Nina Simon - SPACEMAKER/CEO
Nina Simon is the founder of OF/BY/FOR ALL and former Executive Director of the MAH. Nina is using her experience as an author, change leader, and activist to guide the growth and development of this new global initiative.
Lauren Benetua - COMMUNITY CATALYST
Lauren Benetua is an experienced community organizer and cultural leader. Lauren coaches members of the OF/BY/FOR ALL Change Network program and facilitates workshops and trainings.
SHELLEY BERNSTEIN - CTO/Head of Product
Shelley Bernstein is an innovator at the cross-section of technology and culture. She is building digital tools to help OF/BY/FOR ALL organizations all make change and connect with each other.
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Ellen Moir - CHAIR
Ellen founded New Teacher Center in 1998 to scale high quality teacher induction services to a national audience, reaching over 250,000 teachers. Ellen stepped down as CEO in 2018 and is an independent educational consultant.
Jonell Logan - SECRETARY
Jonell believes creativity belongs to all people and can be an effective tool in transforming communities. As Executive Director of the League of Creative Interventionists, Jonell supports creative placemaking and new leader development.
G. Craig Vachon - Treasurer
Craig is an entrepreneur and investor.
Dr. Antonia Franco - Trustee
Antonia has over 20 years of executive and management experience in nonprofits, philanthropy, and government. She has worked extensively on diversity, equity and inclusion; workforce development; strategic partnerships and community engagement.
Leila Tamari - Trustee
Leila is a first generation North American and New York City native with experience in non-profit and philanthropic sectors supporting creative placemaking, the arts, and community development and engagement efforts.
Erik Takeshita - trustee
Erik has over 20 years of experience working at the intersection of community development and the arts. He is currently the Community Creativity Portfolio Director for the Bush Foundation in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Beck Tench - Trustee
Beck is a designer, technologist, and PhD student at the University of Washington where she researches how to facilitate contemplative environments in libraries through the design of space and technology.
THANK YOU TO OUR VISIONARY FUNDERS
The James Irvine Foundation made the first major contribution to the launch and incubation of this project. We also appreciate early support from the Bush Foundation, Knight Foundation, Jim Thompson, and the MAH Board of Trustees. You made it possible for us to turn this project from a dream to reality. Thank you.
MEET OUR AMAZING ADVISORS
Thank you to everyone who has contributed to this emerging movement. Our early advisors included:
Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History board members Peter Orr, Laura LaPorte, Carola Barton, Bella Babot, Ken Doctor, and Bobbi Burns
Robert Blackson, Temple Contemporary
Mark Crosby, National Trust (UK)
Deborah Cullinan, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Hannah Fox, Derby Museums
Erica Freudenberger, Southern Adirondack Library System
Jeff Gaffney, Santa Cruz County Parks
Nate Hill, Metropolitan New York Library Council
Elaine Heumann Gurian, cultural consultant
David Koren, FIGMENT
Peter Linett and Sarah Lee, Slover Linett Audience Strategies
Luis Marcelo Mendes, cultural consultant
Ellen Moir, New Teacher Center
Monica Octavia Montgomery, Museum of Impact
Mike Murawski, Portland Art Museum
Susan Nemitz, Santa Cruz Public Libraries
Leslie Payne, James Irvine Foundation
Laurel Racine, Lowell National Historical Park
Scott Roseman, New Leaf Community Markets
Aaron Schmidt, Influx
Mimosa Shah, Skokie Public Library
Erik Takeshita, Bush Foundation
Leila Tamari, ArtPlace America
Beck Tench, University of Washington
Craig Vachon, Chowdahead Growth Fund
Jasper Visser, VISSCH+STAM
Laura Zabel, Springboard for the Arts