Greetings from the board president
I believe that an education in the arts is one of the most important degrees a graduate can obtain. Using the power of design, you can change the world. This is why I am honored to be a part of the CCA family. We can and will make a difference. The world is waiting for you.
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank my fellow trustees for their ongoing support and hard work. Together we are committed to help make California College of the Arts the very best art school in the country—and a college you will always be proud to call your alma mater.
—M. Arthur Gensler Jr., FAIA, Chair
- M. Arthur Gensler Jr., FAIA, Chair
- C. Diane Christensen, Immediate Past Chair
- Susan M. Cummins, Vice-Chair
- John S. (Jack) Wadsworth Jr., Treasurer
- Lorna F. Meyer, Secretary
- Carl Bass
- Simon J. Blattner
- Liam Casey
- Catherine Courage
- Nancy S. Forster
- Stanlee Gatti
- Maria Giudice
- Neil Grimmer (Sculpture 1995)
- Read their biographies
- Ann M. Hatch
- Nancy Howes (Metal Arts 2005)
- George F. Jewett (Architecture 1996)
- David Kirshman
- Byron D. Kuth, FAIA
- Joyce B. Linker
- Ann Morhauser (Glass 1979)
- Kenneth Novack
- Steven H. Oliver
- Read their biographies
- F. Noel Perry
- Catherine Podell
- Toby Rosenblatt
- Nathan E. (Gene) Savin, PhD
- Judith P. Timken
- Kay Kimpton Walker
- Calvin B. Wheeler, MD
- Carlie Wilmans
- Ronald C. Wornick
- Mary Zlot
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- Carla Emil
- Henry L. Gardner
- Leo Helzel
- Rodric Lorimer
- Anthony Meier
- Henry J. Salvo
- Mrs. Karl Wente
M. Arthur Gensler Jr., FAIA, Chair
Board member since 2010
Arthur Gensler is the founder of the global architecture, design, planning, and consulting firm Gensler, which began in San Francisco in 1965. Gensler now has more than 4,000 employees, including numerous CCA alumni, in 45 locations in the Americas, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. He’s a multiple winner of the BusinessWeek/Architectural Record Award and a charter member of Interior Design magazine’s Hall of Fame.
Gensler is a fellow of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) and a professional member of the Royal Institute of British Architects. He’s received numerous honors and awards, including Architectural Firm of the Year, the AIA’s highest honor for a collaborative practice; IIDA’s Star Award; Ernst & Young LLP’s Lifetime Achievement Award; and the Cornell Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
Gensler serves on the board of trustees of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Buck Institute for Research on Aging. He graduated from Cornell University’s College of Architecture, Art, and Planning and is a member of its advisory council. He’s widely credited with having elevated the field of interior design to professional standing.
Immediate Past Chair
C. Diane Christensen, Immediate Past Chair
President and CEO, Manzanita Management Corporation
Board member since 2004
Diane Christensen is the president of The Christensen Fund, a San Francisco-based private foundation that focuses its support on programs at the interface between natural environments and human cultures in five different regions of the world. She served as executive director of The Christensen Fund from 1988 to 2002. Christensen currently works at Manzanita Management Corporation, a Palo Alto asset management firm. She taught African history and served as an assistant academic dean at Tufts University; later she founded and ran the Christensen Research Institute, a biological research facility in Papua New Guinea.
CCA has been a grantee of The Christensen Fund and CCA's Carmen M. Christensen Production Stage is named in honor of Christensen's mother. Christensen serves on the board of the Wildlife Conservation Society. She’s a member of the Cantor Arts Center Director’s Advisory Board and Stanford University's Humanities and Sciences Council, Arts Initiative (SICA) and Archaeology Council. Christensen completed her undergraduate work at Stanford University and her graduate work at Columbia University in African history.
Susan M. Cummins, Vice-Chair
Director, Rotasa Foundation
Board member since 2006
Susan Cummins is director of the Rotasa Foundation, which supports exhibitions and publications of the work of contemporary jewelry artists. She owned the Susan Cummins Gallery in Marin County for 18 years and helped found Art Jewelry Forum, a national nonprofit organization, in 1997.
