Board member since 2015

Carl Bass is president and CEO of Autodesk, a leader in 3D design, engineering, and entertainment software. Bass cofounded Ithaca Software (acquired by Autodesk in 1993). While at Autodesk, he has held several executive positions including chief technology officer and chief operations officer.

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-cart.

Trustee since 1994; served as chair from 2002–5

Simon J. Blattner is currently the publisher of Eastside Editions, a fine arts print studio and publisher specializing in etchings printed on both handmade and mouldmade paper, which he established in 2000.

Blattner was appointed to the Board of Trustees of California College of the Arts in 1994 and served for five years as chair of the Academic Committee. He also served on the college’s first Diversity Committee, the Finance committee, the Presidential Search Committee, the Committee on Trustees, the Marketing Committee, and the Executive Committee as well as serving as chair of the Board of Trustees from 2002–5.

In 2004 the college renamed the print and paper studio the Blattner Print Studio. He remains a valued trustee at the college.

From September to November of 2005, Blattner was a visiting scholar at the American Academy in Rome, where he researched the history of paper from papyrus to the beginnings of Asian and Western papers. While in Rome he taught paper making at Temple University.

Mr. Blattner apprenticed in handmade paper making at Magnolia Editions in Oakland, California, from 1985 to 1990.

He dedicates much of his time to his Eastside Editions studios, where he has published several handmade books now in the rare-book collections of Stanford University and St. Mary’s College as well as several major private book collections. Blattner made the paper used for these small editions. The purpose of the studio is to print the work of emerging and midcareer Bay Area artists.

For 25 years Blattner was CEO of Rittenhouse Paper Company prior to its sale to Nashua. He continued as a consultant to Nashua until 2006.

Mr. Blattner earned his BA in political science from Northwestern University. In 1999 he received the Northwestern Alumni Association Award of Merit, presented to alumni who "have distinguished themselves in their particular professions or fields of endeavor in such a way as to reflect credit on their alma mater."

Mr. Blattner is a board member 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). In 2005 Mr. Blattner served as a visiting scholar at the American Academy of Rome. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, Kimberly.

Board member since 1981; chair 1992–98

A dedicated CCA alumna (BFA 1974 and MAED 1978), Tecoah Bruce has magnanimously donated both time and resources to the college for nearly thirty years. Her contributions have helped to propel CCA into a new era. Under her leadership as chair in the 1990s, the college launched an ambitious comprehensive campaign, which included the purchase and construction of the San Francisco campus; developed a five-year strategic plan addressing such key issues as growth, technological resources, curriculum, facilities, and development; and greatly increased its public visibility.

Her generosity has made possible the Tecoah and Thomas Bruce Galleries on the San Francisco campus and the Tecoah Bruce Gallery in the Oliver Art Center in Oakland. Her persuasive powers have brought new friends and donors to the college, as well as significant works into the college’s collection by distinguished alumni and faculty such as Robert Arneson, Nathan Oliveira, Squeak Carnwath, and Peter Voulkos.

An active leader in the arts community, Tecoah Bruce is the founder of her own art advising company, T. Bruce and Associates, Inc., where she now serves as art advisor, and a member of the board of trustees of the UC Berkeley Art Museum / Pacific Film Archive. She is also a member of the following organizations: Leadership America, Washington, DC; Contemporary Collectors' Circle, Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Center for the Visual Arts, Stanford University Museum; Friends of New Art, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; and ArtTable, Inc.

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.

Casey is 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.

Casey established PCH in 1996 as a manufacturing and supply-chain management company. PCH has since expanded well beyond those bounds, employing nearly 2,000 persons worldwide, and having revenue in 2014 in excess of $1 billion.

In recent years, PCH has made a targeted move into product-design engineering and development and startup innovation.

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’s Entrepreneur of the Year-Ireland award. This year because of PCH’s incubation program and sustainability practices, Casey was named by Metropolis Magazine as one of six top “game changers” in the world.

Casey is a member of Ireland’s National Competitiveness Council and the Action Plan for Jobs Implementation and Monitoring Group as well as the Joint Industry/Government task force on big data.

He’s also Enterprise Ireland’s international start-up ambassador to China.

Current Chair of the Board (as of 2013) and board member since 2004

C. 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, and where Diane also served as executive director from 1988 until 2002.

