, and developing strategies for such issues as global warming, sustainability, government, and education. Perry is also an artist.
Perry states, "CCA is one of the most exciting colleges in America, and it is on the rise. We have a solid management team and tremendous faculty members who are training the creative leaders of tomorrow—problem solvers who will make important and lasting contributions to society. CCA students are thinking beyond themselves."