Kyle Abraham


USA Ford Fellow, 2012

Hailed as a major voice in dance, dancer and choreographer Kyle Abraham’s work is influenced by hip-hop culture and his early studies of the classical cello, piano, and the visual arts. He has stated that, “the goal and perspective of my movement is to create a personalized documentation of my life as a black-gay-man.” Abraham is the Artistic Director and founder of his company, Abraham.In.Motion, in 2006. He has presented his choreography throughout the United States and abroad, and performed with many acclaimed modern dance companies, including the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company.

Abraham is a 2016 Doris Duke Award recipient, a 2015 City Center Choreographer in residence, and a 2013 MacArthur Fellow. Previous awards include a Creative Capital grantee a Jacob's Pillow Dance Award (2012), and a Bessie Award for Outstanding Performance in Dance (2010).

Susan V. Berresford

Founding Chair

Susan V. Berresford served as Founding Chair of the USA Board of Directors from its inception in 2005 to 2011 and is currently an active member of the Board. Ms. Berresford is the former President of the Ford Foundation (1996–2008). She joined the Ford Foundation in 1970 and during her 38-year tenure held numerous positions including Project Assistant and Program Officer in the Division of National Affairs; Officer in Charge of the Foundation's Women's Programs; Vice President, U.S. and International Affairs Programs; and Vice President of the Program Division.

Prior to joining the Ford Foundation, Ms. Berresford served as a Program Officer for the Neighborhood Youth Corps from 1965–1967. From 1967–68, she worked for the Manpower Career Development Agency where she was responsible for evaluation of training, education, and work programs.

Ms. Berresford attended Vassar College and then studied American history at Radcliffe College, where she graduated cum laude in 1965. Ms. Berresford serves on the board of The California Endowment, The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, Independent Sector, and the Robina Foundation. She works from her office at The New York Community Trust and is a member of the Vestry of Trinity Church, the Trinidad Trust Fund (California), and the Council on Foreign Relations. Ms. Berresford is the convener of the US-Vietnam Dialogue Group on Agent Orange/Dioxin.

Shari D. Behnke


Over the past twenty-five years, Shari has contributed to the growth and vitality of her community by participating on non-profit boards and creating philanthropic endeavors to support artists.

She started the Behnke Foundation, a private family foundation, which under her leadership introduced the Neddy (1996) a $25,000 unrestricted cash award for two Seattle based visual artists. She established the Brink (2008) in conjunction with the Henry Art Gallery, a $12,500 unrestricted cash award to an emerging visual artist from Washington, Oregon or British Columbia. In 2012 she founded and serves as President, The New Foundation Seattle, (TNFS) a private foundation focusing on strengthening the Seattle art community. TNFS also created the 100K Prize, a $100,000 biennial award presented to an influential, U.S. based woman artist in honor of her exemplary artistic achievements and enduring commitment to her practice.

Shari has served on numerous boards, including Artist Trust, Seattle Children’s Theater and the Tacoma Art Museum.

Shari currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Chinati Foundation, Marfa, Texas and SOLA a private foundation in Seattle.

She and her husband, John, live in Seattle Washington.

Shawn M. Donnelley


Shawn Donnelley is President of Strategic Giving, a Chicago-based firm providing consultation on philanthropy. She is a member of the executive committee of the Chicago Community Trust as well as a board member of United States Artists, Northwestern Memorial Foundation, American Associates of the National Theatre, the Visiting Committee of the Division of the Humanities University of Chicago, the committee on Ancient and Byzantine Art at the Art Institute of Chicago and is a past chairman and current life trustee of the Goodman Theatre.

Ms. Donnelley's commitment to Chicago's nonprofit community was recognized by Today's Chicago Woman magazine (which named her one of "100 Women Making a Difference in Chicago") and by Oprah Winfrey's Angel Network. In 2008 she was selected as one of Crain's Chicago Business "Forty under Forty." She is the former head of political affairs for R.R. Donnelley, the world's premier full-service provider of print and related services. She received a BA from Loyola University New Orleans and an MA from Emerson College. A Florida native, Ms. Donnelley resides in Chicago and Cambridge, England.

Andrew Glasgow


Andrew Glasgow is the retired Executive Director of the American Craft Council. An Alabama native, Mr. Glasgow received an Art History degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. After three years as Assistant Curator of Decorative Arts at the Birmingham Museum of Art, Mr. Glasgow joined the Southern Highland Craft Guild in Asheville as the Curator of Education. Four years later, he became the Assistant Director of Blue Spiral 1, a gallery that focuses on the arts and crafts of the South. He returned to the Southern Highland Craft Guild as Director of Programs and Collections before being named Executive Director of The Furniture Society in 2000. IN 2007 Mr. Glasgow was hired as Executive Director of the American Craft Council, then in NYC. He retired due to a long term illness in 2009.