(CCA has been a grantee of the Fund and CCA's Carmen M. Christensen Production Stage is named in honor of Diane's mother.)

Diane did her undergraduate work at Stanford University and her graduate work at Columbia University in African History. She taught African History and served as an assistant academic dean at Tufts University; later she founded and ran for 10 years the Christensen Research Institute, a biological research facility in Papua New Guinea.

She currently works at Manzanita Management Corp., a Palo Alto asset management firm and serves on the boards of the Wildlife Conservation Society, Turquoise Mountain Foundation USA, currently serving as board chair, and the US board for Kabul, Afghanistan.

Diane also is a member of Stanford University's Humanities and Sciences Council, Arts Initiative (SICA) and Archaeology Council.

Board member since 2014

Catherine Courage’s passion is transforming corporate culture by making great design a driver of innovation and change. She was recently appointed the new VP of customer experience at startup DocuSign, an electronic signature company that employees more than 1,400 employees and has an estimated valuation of $3 billion.

Prior to DocuSign, Courage led customer service teams at Citrix (based in Silicon Valley, where she's lived and worked for the past 15 years) and, where she was the founding member of the experience team.

Courage coauthored 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" young tech leaders, and in 2013 was listed as one of "Silicon Valley’s 100 Most Influential Women."

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 -- and is a member of the board of trustees for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. 

She earned her master of applied sciences, specializing in human factors, from the University of Toronto. 

When she’s not working, you'll find her swimming, biking, and running in preparation for her next triathlon.

Board member since 2007

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 in 1997 she helped found Art Jewelry Forum, a national nonprofit organization.

In past years she was on the board of the Headlands Center for the Arts, The Grabhorn Institute, and the American Craft Council. As a board member of ACC she helped to develop two conferences: one in 2006 in Houston, called "Shaping the Future of Craft"; and a second in 2009 in Minneapolis, called "Creating a New Craft Culture."

Patricia Fitzpatrick was a founder and past president (1999–2010) of the Fitzpatrick Foundation, which provided support for K–12 students and educators in the areas of technology and the arts, serving economically disadvantaged youth in the Bay Area. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Duke University with a minor in art history. She has remained active with the university, having served on the Board of Visitors and, more recently, helping to launch a major initiative in the School of Engineering. Fitzpatrick is an active member of SFMOMA, serving on the Accessions Committee and the Collector’s Forum. She is the mother of a CCA alumnus, who completed the Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice in 2009.

Board member since 2002

Nancy S. 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, Nancy became a strategic-planning specialist for the introduction of technology into large corporations.

For the next several years, 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 her conducting research for four years at the MIT Sloan School of Business in strategic planning methodologies.

Currently, Nancy serves as a trustee of Santa Lucia Conservancy, whose mission it is to conserve and sustain the 20,000 acre Santa Lucia Preserve through a model of compatible development and sustainable conservation. She also serves as advisory council member for Stanford University's Art's Initiative, and is treasurer of the Bald Eagle Association in Park City, Utah.

Nancy served as board vice chair of the Family Service Agency of San Mateo County, where she worked on the agency's capital campaign, and as president of the Hillsborough Auxiliary. Also, she was a trustee for the Coyote Point Museum; fundraiser for Stanford School of Education; capital campaign chair for Crystal Springs School; council executive board member for the Modern Art Council; and held multiple community board positions and nonprofit affiliations in the areas of education, art, social services, and the environment.

A member of the Asian Art Museum, Hoover Institution, Modern Arts Council at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Peninsula Opera Space Trust, Nancy's also an avid runner and skier, whose other interests include travel, photography, mentoring youth, contemporary art, Asian antiquities, Roman glass, and conservation.

Nancy earned her BA from Cornell University, College of Arts and Sciences, cum laude. Nancy has lived in New York, New Jersey, Los Angeles, and Boston. She resides in Hillsborough, California, Carmel, and Park City with her husband, R. Patrick.

Arthur Gensler is the founder of the global architecture, design, planning, and consulting firm Gensler, which began in San Francisco in 1965 and now has more than 4,000 employees (including numerous CCA alumni) in 45 locations in the Americas, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. He is a multiple winner of the BusinessWeek/Architectural Record Award and a charter member of Interior Design magazine’s Hall of Fame. He 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.

