Maria Pellegrini, W.M. Keck Foundation

TITLE: Executive Director of Programs

FUNDING AREAS: Medical and science and engineering research

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PROFILE: Pellegrini is the executive director of programs for the Keck Foundation. Her bloomberg.com bio shares: 


Dr. Maria Pellegrini serves as an Executive Director for Programs at the W.M. Keck Foundation in Los Angeles. Dr. Pellegrini serves as a Member of Science and Technology Advisory Board at Proteus Environmental Technologies, LLC. Dr. Pellegrini served as Vice President for Research at Brandeis University and the Program Director for Science and Engineering and the Liberal Arts at the Keck Foundation. Before joining the Keck Foundation Dr. Pellegrini spent 20 years on the faculty of the University of Southern California as Professor of Biology. During that time, she served as department chair for five years, and as Dean of Research in the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. She was a fellow of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the recipient of the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation Teacher Scholar Award. Dr. Pellegrini serves on the Boards of the Santa Catalina Island Conservancy and the USC-Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies. Dr. Pellegrini received her A.B. in Chemistry from Connecticut College, and her Ph.D. in Chemistry from Columbia University. She was a postdoctoral fellow at Caltech.

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Andrea Iloulian, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

TITLE: Program Officer, Domestic Programs

FUNDING AREAS: Homelessness

CONTACT: Visit PeopleFinder for email and phone number (paid subscribers only)

PROFILE: Andrea Iloulian oversees grantmaking at the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation aimed at combating chronic homelessness. Her foundation bio shares:

Andrea Iloulian manages the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation’s domestic grantmaking in the area of chronic homelessness. Prior to joining the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Iloulian worked in commercial property management, where she served as property manager of Class A high rise office buildings in the downtown and Miracle Mile areas of Los Angeles. Iloulian also previously held positions with TreePeople, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s PLACE Program, and served as a senior consultant at MAXIMUS. She holds a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Southern California’s Sol Price School of Public Policy and a bachelor’s degree in social ecology from the University of California, Irvine.

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Joan Weinstein, Getty Foundation

TITLE: Deputy Director

FUNDING AREAS: Access to art collections, art history, conservation

CONTACT: Visit PeopleFinder for email and phone number (paid subscribers only)

PROFILE: Dr. Joan Weinstein first joined the Getty in the early 1990s, for what she thought would be merely a temporary position. She remains there to this day, now as Deputy Director of the Getty Foundation. Though she first made her mark as an art historian of early 20th century German art, Weinstein has grown into a champion of post-war Los Angeles art movements, such as Chicano murals and skate culture. When she speaks, her even tones belie an enthusiasm for the arts that's as strong as any young idealist, and a deep pride in the Getty Foundation's accomplishments.

As a young art history scholar, Weinstein studied at UCLA and became an Assistant Professor of Fine Arts at the University of Pittsburgh. Her focus was early 20th century German art, and an Edward Dickson Travel Fellowship enabled her to dig into German archives firsthand. In 1990, the University of Chicago Press published her groundbreaking book, The End of Expressionism: Art and the November Revolution in Germany, 1918-19. Her perspective on modern German art was a break from conventional interpretations, and her work remains formative for a new generation of art historians.

Weinstein joined the Getty as a Senior Program Officer of the Getty Grant Program before it morphed into the Getty Foundation. Back then she helped to award collaborative research grants, post-doctoral fellowships, and curatorial research fellowships to artists and scholars at home and abroad. Her position has changed several times since, from Associate Director, to Interim Director (at the time colleague Deborah Marrow was filling in as Interim President and CEO), to Deputy Director. Whatever the title, she has remained part of the close core of Getty leaders and officers of the Getty Foundation, Getty Research Institute, Conservation Center, Museum, and Trust.

In 1993, she helped found the Getty's Multicultural Undergraduate Internship program, which funds paid summer positions for diverse students at Los Angeles museums and arts organizations. In 2006, she supported Rescue Public Murals, a Heritage Preservation initiative to document and preserve public murals throughout the US. "Public murals are vital community assets," said Weinstein, "and a national strategy to document and preserve them will benefit artists, scholars, and the broader public." She was also behind the 2008 decision to pledge continued funding to museums and preservation efforts in sub-Saharan Africa. This included support to PREMA, a training program for African conservators that aimed to "train the trainers…to find solutions" in their home countries.

In recent years, Weinstein has been busy co-directing Pacific Standard Time, a multi-year collaboration of more than 60 cultural institutions throughout southern California. Through PST, Weinstein, along with Deborah Barrow, supported investigations into "the films of the African American L.A. Rebellion to the feminist happenings of the Woman's Building; from ceramics to Chicano performance art; and from Japanese-American design to the pioneering work of artists' collectives." Their goal was to capture the post-war art history of Los Angeles before its cultural significance could be lost.

