Susan V. Berresford

Founding Chair


Susan V. Berresford served as Founding Chair of the USA Board of Directors from its inception in 2005 to 2011 and is currently an active member of the Board. Ms. Berresford is the former President of the Ford Foundation (1996–2008). She joined the Ford Foundation in 1970 and during her 38-year tenure held numerous positions including Project Assistant and Program Officer in the Division of National Affairs; Officer in Charge of the Foundation's Women's Programs; Vice President, U.S. and International Affairs Programs; and Vice President of the Program Division.

Prior to joining the Ford Foundation, Ms. Berresford served as a Program Officer for the Neighborhood Youth Corps from 1965–1967. From 1967–68, she worked for the Manpower Career Development Agency where she was responsible for evaluation of training, education, and work programs.

Ms. Berresford attended Vassar College and then studied American history at Radcliffe College, where she graduated cum laude in 1965. Ms. Berresford serves on the board of The California Endowment, The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, Independent Sector, and the Robina Foundation. She works from her office at The New York Community Trust and is a member of the Vestry of Trinity Church, the Trinidad Trust Fund (California), and the Council on Foreign Relations. Ms. Berresford is the convener of the US-Vietnam Dialogue Group on Agent Orange/Dioxin.

Peter D. Cummings

Trustee


Peter D. Cummings is Chairman of Ram, a real estate management and development company based in Florida. He currently serves as a board member and Chairman Emeritus of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO). As Chairman of DSO, he spearheaded the Orchestra Place project, which rejuvenated the neighborhood surrounding historic Orchestra Hall with a $225 million mixed-use development, including a new High School of the Arts. In addition to serving on the DSO board, he is a board member of the New York Philharmonic, the League of American Orchestras, and the National Advisory Council of Carolina Performing Arts. Born in Montreal, Canada, Mr. Cummings is a graduate of Yale University (BA, 1968) and the University of Toronto (MA, 1969). He hosts a monthly radio show called Linked connecting classical music with other musical genres on Sirius XM Pops. He resides in New York City and West Palm Beach, FL.

Shawn M. Donnelley

Trustee


Shawn Donnelley is President of Strategic Giving, a Chicago-based firm providing consultation on philanthropy. She is a member of the executive committee of the Chicago Community Trust as well as a board member of United States Artists, Northwestern Memorial Foundation, American Associates of the National Theatre, the Visiting Committee of the Division of the Humanities University of Chicago, the committee on Ancient and Byzantine Art at the Art Institute of Chicago and is a past chairman and current life trustee of the Goodman Theatre.

Ms. Donnelley's commitment to Chicago's nonprofit community was recognized by Today's Chicago Woman magazine (which named her one of "100 Women Making a Difference in Chicago") and by Oprah Winfrey's Angel Network. In 2008 she was selected as one of Crain's Chicago Business "Forty under Forty." She is the former head of political affairs for R.R. Donnelley, the world's premier full-service provider of print and related services. She received a BA from Loyola University New Orleans and an MA from Emerson College. A Florida native, Ms. Donnelley resides in Chicago and Cambridge, England.

Andrew Glasgow

Trustee


Andrew Glasgow is the retired Executive Director of the American Craft Council. An Alabama native, Mr. Glasgow received an Art History degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. After three years as Assistant Curator of Decorative Arts at the Birmingham Museum of Art, Mr. Glasgow joined the Southern Highland Craft Guild in Asheville as the Curator of Education. Four years later, he became the Assistant Director of Blue Spiral 1, a gallery that focuses on the arts and crafts of the South. He returned to the Southern Highland Craft Guild as Director of Programs and Collections before being named Executive Director of The Furniture Society in 2000. IN 2007 Mr. Glasgow was hired as Executive Director of the American Craft Council, then in NYC. He retired due to a long term illness in 2009.

The Penland School of Crafts recently created the Andrew Glasgow Writers' Residency, which provides time for writers, scholars, and curators to work on topics designed to advance the field of crafts. He lives in Asheville, North Carolina.

Jack Guthman

Trustee


Jack Guthman's practice encompasses a wide range of activity before state and local boards, commissions, the Illinois General Assembly and the Congress of the United States. During his career, he has represented clients in hundreds of negotiations with and public hearings before government bodies. His experience includes 17 years as a member of the Chicago Zoning Board of Appeals, the last 12 of those years as its Chairman.