In past years, Cummins was on the board of the Headlands Center for the Arts, The Grabhorn Institute, and the American Craft Council (ACC). As a board member of ACC, she helped develop two conferences, Shaping the Future of Craft and Creating a New Craft Culture. Cummins is currently the board chair of Art Jewelry Forum.
John S. (Jack) Wadsworth Jr., Treasurer
Advisory Director, Morgan Stanley, and Honorary Chairman, Morgan Stanley, Asia
Board member since 2011
Jack Wadsworth spent the first decades of his career with Morgan Stanley and was based in the United States, Japan, and Hong Kong. During his years with the company, he organized its first leveraged buyout fund and served as a member of the investment committee. He also initiated its high-tech IPO business with the Apple IPO. Wadsworth is founder and chairman of Manitou Ventures and Ceyuan Ventures; former director of Pixar Animation Studios and Shinsei Bank; advisory director of Morgan Stanley; and honorary chairman of Morgan Stanley, Asia.
Wadsworth and his wife, Susy, donate generously to numerous museums and educational institutions, many of which are dedicated to cultural exchange with Asia. He is CIO of the W.L.S. Spencer Foundation, which funds educational and creative cultural activities all over the world. Wadsworth is trustee emeritus of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Foundation, the Asia Society, and Williams College. Wadsworth holds a bachelor’s degree from Williams College and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Lorna F. Meyer, Secretary
Managing Director, Merrill Lynch Private Banking and Investment Group
Board member since 2001
Lorna Meyer is a managing director with the Merrill Lynch Private Banking and Investment Group. She has more than 30 years of experience in the financial services industry. Prior to her association with Merrill Lynch, she was a managing director at Hambrecht & Quist and Alex. Brown & Sons. Meyer was named one of Barron’s “Top 1,000” advisors nationwide. In 2010, Barron’s named her the fourth best “Woman Financial Advisor” in the nation and the San Francisco Business Times has ranked her the number one “Woman Wealth Advisor” in the Bay Area for multiple years in a row.
Meyer is currently the president of the board of trustees of the Foundation of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. She is on the board of trustees of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and a member of the Director’s Circle at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Meyer holds a bachelor of arts degree and attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and the University of Toledo. She currently lives in San Francisco with her husband, Dennis, and has three sons and five grandchildren.
Former President and CEO, Autodesk
Board member since 2015
Carl Bass is a leader in 3D design, engineering, and entertainment software. He was president and CEO of Autodesk from 2006 to 2017. Bass co-founded Ithaca Software, which was acquired by Autodesk in 1993.
Bass serves on the boards of directors of Autodesk, Quirky, and E2open; on the board of trustees of the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum; and on the advisory boards of Cornell Computing and Information Science, UC Berkeley School of Information, and UC Berkeley College of Engineering. He earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Cornell University. Bass is a maker and spends his spare time building everything from chairs and tables to boats to, most recently, an electric go-kart.
Simon J. Blattner
Managing Partner, SF Bay LTD
Board member since 1994
Simon Blattner is a managing partner at SF Bay LTD and the owner and publisher of Eastside Editions, a fine arts print studio and publisher, which he established in 2000. Eastside Editions specializes in etchings printed on both handmade and mouldmade paper. He was a visiting scholar at the American Academy in Rome, where he researched the history of paper. While in Rome, he taught papermaking at Temple University. Blattner apprenticed in handmade papermaking at Magnolia Editions in Oakland from 1985 to 1990. He dedicates much of his time to his Eastside Editions studios, where he’s published several handmade books now in the rare-book collections of Stanford University, St. Mary’s College, and several major private book collections. Blattner made the paper used for these small editions. For 25 years, Blattner was CEO of Rittenhouse Paper Company prior to its sale to Nashua Corporation, where he continued as a consultant until 2006.