At the Getty, she helps guide and define the foundation's directive to advance "the understanding and preservation of the visual arts locally and throughout the world." She upholds this vision across the four funding priorities of art history, conservation, collections, and professional development. Her track record shows that the projects Weinstein consistently throws her weight behind are multicultural, embody history, and engage a community. Here is a video profile of Weinstein the arts administrator, and the person.

Antoine Wilmering, Getty Foundation

TITLE: Senior Program Officer

FUNDING AREAS: Access to art collections, art history, art conservation

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PROFILE: Antoine M.Wilmeringcomes from an esteemed old breed of arts conservators—the kind who honed their skills in years of meticulous studio practice. It seems he is too busy rolling up his sleeves, going on site visits, and lovingly restoring overlooked cultural artifacts to be seen giving too many presentations or speaking to the press.

Wilmering perfected his craft at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where he spent 12 years in Objects Conservation. He is an expert—perhaps the expert—on furniture and wooden objects conservation, serving as an educator and consulting in this arena for institutions worldwide. His post as Senior Program Officer at the Getty Foundation allows him to pioneer special international conservation efforts like MOSAIKON and the Panel Paintings Initiative.

While at the Met, Wilmering led the team that reinstalled the Gubbio studiolo. That mouthful was the private 15th century study of Federico da Montefeltro, and is now a famous work of Italian Renaissance art. The walls of the study are elaborate intarsia panels—an intricate wood inlay technique that is right up Wilmering's alley. The history, materials, and techniques of intarsia represent just one corner of his vast knowledge and fine woodworking and restoration skills. Multiple publications from this and other Met conservation projects bear witness to his experience.

Wilmering came to the Getty after a four-year stint teaching at Tainan National University of the Arts in Taiwan. While there he studied the long-term effects of airborne fungi on museum objects in galleries and display windows in southern Taiwan. He joined both the Getty Trust and the Getty Foundation as a Program Officer in 2004. In his Los Angeles post, he continues to focus on objects conservation—a passion that apparently won't be squelched.

One of his passion projects at the Getty is MOSAIKON, a consortium of centers and committees working "to develop innovative models for mosaics preservation around the Mediterranean." Its central goal is to train and equip local technicians to properly care for mosaics using sustainable materials. Wilmering is also at the helm of the Panel Paintings Initiative, which unites the Getty Foundation, Museum, and Conservation Institute to train conservators to restore and stabilize historic multi-panel pieces like the Ghent Altarpiece. Wilmering says it is an attempt to "[revive] the old workshop model… in which a master passes on his or her expertise to apprentices." He speaks about the Panel Paintings Initiative in-depth in this video press statement.

The Getty Foundation's previous conservation initiatives have focused on architectural conservation and treatment or restoration of monuments. Philadelphia's Fairmount Park Association received funding to reinstall and care for the renowned Louise Nevelson sculpture, Atmosphere and Environment XII. Swiss architect Le Corbusier's La Maison Blanche was restored through a Getty grant, as was a 16th century Rajput-Mughal palace complex in Jodhpur, India. The Getty Foundation also completed a three-year cycle of grants to preserve L.A.'s own historic and cultural sites.

Currently, grantmaking in the area of conservation prioritizes projects that "promote the interdisciplinary practice of conservation… and foster collaboration between conservators, art historians, conservations scientists, and other heritage professionals." They are looking to train and support a new generation of conservators that are at least as skilled as Wilmering. Since 2009, all conservation grants have fallen under the MOSAIKON or Panel Paintings Initiative umbrellas, and were primarily awarded to European institutions. Historically, the focus of grantmaking has been much broader, and the Getty will surely shift initiatives in due time. 

Deborah Marrow, Getty Foundation

TITLE: Director

FUNDING AREAS: Access to collections, art history, and conservation

CONTACT: Visit PeopleFinder for email and phone number (paid subscribers only)

PROFILE: Deborah Marrow serves as director of the Getty Foundation, the arts grants wing of the palatial J. Paul Getty Trust. She's kept a rock-solid grip on that position since 1989. There are few arts administrators as broadly connected, widely revered, and unquestionably powerful as Marrow.

"No one is trained to be a grant maker," said Marrow in 1990. "Everyone falls into the field from somewhere else. I fell into it from art history." Marrow was quite a successful art historian, specializing in 17th century French and Italian art and writing a book on Florentine arts patron Maria de Medici, the woman who effectively made grants to Peter Paul Rubens. Now Marrow is emulating her subject — only she fosters other historians. Her first years as a grantmaker were focused on projects such as the study of Japanese hand scrolls and the repair of crumbling murals in Mexico City.

