Steven H Oliver
Steven H. Oliver is President of the award-winning construction and development firm Oliver & Company based in Richmond, CA, which has built over a thousand buildings in the Bay Area, including the California College of the Arts in Oakland and San Francisco, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa. A well-known arts philanthropist, advocate, and civic leader in the Bay Area, Mr. Oliver is the former Chairman of the Board of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Currently, he is serving as Chairman of the Board for the United States Artists. Mr. Oliver has also served as chairman of a division of the National Endowment for the Arts and has served on the boards of numerous arts organizations, including the California College of the Arts, Mills College Art Museum, the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Artists’ Legacy Foundation, and Community Arts Stabilization Trust (CAST). Oliver and his wife, Nancy, are respected collectors of contemporary art. They display one of the nation’s most renowned private collections of site-specific art at their northern California home, Oliver Ranch.
Shelley Trott has an extensive career in the arts, having worked for over 20 years as a funder, dancer and choreographer, producer, administrator, fundraiser, teacher and filmmaker. She co-founded Rapt Productions with Austin Forbord in 1997, the premier documentarian of the performing arts in the San Francisco Bay Area. Among her many notable filmmaking credits is Artists in Exile: a Story of Modern Dance in San Francisco. Shelley also co-produces the annual Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival in Alameda, California, from 2008-present. She was nominated for two Isadora Duncan Dance Awards in performance and design, and her choreography has been presented in numerous festivals. Using her experience in the arts and her management expertise, she developed a program to help small and mid-size dance companies achieve sustainability and success. For the past five years, Ms. Trott has played a key role in leading the Kenneth Rainin Foundation’s grant making programs in the arts. During her tenure, she has created new grant programs and collaborated with funders to leverage expertise and resources to support various arts initiatives. Shelley has a BA in dance from Wesleyan University and an MFA in performance and choreography from California Institute of the Arts. She currently Chairs the Arts Loan Fund Steering Committee.
Joshua Simon is dedicated to building vibrant healthy neighborhoods that are affordable for all. Prior to becoming the Executive Director for the East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation (EBALDC), Joshua was Director of Real Estate Consulting at the Northern California Community Loan Fund (NCCLF), where he helped nonprofits such as St. Anthony Foundation and Girls Inc. of Alameda County to plan and finance their facilities. From 1994–2006, Joshua worked as a Senior Project Manager and then Director of EBALDC’s Real Estate Development Department, overseeing the development of major mixed-use complexes, such as Swan’s Marketplace, that combine affordable rental apartments with community and retail facilities benefitting the broader community. Throughout his career, Joshua has been an active civic leader, serving 12 years as a School Board member for the Emeryville Unified School District and many committees that address education facilities and affordable housing. He also serves as Vice President of Emeryville’s Redevelopment Successor Agency Oversight Committee. Joshua holds a BA in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master of Science in Real Estate Development from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Jim Bildner focuses on investing in nonprofits and social enterprises that are working to solve complex issues including systemic poverty, environmental and conservation issues, food insecurity, access to healthcare, homelessness, community development and second generation strategies to address these issues. Jim is an Adjunct Lecturer at the Harvard Kennedy School and a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard. His research interests include understanding the role of private capital in solving public problems and the sustainability of public and private systems when governments disinvest in these systems. He is a trustee of The Kresge Foundation, The Non Profit Finance Fund, Case Western Reserve University, The Public Citizen Foundation, the Health Foundation for the Americas, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, The Newport Festivals Foundation, The Lizard Island Research Foundation in Australia, an Overseer of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, a member of the executive board of WBUR (Boston Public Radio) and an Overseer of WGBH Public TV and Radio. He serves on the boards of Fox Islands Wind, the EBSF Loan Fund, the Island Institute Innovation Loan Fund, TurboVote, Blueprint Schools, Education SuperHighway, WorldReader, IDEO.org, Sirum, the Trustees of The Reservation and Chief Executives Organization. Mr. Bildner serves on the Investment Committees of boards with aggregate endowments in excess of $5.5B and a member of ten finance, investment and/or audit committees of these boards. In 2010 he was named Chair of Kresge’s Social Innovative Capital Committee and in 2014 became Chair of Kresge’s Investment Committee. Mr. Bildner earned his AB from Dartmouth College, his MPA from Harvard, his J.D. from Case Western Reserve School of Law and an M.F.A. from Lesley University.
Eric Rodenbeck is the founder and creative director of Stamen Design, a design and technology studio with a reputation for beautiful and sophisticated projects in a diverse range of commercial and cultural settings. Stamen works with a range of collaborators in both the for-profit and non-profit worlds: news media, financial institutions, artists and architects, car manufacturers, design agencies, museums, technology firms, political action committees and universities. Eric is a 10-year veteran of the interactive design field, and has spent this time working to extend the boundaries of online media and live information visualization. He led the interactive storytelling and data-driven narrative effort at Quokka Sports, illustrated and designed at Wired and Wired Books, and was a co-founder of the design collective Umwow. He has lectured and spoken at Yale University, the University of Southern California, numerous O’Reilly technology conferences, Esther Dyson’s PC Forum, and South by Southwest, among others. He studied architecture at Cooper Union in New York City and received a BA in the History and Philosophy of Technology from The New School for Social Research.
Deborah Cullinan is the newly named Executive Director of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts – San Francisco’s premiere contemporary art center. She is the outgoing Executive Director of Intersection for the Arts. Under her leadership, Intersection achieved a strong reputation as a powerful arts-focused community development organization committed to radical partnership across sectors to achieve equitable community change. Intersection is playing a lead role on the 5M Project, a 4-acre prototype for the next generation of urban development that embraces diversity of thought, life experience, and culture. Under her leadership, Intersection received numerous awards including an Inaugural ArtPlace America Award, The Cyril Magnum Award for Non-Profit Excellence, and the 2012 Philanthropedia Award for Highest Impact Arts Non-Profit in the Bay Area. She has presented at the NEA, SF Planning & Urban Research Center, Center for the Theater Commons, GrantMakers in the Arts and more. She is co-founder of ArtsForumSF; a member of the Board of the California Arts Advocates, Californians for the Arts, and The Community Arts Stabilization Trust. She is on the advisory boards of The Center for the Theater Commons and The Catalyst Initiative. She received the 2013 Visionary Leadership Award in Honor of Margo Jones from Theater Communications Group. She is a Rockwood Fellow; a Gerbode Fellow; and a participant in National Arts Strategies’ Chief Executive Program an initiative gathering 100 top culture sector leaders to re-imagine what cultural institutions are and how they contribute to society.
Brady Forrest runs Highway1, a hardware accelerator in San Francisco. He also co-founded Ignite, a global talk series that has spread to over 200 cities around the world. Thousands of Ignite talks can be found online on just as many topics, and Ignite holds quarterly events in San Francisco. Previously, Brady chaired 20-plus events in the United States and Europe at O’Reilly Media. He’s been attending Burning Man since 2000 and has been apart of several large art projects such as the Heart Phoenix, the Temple of Shame and the Gravity Bowl. He speaks at events around the world on hardware, the Ignite community, and big art at Burning Man. He has a B.S. in Industrial Management Engineering from Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute.