Drusie Davis is a passionate supporter of the creative process as a personal and societal agent of change. As such, she volunteers her time to assist San Francisco Bay Area non-profit arts organizations achieve their potential.
She also is on the Board of Advisors for First Exposures (FX), a model program cited for excellence by the State of California. FX provides at risk, low income children ages 11-18 with weekly photography courses taught by volunteers who serve as 1-1 mentors and positive role models. A long time supporter of the California Film Institute (CFI), Drusie is a member of the organization’s Advisory Board. The mission of the California Film Institute is to celebrate and promote film as art and education. CFI is home to the internationally recognized Mill Valley Film Festival.
Prior to committing her time and expertise to San Francisco Bay Area non-profit arts organizations, Drusie was a high technology executive in Silicon Valley where she built ground up marketing organizations for computer networking start up companies.
Drusie joined Headlands Board in 2012 and served as Vice Chair for Governance. Drusie assumed the role of Board Chair in 2016.
Robin Strawbridge is a San Francisco native. Before moving back to the Bay Area, she spent time working in Italy and New York City. Robin worked in fine arts at the Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice, John Berggruen Gallery in San Francisco, and the American Paintings Department at Christie’s, New York. She was the Managing Editor of the J. Crew catalog for six years and also was a Director of Advertising at Gap, Inc.. Robin currently is a style consultant focusing on the psychology of personal style. She received a BA in History of Art from U.C. Berkeley.
Robin has served on the board of Southern Exposure in San Francisco, and was a trustee at Marin Horizon School for nine years. She currently sits on the board of the Fleishhacker Family Foundation, where she serves as Vice-President, and on the board of Headlands Center for the Arts, where she serves on the Governance Committee.
Robin currently lives in Marin County with her husband and two children.
Erin has practiced public accounting in San Francisco for more than 10 years, and is currently a senior audit manager with Seiler, LLP. Erin provides audit and advisory services to private equity firms, privately held businesses, private foundations, and public not-for-profit entities. Born and raised in the Napa Valley, Erin graduated from the University of Tennessee. She resides in San Francisco with her husband, Jim Hastings. Erin’s sister-in-law and close family friends are professional artists and Headlands alumni. Erin served on the Finance Advisory Committee for two years prior to joining Headlands’ Board of Directors in 2010 and currently Chairs the Finance Committee.
Rimma is an experienced advisor to Fortune 500 executives and startups on strategy, partnerships, culture design, and business transformation. Coming from a diverse background at Deloitte Consulting with over 10 years, Rimma has partnered with a number of for profit and non profit organizations both in the US and abroad to drive growth, change and innovation. In addition to her consulting work, Rimma can also be found working with her clients on acquisition of contemporary art.
With the belief that intentional and dynamic in-person connections are essential to encourage creative thinking and maximize innovation and collaboration, Rimma founded DIALOGUE, an organization that aims to bring connection and learning to human interaction. She sits on the SECA Council at SFMOMA, The Contemporaries Committee at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, and founded a young collectors group for the west coast arm of Artadia: The Fund for Art & Dialogue.
Originally from Odessa, Ukraine, Rimma spent a majority of her childhood growing up in San Francisco, spending her college years studying Economics & Art History at UC Santa Barbara. Rimma joined Headlands’ Board of Directors in 2015 and is a member of the Advancement Committee.
Lohren Green is a writer living in the Bay Area. He is the author of a book of poetry entitled Poetical Dictionary, and of a book of prose poetry entitled Atmospherics, some of which was written during his time as an Artist in Residence at Headlands. His poetry has also appeared in various publications and anthologies. Lohren’s writing is infused with themes related to philosophy and rhetoric—subjects he studied while pursuing his Ph.D. at U.C. Berkeley’s Department of Rhetoric, and a Master’s degree at Cambridge University.
Lohren also has a background in marketing, and is currently Director of Brand and Market Insights at Dolby Laboratories where he oversees brand strategy and market research, and helps guide communications strategy. Prior to that he was Principal and VP of Strategy at Salt Branding.
Jim Abrams is an attorney, urban planner, and musician who lives in San Francisco. Jim grew up in Southern California, and spent his time in high school playing in various bands with lofty artistic intentions and driving to Los Angeles to see live music. After studying City Planning at MIT and attending Stanford Law School, he became a member of the California Bar.