In 1999, Blattner received the Northwestern Alumni Association Award of Merit. He’s a director emeritus of Sonoma Valley Museum of Art and sits on the advisory boards of Hand Papermaking and La Luz. Additionally, he’s a member of the Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art (SECA). Blattner earned his bachelor of arts in political science from Northwestern University. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, Kimberly.
Founder and CEO, PCH International
Board member since 2015
Liam Casey is the founder and CEO of PCH, a private company that designs custom manufacturing solutions for the world's best brands, from startups to Fortune 500s. He’s widely recognized as a thought leader in hardware, supply chain management, and startups. His entrepreneurial flair and talent for spotting new opportunities has revolutionized international commerce and disrupted traditional supply chain models, contributing to the success of many of the world’s largest technology brands. PCH is headquartered in Casey’s native Cork, Ireland, with operational headquarters in Shenzhen, China, and San Francisco, where PCH has its Innovation Hub and its hardware accelerator, Highway1. He divides his time among the three cities.
In 2007, Casey was honored with Ernst & Young LLP’s Entrepreneur of the Year–Ireland award. He was named by Metropolis Magazine as one of six top “game changers” in the world. He’s a member of Ireland’s National Competitiveness Council, the Action Plan for Jobs Implementation and Monitoring Group, and the Joint Industry/Government Task Force on Big Data. Casey is also Enterprise Ireland’s international startup ambassador to China.
Vice President of Ads and Commerce User Experience, Google
Board member since 2014
Catherine Courage is vice president of ads and commerce user experience at Google. Previously, she was vice president of customer experience at DocuSign and led customer service teams at Citrix and Salesforce.com, where she was the founding member of the experience team. Courage co-authored the book Understanding Your Users and is an active writer and speaker on design. Her work has been featured in Harvard Business Review, the Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, and TEDxKyoto. In 2011, she was selected by the Silicon Valley Business Journal as one of Silicon Valley’s "40 Under 40" and listed as one of "Silicon Valley’s 100 Most Influential Women" in 2013. Also in 2013, Courage made the Forbes list of “Top 10 Rising Stars at the World's Most Innovative Companies” and was featured separately in the magazine as a “NextGen Mover.”
Courage is an advisor to two entrepreneurial groups, Citrix Startup Accelerator and C100. She served on the board of trustees of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. She earned her master’s degree in applied sciences, specializing in human factors, from University of Toronto. When she isn’t working, you’ll find her swimming, biking, and running in preparation for her next triathlon.
Nancy S. Forster
Retired Consultant, Forster & Associates Consulting, LLC, and Strategic Planning, Technology Research, Systems, Marketing, and Large, IBM
Board member since 2002
Nancy Forster is currently an active community service volunteer. She began her career in technology, with 14 years at IBM, first as a systems engineer, then in marketing as one of the first seven women in a sales force of 5,000. Later, Forster became a strategic-planning specialist for the introduction of technology into large corporations. She led her own consultancy, Forster & Associates Consulting, LLC, providing strategic planning, technology planning, and research for a variety of major corporations. That led to conducting research for four years at the MIT Sloan School of Business in strategic planning methodologies.
Forster serves as an advisory council member for Stanford University's Art Initiative. She’s treasurer of the Bald Eagle Association in Park City, Utah. Forster served as board vice-chair of the Family Service Agency of San Mateo County; trustee for the Coyote Point Museum and Santa Lucia Conservancy; fundraiser for Stanford School of Education; capital campaign chair for Crystal Springs School; and executive board member for the Modern Art Council. She’s held multiple community board positions in the areas of education, art, social services, and the environment. A member of the Asian Art Museum, Hoover Institution, Modern Arts Council at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Peninsula Open Space Trust, Forster is also an avid runner and skier, whose other interests include travel, photography, mentoring youth, contemporary art, Asian antiquities, Roman glass, and conservation. She earned her BA from Cornell University, College of Arts and Sciences, cum laude. Forster has lived in New York, New Jersey, Los Angeles, and Boston, and she now resides in Hillsborough, Carmel, and Park City with her husband, R. Patrick.