Gensler has 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 graduated from Cornell University’s College of Architecture, Art, and Planning and is a member of its advisory council. He is widely credited with having elevated the field of interior design to professional standing.

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Board member since 2014

Maria Giudice describes herself as an “innovator, artist, protagonist, and positive provocateur.” She is Facebook’s director of product design, and she has been a CCA faculty member since 2006 in the MBA in Design Strategy and the Graduate Program in Design.

She 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, Guidice spent time working under the iconic graphic designer Richard Saul Wurman, who coined the term “information architecture.”

Giudice says, “I am incredibly excited and honored to be asked to join CCA’s board. I’m bringing to the board a lot of business experience, but also a deep understanding of what it’s like to be a student and a faculty member.

“I’m particularly keen on thinking about future learning, what students need to know going forward. I want to get involved in the curriculum, specifically designing ways in which the different groups at CCA can work together and create more overlaps between disciplines -- more intersections among verticals.

"Art and design are blending into so many other arenas, and ‘verticalization’ is no longer an efficient approach to learning.”

Giudice also plans to take an active part in designing the future of CCA as an academic institution.

“As a business owner, I’m very aware of the need for CCA to scale and be agile for the future. Most schools still organize themselves according to an industrial age mindset and haven’t evolved nimbly enough to deal with all the different ways in which students learn today.”

Guidice earned her bachelor’s degree from the Cooper Union, where she took courses in painting, calligraphy, and graphic design.

She is the coauthor and designer of several books about design, including the recent Rise of the DEO, which discusses the ascendant concept of the “design executive officer” (the book’s other coauthor is Christopher Ireland, also a CCA faculty member.)

Emma J. Goltz is a former manager of the San Francisco office of Bain & Company, a management consulting firm, and has worked in finance in Dublin and London. She has been involved in numerous art and education organizations. She serves on the boards of the San Francisco Symphony; Schools, Mentoring and Resource Team (SMART) in San Francisco; the Bay Area division of the March of Dimes; and Schools of the Sacred Heart in Atherton, California. She holds a dual bachelor’s degree in economics and mathematics from Trinity College and an MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France. She has been a lifelong collector of art with a particular interest in sculpture.

Neil Grimmer is cofounder, CEO, and Chief Dad of Plum, PBC, 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 in the United States, a format that has completely revolutionized the category.

Former VP 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. Widely recognized as an industry game-changer, he has received prestigious awards including Entrepreneur of the Year for Ernst & Young Northern California, Most Admired CEO by the San Francisco Business Times and Bloomberg Businessweek’s Top 5 America’s Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs.

Most recently, Grimmer 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.

Under Grimmer’s tenure, Plum was named one of America’s Most Promising Companies by Forbes and ranked on the Inc 500 list of fastest-growing privately held companies for three consecutive years.

A firm believer in mission-driven businesses and advocate for fighting child hunger in America, Grimmer’s commitment to the providing the best-tasting organic nutrition expands far beyond store shelves. With his leadership, Plum became one of the first companies to reincorporate as a Public Benefit Corporation in Delaware in July 2014.

Grimmer also launched Plum’s social impact program The Full Effect™, dedicated to nourishing little ones in need across America.

He currently sits on the board of Plum industry partners Yes To Inc. and Zarbee’s Naturals and is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization, a prominent global network of young chief executives.

Grimmer holds a BFA in Sculpture from CCA and a MA 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 Triatholon (three-time finisher!).

Read more about Grimmer on the CCA website.

Trustee since 1998; served as chair from 2005–09

Ann M. Hatch is a native San Franciscan and a philanthropist. In 1983 she founded 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. Under her leadership as 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, cofounded the Oxbow School, an independent high school for the arts in Napa. She remains on the board of trustees. She also serves on the boards of the Clinton Walker Foundation, the Northern California Community Loan Fund, and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MN (since 1970).

Over the years, she has been active on the boards and/or advisory boards of many arts organizations, including the Berkeley Art Museum, Oakland Museum of California, and the Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass.

She is the recipient of many awards and honors, including honorary doctorates from CCA (2003) and the San Francisco Art Institute (1991) and an award for achievement in the prevention of child abuse (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 received her BFA in Metal Arts with high distinction from CCA in 2005. Her most recent work is on permanent display at the Maui Ocean Center.

