Board of Directors
Lyda Kuth (Chair), Director, LEF Foundation (Massachusetts)
Lyda Kuth is a founding board member and current director of the LEF Foundation, a private foundation that supports the creation and presentation of new work in the contemporary arts. She was recognized by the Massachusetts Cultural Council with the prestigious Commonwealth Award and honored by Women in Film and Video New England with the Image Award for Vision and Excellence in the media arts. In addition to her philanthropic work, she is an independent film producer.
Sunny Bates (Vice Chair), Connector (New York)
Sunny operates wherever executives, thinkers, artists, creators, innovators, entrepreneurs, educators, and philanthropists connect and collide around the globe. Her medium is people, her expertise human network development. An author, serial entrepreneur, mentor and advisor, her client roster has included some of the world’s most prominent organizations, from GE, TED and Credit Suisse to MTV, the National Academy of Sciences, Techstars and Kickstarter, of which she is a founding board member. Sunny’s approach to unleashing potential is unique: it puts people, network building, and management at the center of growth and possibility.
Ed Colloton (Treasurer), Managing Partner and COO, Bessemer Venture Partners (New York)
Ed Colloton joined Bessemer Venture Partners in 2001 as Managing Partner and Chief Operating Officer. Colloton chairs the firm's investment and management committees and leads the operations of the firm. Prior to joining Bessemer, he was Chief Operating Officer and a financial services investor at JP Morgan Capital, the private equity arm of JP Morgan. Colloton received his AB in economics from Cornell University and a JD from the Harvard Law School. In 2009, the Forbes Midas List ranked Colloton among leading venture capitalists.
Ronald Feldman (Secretary), Co-Director, Ronald Feldman Fine Arts (New York)
Ronald Feldman is the Co-Director of Ronald Feldman Fine Arts. In 1993, he was appointed by President Clinton to the National Council on the Arts, where he served for five years. His board affiliations include People for the American Way, Exit Art, the Research Center for Arts and Culture at Columbia University, and the Art Dealers Association of America.
Ruby Lerner (ex officio), President & Executive Director, Creative Capital (New York)
Before joining Creative Capital, Ruby Lerner served as the Executive Director of the Association of Independent Film and Videomakers (AIVF) and as Publisher of Independent Film and Video Monthly. She also served as the Executive Director of Alternate ROOTS, a coalition of Southeastern performing artists, and IMAGE Film/Video Center, both based in Atlanta. Lerner is a frequent speaker at conferences and festivals and currently serves on the Headlands Center for the Arts Advisory Council; the Shapiro Center Advisory Committee; the Goucher College Committee of Visitors; the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Innovation Circle; the National Advisory Board of the McColl Center for Visual Art in Charlotte, NC; and the National Advisory Board of the Ackland Art Museum at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
William K. Bowes, Jr., Founding Partner, U.S. Venture Partners (California)
William K. Bowes, Jr. is a founding partner of U.S. Venture Partners, a prominent Silicon Valley venture capital firm. He serves as a trustee of a number of research and education oriented nonprofit institutions, including the Exploratorium: Museum of Science and the University of California, San Francisco Foundation.
Suzi Keats Cordish, Arts Advocate (Maryland)
Suzi Keats Cordish is a community leader, arts advocate and fundraiser with more than 30 years of experience leading boards of directors. She brings expertise in management, marketing, fundraising and community/business alliances. Cordish has served on the boards of Maryland Art Place, the Maryland State Arts Council, Maryland Institute College of Art and the Maryland Public Broadcasting Foundation.