Jim practices land use law in San Francisco, assisting developers and investors with obtaining approvals to construct complex development projects throughout the Bay Area. Jim has a particular expertise in assisting with the rehabilitation and reuse of historic buildings. Jim is an avid collector and patron of the arts, and was named one of the “Fifty Most Discerning Young Collectors” by Modern Painters magazine in 2013. Jim joined Headlands’ Board in 2015.
Melissa Barber was employed by Gap International Inc. for almost a decade. Melissa worked for the International Visual Merchandising Department where she traveled extensively to Japan, Europe, and Canada. Melissa resigned in 2000 and currently takes care of her two children, Mason and Margaux. She lives in San Francisco where she has been involved with the San Francisco Ballet Auxiliary, serving on the Executive Board for the past 5 years as well as serving as the Public Relations Chair for the past 2 years. Melissa has also been a supporter of the San Francisco Parks Trust, helping to build the Presidio Heights Playground, from the fundraising to the actual plan of the park. Melissa grew up in Orinda, California and studied Art History in Arizona. Melissa served on the Benefit Auction Committee for several years before joining Headlands’ Board of Directors in 2013. She currently serves on the Auction Committee.
Bill Bondy launched his career as an Architect in 1981 working for Albert Lanier, a Black Mountain College graduate and husband of Ruth Asawa. His friendship and mentorship with Ruth and Al began a life of work with the Bay Area arts and educational communities. In 1986 he joined Cathy Simon at SMWM Architects where he managed the K-12 education design studio. While at SMWM, Bill led the San Francisco Art Institute Master Planning team. Bill is now the founding principal at Studio Bondy Architecture in Oakland whose primary focus is planning and design for nonprofit institutional clients with an emphasis on pre-K to 12th grade education. Recent projects include the Oakland School for the Arts, Guide Dogs for the Blind- New Student Residence, the East Oakland Youth Development Center, and the Google Preschool in Mountain View.
Bill has been immersed in the Arts Community of the Bay Area since arriving in San Francisco and has worked with many prominent Bay Area artists and writers, serving as architect, artist, and collaborator. His Architectural clients include Ruth Asawa, Ethan Canin, Norma Cole, Doug and Diane Hall, Margaret Jenkins, and Augusta Talbot. He has also collaborated on projects with Chris Deam, Paul Lanier, Melissa Rolnick, and John Woodall.
Bill was a SF Unified School District volunteer for many years and served as PTO Chair at Yick Wo Elementary School. He currently is a Director on the San Francisco Architecture Foundation Board where he serves as Secretary to the Board. Bill joined Headlands Board in 2015 and serves on the Site Committee.
Mark Breitbard currently serves as CEO of Banana Republic. Previously he served as CEO of The Gymboree Corporation; Chief Merchandising & Creative Officer at Old Navy, Inc. and President of the Retail Division of Levi Strauss & Co. Breitbard sits on the Board of the Gap Foundation. Originally from Southern California, where he was raised in an arts loving and collecting family, he now lives with his wife Stephanie and three children in Mill Valley.
He has a Bachelor’s Degree from Vassar College and an MBA degree from U.C. Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, where he continues to serve as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Circle and an occasional guest lecturer.
Chris Deam is a designer and architect negotiating the realm between furniture design, architecture, interiors, and product design. His studio CCD is an interdisciplinary design studio whose work reveals a refined yet powerful vision over an expanding plateau of innovative projects. His work builds upon the aesthetic standards and exquisite restraint of previous modern masters and represents the core values of a designer who believes in design that is direct, honest, and unadorned. The son of a navy pilot, Chris grew up moving between coasts and was shaped by constant mobility and beach culture. He studied architecture and design in both the US and Italy and received his masters from the University of Notre Dame. Chris joined Headlands’ Board in 2011 and serves on the Governance Committee.
Doree Friedman is the CEO of DFPF Corporation doing business as FineLine Construction. She founded the company in 1980. The company’s focus is affordable housing for low income people. She works closely with non-profit organizations who focused on serving the previously homeless, low income seniors and families. She collaborates with city governments, and labor unions and is an adept strategist and coalition builder. Her company is expert at phasing work in order to rehabilitating occupied buildings. Over the years, FineLine has produced over 15,000 units of housing for low income people. This year the business was recognized as the number one LGBTQ business by the San Francisco Business Times.
