With gratitude, and welcome… departing and incoming Board members.
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. Board members serve a three-year term.
We’d like to offer our deepest thanks and recognition to four of our Board members, who have given so much to the Richmond Art Center during their tenure. We are greatly in the debt of gratitude to the following people, who have made important and lasting contributions to the Art Center, our community, and our staff:
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.
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.
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.
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.
And welcoming our newest Board members…
At the annual RAC members meeting on June 10, five new members were voted in to serve their first three-year term, effective July 1. We’d like to welcome Sarah Antonich, Phil Linhares, Karen McKeown, Steve Nomura, and Hertha Sweet Wong. You can read their bios here.