Marrow has been with the Getty since 1983, when she joined the foundation to launch a publications program that underwrote and published scholarly works on art history. Throughout the years, she has stepped in as interim director of the Getty Research Institute and interim president and CEO of the Trust. During her tenure, she has since overseen the distribution of some $300 million in arts grants to institutions worldwide.

Friends and colleagues of Marrow's describe her as sincere and a natural networker who loves meeting people from all walks of life. She doesn't hide out in her office hunched over a desk—she leads by walking the building, visiting with her colleagues, and starting conversations. She values relationships, collaboration, and democratic competition. At the Getty, she's responsible for transforming its fellowship program from insular and elitist to open, competitive, and panel judged.

Marrow is both L.A.-centric and globally minded. The contradiction makes sense when you consider that Los Angeles itself is a sprawling Petri dish of cultural encounter and globalization. When the Berlin Wall came down, Marrow responded with the Central and Eastern European Initiative, a fund for the region's libraries and scholars. When Hurricane Katrina broke loose, she created the Fund for New Orleans to rebuild damaged collections and historic sites. An ongoing program, Connecting Art Histories, aims to draw art historians in impoverished or oppressive countries into conversation and collaboration with other scholars.

Of all her grantmaking overtures, Marrow's magnum opus is Pacific Standard Time: Art in LA, 1945-1980. She spent a decade seeking to "[rescue] the endangered history of art in Los Angeles in the postwar decades, and [share] its stories with the public." She distributed millions of dollars to museums and centers to create books, archives, and permanent collections. Her labors came to fruition in 2012, with a six-month long festival of exhibitions, shows, performance, lectures, public art, and more. Hundreds of sites and millions of visitors participated in her vision. In a statement released in January 2013, Marrow indicated that the momentum of Pacific Standard Time and the model of "large regional collaboration" will continue to inform the Getty Foundation's interests, activities, and grants.

A Los Angeles Times staff writer described Marrow as "an arts administrator who knows how to keep her balance and sense of clarity." This was exactly what the Getty needed when, in 2006, then president Barry Munitz resigned over allegations that the museum was holding looted antiquities. That was Marrow's first foray as interim Getty president (her second would come in 2010), and both times all of Los Angeles breathed a sigh of relief when she took the helm.

Believe it or not, Marrow did have a life before the Getty—she has lived multiple lives, in fact. She is an art historian hailing from the University of Pennsylvania, where she earned her undergrad degree and completed her PhD, punctuated by a master's from Johns Hopkins. She worked at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, taught art history here and there, and continues to serve as trustee of UPenn and a board member of Town Hall Los Angeles. In one incarnation she was on the National Trust for Historic Preservation committee of the White House Millennium Council. Even harder to believe is that, on top of it all, Marrow has remained happily married for 41 years and raised three children.

At the Getty Foundation, Marrow and five other senior staff steer Getty Trust funds toward individuals and institutions that "strengthen art history as a global discipline, promote the interdisciplinary practice of conservation, increase access to museum and archival collections, and develop current and future leaders in the visual arts."

Take a look at this clip to hear Deborah Marrow describe some of the Getty Foundation's funding priorities, and online arts journalism, in her own words.

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Lynda Resnick, Resnick Family Foundation

TITLE: Co-President

FUNDING AREAS: Art, education, health, environment

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PROFILE: Lynda Resnick is the co-president, alongside her husband Stewart Resnick, of the Resnick Family Foundation. While her foundation doesn't publish her official bio, a recent Aspen Institute bio shares:

Lynda Resnick is vice chair and co-owner, along with her husband Stewart Resnick, of The Wonderful Company. This privately held, Los Angeles-based multi-billion dollar global company is dedicated to harvesting health and happiness around the world through its iconic brands, bringing consumers everywhere the freshest, highest quality pistachios, almonds, citrus and pomegranates; bottling the finest water and wines; and creating colorful floral arrangements that truly touch the heart.

From the orchard to family dinner tables, The Wonderful Company’s vertically integrated business model ensures the highest standard of quality, integrity and consumer satisfaction across all its brands. As a result, every year, nearly half of all American households purchase The Wonderful Company’s products, which is a reflection of the husband-and-wife team’s deep commitment to inspiring healthier choices by growing wholesome foods that nourish naturally. This long-standing commitment is evident in their market share, with Wonderful Pistachios, Wonderful Halos, POM Wonderful, FIJI Water, Teleflora and JUSTIN Wine all ranking #1 in their respective categories.