She has served on multiple boards including Theatre Rhinoceros, and Tradeswomen, where she served as vice president to the board. She presently serves on the board for Treasure Island Homeless Development Initiative (THIDI) and is on their strategic planning committee, their rebranding committee and their jobs committee.
Doree studied sculpture at NYU and has an undergraduate and a masters degree along with a teaching credential. She recently started doing sculpture again, after a many year hiatus.
She has been a passionate art collector all of her adult life and has a collection of over 300 pieces on regular display in her homes and office.
Carrie Hott is an interdisciplinary artist based in Oakland, California. Through her practice, Hott works to find origins, connect tangents, and locate invisible histories. In addition to working in installation, video, and drawing, she regularly completes related projects that include mixed media presentations, classes, and various collaborative endeavors. She has presented her work as part of exhibitions and projects across the country, most recently at Recology in San Francisco and the Museum of Capitalism in Oakland, as well as a permanent project, The Key Room, at the Headlands Center for the Arts. She has recently presented public programs at the Mills College Art Museum and Beta-Local in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Hott is a recipient of the 2017 Artadia Award in San Francisco. She received her BFA from Arizona State University in 2003 and her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2007.
In addition to her art practice, Carrie Hott is also active as an arts administrator, curator, and educator. In 2009, with artist Elizabeth Bernstein, Carrie Hott co-founded the Royal NoneSuch Gallery, in Oakland, CA, an alternative art and community event space. And in 2013, she co-founded a long-distance collaborative space in Queens, NY with 7 artists called Ortega y Gasset Projects. From 2011-2016 Hott was the Artist Programs Manager at Kala Art Institute, where she managed the Artist-In-Residence programs, public programs, and public education programs. Hott teaches at the San Francisco Art Institute, California College of the Arts, and San Jose State University.
David Maisel is a visual artist and photographer whose practice has focused on environmentally impacted sites, in a multi-chaptered series called “Black Maps.” His large-scaled aerial photographs show the physical impact on the land from industrial efforts such as mining, logging, water reclamation, and military testing. David ’s “Library of Dust,” depicting copper canisters housing the cremated remains of patients from a state-run psychiatric hospital, was the subject of a symposium organized by the New York Institute for the Humanities in 2009. “History’s Shadow,” his most recent work, is the subject of a monograph published by Nazraeli Press in Spring 2011. In this series, David has re-photographed x-rays of art objects from antiquity, seeking to reveal previously invisible aspects of past civilizations.
He received his BA from Princeton University, and his MFA from California College of the Arts, in addition to study at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. David was a Scholar in Residence at the Getty Research Institute in 2007 and an Artist in Residence at Headlands in 2008. He has been the recipient of an Individual Artist’s Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and was short-listed for the Prix Pictet in 2008. He lives and works in the San Francisco area, where he has been based since 1993. David joined Headlands’ Board in 2011 and serves on the Program Committee.
Tucker Nichols is an artist who works across mediums. His paintings, sculptures and works on paper have been shown at the Drawing Center in New York, Den Frie Museum in Copenhagen, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Contemporary Jewish Museum and the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. He has created large-scale commissions for SFMOMA, the Denver Art Museum, Facebook, and Bravo Television. His drawings have been published in McSweeney’s, The Thing Quarterly and the Op-Ed pages of The New York Times, and he is co-author of two books for children: Crabtree with his brother Jon Nichols, and This Bridge Will Not Be Gray with Dave Eggers.
Tucker received his BA from Brown University and his MA from Yale, both in the history of Chinese painting. He was an Artist in Residence at Headlands in 2010 and an Affiliate Artist from 2010 to 2014. He lives and works in the Bay Area.
Ben Ospital is a partner at MAC- Modern Appealing Clothing, two clothing stores in San Francisco. Ben has also developed products and projects for SONY, Paper Magazine and MTV. Ben’s Board experience comes from serving on Creative Growth Art Center, PAWS, Destination Foundation and Zeum boards. Ben joined Headlands’ Board of Directors in 2013 and serves on the Governance Committee.
