Board and Committees
The Richmond Art Center is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. The Board, which is elected by our members, is responsible for the organization’s financial health and achievement of its mission. Check out our Events Calendar for meeting dates and times
You can read Board minutes and bylaws here.
Inez Brooks-Myers, President
Inez recently retired after 38 years as a curator at the Oakland Museum. She lives in Richmond where she was born and raised. Her mother knew our founder Hazel Salmi well. She earned her AB in decorative arts and MA in design from UC Berkeley where she worked as an associate curator for eight years. Inez served on Richmond’s Arts and Culture Commission in the late 1980s. She remains active in the field of costume history, helping to arrange a symposium for the Costume Society of America, Mining the History of Costume: Fantasy and Fact.
James Wheeler, Vice President
James recently retired from an 18-year financial career with U.C. Berkeley. In his last position, he was Budget Director for the U.C. Berkeley Development Office, responsible for a $35 million annual budget during a recent successful $3.1 billion, seven-year fundraising effort. He is a longtime East Bay resident and an El Cerrito high school graduate. He tutored Hispanic parents in English during the 1970s in Richmond. A Richmond Art Center course, “Poetry in the Gallery,” rekindled his interest in writing poetry and led to an invitation to join a group of poets at IMUNURI. In 2012, he read in Portland during the group’s Northwest tour. Jim is married to Joyce Shon, a longtime printmaking teacher and volunteer at the Art Center.
Anna Blackman, Secretary
Anna retired as the deputy superintendent of West Contra Costa Unified School District in 2000 after a long career in Richmond Unified and WCCUSD. She has since mentored and supervised student teachers and worked as a teaching performance assessor. Anna served on the board of the Richmond Art Center in the 1990s.
Sabina Li Pan, Treasurer
Sabina started her career and obtained her CPA designation at a regional public accounting firm in San Francisco, after earning an associate’s degree from Contra Costa College in 1996 and a bachelor’s degree from Golden Gate University in 1998. She then gained further advisory and consulting experiences at Deloitte & Touche LLP before receiving her MBA from INSEAD in 2008. After working for a consumer goods conglomerate in Shanghai and Paris as strategic planner and business developer, she returned to Richmond where she has lived since 1994 after her family immigrated to the United States. Currently she cares for her aging parents while starting her accounting and consulting practice, specializing in real estate. Outside of professional work, Ms. Pan has fully utilized the culinary degree she earned in Paris for Cake4Kids (birthday cakes for foster/homeless children) and taught a children’s program at bible study fellowship. She looks forward to serving Richmond Art Center where it combines art, education and community, all of which are close to her heart.
Danny studied art history and economics at UCSB and UC Berkeley, graduating in 1979. He is a lifelong fan and patron of the arts with a particular passion for works on paper and is a longtime fan of the Richmond Art Center. Danny is a serial entrepreneur and he has created several successful companies in manufacturing, distribution and training. Now, he is focusing his professional attention on the challenges of globalization and cross-cultural communications. Danny has served on several for-profit and non-profit boards, lending his experience and expertise in business organization and planning. He has lobbied local, state and federal government agencies on various issues and taken an active role in urban planning in his community.
Donna grew up in Richmond. She attended Grant Elementary School, Granada Junior High School and John F. Kennedy High School. She says her first positive experiences of artistic creation were in ceramics classes at the Richmond Art Center. Donna graduated from Harvard University and earned her JD from Boalt Hall Law School at UC Berkeley. She is a mediator and civil rights lawyer.
Susan owns Brand Design, a graphic design firm working with a variety of businesses and organizations including Wells Fargo, Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation and City of Richmond. She is an instructor at UC Berkeley Extension in the graphic design program. Susan lives in Richmond with her husband, teenage son and a border collie mix who gets her out of the office at least once a day for a walk up the hill and through the fields.
Marguerite Thompson Browne
Marguerite holds a B.A. in Painting from Fisk University, where she studied with Professor Aaron Douglas, and an M.A. in Ceramics with a minor in silversmithing from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University. She taught high school art in Chicago, New York and San Francisco before creating a children’s shoe business that grew to 28 stores. She has worked in the clothing industry in San Francisco for several years and produces promotional products for large companies. Marguerite’s studio is at the Hunter’s Point Naval Shipyard in San Francisco.
