Robin Strawbridge has had a career in nonprofit arts management and philanthropy. A San Francisco native, she 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 also worked in marketing for J. Crew and the Gap. Robin has served on the boards of Southern Exposure Gallery in San Francisco and the Marin Horizon School in Mill Valley, CA. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors for Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors and No Bully, a nonprofit working to eradicate bullying and cyber bullying worldwide, the Vice President of the Fleishhacker Foundation in San Francisco, and Chair of the board at Headlands.
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.
Chaka Lockhart is a Certified Public Accountant at Seiler LLP and has more than 15 years of experience in both the private industry and public accounting sectors. She oversees majority of the Family Office group’s outsourced private foundation accounting engagements, which include foundations for some very notable Northern California families. Lockhart holds expertise in ultra-high-net-worth individuals and families; full-cycle corporate accounting including accounts receivable, accounts payable, and payroll management; complex private foundation, partnership and Trust accounting; and personal and corporate financial management, including budgeting, forecasting, and cash management. Lockhart joined Headlands Board of Directors in 2019.
Carrie Hott is an interdisciplinary artist based in Oakland, California. Her work is informed by a roving research practice that explores the current and historic infrastructural systems that mediate our collective experiences and perceptions. She has presented her work as part of exhibitions and projects across the country, most recently at Bay Area Now 8 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco and the Museum of Capitalism in Oakland, as well as a permanent project, The Key Room, at Headlands. She has presented public programs at the Mills College Art Museum and Beta-Local in San Juan, Puerto Rico and she is a recipient of the 2017 Artadia Award in San Francisco. She is also active as an arts administrator, curator, and educator. In 2009 she co-founded Royal NoneSuch Gallery an artist run project space in Oakland. She is currently part-time faculty in the Art & Architecture department at the University of San Francisco.
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. He is also the creator of The Ambient Poem: an iOS app that converts atmospheric data into a constant stream of computer generated poetry. Lohren’s writing is infused with themes related to philosophy and rhetoric—subjects he studied while pursuing his PhD at UC Berkeley’s Department of Rhetoric, and a master’s degree at Cambridge University. Lohren also has a background in marketing and is currently Senior Director of Brand at Ripple.
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.
Promit is a Managing Partner at Frame, an advisory practice focused on business strategy, organizational design and executive recruiting for entrepreneurs and investors. Prior to Frame, Promit held CFO roles leading finance and operations most recently at West, a venture fund and design studio, as well as multi-billion dollar investment funds including SVB Capital, WestBridge Capital, and Hall Capital Partners. In these roles, Promit established a strong track record of driving strategy, developing people, working globally, streamlining operations, and managing complex analysis and processes. Born and raised in Bombay, Promit enjoys San Francisco’s vibrant city environment, although he wouldn’t trade his years in the college-town of Ann Arbor where he attended the University of Michigan, earning both a BA in Economics and a Master of Accounting. Promit is a also a CPA (currently inactive). Promit has served on the Headlands’ Finance Advisory Committee since 2016.
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.
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.
Erica Deeman is a visual artist whose work intersects race, gender, and the hybridity of Black identity. Deeman centers historical, transnational and diasporic forms and expressions of Blackness, combining these investigations with personal experiences, identities, and ancestral legacies. She has lived in the States for 10 years.
Deeman’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at the Old Truman Brewery, London, UK; Pier 24 Photography, San Francisco, CA; Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA, and New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA to name a few.
Permanent collections include Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College of Chicago, Chicago, IL; Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA; New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA; Pérez Art Museum Miami, Miami, FL; and Pier 24 Photography, San Francisco, CA.
Deeman is represented by Anthony Meier Fine Arts in San Francisco, CA.
San Francisco, CA. Visual Artist. Ewing’s drawings, installations, and mixed media works focus on his need to intersect body and place, memory, and fact to re-examine human histories, cultural conditions, and events. With his work he is pursuing a narrative that requires us to be present and intimate. His work has been exhibited at The Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco, Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, Euphrat Museum of Art, Cupertino, CA; The Drawing Center, New York, NY; and in San Francisco, CA at Root Division, Jack Fischer Gallery, Nancy Toomey Fine Art, Alter Space Gallery, Southern Exposure Gallery, and Ictus Projects, and Euqinom Gallery. He has been an Artist-in-Residence at Space Program SF, Recology, and the De Young Museum of Fine Arts both in San Francisco, as well as Djerassi in Woodside, California, Headlands Center for the Arts in Marin, California, and Bemis Center for the Arts, Omaha, Nebraska. Ewing received his BFA in Printmaking from Louisiana State University and his MFA in Printmaking West Virginia University.
Kota Ezawa is a Japanese-German artist and educator, based in Berlin and San Francisco. Ezawa’s work explores the appropriation and mediation of current events and images. He translates found film, video, and photographic images into drawings and animations that reduce complex imagery to its most essential, two-dimensional elements in order to debate their validity as mediators of actual historical events and personal experiences. Ezawa’s work has been showcased in solo exhibitions at Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT (2005); Artpace, San Antonio, TX (2006); Madison Square Park, New York, NY (2011); Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA (2013); Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA (2015); Mead Art Museum, Amherst, MA (2017), and SITE Santa Fe (2017). Ezawa was an Artist in Residence at Headlands in 2011 and joined the Board of Directors in 2019.
