Steven H. Oliver

Steven H. Oliver
San Francisco, CA
Immediate Past 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.