Prior to her work as an artist, Nancy enjoyed a successful 20-year career in the high-tech industry, holding key management and technical positions at @Home Networks, BBN Planet, Texas Instruments, and Raytheon Co.

She is cofounder and CEO of Bonyfide Productions.

She also has been active in several philanthropic and cultural organizations, including the Redwood City Sequoia High School technology program. She lives in Los Altos Hills with her husband and two wonderful daughters.

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 AIA and Interiors magazine as well as being published in Western Interiors and Design, San Francisco Chronicle Magazine, Residential Architect, Interiors, and the books West Coast Rooms (book) and Lofts-New Designs for Urban Living.

In 1997 Mr. Jewett was appointed to the Board of Trustees of California College of the Arts and has served for four years as chair of the Academic Committee.

He also serves on the Facilities Committee, the Committee on Trustees, and on the Executive Committee. In the past he served on the Advancement Committee, the Finance committee, and the Presidential Search Committee.

Mr. Jewett also 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, the board of a drug-intervention program for high school students as well as the board of another family foundation.

He enjoys racing vintage cars, sailing, and photography.

George earned his bachelor of arts in business from the  University of Puget Sound and a bachelor of architecture from California College of the Arts.

Board member since 2004

Byron Kuth is owner 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 "Emerging Voices" award in 2002.

Kuth serves on the boards of the LEF Foundation for Art in the Environment and SFMOMA's Architecture and Design Forum. He has been a faculty member at CCA and was visiting faculty at the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 1999.

Kuth/Ranieri Architects

Joyce B. 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 25 years ago working with private clients and nonprofit organizations. She joined CCA’s Curator’s Forum in 2010. She is also a trustee of the Contemporary Jewish Museum and the Fromm Institute, and serves on the investment committees of several nonprofit organizations. She holds a BA from the University of Michigan, an MA from Stanford University, and an MBA from Golden Gate University. She has a particular interest in art education and actively collects photography.

Board member since 2001

Lorna Meyer Calas is a managing director with the Merrill Lynch Private Banking and Investment Group with 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.

Lorna was recently named one of Barron’s “Top 1,000” advisors nationwide, ranked #25 in California (and #12 in the Bay Area). In 2010 Barron’s named her the #4 Woman Financial Advisor in the nation. The San Francisco Business Times has ranked her the #1 Woman Wealth Advisor in the Bay Area since 2007.

Lorna is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, California College of the Arts (CCA), the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and the Zen Hospice Project of San Francisco. She is also a member of the Director’s Circle at the San Jose Museum of Art.

Lorna holds a bachelor of art degree, attending Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and The University of Toledo. Lorna currently lives in San Francisco with her husband, Dennis Calas, and has three sons and five grandchildren.

Board member since 2005

Ann Morhauser (BFA Glass 1979) is the founder of Annieglass, a highly successful line of glass tableware sold through the finest luxury stores and resorts in the nation.

Handcrafting her products in Northern California since 1983, Ann 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, Ann has been able to build a highly regarded brand as well as a successful company.

Ann’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 DC; the Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow, Scotland; and the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York.

As an alumna and successful business owner, Ann brings a unique perspective to her role as advisor to CCA's MBA in Design Strategy program.

She is an active fundraiser for hunger, children's health, and art education. She mentors young women in business and supports [scholarships at CCA]f(/admissions/scholarships) and local high schools.

Ann has accomplished something rare: crossing over into the commercial world, while tenaciously retaining her fine art approach. In 2008 she celebrated 25 years in business combining artisanal techniques and contemporary design with new technology.

The Annieglass studio, originally 400 square feet, is now a production studio of more than 15,000 square feet. Twenty-five full-time employees handcraft a minimum of 60,000 plates, bowls, serving dishes, and decorative accessories annually.

In 1993 Annie launched a retail store in downtown Santa Cruz, offering all of the Annieglass collections as well as fine gifts, crafts, and jewelry by other well-known and emerging artists.

Board member since 2004

Tim Mott is a serial entrepeneur and private venture capital investor. Currently he is executive chairman of Flixlab, a start-up company that "makes video social."

Previously Mott cofounded Electronic Arts, Macromedia, Audible, and All Covered and held a variety of executive or board positions, or both, at each of those companies. While at Xerox PARC in the 1970s, he was one of the first persons to apply rigorous user testing to the design of user interfaces.