The Penland School of Crafts recently created the Andrew Glasgow Writers' Residency, which provides time for writers, scholars, and curators to work on topics designed to advance the field of crafts. He lives in Asheville, North Carolina.

Jack Guthman


Jack Guthman's practice encompasses a wide range of activity before state and local boards, commissions, the Illinois General Assembly and the Congress of the United States. During his career, he has represented clients in hundreds of negotiations with and public hearings before government bodies. His experience includes 17 years as a member of the Chicago Zoning Board of Appeals, the last 12 of those years as its Chairman.

Although his practice is broad-ranging, a substantial portion of his work has consisted of representing developers requiring zoning changes and other relief which is a precondition to the development process. Among his more specialized assignments, he has represented numerous Chicago museums and art institutions relating to construction and/or expansion of their properties. Mr. Guthman has also spearheaded a host of pro bono assignments in the land use area on behalf of a wide array of not-for-profit institutions.

He serves on the boards or advisory committees of numerous civic, arts and philanthropic institutions, including Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art and Chairman of the Chicago Architecture Biennial.

Ann Hamilton


USA Gund Fellow, 2007  

For the last twenty years Ann Hamilton has created site-responsive installations that use time as both a process and a medium. Each project responds to a particular space and social circumstance, exploring the relationships among cloth, sound, motion, and the human gesture in architectural spaces. Among her current concerns is how to employ the less material acts of speaking and listening to their full potential as media. As speaking and silence become more common media in her work, she weaves voices and time to form a cloth of embodied remembering. Hamilton is currently a Distinguished University professor in the Department of Art at the Ohio State University in Columbus

Ann Hatch


Ann Hatch is a native San Franciscan and a philanthropist. In 1983 she founded Capp Street Project (CSP), a nationally recognized artist residency program. She was instrumental in bringing CSP to the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts in 1998. Under her leadership as chair from 2005 to 2009, CCA celebrated its centennial, raised $27.7 million in the Centennial Campaign, expanded the San Francisco campus, and added several new academic programs.

In 1997 Hatch, together with Robert and Margrit Mondavi, cofounded the Oxbow School, an independent high school for the arts in Napa. She remains on the board of trustees. She also serves on the boards of the Clinton Walker Foundation, the Northern California Community Loan Fund, and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MN (since 1970).

Over the years, she has been active on the boards and/or advisory boards of many arts organizations, including the Berkeley Art Museum, Oakland Museum of California, and the Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass.

She is the recipient of many awards and honors, including honorary doctorates from CCA (2003) and the San Francisco Art Institute (1991) and an award for achievement in the prevention of child abuse (1988).

In 1991, San Francisco Mayor Art Agnos declared January 31 Ann Hatch Day in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the community.

Edward P. Henry


Ed Henry was appointed president and CEO of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation in January 2009. The foundation supports grants programs in the performing arts, the environment, medical research and child well-being. The work of the foundation is supported by an endowment of approximately $1.8 billion. He also serves as president of several operating foundations, including the Duke Farms Foundation, which is focused on environmental stewardship, and the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, which operates a center for the study of Islamic arts and cultures and "Building Bridges," a related grants program.

Previously Mr. Henry was an associate dean at Columbia Business School and continues as an adjunct faculty member. He has held senior administrative positions with a number of nonprofit institutions and was a David Rockefeller fellow with the Partnership for New York City.

Mr. Henry earned a degree in economics from the University of Michigan and business from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Much earlier in life he was a dancer with the New York City-based companies of Dan Wagoner and Viola Farber, had the opportunity to perform throughout the United States and abroad, served in the Artists-in-Schools program, created work for a number of venues and participated as a peer reviewer for federal, state and local funding organizations.

Samuel Hoi

Immediate Past Chair

Samuel Hoi is president of Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland. He is an advocate for art and design education and creative professionals in social, economic, and cultural advancement. Formerly, he was president of Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, where he launched the annual Otis Report on the Creative Economy of the Los Angeles Region and California. As dean of the Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington, D.C., Mr. Hoi created a visual arts program serving inner-city youth that received a National Multicultural Institute Award and a Coming Up Taller Award from the President's Committee on Arts and Humanities.

Mr. Hoi has served on many boards, including those of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and the Arena Stage. He serves on and chaired the boards of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD) and United States Artists (USA). He also serves on the board of National Arts Strategies (NAS) and the National Advisory Board of the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP).

Born and raised in Hong Kong, he received his BA from Columbia College in New York City and earned his JD degree from Columbia Law School. He subsequently obtained an AAS degree in Illustration from Parsons School of Design. Mr. Hoi holds honorary doctorate degrees from the Corcoran College of Art and Design and Otis College of Art and Design, and was decorated in 2006 by the French government as an Officer of the Ordre des Palmes Académiques.