Mrs. Resnick runs worldwide marketing and product development for The Wonderful Company and all of its brands, and she is renowned as the creative spirit behind such innovative and inspiring campaigns as Teleflora’s successful “Flowers in a Gift”; for making POM Wonderful, the antioxidant-rich pomegranate juice, a national sensation; and for producing the iconic Wonderful Pistachios commercials. She also authored the best-selling book on marketing, Rubies in the Orchard.

In 2015, she ranked #11 among Forbes’ inaugural Top 50 Most Successful Self-Made Women in America, and in 2012, she was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by New York’s prestigious Bard College.

Central to Mrs. Resnick’s successful approach is “doing well by doing good,” a core value that places tremendous importance on corporate social responsibility. Under her personal supervision, The Wonderful Company continues its rich heritage of giving back, especially in the communities in which its employees live and work, specifically California’s Central Valley and the island nation of Fiji. Through the generosity of the Resnicks and The Wonderful Company, an average of $40 million or more is contributed annually, which is largely directed toward ongoing community development efforts; a new comprehensive employee health and wellness program, featuring two fully staffed health clinics; and robust educational initiatives ranging from scholarships, school grants, two preschools, art programs and summer schools to the acclaimed Wonderful Agriculture Career Prep program and Wonderful College Prep Academy, a Central Valley charter school established by the Resnicks in 2009. To date, the couple’s varied educational programs have already enriched the lives of more than 60,000 Central Valley youth.

Mrs. Resnick’s extensive philanthropic interests and activities extend beyond The Wonderful Company, including her role as a major donor to and board of trustees vice chair of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; an executive board member of The Aspen Institute board of trustees; a member of the Milken Foundation executive board; and a board member emeritus for the Philadelphia Museum of Art, among others.

Mrs. Resnick is a proud parent of five and grandparent of four, and she calls Beverly Hills and Aspen home.

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Martha Karsh, Karsh Family Foundation

TITLE: Trustee

FUNDING AREAS: Education, human services, Jewish concerns

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PROFILE: Martha Karsh, alongside her husband Bruce, serves as trustee of the Karsh Family Foundation. She's also a supporter of the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP), which shares the following bio:

Martha L. Karsh, an attorney, has practiced law, formed an architecture/design/development firm and done extensive non-profit work.

In 1998, Martha co-founded the Karsh Family Foundation, focusing primarily on supporting education.  To date, the Karsh family and their Foundation have made gifts and pledges of over $175 million to support scholarship and education at all levels. Their largest gifts have been for need-based financial aid at Duke, Penn, Brown, Spelman, and Virginia Law School, as well as for KIPP and Teach for America in K-12. Martha chairs KIPP LA’s 2020 growth campaign, and recently named and dedicated a two-school KIPP Campus in East LA and a community outreach center at Wilshire Boulevard Temple providing a food, dental, vision, legal, and mental health services. She also serves on the Board of LA 2024, Los Angeles’ Olympic committee, and is a Trustee Emerita of the University of Virginia Law School Foundation.

In September 2016, The Beatles A Hard Day’s Night: A Private Archive, a book created and edited by Martha, was published by Phaidon Press.

Martha graduated from Virginia Law School (1981) and the University of Virginia (1978); she and Bruce Karsh married in 1980, and together they have raised three children.

Thomas Gaehtgens, The J. Paul Getty Trust

TITLE: Director, Getty Research Institute

FUNDING AREAS: Fine arts, visual arts, and art history

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PROFILE: Thomas Gaehtgens serves as director of the Getty Research Institute, which included the following bio in its announcement of Gaehtgens's upcoming 2018 retirement:

Thomas W. Gaehtgens received his doctorate in 1966 at the Institute of Art History at the Universität Bonn and his habilitation in 1972 at the Universität Göttingen. In 1979, he was a Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. Between 1980 and 2006 he served as professor at the Freie Universität in Berlin. He was a Getty Scholar at the J. Paul Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities, Santa Monica, from 1985 to 1986. In 1992, he organized the 26th International Congress of Art History in Berlin and served as the president of the Comité International d’Histoire de l’Art (CIHA) from 1992 to 1996. Professor Gaehtgens taught at the Collège de France in 1995 and held the position of European Chair at the Collège de France between 1998 and 1999. He was director of the Deutsches Forum für Kunstgeschichte/Centre allemand d’histoire de l’art in Paris, an organization he founded in 1997. In 2004, he received an honorary doctorate at the Courtauld Institute of Art. Since 2007, he has been the director of the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles. Professor Gaehtgens was awarded the Grand Prix de l'Académie Française pour la Francophonie in 2009. In 2011, he received an honorary doctorate from the Paris-Sorbonne, and was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In recognition of his influential scholarship, Gaehtgens was awarded the prestigious Prix Mondial Cino del Duca 2015 by the Institut de France. His research interests include eighteenth- to twentieth-century French and German art history, as well as the history of the museum.