Mott also has served on several nonprofit boards, including those of Sun Valley Community School, Dia Art Foundation, David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, Technoserve, San Francisco Film Society, and ODC.

Mott earned his BSc (with honors) from Manchester University, England, and now lives in Sonoma and Ketchum.

Mott is interviewed in the first chapter, titled "The Mouse and the Desktop," of Designing Interactions by Bill Moggridge.

Board member since 1981; chair 1983–7

In addition to his involvement with SFMOMA, Steven H. Oliver serves as chair of the UCSF Arts Selection Board for the new Mission Bay campus and has participated on the boards of numerous arts organizations, including California College of the Arts (since 1981); the Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (2000–2004); the Stuart Collection, University of California, San Diego (since 1998); and as national cochair for PAC-American Arts Alliance (since 1999).

From United States Artists:

Steve Oliver is president of the award-winning construction and development firm, Oliver & Company based in Richmond, California, which has built over a thousand 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.

Well-known in the Bay Area for being a major contemporary arts supporter, advocate, and civic leader, Steve is the former chairman of the board of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. His contributions to SFMOMA have been numerous, perhaps most notably as co-chair of the New Museum Campaign in 1992.

He has participated on the boards of numerous arts organizations, including California College of the Arts; the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; the Stuart Collection at the University of California, San Diego; and as national cochair for PAC-American Arts Alliance. He also chairs the Community Foundation of Sonoma County’s Arts Council Taskforce.

An avid art collector, Steve and his wife, Nancy, developed the Oliver Ranch in Northern California’s Alexander Valley, a working sheep ranch that is 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.

In addition to his diverse arts activities, Oliver has been instrumental in the health care field, serving as chair of Alta Bates Health System, vice chair of the California Healthcare System, and sitting on the board of Sutter Health System, among other civic stewardship roles. Oliver earned a BS from the University of California, Berkeley, and an honorary doctorate from California College of the Arts in 1998.

Served as Chair of the Board from 2009 to 2013

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.

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.
-- Noel Perry

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 is married to Dr. Susan Enzle, a clinical psychologist. The two are directors of the Reuben and Muriel Savin Foundation, which supports the arts and arts education in the Bay Area and Iowa.

Gene is a fellow of both The Econometric Society, which is an international society for the advancement of economic theory in its relation to statistics and mathematics, and the American Statistical Association.

In the recent CCA Centennial Campaign, the foundation pledged $500,000 to create an endowed scholarship in Community Arts after the college found 500 new donors to contribute at least $50 each. The foundation also supports the Oakland Museum of California, the Richmond Art Center, the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts, and ArtsChange.

Gene and his wife live in Iowa City with their two cats.

Mr. Stein was a senior managing director at JMP Securities from 2004 to 2012, and from 1997 to 2004 he was a venture partner of Weston Presidio, a venture capital company. 

From 1982 to 1995 he was executive director of Investment Banking, a senior managing director and member of the executive committee at Montgomery Securities. 

Mr. Stein began his career in 1954 with Goldman Sachs and Company and retired as a general partner in 1976. In March 1978 he was appointed Secretary of the Business, Transportation, and Housing Agency for the State of California and served in that capacity until October 1980. 

From September 1981 to September 1982, Mr. Stein served as associate dean, Executive Education, at the Walter Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley. 

He is chairman emeritus of the Board of Trustees of the American Conservatory Theater.

Mr. Stein earned his AB at Columbia College and his MBA at the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration. 

Board member since 1989; board chair 1998–2002

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 in San Francisco, where hundreds of lectures and classes are held each year. As a board member since 1989, she has 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 her leadership as board chair, the college established the CCA Wattis Institute and the Center for Art and Public Life, conducted a presidential search, and launched new graduate programs in Design, Visual Criticism, and Writing.

Timken currently is serving as a member of San Francisco City College Auxiliary, is an emeritus trustee of UC Press Foundation, and is 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.

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.

Now he is founder and chairman of Manitou Ventures and Ceyuan Ventures; former director of Pixar Animation Studios and Shinsei Bank; and advisory director of Morgan Stanley and honorary chairman at Morgan Stanley, Asia.

