Malissa Feruzzi Shriver, Chair
Malissa Feruzzi Shriver is the strategic philanthropy and arts education advocacy advisor for Architect Frank Gehry, and together they co-founded Turnaround Arts: California. Malissa was the founding Executive Director of TACA, and currently serves as the board chair. She has served as First Vice President of the board for the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) and Chair of the NASAA Arts Learning Advisory Committee; the governing board for the Western States Arts Federation; and the advisory board for the Center for Research on Creativity. She was appointed by California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson to co-chair a task force on creative education after chairing the California team for the National Endowment for the Arts’ Education Leaders Institute. The task force was charged with writing A Blueprint for Creative Schools, which was released in 2015. Shriver co-founded CREATE CA (Core Reforms Engaging Arts to Educate in California), a statewide initiative to address the erosion of arts education in public schools. She served two terms on the California Arts Council with four years as Chair, was on the California Alliance for Arts Education policy board, was a California Institute for the Arts trustee, the Get Lit advisory board and currently serves on the Actors Gang Theater board of directors. In 2014, Shriver received the National Arts Education Award from Americans for the Arts. She majored in women’s studies at UCLA and attended the state and local government program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She received an honorary doctorate from the Laguna College of Art and Design and is a member of the Screen Actors Guild.
Terry Lenihan, Chair Emeritus
Terry Lenihan is a Los Angeles artist and educator. Professor Lenihan directs Loyola Marymount University’s art education credential program, as well as ARTsmart, a community service program of the Department of Art and Art History, which serves hundreds of local elementary students with fine art lessons taught by volunteer LMU students. She is an advocate for arts education and a believer in the power of art as a catalyst for social change. In March 2010, Governor Schwarzenegger appointed Lenihan to the California Arts Council, and Governor Brown reappointed her in February 2011. Her research interests include: K–12 and post-secondary art education, service learning, collaborative art, and social justice arts education. Lenihan is a founding member and on the Leadership Team of the CREATE (Core Reforms Engaging Arts to Educate) CA, a broad-based, statewide coalition of agencies, educators, business leaders, and organizational partners building an education reform movement that views arts and creative education as a central part of the solution to the crisis in California schools. In spring 2012, State Superintendent Torlakson appointed her to the Joint Arts Education Task Force, charged with writing The Blueprint for Creative Schools: How the Arts and Creative Education Can Transform California’s Classrooms. The blueprint was published in May 2013. Terry Lenihan is also a sculptor and installation artist who is known for her monumental figurative sculptures that reference the individual’s struggle against constraints, and the power of celebration in the human gesture. Her artwork has been featured in numerous gallery and museum venues both locally and internationally, including the Irvine Fine Art Center, Sherry Frumkin Gallery, Brand Art Gallery, Galerie Califia in Prague, Czech Republic, Seojong Center in Seoul, Korea, and the Museum of Modern Fine Art, Minsk, Belarus. Lenihan received her MFA in Sculpture from Claremont Graduate University.
Joni Binder, Secretary
Joni Binder is directing the new California Lieutenant Governor Arts Project, serving as its curator and program manager. The main emphasis of the Project is to highlight the role California’s creative culture plays in our collective success and focuses largely on student and faculty art from California’s public higher education institutions from both the Cal State and UC systems. The Sacramento office galleries will also show work from other California artists, both established and emerging. Ms. Binder formerly served as the Education Chair for the Fine Arts Committee for the Diplomatic Reception Rooms at the U.S. Department of State. In cooperation with the Arkansas Department of Education, the Fine Arts Committee recently piloted a multi-platform interactive educational tool in that state that uses art and artifacts from the collections of the State Department, the Smithsonian, the National Archives, the Library of Congress, National Parks, and others, and partners with educators to make U.S. history more “real” through the objects in these collections — the goal being to make this program available to schools across the country. Ms. Binder was the president of the Modern Art Council of San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, served as a trustee, and is currently on the museum’s Education Committee. She was appointed by former California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson to the CREATE CA task force and co-chaired the Collaborative Relationships sub-committee in building A Blueprint for Creative Schools. She studied architecture at Columbia University, then received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from California Institute of the Arts, where she later also served as a trustee. Joni Binder is an author and photographer, publishing the bestselling book Mile 46: Face to Face in Maasailand in 2016.