Founder and Designer, Stanlee R. Gatti Designs
Board member since 2016
Stanlee Gatti is the founder of and creative force behind Stanlee R. Gatti Designs, one of the most innovative and widely respected event design firms in the country. He’s a leading talent among the few American designers who approach events as a visual art form. Gatti’s conceptual work, attention to detail, attentiveness to user experience, and masterful use of a range of art and design tools and techniques have made him a luminary in the Bay Area arts and culture scene.
He’s not only a creative talent of rare ability but also a true community leader who has helped raise millions of dollars for worthy causes. He serves as co-chair of the Fog Design + Art Fair and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Gala and on the advisory boards of the Chez Panisse Foundation and Young Audiences of Northern California. Gatti served as president of the San Francisco Arts Commission and founded the San Francisco Fund for Public Sculpture.
Founder and CEO, Hot Studio
Board member since 2014
Maria Giudice describes herself as an “innovator, artist, protagonist, and positive provocateur.” She was vice president of experience design at Autodesk from 2015 to 2018 and, before that, Facebook’s director of product design. She’s been a CCA faculty member in Design Strategy and Graduate Design since 2006. Giudice founded the experience design firm Hot Studio in 1997. The firm eventually grew to include 100 employees with offices in San Francisco and New York and an impressive list of Fortune 500 clients. In March 2013, it was acquired by Facebook. Before Hot Studio, Giudice spent time working under the iconic graphic designer Richard Saul Wurman, who coined the term “information architecture.”
Giudice earned her bachelor’s degree from Cooper Union, where she took courses in painting, calligraphy, and graphic design. She’s the co-author and designer of several books about design, including Rise of the DEO, which discusses the ascendant concept of the “design executive officer.”
Neil Grimmer (Sculpture 1995)
Co-Founder and President, Habit
Board member since 2015
Neil Grimmer is co-founder and president of Habit, a cutting-edge nutrition company that uses bio samples to develop a personalized, easy-to-navigate eating plan. Previously, he was co-founder and CEO of Plum Organics the nation’s leading organic baby food brand and one of the fastest-growing organic food companies in the United States. An imaginative force and designer of ideas, products, and brands, Grimmer has led the launch of more than 150 innovative products, including the award-winning spouted pouch for baby food, a format that has completely revolutionized the category. Former vice president of innovation at Clif Bar and senior designer at IDEO, Grimmer has been a pioneer in the design and consumer products industries for over a decade. He’s widely recognized as an industry game-changer and has received prestigious awards including “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young LLP Northern California, “Most Admired CEO” by the San Francisco Business Times, and one of “America’s Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs” by Bloomberg Businessweek. Most recently, he was awarded the esteemed 2015 Henry Crown Fellowship at the Aspen Institute, which engages a new breed of leaders to tackle the world's most intractable problems.
Grimmer holds a BFA in Sculpture from CCA and a master’s degree in product design from Stanford. When he’s not dreaming up game-changing ideas, you can find him building tree houses, making super smoothies with his two little girls and wife, Tana, reminiscing about his days as a punk rocker, and completing the occasional Ironman Triathlon (three-time finisher!).
Ann M. Hatch
Board member since 1998
Ann Hatch is a native San Franciscan and philanthropist. In 1983, she founded the Capp Street Project (CSP), a nationally recognized artist residency program. She was instrumental in bringing CSP to the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts in 1998. Hatch also founded the Workshop Residence in the Dogpatch neighborhood of San Francisco. Workshop Residence collaborates with emerging and established artists and designers from all over the world and partners with local manufacturers to create functional objects for everyday living.