David Horvitz


David W. Horvitz is Chairman of WLD Enterprises, Inc., a private investment firm and family office that provides investment and other services to the family of William D. Horvitz. 

David Horvitz has been active in civic and philanthropic endeavors for many years. He was Chairman of the Board of the Association of Hole Camps from 2005 - 2010 (now SeriousFun Children's Network, founded by Paul Newman). This umbrella organization raises funds and sets standards for the 14 Hole in the Wall camps, SeriousFun's Global Partnership Program, and other camps and partnerships in development. His interest has been in ensuring the legacy of Mr. Newman's philanthropic vision by providing the magic of the Hole in the Wall Camp experience to children worldwide, while upholding the quality and financial integrity of new and existing camps. Over 375,000 children and their families have been served by Hole in the Wall Camps over the past 25 years, and no child ever pays to attend.

Together with General H. Norman Schwarzkopf and Paul Newman, Mr. Horvitz was one of the founders of Camp Boggy Creek, a Hole in the Wall Camp, near Orlando, Florida. Mr. Horvitz served as President and Chairman of the Board from 1998 – 2001.

He is a Trustee of the Kresge Foundation, a $3 billion foundation that provides over $150 million annually in grants to non-profits located in Detroit Michigan, and chairs its investment Committee. In South Florida, Mr. Horvitz is the Chairman of the Board of The Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale. He is a member of the Broward Workshop, the Cultural Foundation of Broward, and is a Trustee of the Miami Music Association (Cleveland Orchestra, Miami).

He was a Trustee of Kenyon College (1989 - 2007), and was the was the Chair of its Board of Trustees (2001 - 2005). Currently, he is the Chair of the Board of the Gund Gallery, the art museum of Kenyon College. Mr. Horvitz is a graduate of Kenyon College and The University of Florida College of Law. David and his wife, Francie Bishop Good, an internationally known contemporary artist, live in Fort Lauderdale. They have four children and three grandchildren.

Diane Kaplan


Diane Kaplan is a founding member of the USA Board and serves as Treasurer. She is the President of Rasmuson Foundation, based in Anchorage, Alaska.

Previously, Ms. Kaplan's consulting company provided management and government relations services to philanthropic organizations, Native corporations and tribes, and nonprofit organizations. Prior to that, she served 11 years as President and CEO of Alaska's 28-station public radio network. Ms. Kaplan earned a degree in communications and women's studies from the University of Pennsylvania, Ms. Kaplan is past vice-chair of the Council on Foundations board of directors and currently serves on the Public Policy Committee, She also serves on the board of the Alaska Community Foundation, the ArtPlace Presidents Council, and as Vice Chair of the Alaska Children's Trust. She sits on Advisory Boards for University of Alaska Honors College, Philanthropy Northwest, and the National Center for Family Philanthropy Issues Advisory Committee.

Jeanne Klein


Jeanne Klein and her husband Mickey divide their time between Austin, Texas and Santa Fe, New Mexico.  She graduated from the University of Texas and is currently involved with the school as a member of the Development Board, the Chancellors Committee, with the Advisory Councils of the Harry Ransom Center, the School of Education and the Committee of 125, which is responsible for the 10-year plan for the University's libraries and museums.
She previously served as President of the Board of Artpace in San Antonio, President of the Board of the Core Program of the Glassell School of Art in Houston, and was sponsor and founder of the Menil Contemporaries of Houston.  She has also served on the boards of the Blanton Museum of Art, Art Lies (an art journal published by the University of Texas), and was co-chair of the Whitney Museum of American Art's National Committee.

Jeanne care passionately about the visual arts and is particularly interested in collecting and museum activities such as operations, exhibitions and collections.  The Kleins are active art collectors and often commission artists to create site-specific installations in their homes. 

She worked with a research-based demonstration school at the University of Texas for three years to develop curriculum for Social and Emotional Learning (SEL).  Since the project made significant improvements, Jeanne is continuing this work with the Austin Independent School System.

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 two thousand buildings in the Bay Area, including such arts institutions as the California College of the Arts in Oakland, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa.

Well-known in the Bay Area for being a major contemporary arts supporter, advocate, and civic leader, Steve is the former Chairman of the Board of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. His contributions to SFMOMA have been numerous, perhaps most notably as Chairman of the Board, as well as Co-Chair of the New Museum Campaign in 1992. He has participated and chaired on the boards of numerous arts organizations, including the California College of the Arts; the Artists' Legacy Foundation; the Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; the Oakland Museum; and as national Co-chair for PAC-American Arts Alliance.