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Patrick Soon-Shiong, Chan Soon-Shiong Family Foundation

TITLE: Chairman

FUNDING AREAS: Health care, hospitals, medical in-patient care, medical school/education

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PROFILE: Patrick Soon-Shiong serves as the chairman of the Chan Soon-Shiong Family Foundation. He also serves as CEO and Chairman of NantHealth, where his bio shares:

Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong has served as our Chief Executive Officer and as Chairman of our Board of Directors since the formation of our company in July 2010. Dr. Soon-Shiong, a physician, surgeon and scientist, has pioneered novel therapies for both diabetes and cancer, published over 100 scientific papers, and has over 95 issued patents on groundbreaking advancements spanning myriad fields. Dr. Soon-Shiong performed the world’s first encapsulated human islet transplant, the first engineered islet cell transplant and the first pig to man islet cell transplant in diabetic patients. He invented and developed Abraxane, the nation’s first FDA-approved protein nanoparticle albumin-bound delivery technology for the treatment of cancer. Abraxane was approved by the FDA for metastatic breast cancer in 2005, lung cancer in 2012, and pancreatic cancer in 2013. Abraxane is now approved in many countries across the globe with sales of approximately $1.0 billion. From 1997 to 2010, Dr. Soon-Shiong served as founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of two global pharmaceutical companies, American Pharmaceutical Partners (sold to Fresenius SE for aggregate consideration of up to $5.6 billion in 2008) and Abraxis BioScience (sold to Celgene Corporation for aggregate consideration of up to $3.6 billion in 2010). Dr. Soon-Shiong serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NantKwest, a publicly-traded pioneering clinical-stage immunotherapy company and an affiliate of NantHealth.

Dr. Soon-Shiong also serves as Chairman of the Chan Soon-Shiong Family Foundation and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Chan Soon-Shiong Institute of Molecular Medicine, a non-profit medical research organization. He currently co-chairs the CEO Council for Health and Innovation at the Bipartisan Policy Center and is a member of the Global Advisory Board of Bank of America. He is an Adjunct Professor of Surgery at the University of California, Los Angeles, or UCLA, a visiting Professor at the Imperial College of London, the Executive Director of the UCLA Wireless Health Institute, and a board member of the California Telehealth Network. The Friends of the National Library of Medicine has honored him with their Distinguished Medical Science Award.

Dr. Soon-Shiong holds a degree in medicine from the University of the Witwatersrand and a M.Sc. in science from the University of British Columbia. Dr. Soon-Shiong is a board certified surgeon and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

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Joanne Heyler, The Broad Art Foundation

TITLE: Director/Chief Curator

FUNDING AREAS: Fine art, visual arts

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PROFILE: Joanne Heyler serves as the director and chief curator of The Broad Art Foundation, which shares this official bio:

Joanne Heyler is founding director of The Broad, a contemporary art museum built by philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad in downtown Los Angeles. She has curated the Broad collection and directed The Broad Art Foundation’s “lending library” program since 1995.

When philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad decided to build a museum for their collection, Ms. Heyler was charged with transitioning the private foundation into a new public art museum. Over the past five years, she has developed the institution’s profile, built its staff and overseen the construction of The Broad museum and the development of every aspect of the museum's operations and programming. She has worked closely with Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Gensler, MATT Construction, structural engineers and numerous specialists, from lighting designers to seismic experts, to ensure optimal realization of the 120,000-square-foot museum, which houses nearly all 2,000+ works in the Broad collection. The Broad is the first entirely new major museum founded in Los Angeles in almost 20 years. Marking the occasion of the opening of The Broad, she has curated The Broad’s inaugural installation, carefully assembling a predominately chronological selection of masterworks from the Broad collection in the museum’s 50,000-square-feet of gallery space.

Ms. Heyler has worked for Eli and Edythe Broad since 1989, advising them as art collectors and helping to build The Broad Art Foundation collection, which she has directed and served as its chief curator for more than 20 years. Under her direction, the collection has grown by over 65 percent, with the addition of 70 artists, including deep representations of work by crucial postwar figures like Andy Warhol and Joseph Beuys, as well as work by more recent figures like Damien Hirst, Sharon Lockhart, Kara Walker and others. The Broad collection continues to grow by about a work a week under her guidance. Ms. Heyler also oversees the foundation's lending library, expanding the reach of the innovative program to more than 8,000 loans to some 500 museums worldwide since its founding in 1984.

Ms. Heyler is closely involved with the Broads’ major philanthropic investments in the visual arts, which have included the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Broad Contemporary Art Museum at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Zaha Hadid-designed Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University.

Ms. Heyler received her bachelor’s degree in art history from Scripps College and a master’s degree in the history of art from the Courtauld Institute of London University. She lives in Los Angeles.