Under Hatch’s leadership as board chair from 2005 to 2009, CCA celebrated its centennial, raised $27.7 million in the Centennial Campaign, expanded the San Francisco campus, and added several new academic programs. In 1997, Hatch, together with Robert and Margrit Mondavi, co-founded the Oxbow School, an independent high school for the arts in Napa. She remains on its board of trustees. Hatch serves on the boards of the Clinton Walker Foundation, United States Artists, the Northern California Community Loan Fund, and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. Over the years, she’s been active on the boards of many arts organizations, including the Berkeley Art Museum, Oakland Museum of California, and the Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy. She’s the recipient of many awards and honors, including honorary doctorates from CCA in 2003 and the San Francisco Art Institute in 1991. Hatch received an award for achievement in the prevention of child abuse in 1988. In 1991, San Francisco Mayor Art Agnos declared January 31 Ann Hatch Day in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the community.
Nancy Howes (Metal Arts 2005)
Founder and Chief Creative Officer, Know Yourself, Inc.
Board member since 2005
Nancy Howes is founder and chief creative officer of Know Yourself, a company specializing in fun and educational products for kids that combine learning and play. She’s also an artist with work permanently on display at the Maui Ocean Center. Howes enjoyed a successful 25-year career in the high-tech industry, holding key management and technical positions at @Home Networks, BBN Planet, Texas Instruments, and Raytheon Co.
Howes has been active in several philanthropic and cultural organizations, including the Redwood City Sequoia High School technology program. She received her BFA in Metal Arts with high distinction from CCA and a master of education from Cambridge College. Howes lives in Los Altos Hills with her husband and two wonderful daughters.
George F. Jewett (Architecture 1996)
Owner and Principal, Jewett Design
Board member since 1997
George Jewett founded Jewett Design in 2006 to focus on new residences and large-scale remodel design. Prior to Jewett Design, he was a vice president at Brayton+Hughes Design Studio, where he worked for 10 years. His work has received awards from the American Institute of Architects and Interiors magazine. He has been published in Western Interiors and Design, San Francisco Chronicle Magazine, Residential Architect, Interiors, West Coast Rooms, and Lofts: New Designs for Urban Living.
Jewett serves as president of the George F. Jewett Foundation. He formerly served on the Architecture & Design Review Board in Hillsborough; the board of trustees of the University of Puget Sound; and the board of a drug-intervention program for high school students and another family foundation. He enjoys racing vintage cars, sailing, and photography. Jewett earned his bachelor of arts in business from the University of Puget Sound and a bachelor of architecture from CCA.
Former Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration, California College of the Arts
Board member 1984–1999, 2017–Present
David Kirshman has a long history working at CCA. He served as senior vice president for finance and administration and chief financial officer at the college for 14 years before retiring in 2013. He also served as a trustee at CCA from 1985 to 1999, chairing the Business Committee of the board. Most recently, Kirshman served as interim CFO at the college in 2017. During his career at CCA, in partnership with the Finance-Audit and Investment committees of the board, the college’s endowment grew by 400% (from $6 million to $30 million).
He spearheaded the effort to strategically acquire and improve nine buildings and parcels in Oakland and San Francisco, which would facilitate CCA’s expansion. Kirshman also worked closely with trustees to ensure the board’s fiduciary decisions aligned with the mission and sustainability of the college. Before his time at CCA, Kirshman was vice president of finance at Avirnex Communications Group; instructor in the Haas School of Business at University of California; and partner at Ernst & Young LLP, where he worked for nearly 25 years.
Kirshman serves on the board of trustees of Head-Royce School in Oakland. He received his bachelor of science in economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and JD from the University of Michigan. Kirshman is married to Deborah Kirshman, has two children, and, in his leisure time, enjoys hiking, art, and traveling.
Byron D. Kuth, FAIA
Managing Principal, Kuth/Ranieri Architects LLP
Board member since 2004
Byron Kuth is the co-founder and managing principal of Kuth/Ranieri Architects, a San Francisco firm specializing in residential, mixed use, and commercial projects. The firm has received numerous awards, including I.D. magazine's Design Distinction Award–Environments in 1999, 2000, and 2001 and the Architectural League of New York Young Architects Forum’s Emerging Voices award in 2002.
Kuth serves as vice president of the board of the LEF Foundation for Art in the Environment. He’s a fellow of the American Institute of Architects San Francisco. Kuth has been a faculty member at CCA and was visiting faculty at the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 1999.
