CCA Welcomes Six New Trustees

Simon J. Blattner, chair of the Board of Trustees of California College of the Arts (CCA), has announced the appointment of six new trustees: Louis Belden, Tim Brown, Diane Christensen, Byron Kuth, Tim Mott and Alan Stein.

"I'm delighted to welcome our new trustees. They bring a wealth of experience and a high level of commitment and passion to the college," commented Blattner. "I look forward to working with them in the future as we continue to build on CCA's reputation as one of the strongest art and design schools in the country."

Louis Belden is president of Belden and Associates, a San Francisco investment counsel firm. He has been an active community member for many years. He currently serves on the boards of the World Affairs Council of Northern California, Edgewood Center for Families and Children and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Tim Brown is CEO and president of IDEO, the nation's largest innovation and design firm. Based in Palo Alto, IDEO has eight locations around the world and more than 350 employees. The firm works on projects in a variety of industries, including computers, furniture, medical, sporting goods, telecommunications, toys and transportation. Prior to his appointment as CEO and president in 2000, Brown was director of IDEO in Europe. He is very committed to design education and has lectured at MIT Sloan School, Stanford University, Cranbrook Academy of Art and the Royal College of Art.

Diane Christensen is CEO of Manzanita Management Corp., an asset management firm. She is also president and board chair of The Christensen Fund, a private, independent foundation dedicated to assisting organizations in the visual arts, conservation science and education. She currently is chair of the board of Verde Valley School in Arizona and serves on the boards of Midland School, the Honolulu Academy of Arts and the Wildlife Conservation Society/New York Zoological Society. She is also a member of Stanford's Humanities and Sciences Council and the California Academy of Sciences Council.

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 ID 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.

Tim Mott is chairman of All Covered, a provider of computer and network services. A cofounder of Electronic Arts, he held a variety of executive positions there from 1982 to 1990. Electronic Arts is now the world's leading interactive entertainment software company, and Mott remains a member of the company's board of directors. Mott also cofounded and was CEO of Macromedia, the leading multimedia software tools company, and he cofounded and was chairman of Audible, the leading Internet spoken word audio company. Currently, in addition to his work with All Covered, Mott manages his investment company, Ironwood Capital. Mott also serves as a trustee of the Dia Art Foundation and the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

Alan Stein is a managing director of JMP Group. An investment banker for more than 45 years, he has held positions at Weston Presidio Capital, Montgomery Securities and Goldman Sachs and Company. He cofounded and is currently chairman of the board of BRIDGE Housing Corporation, the largest nonprofit development company in California. BRIDGE creates and manages a range of affordable, high-quality housing for working families and seniors. A dedicated arts community volunteer, Stein is chairman emeritus of American Conservatory Theater and has served on the board of SFMOMA.