Alisha is a founding partner and executive director at BLOOM Educational Enrichment, which develops and provides out-of-school time, esteem-building programming for school children. A California native, Alisha went south to Oakwood College in Huntsville, Alabama, where she received her B.S. in psychology. She did graduate work in Washington, D.C., and taught her first elementary students there, which ignited her passion for elementary education. Immediately before founding BLOOM, Alisha worked for almost three years in China, including as Lead Foreign Trainer for Walt Disney Company in Shanghai, China, developing and implementing programs and curricula for students aged 3 – 11 years. Before that, she was the English Education Coordinator for the Heilongjiang Health College in Jiamusi, China.
Matt D. Jacobson
Matt is the managing partner of Jacobs & Company, an investment management firm. He began working there in 1979 as an Associate and became a partner in 1987. Before joining Jacobs & Company, Matt was a reporter and feature writer for the Richmond Independent/Berkeley Daily Gazette newspapers. He earned a BA in urban economic geography from UC Berkeley. Matt lives in Richmond. His mother is a long-time supporter of the Richmond Art Center where Matt regularly visited in his youth.
Bernadette is a native of the East Bay and attended classes at the Richmond Art Center as a child. She has more than twenty years’ experience in human resource management. Bernadette brings a thorough knowledge of employment law and human capital management to the board. She has served on the board of directors of the Vallejo Arts Foundation. Bernadette continues to love and support art through her community involvement.
Edric is the public works director/city engineer in Moraga and lives in Pinole. Formerly, he was a city engineer for Richmond. He has a long history of active involvement in nonprofits and civic groups. Edric is the Richmond Art Center’s events committee chair. He is a systematic problem-solver, a great communicator and is known for his fabulous soup.
Juliann is an Employee Relations Specialist at the University of California, Office of the President. She helps design and implement programs to support UC Systemwide’s 180,000 employees. Prior to that, she was the Director of Gift Management at UC Berkeley, where she managed gift and fund administration. Ms. Martinez has consulted with numerous San Francisco Bay Area nonprofit organizations and other higher education institutions on gift management and identifying fundraising prospects. Ms. Martinez also has a background in tax and is enrolled to practice before the IRS. She has an undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley, lives in El Cerrito, and her two children have both attended WCCUSD public schools. While serving on the board of the Harding Elementary PTA, she assisted with fundraising efforts to support art instruction in WCCUSD public schools.
Ellengale Toki Oakley
Ellengale grew up in a local family of artists with Leslie Ceramics as the family business. She and her brothers spent much of their childhood connected to the Art Center. Her mother served on the board. One of her brothers served as board president. Ellengale’s husband, Owen, is a Richmond Art Center student. Ellengale has volunteered as a court-appointed special advocate for foster children. She earned a PhD in early childhood math education and a BA and MA from UC Berkeley.
Carlos attended high school at the College Preparatory School in Oakland and received his B.S. degree in Political Science from U.C. Berkeley. He earned his law degree from the McGeorge School of Law and practiced law at Bledsoe, Cathcart, Diestel & Pedersen LLP in San Francisco before joining the Richmond City Attorney’s Office in 2006. As a Senior Assistant City Attorney, Mr. Privat’s duties include staffing the Planning Commission and handling complex transactional matters for the City, Port of Richmond and Successor Agency to the Richmond Community Redevelopment Agency. As a component of this work, Carlos assists staff on implementing public art programs, with representative programs including Civic Center, Moody Underpass and Downtown BART Parking Garage art. Carlos spends his free time chasing his two young boys to and from team sport events and birthday parties.
Susan has a long history of working to improve the education and well being of West Contra Costa County children. She was founding executive director of the West Contra Costa Public Education Fund (Ed Fund) for 25 years, founding member of the Building Blocks for Kids (BBK) Collaborative and served as an alternate commissioner on the Contra Costa County First 5 Commission. She has designed and managed programs and raised millions of dollars to provide services and meet the needs of children throughout the county.
Committees, comprised of Board members and community volunteers, engage in meaningful work to ensure our success. Our Committees work alongside the Board of Directors and staff and share the organization’s values and commitment to art and creativity. If you’re interested in serving on a committee, please contact us at email@example.com.
Communications and Marketing
Susan Brand, Chair
Development and Sustainability
James Wheeler, Chair
Susan Wittenberg, Chair
Donna Brorby, Chair
Inez Brooks-Myers, Chair
Sabina Li Pon, Chair
Donna Brorby, Chair
Bernadette Jones, Chair
Donna Brorby, Chair