Eve Steele & Peter Gelles, International Attorney; Designer/Architect/Developer (California)
Peter Gelles is a U.K.-born and educated international business and real estate attorney. Eve Steele is an industrial designer, architect and real estate developer. They are married and are residents of Los Angeles. Mr. Gelles has served as President of the Board of Trustees of the Santa Monica Museum of Art, as Chairman of the Board of the American Chamber Symphony Orchestra, and as a Board member of the Ojai Music Festival. Professionally, Peter is Chair of InterCounsel, a network of independent international law firms, and has served as Chair of the California State Bar's International Law Section and L.A. County Bar's Real Property Section, and as Chair and/or member of a number of American Bar Association committees, including the ABA’s Committee on Transnational Legal Practice. For many years, he has been listed in Martindale Hubbell's Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers (So. California and Corporate Counsel editions). Eve Steele is the former Founding Chair of LAXART and a former Board member of REDCAT and UCLA Live. Eve worked with recent MacArthur Prize-winning artist Mark Bradford on the design and installation of his Mithra ark project for Prospect 1, New Orleans, and the design of his L.A. studio. In addition to their board memberships, Peter and Eve are contemporary art collectors and supporters of contemporary music, visual, and performing arts and a variety of arts-related nonprofit organizations.
Archibald L. Gillies, emeritus (Maine)
Archibald Gillies was the president of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts from 1990 to 2001. In his role at the Foundation, Gillies spearheaded the conception and founding of Creative Capital. Prior to this, he was president of the World Policy Institute and of the John Hay Whitney Foundation from 1969 to 1979. He currently lives in Isleboro, Maine and is on the boards of Islesboro Islands Trust, an environmental group, and Islesboro Affordable Property, a housing organization.
Lisa Heller, Senior Vice President, HBO Documentaries (New York)
Lisa Heller develops, programs and promotes a wide range of documentary films for Home Box Office. She came to HBO in 2000 from the critically acclaimed PBS series P.O.V., where, as Executive Producer, she oversaw programming and all related broadcast activities. Prior to P.O.V., she worked in development and public affairs at Channel 13/WNET in New York City and Wisconsin Public Television in Madison, WI.
Lewis Hyde, Writer (Massachusetts/Ohio)
Lewis Hyde, a MacArthur Fellow and former Director of Undergraduate Creative Writing at Harvard University, currently teaches in the English Department at Kenyon College. He divides his time between Ohio and Cambridge, MA, where he is a faculty associate at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society. He is the author of The Gift (1983), Trickster Makes This World (1998) and Common as Air (2010), in addition to poetry, translations, essays and criticism.
Colleen Jennings-Roggensack, Executive Director, ASU Gammage (Arizona)
A performing arts presenter for more than 30 years, Colleen Jennings-Roggensack also has extensive experience as an arts advocate, serving as a Presidential appointee to the National Council on the Arts and on many grantmaking and advisory panels nationwide. She is a founding board member of Creative Capital and a founding member of Major University Presenters. She serves as an advisor to the National Theater Project (sponsored by the New England Foundation for the Arts), the Hermitage Artist Retreat and Women of Color in the Arts. She also serves on The Broadway League’s Board of Governors, Executive Committee, Diversity Committee, Labor Committee, Legislative Committee and Road/Labor Subcommittee.
Richard Linklater, Detour Filmproduction (Texas)
Richard Linklater is the writer/director of over 17 films, including Fast Food Nation, Dazed & Confused, School of Rock and Waking Life. He also serves as Artistic Director of the Austin Film Society, founded in 1985 to showcase films from around the world not typically shown in Austin. The Austin Film Society has given out over $1,000,000 in grants to Texas filmmakers, and was the first recipient of the National Honoree Award from the Directors Guild of America in recognition of its support of the arts.
Deborah Rappaport, President, Rappaport Family Foundation, and CEO, Skyline Public Works, LLC (California)
Deborah Rappaport is the President of the Rappaport Family Foundation, which she administers with her husband, Andy. RFF focuses its grantmaking on increasing civic engagement and deepening civic engagement through social and cultural outreach, and increasing the economic opportunities of and fairness toward disenfranchised citizens. Deborah is also CEO of Skyline Public Works, LLC a civic incubator established in 2003 as a means to further innovation in cultural and political activism. SPW helped start or provided significant funding and organizational support to most of the independent progressive youth-vote focused efforts in 2004, 2006 and 2008. Deborah serves on the boards of People for the American Way, ProgressNow and the Bolinas (CA) Museum. She lives in Northern California.