Lizelle is actively involved in supporting contemporary art in the Bay Area, serving on the Photography Accessions Committee at SFMOMA and as a Mill Valley Arts Commissioner. She is also an active supporter of the Wattis Institute, a member of the Modern Art Council at SFMOMA, and a board member at the Artful Method. Previously, Lizelle was involved with SF Camerawork and also served as a board member. She studied architecture at UC Berkeley, worked for LVMH, and joined an internet company in San Francisco before leaving the world of technology to focus on her passion for the arts. Currently, she is on the Headlands Advancement and Auction committees. Lizelle lives in Marin County with her husband, their two children, and two dogs.
Brook Lane is an artist and designer working across many mediums. Originally from Marin, she maintains a strong connection to the rich creative culture of Bay Area artists from the 70’s and 80’s. In 2011, she co-founded Job & Boss, a line of one-of-a-kind accessories which marry textile design and craftsmanship in a contemporary context. Throughout her life, Brook has been an active supporter of art in the Bay Area and in 2014 opened Percy, a year long project and exhibition space in Oakland. She studied film at California College of Art and currently lives in San Francisco with her wife and three pets.
Leti Light is a leader in higher education fundraising for transformational philanthropic partnerships, often in the form of cross-cutting, multidisciplinary initiatives.
As Executive Director, Principal Gifts & Strategic Initiatives at UC Berkeley, Leti and her team partner with a wide range of academic and program leaders and work with the world’s leading philanthropists to achieve their vision through partnerships with the university designed to make Berkeley’s highest aspirations possible. Over the last 20 years, Leti has led philanthropic development efforts at Cornell University, UCLA, and now UC Berkeley.
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.
Lottie is an experienced senior management executive with financial services, investing, business operations, and start-up experience. Currently in stealth mode, Lottie most recently served as the VP of Finance at Aurora, a start-up technology company delivering the benefits of self-driving vehicle technology safely, quickly, and broadly. Lottie possesses a wealth of strategic finance experience, ranging from hands-on transaction structuring and valuation analysis, investing, and specialty finance product development from her career experience in investment banking at JP Morgan, private equity and venture capital investing at GE Capital, and as an early employee at a private equity-backed specialty finance portfolio company. Lottie holds an MBA – Finance and Entrepreneurship – from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business and a BSFS – International Politics from Georgetown University, Walsh School of Foreign Service.
Lauren Ryan has worked as an arts professional for the past 18 years in various curatorial and advisory positions. She is currently Partner at Anthony Meier Fine Arts in San Francisco. Prior to joining Anthony Meier in 2013, Lauren was Senior Director at Allan Schwartzman Inc, an art advisory firm based in New York where she helped to guide ambitious public and private art collections around the globe. Lauren has also held curatorial positions at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, NC and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.
Lauren lives in Mill Valley with her husband and daughter. She is a member of Headlands’ Auction and Advancement Committees.
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. Prior to joining the Board, Evie served on Headlands’ Advancement Committee. Having joined the Board in 2014, she now serves as Co-Chair of the Auction Committee.
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.
Artist and designer Sam Tripodi currently splits her time between activism, philanthropy and the making (and faking) of art. A dual citizen of San Francisco and West Marin, Sam is engaged with art communities and social equity initiatives in both locations. For many years Sam worked as a creative director in the design studio of Clement Mok. And later, as a partner in her own design consultancy, she learned how to manage large groups of creative people. More recently, she worked in a research and development team at Yahoo, where she developed experimental products and enjoyed geeking out with smart engineers. Over the course of her design career Sam has designed a wide range of things people needed: a logo for Pixar, the global website for the Nagano olympics, a food court at the Beverly Center, an app for school teachers, a better experience for boarding a plane. After transitioning to a full time focus on art, Sam spends most of her time making meaning in her ceramic and painting studio in the Dogpatch neighborhood of San Francisco.
Over the course of her career Catherine Wagner has been observing the built environment as a metaphor for how we construct our cultural identities. She has examined institutions as various as art museums and science labs, the home, and Disneyland. Many of Ms. Wagner’s projects have focused on the recontextualization of various archives resulting in projects such as Re-Classifying History, A Narrative History of the Lightbulb, Reparations, and Rome Works. Ms. Wagner’s process involves the investigation of what art critic David Bonetti calls “the systems people create, our love of order, our ambition to shape the world, the value we place on knowledge, and the tokens we display to express ourselves.”
Wagner is represented by Jessica Silverman Gallery in San Francisco, and Gallery Luisotti in Santa Monica. She has had one person shows at LACMA, MFA Houston, Museum of Modern Art Bologna, San Jose Museum of Art, and the DeYoung Museum. Her work is included in collections such as the Whitney Museum of American Art, MoMa New York, SFMoMA, MoCA, Victoria and Albert Museum, and Art Institute of Chicago among others.
Eleanor Wehlen is a Co-Founder of Coburn Barrett LLC. Prior to Coburn Barrett, Eleanor worked for the Union bank of Switzerland in Zurich in foreign exchange and commodities sales and trading. She was part of a sales training rotation that included stints at the spot, forwards, and options desks. Eleanor has an MBA, as well as a BA in History, from the University of California Berkeley.