Board of Directors
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.
You can read Board minutes here.
Patricia Guthrie, President
Patricia served for 25 years as professor and chair in California State University’s Department of Human Development and Women’s Studies. She holds a Ph.D. in anthropology and masters degrees in education and online teaching. Her publications center on African American women and St. Helena Island, a Gullah speaking South Carolina sea island. Patricia is a full-time “Jingletown” studio artist focusing on mixed media, textiles, and painting. Her work has been exhibited nationally. Patricia is a long time Oakland resident with a history of bay area non-profit board participation and leadership.
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.
Jocelyn Robinson, Treasurer
Jocelyn holds non-profit work close to her heart, having grown up watching her mother, Nafisa, a licensed social worker work with homeless women and children. Helping people is a family trait that Jocelyn hopes to continue. She is a recent graduate of Mills College, receiving her BA in Business Economics. She is currently finishing her last semester at Mills College’s Lorri I. Lokey School of Business, MBA program with concentration in Non-profit management. Jocelyn is excited to bring the tools and skills learned at Mills to RCA and make it as diverse and inclusive as it can be.
Jocelyn is excited to continue her professional journey in learning and gaining experience in the world of non-profits. Outside of Jocelyn’s professional life, she lives with her two boys (14 and 10) and her partner Andrea.
Owen Serra, Secretary
Owen is a Loan Officer at Community Vision where he underwrites real estate and working capital loans. Prior to this, he provided economic and financial consulting services to nonprofits and municipalities, and spent time working and researching in Ecuador, Cuba, and South Africa. He earned his B.A. in Political Science from Davidson College and Masters of Planning in Economic Development and Masters of Public Administration from USC. Growing up in New York City, Owen frequented galleries and museums and later studied Art History. He has a strong desire to support community arts and looks forward to serving on the Richmond Art Center Board.
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. He 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 lived in the East Bay since 2016 while working in donor relations at University of California, Berkeley. Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, she relocated after working in a similar capacity at Carnegie Mellon University. Prior to working in higher education, she served in different capacities with several non-profit arts organizations in fundraising, grant writing, administration, and management. Sarah has always had a passion for the arts, and in turn, earned her 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. Since joining the Richmond Art Center board in 2017, she has served on the Nominating, Development and Communications, and Executive Committees.
Donna Brorby grew up in Richmond, matriculating at Grant Elementary School, Granada Junior High School and John F. Kennedy High School (1969). She, her siblings and her mother all participated in art-making at the Richmond Art Center; her parents covered their walls with art they purchased from the rental gallery the Art Center once operated. Donna graduated from Harvard University in 1973 and from Berkeley Law in 1977. She is a retired civil rights lawyer. She previously served on the Art Center board 2012-2018 and as board president 2014-2016.
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. Marguerite has worked in the clothing industry in San Francisco for several years, produces promotional products for large companies and works out of her studio 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 nonprofit art organizations over the years and has extensive knowledge of, and connections within, the arts community. Phil lives in Oakland.
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 in San Francisco before joining the Richmond City Attorney’s Office in 2006. As a Senior Assistant City Attorney, Mr. Privat’s duties included the handling of 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 assisted in implementing public art programs, with representative programs including Civic Center, Moody Underpass, Downtown BART Parking Garage, and Ferry Building art. Carlos retired from the City at the end of 2020 and now lives in Park City, Utah with his wife and two school-age boys (11 and 15).
Catherine Waller grew up in Palo Alto, CA. She earned her BA in Art at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts and her MFA in Art at the University of Tennessee. She taught Painting, Drawing and Design at Miami University in Oxford, OH and at Cameron University in Lawton, OK. She returned to San Francisco where she worked various jobs, met her husband and began real estate investing. In 1992 she moved from Berkeley to her current home on the edge of Wildcat Canyon in Richmond (where she appreciates nature). She built a studio and makes her art both at home and at the Richmond Art Center ceramic studio. Her ceramics were exhibited at the Fourth Wall Gallery in Oakland in August/September, 2019. She is a big fan of the Richmond Art Center and has taken classes there since 1992.