Vy Nguyen, Weingart Foundation

TITLE: Director of Special Projects and Communications

FUNDING AREAS: Health, human services, education

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PROFILE: Vy Nguyen serves as director of special projects and communications at the Weingart Foundation, where her bio shares:

Vy Nguyen joined Weingart Foundation in 2008 as Program Associate, and currently serves as Director of Special Projects, working on special projects that fall outside of the Foundation’s typical responsive grantmaking. Before entering philanthropy, she worked for more than a decade in the nonprofit and public sectors, most recently for the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education and, prior to that, for the Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance. Vy holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature from University of California, Los Angeles.

Belen Vargas, Weingart Foundation

TITLE: Vice President, Programs

FUNDING AREAS: Health, human services, education

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PROFILE: Belen Vargas is vice president of programs for the Weingart Foundation, where her bio shares:

Belen holds a juris doctor degree from the University of Southern California School of Law and received her bachelor’s degree in communications from California State University, Los Angeles. Belen began her professional career in nonprofit legal services in Los Angeles County focused on advocacy and policy matters related to women’s issues and school inclusion issues for children with disabilities. Immediately prior to joining the Foundation, Belen worked at Public Counsel on the Childcare Law Project, providing outreach and education for child care providers. Belen is a graduate of the Council on Foundations’ Career Pathways leadership program. She serves on the boards of directors of Southern California Grantmakers and The Durfee Foundation. In addition, she is a regular instructor with Southern California Grantmakers' "Fundamentals of Grantmaking" program. Belen joined Weingart Foundation in July 2000 as the Foundation’s first Program Associate, responsible for formalizing and managing the Foundation’s Small Grant Program. She was promoted to Program Officer in 2003, and Senior Program Officer in 2007. In 2008, Belen moved into a management role at the Foundation as Associate Vice President, Grant Operations, and then subsequently as Vice President, Grant Operations. In 2014, she assumed the role of Vice President, Programs, where she oversees the Foundation’s grant strategy and planning, communications, and overall program assessment.

Fred Ali, Weingart Foundation

TITLE: President and CEO

FUNDING AREAS: Health, human services, education

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PROFILE: Fred Ali serves as president and CEO of the Weingart Foundation, where his bio shares:

Fred began his career in 1972 as a volunteer teacher and counselor in a small western Alaska village. Over the next 19 years, he held a number of key positions in Alaska including deputy director of the State Employment and Training Agency; president of Kuskokwim Community College; and vice chancellor of the University of Alaska Anchorage. In 1991, Fred became the executive director of Covenant House in Los Angeles. Under his leadership, Covenant House California developed into a large, multi-service program working with homeless and at-risk youth in Los Angeles and Oakland. Fred Ali has more than 35 years of senior management experience with nonprofit organizations, educational institutions and government. He received his undergraduate degree from Santa Clara University, and his graduate degree in education from the University of Michigan.

Fred was elected president of Weingart Foundation in June 1999 and named chief executive officer of the Foundation in 2006. He serves on the boards of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations and the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles. He previously served as board chair of Southern California Grantmakers. Fred also serves as chair of the board of advisors for The Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy, University of Southern California and as a senior fellow for the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. He speaks regularly on issues pertaining to the nonprofit sector including equity, sustainability, organizational effectiveness and capacity building.

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Rica Rodman, Wasserman Foundation

TITLE: Executive Director

FUNDING AREAS: Education, arts, environmental responsibility, health

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PROFILE: Rica Rodman serves as executive director of the Wasserman Foundation, where her bio shares:

Rica is the Executive Director of the Wasserman Foundation.  She advises Casey Wasserman on strategic philanthropic initiatives in the areas of education, health, arts & culture, service, and global initiatives.  Rica has over 20 years of experience with media relations, strategic philanthropy, government relations, and large scale event management.

She started her career in The White House Press Office, serving for four years as President Clinton’s Radio Director.  She produced the President’s Saturday morning radio addresses and managed press for the President, Vice President, First Lady, world leaders, and U.S. Cabinet Secretaries.  She has been active in politics ever since, serving as a television booker for John Kerry’s presidential campaign, a finance director for Antonio Villaraigosa’s first mayoral campaign, and a media booker for three national Democratic conventions.

After spending time in Washington, D.C., Rica moved home to Los Angeles in 1997 to work at The Walt Disney Company as the Manager of Government Relations and Vice President of Disney’s political action committee.  Following this, she served as the Director of Norman Lear’s Foundation.