Although his practice is broad-ranging, a substantial portion of his work has consisted of representing developers requiring zoning changes and other relief which is a precondition to the development process. Among his more specialized assignments, he has represented numerous Chicago museums and art institutions relating to construction and/or expansion of their properties. Mr. Guthman has also spearheaded a host of pro bono assignments in the land use area on behalf of a wide array of not-for-profit institutions.

He serves on the boards or advisory committees of numerous civic, arts and philanthropic institutions, including Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art and United States Artists.

Ann Hamilton

USA GUND FELLOW, 2007 


For the last twenty years Ann Hamilton has created site-responsive installations that use time as both a process and a medium. Each project responds to a particular space and social circumstance, exploring the relationships among cloth, sound, motion, and the human gesture in architectural spaces. Among her current concerns is how to employ the less material acts of speaking and listening to their full potential as media. As speaking and silence become more common media in her work, she weaves voices and time to form a cloth of embodied remembering. Hamilton is currently a Distinguished University professor in the Department of Art at the Ohio State University in Columbus

Edward P. Henry

Trustee


Ed Henry was appointed president and CEO of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation in January 2009. The foundation supports grants programs in the performing arts, the environment, medical research and child well-being. The work of the foundation is supported by an endowment of approximately $1.8 billion. He also serves as president of several operating foundations, including the Duke Farms Foundation, which is focused on environmental stewardship, and the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, which operates a center for the study of Islamic arts and cultures and "Building Bridges," a related grants program.

Previously Mr. Henry was an associate dean at Columbia Business School and continues as an adjunct faculty member. He has held senior administrative positions with a number of nonprofit institutions and was a David Rockefeller fellow with the Partnership for New York City.

Mr. Henry earned a degree in economics from the University of Michigan and business from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Much earlier in life he was a dancer with the New York City-based companies of Dan Wagoner and Viola Farber, had the opportunity to perform throughout the United States and abroad, served in the Artists-in-Schools program, created work for a number of venues and participated as a peer reviewer for federal, state and local funding organizations.

Samuel Hoi

Immediate Past Chair


Samuel Hoi is president of Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland. He is an advocate for art and design education and creative professionals in social, economic, and cultural advancement. Formerly, he was president of Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, where he launched the annual Otis Report on the Creative Economy of the Los Angeles Region and California. As dean of the Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington, D.C., Mr. Hoi created a visual arts program serving inner-city youth that received a National Multicultural Institute Award and a Coming Up Taller Award from the President's Committee on Arts and Humanities.

Mr. Hoi has served on many boards, including those of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and the Arena Stage. He serves on and chaired the boards of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD) and United States Artists (USA). He also serves on the board of National Arts Strategies (NAS) and the National Advisory Board of the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP).

Born and raised in Hong Kong, he received his BA from Columbia College in New York City and earned his JD degree from Columbia Law School. He subsequently obtained an AAS degree in Illustration from Parsons School of Design. Mr. Hoi holds honorary doctorate degrees from the Corcoran College of Art and Design and Otis College of Art and Design, and was decorated in 2006 by the French government as an Officer of the Ordre des Palmes Académiques.

David Horvitz

Trustee


David W. Horvitz is Chairman of WLD Enterprises, Inc., a private investment firm. He and his wife, Francie Bishop Good, an internationally known contemporary artist, live in Fort Lauderdale. They have four children and three grandchildren.

WLD Enterprises is a family office that provides investment and other services to the family of William D. Horvitz, now deceased.

Mr. Horvitz has been active in civic and philanthropic endeavors for many years. From 2005 – 2010, he was Chairman of the Board of the Association of Hole Camps (now SeriousFun Children's Network, Founded by Paul Newman), the umbrella organization that raises funds and sets standards for the fourteen existing Hole in the Wall camps, SeriousFun's Global Partnership Program, and other camps and partnerships in development. His special interest has been in insuring the legacy of Mr. Newman's philanthropic vision by providing the magic of the Hole in the Wall Camp experience to many more children worldwide and to provide this experience in a way that insures both the quality of the experience for the children and financial integrity of new and existing camps. Over 375,000 children and their families have been served by Hole in the Wall Camps over the past twenty-five years. And no child ever pays to attend.

