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.
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 Aarons, Secretary
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.
Sarah has worked as a Donor Recognition Officer at UC Berkeley in Development and Alumni Relations for the past 15 months. Previously, she had worked in a similar capacity at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. Sarah received a Master of Arts in Arts Management from Carnegie Mellon and a Bachelor of Arts in Arts Management with a Minor in Art History from Chatham University in Pittsburgh. Over the past 10 years, she has served with several non-profit arts organizations in fundraising, grant writing, administration and management. Sarah lives in Berkeley.
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.
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.
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.
Phil has had a long and illustrious career in the arts field. He served as Chief Curator of Art at the Oakland Museum for more than 20 years. Previously, he was the Director of the Graduate Program at the California College of Arts and Crafts, Director of the Mills College Art Gallery and Director of Exhibitions at the San Francisco Art Institute. He also taught at the San Francisco Art Institute, Lone Mountain College, and the California College of Arts and Crafts.
Phil has served on the boards of numerous non-profit art organizations over the years and has extensive knowledge of, and connections within, the arts community. Phil lives in Oakland.
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.
Stephen has been a credit to the Art Center for several years as a studio art student and volunteer. He is a sculptor and is a retired licensed contractor and carpenter. He has a long history of volunteer work, including serving on several committees for the American Friends Service Committee (Community Resources and Finance).
He lives in Berkeley and is a graduate of Humboldt State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Botany. In addition, he attended New York University’s Film School and School of Arts and Science.
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.
Hertha Sweet Wong
Hertha is Assistant Chair of the UC Berkeley Department of English, where she has taught since 1990. She recently served from 2008 through 2015 as the Chair of the UC Berkeley Department of Art Practice. Hertha’s fields of specialization include Visual Studies, Native American Literatures, and American Literatures. She is in the process of completing a book on American Autobiography focused on words and images.
Hertha has a Ph.D. and M.A. in English from the University of Iowa. She received a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Maharishi International University in Fairfield, Iowa. Over the years, Hertha has served on many professional boards and committees. In addition, she volunteered for 12 years with a Bay Area nonprofit organization for families with adopted children from China. Hertha lives in Albany.