An avid art collector, Steve and his wife Nancy developed the Oliver Ranch in Northern California's Alexander Valley, a former working sheep ranch that is also one of the country's most ambitious private collections of site-specific art. Today, it houses 18 commissioned works by national and local artists such as USA Gund Fellow Ann Hamilton, Bruce Nauman, Richard Serra, Judith Shea, Ellen Driscoll, Robert Stackhouse, and Ursula Von Rydingsvard. In addition to his diverse arts activities, Oliver has been instrumental in the health care field, serving as Chair of Alta Bates Health System, Vice Chair of the California Healthcare System, and on the Board of Sutter Health System, among other civic stewardship roles. Oliver received a BS from the University of California, Berkeley, and an honorary doctorate from California College of the Arts in 1998.

Rosalba Rolón


USA Fontanals Fellow, 2008 

Actor, director, writer, and dramaturge Rosalba Rolón is the founder and artistic director of Pregones Theater in The Bronx and a 2008 USA Fontanals Fellow.

Since 1979 she has shared responsibility for building a distinct Latino musical theater repertory with more than 50 premier works. Pregones has taken its work around the world, with performances in Spain, Portugal, Russia, Mexico, Nicaragua, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, the Slovak Republic, and Puerto Rico.

Rolón is an active mentor as Faculty of Leadership Programs of two national organizations: National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures, and Arts Presenters. She was recently named one of the 25 Most InfluentialWomen In The Bronx. Two of her recent signature musical poetry projects will tour NYC parks in August, and Dancing In My Cockroach Killers will be performed in The Fall.


Lizzie Simon

Lizzie Simon has had a prolific career as a memoirist, journalist and producer. She grew up in Providence, Rhode Island and graduated from Columbia University where she  was Arts Director of WKCR. After college, she was the Creative Producer at The Flea Theater in Tribeca, where she curated and produced dozens of live music, dance and theater performances, some of them Bessie and Obie Award winning. Her play, "The Story of Number Nine," was chosen for a workshop production at Ars Nova and was later produced at Fez and Galapagos Arts Space. At the age of 25, her memoir, Detour, was published by Atria Books.  It was translated into Italian and Dutch, optioned by HBO, excepted in Time Magazine, and inspired an MTV documentary for which Lizzie was a consulting producer. Lizzie worked as a freelance writer for a wide variety of publications and in 2010 began writing for the Wall St Journal, where she has contributed more than 400 articles, about half fly-on-the-wall humor pieces and half arts features. She splits her time between New York City, the Hudson Valley and Sonoma County.

Todd Simon


Todd Simon is a fifth generation owner of the Omaha Steaks® group of companies, serving as Senior Vice President of Omaha Steaks International, Inc., President of OSSalesCo, Inc., and Vice-Chairman of, Inc. In his various roles, Mr. Simon is responsible for consumer sales and marketing of Omaha Steaks branded products and services. Mr. Simon joined the family business 25 years ago after graduating from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He carries on the strong commitment Omaha Steaks and the Simon Family have always had toward community philanthropy. Mr. Simon is extremely involved in shaping his family's leadership in supporting the arts as well as social and human services agencies and programs. He serves on the boards of a number of philanthropic organizations including the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, the Omaha Community Foundation and the Young Presidents' Organization.

Mr. Simon and his wife Betiana are passionate contemporary art collectors, promoters, and supporters.

Katie Weitz


When Katie Weitz taught in Chicago in the 1990s, she worked at an elementary school that held gunfire drills nearly every day. At another, she taught math and reading in a new science lab after science was eliminated from the curriculum. Although dismayed by the challenges her students faced inside and outside the classroom, she drew on the techniques she learned from her favorite professors at DePaul: how to teach students to learn by doing.  

Katie received her bachelor's degree from Carleton College, Northfield MN, in political science and a Master's degree from DePaul in education, as well as one from Northwestern University from the School of Education and Social Policy. She received a Doctorate degree from Northwestern University in Human Development and Social Policy.

She most recently worked with the Sherwood Foundation, a charitable organization focused on improving child and family welfare throughout Omaha. Hired in 2006 to support the organization's partnership with the Omaha Public Schools (OPS), Katie facilitated service-learning partnerships between OPS magnet schools and corresponding departments at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She's coordinated the creation of an emergency medical technician training program in the OPS Career Center, linked with a network of new health clinics in the schools that enables high school students to gain hands-on experience as medical aides. She also coordinated a cultural proficiency program to help teachers, most of whom are Caucasian women, create lesson plans that reflect the experiences of Omaha's large African-American and immigrant populations.

Katie serves on the Board of Directors for numerous community organizations  most recently joining The Omaha Community Foundation,  and serves as the Board President of Film Streams, a non-profit art house theater.