Together with General H. Norman Schwarzkopf and Paul Newman, Mr. Horvitz was one of the Founders of Camp Boggy Creek, a Hole in the Wall Camp, near Orlando, Florida. Mr. Horvitz served as President and Chairman of the Board from 1998 – 2001.

He is a trustee of the Kresge Foundation in Detroit Michigan and chairs its investment Committee. Kresge is a $3 billion foundation that provides over $150 million annually in grants to non-profits.

He is a member of the Board of Trustees of United States Artists, an organization that provides direct financial support to America's finest artists.

In South Florida, Mr. Horvitz is the Chairman of the Board of The Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale. He is a member of the Broward Workshop, the Cultural Foundation of Broward, and is a Trustee of the Miami Music Association(Cleveland Orchestra, Miami).

He was a Trustee of Kenyon College from 1989 until 2007. From 2001 through 2005 he was the Chair of its Board of Trustees. Currently he is the Chair of the board of the Gund Gallery, the art museum of Kenyon College.

Mr. Horvitz is a graduate of Kenyon College and The University of Florida College of Law.

Diane Kaplan

Treasurer


Diane Kaplan is a founding member of the USA Board and serves as Treasurer. She is the President of Rasmuson Foundation, based in Anchorage, Alaska.

Previously, Ms. Kaplan's consulting company provided management and government relations services to philanthropic organizations, Native corporations and tribes, and nonprofit organizations. Prior to that, she served 11 years as President and CEO of Alaska's 28-station public radio network. Ms. Kaplan earned a degree in communications and women's studies from the University of Pennsylvania, Ms. Kaplan is past vice-chair of the Council on Foundations board of directors and currently serves on the Public Policy Committee, She also serves on the board of the Alaska Community Foundation, the ArtPlace Presidents Council, and as Vice Chair of the Alaska Children's Trust. She sits on Advisory Boards for University of Alaska Honors College, Philanthropy Northwest, and the National Center for Family Philanthropy Issues Advisory Committee.

Jeanne Klein

Trustee


Jeanne Klein and her husband Mickey divide their time between Austin, Texas and Santa Fe, New Mexico.  She graduated from the University of Texas and is currently involved with the school as a member of the Development Board, the Chancellors Committee, with the Advisory Councils of the Harry Ransom Center, the School of Education and the Committee of 125, which is responsible for the 10-year plan for the University's libraries and museums.
 
She previously served as President of the Board of Artpace in San Antonio, President of the Board of the Core Program of the Glassell School of Art in Houston, and was sponsor and founder of the Menil Contemporaries of Houston.  She has also served on the boards of the Blanton Museum of Art, Art Lies (an art journal published by the University of Texas), and was co-chair of the Whitney Museum of American Art's National Committee.

Jeanne care passionately about the visual arts and is particularly interested in collecting and museum activities such as operations, exhibitions and collections.  The Kleins are active art collectors and often commission artists to create site-specific installations in their homes. 

She worked with a research-based demonstration school at the University of Texas for three years to develop curriculum for Social and Emotional Learning (SEL).  Since the project made significant improvements, Jeanne is continuing this work with the Austin Independent School System.

Steven H. Oliver

Chair


Steven H. Oliver is President of the award-winning construction and development firm, Oliver & Company based in Richmond, CA, which has built over two thousand buildings in the Bay Area, including such arts institutions as the 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 Chairman of the Board, as well as Co-Chair of the New Museum Campaign in 1992. He has participated and chaired on the boards of numerous arts organizations, including the California College of the Arts; the Artists' Legacy Foundation; the Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; the Oakland Museum; and as national Co-chair for PAC-American Arts Alliance.

An avid art collector, Steve and his wife Nancy developed the Oliver Ranch in Northern California's Alexander Valley, a former working sheep ranch that is also one of the country's most ambitious private collections of site-specific art. Today, it houses 18 commissioned works by national and local artists such as USA Gund Fellow Ann Hamilton, Bruce Nauman, Richard Serra, Judith Shea, Ellen Driscoll, Robert Stackhouse, and Ursula Von Rydingsvard. 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 on the Board of Sutter Health System, among other civic stewardship roles. Oliver received a BS from the University of California, Berkeley, and an honorary doctorate from California College of the Arts in 1998.

