Board of Trustees

The primary responsibilities of the Board of Trustees are to:

  • advance RISD’s mission
  • provide organizational oversight
  • set policy

Officers of the Board

Michael H. Spalter, chair
Providence, RI
financier, digital art collector

Lisa Pevaroff-Cohn 83 TX, vice chair
New York, NY
artist, jewelry designer, philanthropist

Margaret A. Williams, vice chair
Westerly, RI
cofounder and partner, Griffin Williams Critical Point Management, LLC

Term Trustees

David C. Barclay P10
Los Angeles, CA
Senior Vice President and Director, Capital Research and Management Company

John H. Beug P05
Santa Monica, CA
Warner Music Group

Amita Chatterjee 77 GD
New York, NY
art collector, artist

Erica Gerard Di Bona P11
Los Angeles, CA
independent fundraising consultant

Susan W. Dryfoos P01
New York, NY
painter, independent filmmaker

Joe Gebbia 05 GD/ID
San Francisco, CA
cofounder and CPO, Airbnb, Inc.

Robert W. Glass P11
San Francisco, CA
Executive Vice President of Corporate Development, Robert Half International

Richard W. Haining, Sr. P05
Atlanta, GA
retired (former Vice President and Investment Counselor, Montag & Caldwell)

Karen Hammond
Providence, RI
retired (former Managing Director, Devonshire Investors)

V. Duncan Johnson
Providence, RI
retired (former partner, Locke Lord Edwards LLP)

Jon Kamen P09
New York, NY
cofounder and Chairman/CEO, @radical.media

Mary Lovejoy
Barrington, RI
Vice President and Treasurer, Textron

Stephen A. Metcalf
Providence, RI
sculptor, printmaker, philanthropist

Nicole J. Miller 73 AP
New York, NY
fashion designer and cofounder/President, Kobra International Ltd.

Steven G. Perelman
New York, NY
visiting lawyer, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Sandra P. Smith BArch 69
Brookline, MA
Senior Project Manager, Perkins+Will

William G. Tsiaras
Barrington, RI
Clinical Professor of Surgery (ophthalmology), Brown University’s Alpert Medical School

Life Trustee

Louis Beal 52 IA
New York, NY
independent design consultant

Ex Officio Trustees

Michael Neff 04 PH
San Francisco, CA
President, RISD Alumni Council
Editor-in-Chief, NSFW Magazine

Rosanne Somerson 76 ID
Providence, RI
President, Rhode Island School of Design

Jeffrey Yan BArch 01
Palo Alto, CA
past President, RISD Alumni Council
cofounder and CEO, Digication

Honorary Trustees

Anthony C. Belluschi BArch 66/P95
Portland, OR

Jane Chace Carroll
New York, NY

Clara M. Dale BArch 75
New York, NY

Robert F. Dixon BArch 71
Waterford, CT

Bayard C. Ewing
Denver, CO

Barnet Fain
Barrington, RI

Louis A. Fazzano
Newport, RI

Anne B. Fordyce 67 SC
Watertown, MA

Peter B. Freeman
Providence, RI

Katherine Freygang 80 IA/MFA 81 GD
Cornwall, CT

A. Corwin Frost 59 AR/P97
Bronxville, NY

Wilfrid L. Gates, Jr. 65 LA
North Kingstown, RI

Paula Koffler Granoff
Providence, RI

Sidney F. Greenwald
Barrington, RI

William R. Hammer BArch 65
Cambridge, MA

Ronne Hartfield
Chicago, IL

Dorothy Hebden-Heath 57 PT
Boston, MA

Erma W. Leavitt 44 PT
Boca Raton, FL

Se-Ung Lee P91
Seoul, Korea

David A. Macaulay BArch 69
Norwich, VT

John O.C. McCrillis 39 GD
Branford, CT

Pauline C. Metcalf
New York, NY

Stuart J. Murphy 64 IL/P96
Boston, MA

J. Terrence Murray
Narragansett, RI

Dana M. Newbrook 63 AR
Cumberland, RI

Joan Ress Reeves
Providence, RI

Jens Risom P66/GP95
New Caanan, CT

M. Kate Rittmann P95
Orinda, CA

Merrill W. Sherman
Jamestown, RI

Philip E. Tobey BArch 66
Reston, VA

William J. Watkins P83
Sarasota Square, FL

Patricia A. White 64 IL/P96
Cambridge, MA

* RISD alumni are noted by a class year and major acronym following their names. Parents and grandparents of alumni are designated by P or GP, plus the year of graduation.

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The façade of the Chace Center, a new multipurpose hub that opened
in 2008, offers an interesting contrast to the historic campus
buildings that surround it.