The Wadsworths donate generously to numerous museums and educational institutions, many of which are dedicated to cultural exchange with Asia. He is CIO (and his wife is CEO) of the W. L. S. Spencer Foundation, which funds educational and creative cultural activities all over the world. He is vice-chairman of the Asia Society Board and trustee emeritus of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Foundation and Williams College.

Wadsworth holds a bachelor’s degree from Williams College and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Board member since 2009

Asher Waldfogel is a founder at venture-backed Silicon Valley companies, including Redback Networks, Tollbridge Technologies, and Peakstream, where he has held key positions in engineering, marketing, technology, and general management.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of Minnesota and a master’s degree in philosophy from MIT. He serves on SFMOMA’s Architecture and Design accessions committee and the Palo Alto Utilities Advisory Commission. He and his wife collect American ceramics and furniture.

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), Walker served as president of that organization in 1990 and 1991.

Since closing her gallery in 2006 she has focused her efforts on CCA's Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts and the CCA writing programs as well as being an advocate for issues of mental health. She currently serves on the board of Friends of Langley Porter and on the National Council of McLean Hospital.

Walker has served as chair or co-chair for five CCA gala fundraisers. Thanks to her leadership, these galas raised a total of $1.4 million for CCA student scholarships.   

She earned her BA from Vassar College.


Vinitha J. Watson (MBA Design Strategy 2010) is an artist, design consultant, and advisor to small businesses and nonprofits.

In 2007 she cofounded the Zoo Studios, a music incubator located in west Oakland, and she is currently its CEO. In 2005 she founded Kaaya Inc., which focused on selling environmentally friendly home decor.

Today she is the principal and strategy consultant for \/\/\/, which provides strategic growth planning and innovation to nonprofits in the public health sector.

She is a board member of I-Mak (Initiatives for Medicines Access and Knowledge).

Her artwork involves building dioramas and wire sculptures that inspire her photography and systems thinking.

She also holds two bachelor’s degrees, in sociology and communications, from University of California, Santa Barbara.

Board member since 2001

Calvin B. Wheeler, MD, is physician-in-chief in the Department of Neurology of Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Fremont, California, where he as served as regional sub chief of pediatric neurology and director of the Hayward EEG Lab. He has been with that organization since 1984 when he was hired as a staff pediatrician and neurologist at Kaiser’s Hayward facility. Dr. Wheeler also is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics & American Academy of Neurology.

Born and raised in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, Dr. Wheeler received his BS 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 is quite 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. He is also a founding member and past president of the Kaiser African American Professionals Association (KAAPA). Dr. Wheeler and his wife, Sarajane, own CaSaj Gallery near Jack London Square in downtown Oakland.

Board member since 2007

Carlie Wilmans is executive director of the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation, which for decades has provided generous support to Bay Area arts organizations, including the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts. Wilmans studied art history at Sonoma State University and the University of Texas at Austin.

She is quite active in local philanthropic and cultural organizations, including the San Francisco Ballet Auxiliary, and she is a trustee at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) and the American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.).

Board member since 1992

Ronald Wornick is founder and former (retired) president of The Wornick Company. He is proprietor of Seven Stones Winery in Napa Valley. He serves on the board of the Contemporary Jewish Museum of San Francisco and the Association of Israeli Decorative Artists.

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 (250 pieces) 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.

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 as well as the Ronald C. Wornick Jewish Day School in Foster City, which was founded in 1986.

Board member since 2004

Mary Zlot is a San Francisco–based art advisor. She founded Mary Zlot & Associates in 1983, after initially developing an art consulting division for the architecture and design firm Environmental Planning and Research in 1978. Mary has curated modern and contemporary art collections for many prominent private collectors and corporations located in the Bay Area and around the world.

One of her ongoing commitments is to work closely with SFMOMA in the development of the museum’s collection. Corporate clients include Charles Schwab & Co.; Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (Menlo Park, London, Paris, Hong Kong, Beijing, Tokyo, Sydney, and Mumbai); Williams-Sonoma; Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe; and Cowboys Stadium (Arlington, Texas).

In addition to her work as an art advisor, Mary serves on the board of the California Academy of Sciences, on SFMOMA’s Education Committee, the Collector’s Committee of the National Gallery of Art, and the National Council of the Aspen Art Museum. Mary is also a member of SFMOMA’s Director’s Circle, ArtTable, and the International Association of Professional Art Advisors.