Rosalba Rolón

Secretary

USA FONTANALS FELLOW, 2008 


Actor, director, writer, and dramaturge Rosalba Rolón is the founder and artistic director of Pregones Theater in The Bronx and a 2008 USA Fontanals Fellow.

Since 1979 she has shared responsibility for building a distinct Latino musical theater repertory with more than 50 premier works. Pregones has taken its work around the world, with performances in Spain, Portugal, Russia, Mexico, Nicaragua, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, the Slovak Republic, and Puerto Rico.

Rolón is an active mentor as Faculty of Leadership Programs of two national organizations: National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures, and Arts Presenters. She was recently named one of the 25 Most InfluentialWomen In The Bronx. Two of her recent signature musical poetry projects will tour NYC parks in August, and Dancing In My Cockroach Killers will be performed in The Fall.

Todd Simon

Trustee


Todd Simon is a fifth generation owner of the Omaha Steaks® group of companies, serving as Senior Vice President of Omaha Steaks International, Inc., President of OSSalesCo, Inc., and Vice-Chairman of Omahasteaks.com, Inc. In his various roles, Mr. Simon is responsible for consumer sales and marketing of Omaha Steaks branded products and services. Mr. Simon joined the family business 25 years ago after graduating from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He carries on the strong commitment Omaha Steaks and the Simon Family have always had toward community philanthropy. Mr. Simon is extremely involved in shaping his family's leadership in supporting the arts as well as social and human services agencies and programs. He serves on the boards of a number of philanthropic organizations including the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, the Omaha Community Foundation and the Young Presidents' Organization.

Mr. Simon and his wife Betiana are passionate contemporary art collectors, promoters, and supporters.

Katie Weitz

Trustee


When Katie Weitz taught in Chicago in the 1990s, she worked at an elementary school that held gunfire drills nearly every day. At another, she taught math and reading in a new science lab after science was eliminated from the curriculum. Although dismayed by the challenges her students faced inside and outside the classroom, she drew on the techniques she learned from her favorite professors at DePaul: how to teach students to learn by doing.  

Katie received her bachelor's degree from Carleton College, Northfield MN, in political science and a Master's degree from DePaul in education, as well as one from Northwestern University from the School of Education and Social Policy. She received a Doctorate degree from Northwestern University in Human Development and Social Policy.

She most recently worked with the Sherwood Foundation, a charitable organization focused on improving child and family welfare throughout Omaha. Hired in 2006 to support the organization's partnership with the Omaha Public Schools (OPS), Katie facilitated service-learning partnerships between OPS magnet schools and corresponding departments at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She's coordinated the creation of an emergency medical technician training program in the OPS Career Center, linked with a network of new health clinics in the schools that enables high school students to gain hands-on experience as medical aides. She also coordinated a cultural proficiency program to help teachers, most of whom are Caucasian women, create lesson plans that reflect the experiences of Omaha's large African-American and immigrant populations.

Katie serves on the Board of Directors for numerous community organizations  most recently joining The Omaha Community Foundation,  and serves as the Board President of Film Streams, a non-profit art house theater.

Yoko Ott

Trustee


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Yoko Ott describes herself as a "working-class curator”, a hands-on organizer equally interested in labor and connoisseurship. She is based in Seattle, WA.

Most of her life was lived on a Hawaiian island, so Yoko grew up looking beyond the edges. This forward gaze and innate curiosity sparked an imagination that would inform her later work. Yoko has extensive experience conceiving, planning, developing, and executing strategic and inventive programs that support artists, present critical content to arts audiences, further organizational missions, and build community partnerships.

Yoko has been director at Open Satellite, a residency-based contemporary art space, curator at Seattle University’s Hedreen Gallery, manager of youth and community outreach programs at the Frye Art Museum, curator for Bumbershoot’s visual arts program, as well as independently curated exhibitions.

Yoko is currently founding director of The New Foundation Seattle, an organization she started with Shari D. Behnke in 2012 to encourage the production of contemporary visual art through dynamic initiatives that stimulate artistic development, research and presentation. She also serves on the board of directors for Yale Union, a center for contemporary art in Portland, OR.