Prior to joining the Wasserman Foundation, Rica owned a public relations and marketing firm working in both Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles.  Her client roster included: the United Nations World Food Programme, the United Nations Foundation, CNN, the Sundance Channel, the Washington, D.C. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial, the National World War II Memorial, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the Washington, D.C. Convention and Tourism Corporation.  Some of these clients overlapped with her time as Vice President of a public relations firm.

Rica is Co-Chair of the Human Rights Watch Los Angeles Committee, Board Member of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, and a Member of the Pacific Council on International Policy.

Rica graduated magna cum laude with Honors from UCLA in Communications Studies.

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Casey Wasserman, Wasserman Foundation

TITLE: President and CEO

FUNDING AREAS: Education, arts, environmental responsibility, health

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PROFILE: Casey Wasserman is President and CEO of the Wasserman Foundaiton, where his bio shares:  

Casey Wasserman is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Wasserman Media Group, a leading sports, entertainment and lifestyle marketing and management agency that represents brands, properties and talent on a global basis.  In 2014 Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti appointed Wasserman to head the city’s Olympic host efforts as the LA2024 Chairman, and in September 2015 the United States Olympic Committee selected Los Angeles as its U.S. Olympic bid city.

Wasserman also serves as President and CEO of the Wasserman Foundation, a private family foundation founded in 1952 by his grandparents Lew and Edie Wasserman. The Foundation currently funds in the areas of education, arts & culture, health, service and global initiatives. Wasserman is a Trustee of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and a board member of several renowned philanthropic organizations including The Jules Stein Eye Institute, The LBJ Presidential Library and The Motion Picture & Television Fund.

Wasserman serves on the board of directors of Activision and the digital media company, Vox Media. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from UCLA and resides in Los Angeles.

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Stewart Resnick, Resnick Family Foundation

TITLE: Co-President

FUNDING AREAS: Arts, health, education

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PROFILE: Stewart Resnick is co-president, alongside wife Lynda Resnick, of the Resnick Family Foundation. An official bio predating the renaming of Roll Global to Wonderful Company reads:

Mr. Stewart A. Resnick is Owner of Paramount Citrus, Inc. and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Resnick has been President and Chief Executive Officer of Roll Global LLC since 1962. Mr. Resnick has been Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Franklin Mint Company, a subsidiary of Roll International Corporation since 1985. He serves as Chief Executive Officer of The Franklin Mint Company. Mr. Resnick serves as President of Paramount Farms International, LLC.

He served as Chief Executive Officer of Roll International Corporation at LeapFrog Enterprises Inc. He serves as member of the Executive Board of the University of California, Los Angeles, Medical Sciences. He has been Co-Chairman and Director of Roll Global LLC since 1962. He served as Chairman of Roll International Corporation at LeapFrog Enterprises Inc. He served as Chairman of the Board of Directors at The Franklin Mint, LLC.

He serves as Director of Paramount Farms. He serves as a Trustee of J. Paul Getty Trust Inc. Mr. Resnick serves as a Trustee of Bard College and as a Trustee of Conservation International. He is a Member of Advisory Board of the Anderson School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles. He served as a Director of LeapFrog Enterprises Inc., from July 2002 to March 31, 2005. He is affiliated with the SEI Center for Advanced Studies in Management of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Resnick holds a B.S. and a J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles.

His wife Lynda's IP Profile delves into some history as to how the power couple amassed their fortune—and continues to augment it. And while, in terms of dollar amounts, their philanthropy in many areas is generous, some see the social costs.

 

Lowell Milken, Milken Family Foundation and Lowell Milken Family Foundation

TITLE: Chairman and Co-Founder, Milken Family Foundation; Founder, Lowell Milken Family Foundation

FUNDING AREAS: Education, medical research, Jewish music

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PROFILE: Lowell Milken is the chariman and co-founder of the Milken Family Foundation, where his official bio shares::

Guided by Lowell Milken's leadership since its establishment in 1982, the Milken Family Foundation is regarded as one of the nation's most innovative private foundations. Groundbreaking initiatives in K-12 education, medical research and public health are augmented by a history of funding to more than 1,000 organizations with compatible missions worldwide.

In particular, Lowell Milken's reputation as a visionary leader of education reform has been honed by more than three decades of education research, policy and practices—complemented by firsthand visits to thousands of classrooms and the creation of major national initiatives.

Lowell developed the Milken Educator Awards to recognize the importance of outstanding educators and to encourage talented young people to choose teaching as a profession. Coined "the Oscars of teaching" by Teacher Magazine, the Milken Educator Awards recognizes exceptional teachers with unrestricted $25,000 rewards during surprise ceremonies surrounded by students, faculty, dignitaries and media. First presented to 12 outstanding recipients in California in 1987, the Milken Educator Awards’ coast-to-coast network is more than 2,700 strong and dedicated to strengthening the nation’s schools.