Joyce B. Linker
Senior Vice President, Private Wealth Management, Robert Baird & Co.
Board member since 2011
Joyce Linker is a senior vice president of wealth management with Robert Baird & Co., serving the investment needs of high-net-worth individuals and family groups, business entities, and nonprofit organizations. She began her advising career at Montgomery Securities in San Francisco working with private clients and nonprofit organizations.
Linker is also a trustee of the Contemporary Jewish Museum and The Fromm Institute For Lifelong Learning at the University of San Francisco. She serves on the investment committees of several nonprofit organizations. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, a master’s degree from Stanford University, and an MBA from Golden Gate University. She has a particular interest in art education and actively collects photography.
Ann Morhauser (Glass 1979)
Founder and Principal, Annieglass
Board member since 2003
Ann Morhauser is the founder of Annieglass, a highly successful line of glass tableware sold at the finest luxury stores and resorts in the nation. Handcrafting her products in Northern California since 1983, Morhauser developed her company throughout the years to become one of the largest and most successful American glass studios. By combining skills as a designer, artisan, and businesswoman, she’s been able to build a highly regarded brand as well as a successful company. Morhauser’s work is in the collections of such noted museums as the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Luce Foundation Center for American Art in Washington, D.C.; the Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow, Scotland; and the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York.
Morhauser is an advisor to CCA's MBA in Design Strategy program, the Gallery of Modern Art and Design, and the Corning Glass Museum. She’s an active fundraiser for hunger, children's health, and art education. Morhauser mentors young women in business and supports scholarships at CCA and local high schools.
Kenneth M. Novack
Founding Partner, Schnitzer West
Board member since 2018
Ken Novack is a founding partner of Schnitzer West, one of the West Coast's leading real estate development firms. Concurrently with founding Schnitzer West, he served as chairman of Schnitzer Steel Industries and Liberty Shipping Group, as well as chairman and CEO of Schnitzer Investment Corp. and Lasco Shipping Co. Novack was also a partner in the law firm Ball, Janik & Novack.
Novack serves on the boards of BRIDGE Housing, Claremont McKenna College, and Eisenhower Medical Center. He’s vice-chair of the board of California Pacific Medical Center and a lifetime trustee at Lewis and Clark College. Novack received a bachelor’s degree from Claremont McKenna College and a JD from the University of Southern California.
Steven H. Oliver
President, Oliver & Company, Inc.
Board member since 1981
Steve Oliver is president of the award-winning construction and development firm Oliver & Company, based in Richmond, California, which has built over 1,000 buildings in the Bay Area, including such arts institutions as California College of the Arts in Oakland, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa. An avid art collector, Oliver and his wife, Nancy, developed the Oliver Ranch in Northern California’s Alexander Valley, a working sheep ranch that’s also one of the country’s most ambitious private collections of site-specific art. Today it houses 17 commissioned works by local and national artists.
Well-known in the Bay Area for being a major contemporary arts supporter, advocate, and civic leader, Oliver is the former chairman of the board of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA). His contributions to SFMOMA have been numerous, perhaps most notably as co-chair of the New Museum Campaign in 1992. He’s currently chair of the board of trustees of United States Artists. He’s participated on the boards of numerous arts organizations, including the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; the Stuart Collection at the University of California, San Diego; as national co-chair for PAC-American Arts Alliance; and as chair of the Arts Council Taskforce of the Sonoma County Community Foundation. In addition to his diverse arts activities, Oliver’s been instrumental in the healthcare field, having served as chair of Alta Bates Health System, vice-chair of the California Healthcare System, and trustee of the Sutter Health System, among other civic stewardship roles. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and an honorary doctorate from CCA in 1998.
F. Noel Perry
Founder and Managing Director, Baccharis Capital Inc.
Board member since 2005
Noel Perry is the founder and managing director of Baccharis Capital Inc., a private venture capital firm in Menlo Park. He’s 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 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. He served as chair of the CCA Board of Trustees from 2009 to 2013 and is also an artist.