Mark Howell, Treasurer
Mark Howell received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude and was honored with induction into both Phi Eta Sigma and Phi Beta Kappa. Upon graduation, he began a career in motion picture advertising and quickly rose from executive assistant to copywriter to creative director, ultimately partnering with Brad Kurtz to launch Industrial Creative, a boutique advertising agency specializing in entertainment marketing. Since its founding almost 15 years ago, Industrial Creative has contributed to the launch and annual season re-launch campaigns of some of television’s most successful series, including “Married… With Children,” “The Simpsons,” “Beverly Hills, 90210,” “Melrose Place,” “The X-Files,” “24,” “House,” “Family Guy,” and countless others, including the decade’s only genuine television phenomenon, “American Idol.” With a variety of clients in sectors outside of entertainment, Industrial Creative is known for strategic branding and smart conceptual work, and has been recognized with a variety of awards and honors, most notably the Promax/BDA Gold Award. Since losing scores of his contemporaries in the 1980’s, Mark Howell has been a tireless advocate for many causes, especially HIV/AIDS awareness. He has developed marketing campaigns for AIDS vaccine events, AIDS Walks, AIDS Ride, The Revlon Breast Cancer 3-Day, the Big Ride Across America, the Common Threads AIDS memorial quilt and many others. His fundraising efforts for the Los Angeles AIDS Walk were recognized for eight consecutive years by the Mayor of Los Angeles. He was a founding member of the advocacy group AIDS Community Donor Action. He is currently developing a “safe sex / get tested” campaign for the Center, Southern California’s most important gay advocacy organization. Mark Howell is also currently leading Industrial Creative’s creative marketing campaign for the California Art Council’s Million Plates campaign, an innovative public/private partnership charged with raising $40 million annually to replace public funding of arts education and local arts programs in the state of California. The second wave of this campaign is set to launch next month all across the state.
Frank Owen Gehry
Frank Owen Gehry is one of the most inventive and pioneering architects working today. Based in Los Angeles—where he relocated with his family in 1947—he has developed a unique vocabulary that reflects both the urban vernacular and his long association with contemporary artists. In 1954, he received his undergraduate degree in architecture from the University of Southern California and in the years immediately following, worked in a number of firms including Victor Gruen Associates and Pereira and Luckman Associates. After brief studies in urban planning at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and a year in Paris working for André Rémondet, Gehry returned to California and opened a small office in Santa Monica in 1962. His earliest work evolved from a Modernist idiom suggesting the varied influences of such pioneers as Harwell Hamilton Harris, Richard Neutra, and Frank Lloyd Wright. His distinctive formal vocabulary developed in early residential commissions in which he explored the expressive potential of humble materials and infused the architectural envelope with a sense of movement. As his practice expanded, the scope of his commissions grew to include exhibition design, furniture, libraries, office buildings, restaurants, schools, and visual and performing arts venues. The award of the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 1989 brought increased recognition, and the years following have been among the most productive and rewarding of Gehry’s career. The introduction of sophisticated computer software in the early 1990s has facilitated the construction and engineering of complex building systems and successfully translated the gestural quality of his work from model to built form. Frank O. Gehry & Associates has grown to over 140 employees, and the geographic terrain covered by the firm’s work includes the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Japan, Scotland, Spain, Switzerland, and the United States.
Meaghan Lloyd received a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies in 1997 from University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana and a Masters in Architecture from Yale University in 2000. Immediately after graduating from Yale, Ms. Lloyd joined Gehry Partners, LLP and currently serves as Chief of Staff. On a daily basis, she works directly with Frank Gehry, assisting him in the day-to-day operation of the firm, including design of key projects, client interface, staff coordination, public relations, as well as special projects. Ms. Lloyd is also a designer on dedicated projects. In 2013, Ms. Lloyd was named Interim CEO of Gehry Technologies, Inc. Gehry Technologies was created to fulfill Frank Gehry’s vision of broad industry transformation – implementing technology and services to help others make better buildings, control costs, eliminate waste and streamline collaboration. Started in 2002, the company has created two strategic pieces of software: Digital Project, a 3D authoring tool; and GTEAM, a cloud-based collaboration tool. The company also has an 80 person specialized services team who provides high level custom-made BIM, Program Management, and Integration services to Architects, Engineers, Contractors and Owners. As CEO, Ms. Lloyd oversees 100 people in 12 offices around the world.
Nan Peletz comes to Turnaround Arts: CA with decades of experience as an artist and architect. As head of an architectural practice she designed the Ronald McDonald House at Stanford along with many residences. She also founded and funds the FAIRSTART program at Stanford University which enables community college students who go to their student health centers with mental health issues to be diagnosed and treated by Stanford psychiatrists free of charge. She believes that because mental health problems often appear in the 18-25 year old population, that early, correct diagnosis and treatment can make the difference between a normal life and one of devastating and ongoing setbacks. Nan has also served on boards and committees for notable cultural institutions including the Whitney Museum of American Art, as well as the Architecture and Design Committee at SFMOMA. More recently she earned her Master of Fine Arts degree in painting.