Joey Piziali was born in Stanford, CA. He has been an active member of the San Francisco arts community for over 15 years as an artist, curator, educator and director and co-founder along with Vanessa Blaikie of the Romer Young Gallery. Romer Young Gallery’s program focuses on innovative, challenging, ambitious work in areas of visual, conceptual, installation and performance art. The gallery represents a roster of emerging and mid-career, national and international artists. Piziali received his MFA in painting from the San Francisco Art Institute. His work has been exhibited throughout New York, California and Asia. He has had solo and group exhibitions at Halsey McKay Gallery, Present Co. Brooklyn, The ArtBrige Drawing Room and Bronx River Art Center in New York, Collectors Contemporary in Singapore and Guerrero Gallery, Steven Wolf Fine Art, Smith Andersen in California. His works are in private and public collections including the de Saisset Museum, Santa Clara, the City of Palo Alto and San Jose as well as Twitter’s San Francisco HQ. He is represented by Halsey McKay Gallery, NY and Collectors Contemporary, Singapore. Piziali has also been a guest lecturer at the California College of Arts, San Francisco Art Institute as well as a painting instructor at Sarah Lawrence College, New York, SFAI and City College of San Francisco.
Deborah Rappaport is the President of the Rappaport Family Foundation and founder and Managing Partner of Skyline Public Works. Both the foundation and SPW work to broaden civic participation and access to channels of communications among traditionally underserved populations. The Foundation has supported many youth-vote and civic participation organizations over the past several years. Its current focus is increasing civic participation among community college students. Deborah is also a jewelry designer and maker, working as Quail Pond Designs. Deborah serves on the boards of People for the American Way, the Courage Campaign, Creative Capital, and the Bolinas Museum. She lives in San Francisco and Bolinas. Deborah joined Headlands’ Board in 2012.
Evie Simon has been an Art Consultant with a private gallery in Mill Valley since 2010. Prior work experience includes work in the non-profit sector with Special Olympics. While taking a break from work for several years to be with her children, Evie was involved at the Art Institute in Chicago, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, volunteered for Free Arts Minnesota working with at-risk youth and enjoyed taking several Art History and Studio Arts courses. Evie is currently on the Encore Committee of the Marin Theatre Company, is on the Friends of New Art committee at the DeYoung Museum, and is a Parent Association Chair at her children’s school. Evie lives in Mill Valley with her husband and three children. Evie served on the Development and Auction Committees prior to joining Headlands’ Board of Directors in 2014; she serves on the Advancement Committee.
Claire Spaht, an independent art advisor, works with professional and residential clients to acquire contemporary art for their collections. Previously, she held positions as Program Director of the House of Blues Foundation in Cambridge, MA, and Assistant Director of Pamela Auchincloss Fine Arts Management in New York. Claire holds a BFA in Fine Arts from Southern Methodist University, and an MFA from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She is part of SFMOMA’s Curators’ Circle Committee, and Director’s Circle, as well as the Curator’s Council of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Barbara. She is a current member of the Battery, the Burlingame Country Club, and the Town and Country Club. Claire joined Headlands’ Board of Directors in 2016.
Christy Swildens is a former investment banker, having worked at firms including NatWest Markets, Bear Stearns and most recently Credit Suisse First Boston, where she focused on corporate finance and m&a transactions for companies in the technology sector. Christy served as Executive Vice President of the Foundation for Reed Schools and treasurer for the Reed Union School District PTA. Christy holds a BA in economics from UCSB as well as an MBA from UCLA and lives in Tiburon with her husband Hans and their three children. Christy joined Headlands’ Board of Directors in 2016.
Aaron Waxman is a Principal at Bingham, Osborn & Scarborough LLC (BOS) and provides comprehensive investment and planning advice to individual and institutional clients. (More details at bosinvest.com or LinkedIn.) He is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional and a Certified Public Accountant in the state of California.
In addition to his nonprofit work at Headlands, Aaron is a Board Director at Stern Grove Festival Association. He was previously a Board Director at the Blind Babies Foundation and Step One School in Berkeley. Aaron joined Headlands’ Board in 2013, and serves on the Governance Committee. He assumed the role of Vice Chair in 2016.