Lowell’s lifelong commitment to student achievement has led to some of the country's most innovative means to dramatically advance educator effectiveness. As founder of the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching, he guides a team of educators, research and policy experts who forge partnerships that create leadership and professional development opportunities for educators to thrive. NIET's partners range from schools, districts and states to universities and other nonprofit organizations. NIET’s services are rooted in two signature initiatives: TAP: The System for Teacher and Student Advancement and the Educator Effectiveness Best Practices Center.

Another transformative educational organization—the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes—discovers, develops and communicates the stories of Unsung Heroes who have made a profound and positive difference on the course of history. Through student-driven project-based learning, students and entire communities learn that each of us has the responsibility and the power to take actions that "repair the world" by improving the lives of others. Founded in 2007 in partnership with Milken Educator Norman Conard (KS '92), the Lowell Milken Center has reached over 1 million students in all 50 states, with growing global reach. The new Hall of Unsung Heroes opened in 2016 at the Lowell Milken Center’s Fort Scott, Kansas, headquarters, as a state-of-the-art museum and hub of research and discovery.

In 1990, Lowell created the Milken Archives of Jewish Music: The American Experience to explore the vast panorama of sacred and secular works reflecting 360 years of Jewish life in America. This historic, award-winning recording project has grown to encompass 700 newly recorded works—500 of them world-premiere recordings—and more than 800 hours of oral history videos. The Milken Archive's "virtual museum" website makes this content accessible to people of all faiths and cultures.

The Lowell MIlken Institute for Business Law and Policy at UCLA School of Law extends greater opportunities to UCLA law students, faculty, young law practitioners and alumni. Building on UCLA School of Law's already outstanding programs, the Lowell MIlken Institute (LMI) provides expanded studies in business law and policy, clinical experience and additional research opportunities for faculty, along with faculty fellowships, student scholarships, awards and business law conferences. The Lowell Milken Institute-Sandler Prize for New Engineers is a business plan competition offering a $100,000 prize, the largest offered to students in any discipline at UCLA. The knowledge, skills and experience gained through LMI prepares students to assume leadership roles not only in the practice of law, but also in business, government and philanthropy.

The Hoffmitz Milken Center for Typography at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena honors the legacy of Leah Hoffmitz Milken, a letterform expert known for unique logotypes and typefaces and a legendary professor for two decades. The Center is dedicated to setting the global standard of excellence in typography and design education at a time of rapidly changing visual communication methods and devices.

Recognition for Lowell's achievements in education includes awards from such organizations as the National Association of State Boards of Education, Horace Mann League, National Association of Secondary School Principals, Jewish Theological Seminary, Kappa Delta Pi international honor society in the field of education, and UCLA School of Law. Chapman University and Hebrew Union College have each presented Lowell with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.

Named by Worth magazine as one of America's most generous philanthropists, Lowell is also an international businessman who chairs National Realty Trust, the largest property owner of early childhood centers in the U.S., as well as London-based Heron International, a worldwide leader in property development. His experience in business at the global level informs his strategic vision for the high-caliber educational opportunities vital to equip future generations to compete on the world stage and to secure America’s heritage as a democracy.

Lowell Milken is a product of California's public school system, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from the University of California, Berkeley, where he received the School of Business Administration's Most Outstanding Student Award. He went on to earn a law degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, with academic honors of Order of the Coif and the distinction of UCLA Law Review.

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Richard Sandler, Milken Family Foundation

TITLE: Executive Vice President, Secretary and Trustee

FUNDING AREAS: Education, medical research, and Jewish music

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PROFILE: Richard Sandler serves as executive vice president, secretary and trustee of the Milken Family Foundation, where his official bio shares:

Richard Sandler is executive vice president, secretary and a trustee of the Milken Family Foundation. He has been involved with the Foundation since its formation in 1982 and has contributed time and support to its many initiatives in education and medical research.

Richard chairs the board of trustees of The Jewish Federations of North America and is the former chair of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. He serves on a number of nonprofit boards, including the American Jewish University, Milken Community High School and the University of California at Berkeley Foundation. He is also a member of the board of directors of the Prostate Cancer Foundation and the Milken Institute.

Richard is a partner in the law firm of Maron & Sandler, specializing in business restructurings and acquisitions, securities transactions and real estate. He has been an investor for over 25 years, including acting as the managing partner of various partnerships investing in securities, commercial and industrial real estate projects, and other business transactions. He serves on the boards of directors of a number of companies that he is involved with including KU Education, Inc., Knowledge Schools, Inc., and Heron International Limited, an international real estate company. Richard is a member of the State Bar of California and the American Bar Association. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of California, Berkeley, and received his law degree from UCLA Law School.

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