Kevin Kumashiro, Board Member Emeritus
Kevin Kumashiro, Ph.D., is Dean of the School of Education at the University of San Francisco. Previously, he was at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he served as professor of Asian American Studies, chair of Educational Policy Studies, and project director of a $4 million initiative, funded by grants from the U.S. Department of Education, to support Asian American, Pacific Islander, and English-language learner students in higher education. He has taught in schools and colleges across the United States and abroad, and has served as a consultant for school districts, universities, and state and federal agencies. He is the award-winning author or editor of nine books on education and social justice, including most recently, “Bad Teacher!: How Blaming Teachers Distorts the Bigger Picture.” Recent honors include the 2013 Outstanding Mid-Career Scholar Award from the Teaching and Teacher Education Division of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), and the 2014 Distinguished Scholar Award from AERA’s Research on the Education of Asian and Pacific Americans Special Interest Group. He is the current president of the National Association for Multicultural Education.
Matt Rodriguez, Board Member Emeritus
Matt Rodriguez is the founder and President of Rodriguez Strategies. A veteran Democratic strategist with more than 15 years of experience working for candidates and causes across the nation, Matt focuses on designing and leading grassroots and grasstops campaigns for diverse entities ranging from emerging nonprofits to Fortune 500 corporations. Matt employs his knowledge of the public and private sectors to implement winning strategies for clients at local and statewide levels. He runs the American Beverage Association’s coalition-building efforts in California and leads the advocacy campaign to educate local elected officials about the beverage industry. Matt has also worked with clients including The Pew Charitable Trusts, AT&T, Bloom Energy, and former California First Lady Maria Shriver. Matt’s campaign management experience ranges from local and state legislative races to U.S. presidential campaigns. In 2008, Matt served as the Western States Regional Director for Obama for America, where he managed campaign operatives and executed strategy throughout the Western United States. Prior to the general election, he served as the New Hampshire State Director for the Obama campaign during the 2008 presidential primary. Matt’s experience in politics dates back to 1997 when he was a press aide to House Democratic Leader Richard A. Gephardt. He later served as Congressman Gephardt’s Political Action Committee Director in 2002 and the Deputy Political Director on his 2004 presidential campaign. Matt also worked for Senator Bill Bradley’s presidential campaign in 2000, managed Senator Chris Dodd’s reelection effort in 2004, and successfully guided California State Senator Kevin de Leon’s first campaign for the State Assembly in 2006. In addition to his work at Rodriguez Strategies, Matt is a fellow at the University of Southern California’s Jesse Unruh Institute of Politics and serves on the board of directors of the California League of Conservation Voters Education Fund. Matt is also a frequent political contributor on AirTalk on 89.3 KPCC, Southern California Public Radio. Prior to his work in the political arena, Matt was a teacher at a small Jesuit school in Roxbury, Massachusetts. He lives with his wife Renee in Santa Monica, California.
Monica Horan Rosenthal, Board Member Emeritus
Monica Horan Rosenthal is known to television viewers as “Amy MacDougal” from the Emmy Award-winning sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond, for which she won the 2006 Gracie Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress-Comedy Series. Monica and her husband Philip Rosenthal established the Rosenthal Family Foundation, a fund dedicated to ensuring that students receive a complete education that includes the arts. Monica credits a public high school theater program with making it possible for her to become the first person in her family to graduate from college. She has experienced the impact of receiving quality arts education first hand. While the Foundation focuses most of its funding in Los Angeles, a significant portion of its funds support arts education in schools and the arts nationally. Key initiatives include: multi-year funding for the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities’ Turnaround Arts Program (both nationally and locally); working with public radio station KPCC to hire the first ever full-time arts education reporter; significant investments in high performing-non-profit arts providers to help them scale their program and reach significantly more students in Los Angeles; and most recently, launching a campaign to increase the number of full-time, credentialed arts instructors in Los Angeles area public schools. In addition to the Rosenthal Family Foundation, Monica co-founded the Flourish Foundation, an operating foundation that focuses on performing arts and provides quick turn-around grants and teaching artists to help bring arts into high need public schools in Los Angeles. She is on the Founders Board of Inner-City Arts and named The Rosenthal Theatre on that campus. Monica graduated from Hofstra University with a BFA in Theatre Performance.