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 serves as Vice Chair for Governance.
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.
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.
Jamie Alexander is the Gallery Director and Co-owner of Park Life, an independent retail store and art gallery on Clement Street in San Francisco. The retail space features art and design products culled together from all over the world, featuring hard to find, limited edition, and unique items that include books (art, type, design, photography, etc.), modern design objects, prints, paper goods, tee-shirts, homewares, jewelry, and artist multiples. The Park Life Gallery seeks to showcase the most engaging contemporary art being created today, holding 10 exhibits each year. Jamie also publishes books and catalogs under the imprint Paper Museum Press, and he has published works with artists including Andrew Schoultz, Ian Johnson, Brendan Monroe, and Tournesol Awardee Shaun O’Dell. Jamie studied design and art history and has been a patron of Bay Area arts for over 15 years. Jamie joined Headlands’ Board in 2010.
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 Development 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.
Marnie Burke de Guzman specializes in strategic branding, marketing, program and content development, and community relations for nonprofit and cultural organizations. In December 2010, Marnie completed her most recent assignment as Director of Marketing and Audience Strategy at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), where she oversaw marketing, public relations, editorial, and visitor services. As a member of the executive management team, Marnie led strategic communications and program and content development efforts for SFMOMA’s 75th Anniversary, as well as for the launch of the museum’s expansion project and partnership with the Fisher Collection. Prior to joining SFMOMA in March 2009, Marnie directed West Coast website development and organizational market intelligence efforts at One Economy, a global nonprofit utilizing innovative approaches to deliver the power of technology and information to low-income people. From 2001 to 2006, Marnie was the Director of External Affairs at the UC Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA) where she oversaw marketing, publications, graphic design, and visitor services, in addition to supporting efforts to plan a new facility and directing capital campaign communications. Marnie brings more than twenty years of experience helping cultural organizations such as the Walker Art Center and Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company better understand their audiences, engage stakeholders, and communicate with and serve visitors more effectively. She has developed a broad perspective on content development and audience engagement issues through previous experience at Acoustiguide Worldwide, Inc. and Museum Management Consultants; conducting extensive evaluation projects funded by The Bush Foundation, The Pew Charitable Trusts, and The Wallace Foundation; and as a cultural writer for newspapers such as the San Francisco Examiner and the Boston Phoenix. Marnie rejoined the Headlands’ Board in 2009, and Chairs the Audience Engagement Committee.
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.
Chinaka Hodge is a poet, educator playwright and screenwriter. Originally from Oakland, California, she graduated from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study in May of 2006, and was honored to be the student speaker at the 174th Commencement exercise. In 2010, Chinaka received USC’ prestigious Annenberg Fellowship to continue her studies at its School of Cinematic Arts. She received her MFA in screenwriting, in 2012. In the Fall of that year, she also received the San Francisco Foundation’s Phelan Literary Award for emerging Bay Area talent. In early 2013, Hodge was a Sundance Feature Film lab Fellow for her script, 700th&Int’l. She is also a Sundance/Time Warner Storytellers Fellow. Chinaka is a 2014 Playwright in Residence at SF’s Playwrights Foundation and a 2013/14 Artist in Residence at Intersection for the Arts.
Since its early days, Chinaka has served in various capacities at Youth Speaks/The Living Word Project, the nation’s leading literary arts non-profit. During her tenure at Youth Speaks, Hodge served as Program Director, Associate Artistic Director, and worked directly with the organization’s core population — as a teaching artist and poet mentor. When not educating or writing for page, Chinaka rocks mics as a founding member of a collaborative Hip Hop ensemble, The Getback. Her poems, editorials, interviews and prose have been featured in Newsweek, San Francisco Magazine, Believer Magazine, PBS, NPR, CNN, C-Span, and in two seasons of HBO’s Def Poetry. Hodge was an AIR at Headlands in Fall 2012 and joined the Board in 2014. She serves on the Program Committee.
Eric Johnson is a Bay Area realtor with Sotheby’s International Realty. A California native, Eric has lived in San Francisco since 1986. Eric has been involved with modern and contemporary art in San Francisco for about 15 years. He is active with SFMOMA’s SECA, Photo Forum, the Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art, and an avid art collector himself. Eric joined Headlands Board of Directors in 2013, and serves on the Development Committee.
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.
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 and serves on the Development Committee.
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 Development Committee.
Robin Strawbridge is a San Francisco native, who spent time in Italy and New York before moving home to the Bay Area. She has worked in fine arts at the Guggenheim foundation 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 6 years and an advertising executive at the Gap. Robin has served on the board of Southern Exposure in San Francisco, and was a trustee at Marin Horizon school for 9 years. She currently sits on the board of the Fleishhaker Family Foundation. Robin joined Headlands’ Board of Directors in 2014, and serves on the Governance Committee.
Stephanie Syjuco is a visual artist and Assistant Professor in Sculpture at UC Berkeley. Her projects focus on the politics of access and material culture, often working collaboratively to question capitalist structures. She has exhibited widely and included in shows at MoMA/P.S.1, The Whitney Museum of American Art, SFMOMA, ZKM Center for Art and Technology, and Frieze Projects. She was a Headlands AIR in 2000 and is the recipient of numerous awards including the Joan Mitchell Foundation Award, the Eureka Fleisshacker Award, and the Artadia Award. She received her MFA from Stanford University and BFA in Sculpture from the San Francisco Art Institute. A long-time San Francisco resident, she has extensive ties with national and international artist residency programs and has served on the Board of Southern Exposure Gallery. Stephanie joined Headlands’ Board of Directors in 2014 and serves on the Program Committee.
Jeff is an art advisor, collector, designer, and hotel developer. After spending 20 years as a wealth advisor to young technology, publishing, and biotech founders/executives, and serving as a contributing writer for Wired magazine in the 1990s, Jeff walked away from finance in early 2009.
Jeff started collecting urban inspired “street” art in the late 90s. He has watched these artists grow into international art stars and seeing their works in museums as well as in the street while traveling has been tremendously satisfying to be part of. Advising and building collections for new collectors or shaping an existing collection has also been immensely gratifying.
The experience he had designing two homes—a Park City Utah contemporary “mining shack” built from the ground up and a San Francisco warehouse conversion—solidified his desire to pursue a new dream: designing a boutique hotel and artist’s residency in Portland Oregon with a second to follow in New Zealand. The extensive research into this project has spanned the last four years, 25,000+ kilometers on a motorcycle, touring more than 20 countries, and at least 200 hotels.
It also drove the launch of a specialty design firm: Wardell+Sagan Projekt. Partnering with a team of architects, builders, and museum exhibit designers as appropriate: the firm focuses on designing environments to make art collections work with living environments in new and exciting ways. Jeff joined Headlands’ Board of Directors in 2015.
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.
Prior to BOS, Aaron was a manager in the Private Client Services group at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP where he gained extensive experience in working through complex business and tax planning issues. His clients were privately held businesses owners, officers of corporate parents, board members, venture capital and private equity investors.
Nonprofit work is a priority for Aaron. He is a Board Director at Step One School in Berkeley and was previously a Board Director at the Blind Babies Foundation. Aaron joined the Headland’s Board of Directors in 2013 and serves on the Finance Committee.