Philanthropist and Civic Leader
Board member since 2016
Catherine Podell is a native San Franciscan and the former CFO and managing partner at Hewett Marine Company in San Francisco.
Since her retirement, Podell has served on the foundation board of directors at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and has been a member of numerous committees there. She currently serves as a commissioner of the National Portrait Gallery, where she’s a member of the executive committee and the national chair of the advancement committee. Podell is also a member of Art Table, the Garden Club of America, and the Garden Conservatory. She attended the University of California, Berkeley.
President, Founders Investments Ltd.
Board member since 2018
Toby Rosenblatt has served as president of privately owned investment companies since 1972. He’s currently the president of Founders Investments Ltd. and Pacific Four Investments. He’s been a member of the Board of Directors for Forward Management, LLC; BlackRock Mutual Funds; State Street Research Investment Trust and State Street Research Family of Mutual Funds; among others.
Rosenblatt is a civic leader who is committed to empowering education and arts. His civic work has included serving as president of the San Francisco City Planning Commission; founding member and chair of the board at the Presidio Trust; president of the board and a founder of San Francisco Day School; board member and investment committee chairman of the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco; and trustee, vice-chairman, and, in recent years, advisory member to the board of The James Irvine Foundation. His work and service on the boards have been integral to organizations such as College Futures Foundation, California Higher Education Policy Institute, San Francisco University High School, The Center for the Arts at Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco Art Institute, SECA Art Council, The Thacher School, among many others. Rosenblatt and his wife, Sally, live in San Francisco and have two children, Jamie and Adam, who have their own television production company in Los Angeles. He’s a graduate of Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, Yale University, and The Thacher School in Ojai, California.
Nathan E. (Gene) Savin, PhD
Emeritus Professor of Economics, University of Iowa
Board member since 2009
Gene Savin has a PhD in economics from UC Berkeley and is a professor emeritus at the Tippie College of Business at the University of Iowa. He’s a fellow of both the American Statistical Association and the Econometric Society, which is an international society for the advancement of economic theory in its relation to statistics and mathematics.
Savin and his wife, Susan, are directors of the Reuben and Muriel Savin Foundation. The foundation supports arts organizations in the Bay Area and Iowa, such as CCA, the Oakland Museum of California, the Richmond Art Center, the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts, and ArtsChange. The Savins live in Iowa City with their two cats.
Judith P. Timken
Board member 1989
Judy Timken has been an important contributor to CCA for over two decades. If her name sounds familiar, that's because it graces the lecture hall on CCA’s San Francisco campus, where hundreds of lectures and classes are held each year. As a board member since 1989, she’s seen the college grow and change tremendously and has been involved in some of its most important developments, including the purchase and renovation of the San Francisco campus.
Under Timken’s leadership as board chair from 1998 to 2002, the college established the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts and the Center for Art and Public Life; conducted a presidential search; and launched new graduate programs in design, visual criticism, and writing. She’s currently a member of San Francisco City College Auxiliary, an emeritus trustee of UC Press Foundation, and a former docent at the Oakland Museum of California. A graduate of Colby College, Timken has made many contributions to her alma mater, including serving as an overseer for many years.
Kay Kimpton Walker
Former Owner, K Kimpton Contemporary Art Gallery
Board member since 2006
Kay Kimpton Walker owned K Kimpton Contemporary Art Gallery, formerly Ivory/Kimpton, in San Francisco from 1980 to 2006. An active member of the San Francisco Art Dealers Association (SFADA), she served as president of that organization from 1990 to 1991.
Since closing her gallery in 2006, Walker has focused her efforts on CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts and the CCA writing programs. She’s also an advocate for issues of mental health. Walker currently serves on the board of Friends of Langley Porter and the National Council of McLean Hospital. Walker has served as chair or co-chair of multiple CCA gala fundraisers. Thanks to her leadership, these galas raised over $1 million annually for CCA student scholarships. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Vassar College.