Stephen Reily, Founder and CEO, Vibrant Nation, and Chairman and CEO, IMC Licensing (Kentucky)
Stephen is an attorney, businessperson, social entrepreneur and collector. After clerking for the U.S. Supreme Court and practicing law, he co-founded an agency that develops innovative products for some of America’s best-known brands. As Managing Director and Chairman at IMC he saw his clients ignoring some of their best customers and founded Vibrant Nation, the leading online community for women over 45 and a marketing partner for companies trying to reach them. As a social entrepreneur he saw the need to fill market gaps in the local food economy and founded Seed Capital Kentucky, a non-profit focused on building a sustainable future for Louisville’s food economy and the farmers of Kentucky. He chairs the Greater Louisville Project, a leading community indicators project, and served for 10 years on the board of the Speed Art Museum. He and his wife, Emily Bingham, an historian and author, collect photography and contemporary art and support social and cultural initiatives in Louisville and beyond.
William Rosenzweig, Managing Partner, Physic Ventures (California)
Will Rosenzweig is a mime, magician and master gardener. As his day job, he serves as Managing Partner of Physic Ventures, the first venture capital firm dedicated to investing in keeping people healthy. Will has been involved in growing more than 25 companies. He recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Republic of Tea, where he was Minister of Progress and founding CEO. He serves as Chairman for the Vitality Commission on Health and the Prevention of Chronic Disease. Will served on the faculty at UC Berkeley for nearly a decade teaching social entrepreneurship and in 2010 was honored with the Oslo Business for Peace Award, “the highest distinction… in the area of ethical business."
James Schamus, CEO, Focus Features (New York)
James Schamus is an award-winning screenwriter (The Ice Storm) and producer (Brokeback Mountain), and is CEO of Focus Features, the motion picture production, financing and worldwide distribution company whose films have included Lost in Translation, Milk, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Pianist, Coraline and The Kids Are All Right. He is also Professor of Professional Practice in Columbia University’s School of the Arts, where he teaches film history and theory. He is the author of Carl Theodor Dreyer's Gertrud: The Moving Word, published by the University of Washington Press. He earned his BA, MA and PhD in English from UC Berkeley.
Jeffrey Soros, President, Considered Entertainment (California)
Jeffrey Soros is the President of Considered Entertainment, a film production and financing company. Considered’s inaugural production, A Small Act (HBO films), debuted at the Sundance Film Festival, was nominated for an Emmy and was awarded the Humanitas Prize for Best Documentary. Considered’s next production, Basmati Blues, starring Brie Larson and Donald Sutherland, will debut in 2014. Soros serves as President on the boards of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans. He is also a trustee of The Screenwriters Colony.
Catharine R. Stimpson, University Professor and Dean Emerita, Graduate School of Arts and Science, New York University (New York)
Prior to joining NYU, Catharine R. Stimpson served as Director of the Fellows Program at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and as University Professor and Dean of the Graduate School at Rutgers. She is a member of the board of directors of several educational and cultural organizations and was the president of both the Modern Language Association and the Association of Graduate Schools.
Joel Wachs (ex-officio), President, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts (New York)
Prior to joining The Andy Warhol Foundation in 2001, Joel Wachs had a career as a tax attorney and was a long-time member and President of the Los Angeles City Council. He has served on the boards of a variety of arts organizations, most notably the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, where he was Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees.
Paige West, Founder, Mixed Greens (New York)
Paige West considers herself an all around contemporary art addict. She studied the business of art at Christie's Education and NYU Arts Administration programs and has since promoted and supported artists by curating a major private collection comprised of more than 3,000 works by emerging and contemporary artists, producing documentaries on artists Salvatore Scarpitta and Vik Muniz (Worst Possible Illusion: The Curiosity Cabinet of Vik Muniz), and starting Mixed Greens, a company that sells original contemporary art both online and in its New York gallery. She is also the author of The Art of Buying Art: An Insider's Guide to Collecting Contemporary Art.
Fred Wilson, Artist (New York)
Fred Wilson is a conceptual artist whose work explores the relationship between museums, individual works of art and collections of other kinds. Wilson is a 1999 MacArthur Fellow and represented the United States at the 2003 Venice Biennale. His work can be found in several public collections, including The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Tate Modern in London, The Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Whitney Museum of American Art.
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