Calvin B. Wheeler, MD
Institutional Director of Undergraduate & Graduate Medical Education for TPMG, Kaiser Permanente Medical Center
Board member since 2001
Calvin Wheeler is the institutional director of Undergraduate & Graduate Medical Education for TPMG at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center. Prior to this appointment, he was physician-in-chief in the Department of Neurology of Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Fremont, California, where he served as regional sub chief of pediatric neurology and director of the Hayward EEG Lab. Wheeler has been with Kaiser Permanente since 1984, when he was hired as a staff pediatrician and neurologist at its Hayward facility. He’s also a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and American Academy of Neurology.
Wheeler is active in the Bay Area’s medical community, currently working as a clinical instructor at the University of California, San Francisco, in the Department of Pediatrics. Additionally, he serves on the board of directors of the Epilepsy League of the East Bay and the Agency for Infant Development. Wheeler’s also a founding member and past president of the Kaiser African American Professionals Association (KAAPA). Born and raised in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, Wheeler received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy and his MD from the University of California, Irvine. He completed his residency in pediatrics at Boston City Hospital and Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. He and his wife, Sarajane, own CaSaj Gallery near Jack London Square in downtown Oakland.
Executive Director, Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation and 500 Capp Street Foundation
Board member since 2006
Carlie Wilmans is the founder and director of the 500 Capp Street Foundation and executive director of the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation, which has, for decades, provided generous support to Bay Area arts organizations, including the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts.
Wilmans is active in local philanthropic and cultural organizations, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, where she’s served on the board since 2006. She’s also trustee emeritus of the American Conservatory Theater. Wilmans studied art history at Sonoma State University and pre-Columbian art at the graduate level at the University of Texas, Austin. She has deep roots in the California art scene, with ancestors who played a role in the arts dating back to the Gold Rush.
Ronald C. Wornick
Founder and Former President, The Wornick Company
Board member since 1991
Ronald Wornick is founder and former president of The Wornick Company. He is proprietor of Seven Stones Winery in Napa Valley. Wornick and his wife, Anita, are known for their private collection of contemporary craft. Beginning in the mid-1980s, Wornick, an accomplished woodworker in his own right, began actively collecting master artisan pieces made from wood, ceramics, glass, fiber, and metal. Within 20 years, the Wornicks had created one of the premier contemporary craft collections in the world. The collection, which was bequeathed in part to the Museum of Fine Art in Boston in 2007, has been on view at the Museum of Fine Art in Boston, American Craft Museum in New York, the Oakland Museum of California, and the McAllen Museum in South Texas.
Wornick serves on the board of the Contemporary Jewish Museum of San Francisco and as an advisor to the Association of Israeli Decorative Artists. In 1998, the Wornicks established the Wornick Award, a scholarship awarded annually to exceptional CCA students working in the field of contemporary crafts. In addition to receiving scholarship funds, the students also have their work featured in a special exhibition at CCA. The Wornicks’ various philanthropic activities include support for many causes funded through The Wornick Family Foundation, including the Ronald C. Wornick Jewish Day School in Foster City, which was founded in 1986.
Mary L. Zlot
Principal, Zlot Buell & Associates
Board member since 2003
Mary Zlot is a San Francisco-based art advisor and principal at Zlot Buell & Associates, which she co-founded with Sabrina Buell in 2012. Previously, she founded Mary Zlot and Associates, which worked closely with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in the development of the museum’s collection. Her corporate clients have included Charles Schwab & Co., Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., Williams-Sonoma, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, and the Cowboys Stadium. Before founding her own firm, Zlot developed an art consulting division for the architecture and design firm Environmental Planning and Research. She’s curated modern and contemporary art collections for many prominent private collectors and corporations located in the Bay Area and around the world.
In addition to her work as an art advisor, Zlot serves on the education committee of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), collector’s committee of the National Gallery of Art, and national council of the Aspen Art Museum. She’s a trustee emeritus of the California Academy of Sciences and a member of SFMOMA’s Director’s Circle, ArtTable, and the International Association of Professional Art Advisors.