The board of trustees is the governing body of The J. Paul Getty Trust. The trustees, as a board or through board committees, set policies relating to spending, management, governance, professional standards, investment, and grant making. They also oversee the internal and external auditors, select the president and officers, and review the performance and set the compensation of all the officers. Trustees are elected for four-year terms, and may serve no more than three terms.
As of January 22, 2017, the trustees are:
- Megan B. Chernin
- James Cuno
- Frances Daly Fergusson
- Maria Hummer-Tuttle, Chair
- Joanne C. Kozberg
- Ronald S. Lauder
- Paul LeClerc
- David Lee
- Robert W. Lovelace
- Michael Lynton
- Thelma Meléndez de Santa Ana
- Stewart A. Resnick
- Neil L. Rudenstine, Vice Chair
- William E.B. Siart
- Mark S. Siegel
- Ronald P. Spogli
- John J. Studzinski
- Peter J. Taylor
MEGAN B. CHERNIN
Megan B. Chernin joined the Getty’s Board of Trustees in January 2017. She serves as the co-chair of the LA Promise Fund board of directors and founded and served as CEO of The Los Angeles Fund for Public Education, a nonprofit organization partnering with Los Angeles schools to invest in innovative, results-oriented programs designed to ensure every student has a chance to succeed. This organization joined with LA’s Promise in 2016 to become the LA Promise Fund.
Prior to founding the Fund for Public Education, Ms. Chernin was chair of the board of directors and co-founder of LA's Promise (formerly MLA Partner Schools) from 2006 to August 2011. Previously, she served as chair of the Los Angeles Mentoring Partnership (LAMP), a coalition of mentoring agencies serving greater Los Angeles. There she created programs such as Go for College, Power Lunch, and Career Day to address some of the difficult challenges high school students face. She produced national public service announcements to promote the broad social and academic impacts of effective mentoring programs. Prior to LAMP, she served on the board of the Fulfillment Fund and was a mentor to high school students. Ms. Chernin has worked in the California Office of the Attorney General, as well as the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office.
Ms. Chernin earned a J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law and a B.A. in English from Manhattanville College. She is married to Peter Chernin. The Chernins have three adult children.
James Cuno joined the Trust as president and CEO in August 2011. A national and international museum leader and scholar, Cuno was president and Eloise W. Martin Director of the Art Institute of Chicago before joining the Getty. Prior to directing the Art Institute of Chicago, he was the director and professor of the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, from 2003-2004; the Elizabeth and John Moors Cabot Director of the Harvard University Art Museums and professor of the history of art and architecture at Harvard from 1991 to 2003; director of the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, from 1989-1991; director of the Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts, UCLA, from 1986-1989; and assistant professor of art, Vassar College, from 1983-1986. Cuno received his A.M. and Ph.D. in the History of Art from Harvard in 1980 and 1985, respectively; an M.A. in the History of Art from the University of Oregon in 1978; and a B.A. in History from Willamette University in 1973. Cuno has lectured and written widely on museums and cultural and public policy. Since 2003, he has published three books with Princeton University Press—Whose Muse? Art Museums and the Public’s Trust (author and editor), Who Owns Antiquity: Museums and the Battle Over Our Ancient Heritage (author), and Whose Culture? The Promise of Museums and the Debate Over Antiquities (author and editor)—and another with the University of Chicago Press, Museums Matter: In Praise of the Encyclopedic Museum (author). He is a Fellow and International Secretary of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
FRANCES DALY FERGUSSON
Frances Daly Fergusson joined the board in 2007. She was elected the ninth president of Vassar College in 1986 and retired from that position as president emeritus in 2006. Dr. Fergusson is a graduate of Wellesley College with special honors in art history, and earned her masters and doctoral degrees in art history at Harvard University, where she served most recently as president of the Harvard Board of Overseers. Among many other responsibilities, she is a member of the board of trustees for Second Stage Theatre and the Ringling Museum Foundation. She is on the boards of directors of Mattel and Pfizer. Dr. Fergusson is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
MARIA D. HUMMER-TUTTLE
Maria Hummer-Tuttle, a lawyer, was a partner and Chair of the Management Committee and Co-Managing Partner of Manatt, Phelps and Phillips in Los Angeles. She was affiliated with the law firm for over 25 years. She joined the Board of Trustees of the Getty Trust in 2009 and currently serves as Chair. She also serves on the boards of Caltech, the W.M. Keck Foundation, the Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies, the LA24 Exploratory Committee, and the Los Angeles Committee of the Berggruen Institute (Advisory Board). Ms. Hummer-Tuttle is President of The Hummer Tuttle Foundation and is a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Getty President’s International Council (Chair), the Getty Conservation Institute Council, the Caltech Space Innovation Council, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Ms. Hummer-Tuttle has served on a number of charitable and civic boards including The Music Center of Los Angeles County, the Hammer Museum, the Los Angeles World Affairs Council, Children's Institute Inc., Mount St. Mary's College and Scripps College, the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, the Legal Aid Foundation and the Women’s Leadership Board of John F. Kennedy School of Government – Harvard University. Maria Hummer-Tuttle received her B.A. from Scripps College and her J.D. from UCLA School of Law.
JOANNE CORDAY KOZBERG
Joanne Corday Kozberg joined the board in June 2005. Since 2003 Ms. Kozberg has been the Principal in charge of the Los Angeles office of public affairs firm California Strategies, LLC. Kozberg is a Regent Emeritus of the University of California, completing a 12-year term in 2010. From 1999 to 2003 Kozberg was president and chief operating officer of the Music Center of Los Angeles County. From 1993 to 1998 she was California's Secretary of State and Consumer Services under Governor Pete Wilson. She was chair of the California Arts Council from 1988 to 1991 and served as its executive director from 1991 until 1993. Kozberg holds a B.A. in history from the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.A. in public policy from Occidental College. She currently serves on the California Forward Leadership Council and Public Policy Institute of California Statewide Leadership Council.
RONALD S. LAUDER
Ronald S. Lauder joined the Getty Board of Trustees in 2016. He was Chairman of the Museum of Modern Art from 1995 to 2005 and now serves as the museum's Honorary Chairman. He was elected a benefactor of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in 1985, serves as the museum's Chairman of the Arms and Armor Visiting Committee, is a Member of the Visiting Committee for the Department of European Paintings and is a Member of The Met's Trustee Acquisitions Committee. In 2001 Mr. Lauder founded the Neue Galerie New York, a museum dedicated to early-20th-century German and Austrian art and design. Mr. Lauder established the Commission for Art Recovery in 1997, which advocates and fights for the recovery of Nazi looted art. Mr. Lauder serves as a member of The Estée Lauder Companies' Board of Directors and is Chairman of Clinique Laboratories. In 1983 Mr. Lauder served in the U.S. Pentagon as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for European and NATO Affairs and was appointed Ambassador to Austria by President Ronald Reagan in 1986. In 1987 he established the Ronald S. Lauder Foundation, which has educated more than 30,000 Jewish children throughout Central and Eastern Europe. Mr. Lauder has been President of the World Jewish Congress since 2007, has served as Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations and is Chairman of the Jewish National Fund. He is also Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Joseph H. Lauder Institute of Management and International Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. In 1998 Mr. Lauder co-founded the Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation. He holds a Bachelor's degree in International Business from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He studied at the University of Paris and received a Certificate in International Business from the University of Brussels.
Paul LeClerc join the board in 2007. He was appointed on July 1, 2012 as Director of the Columbia Global Center | Europe, at Reid Hall in Paris. His previous positions include: President and CEO, The New York Public Library (1993-2011); President, CEO, and Professor of French, Hunter College CUNY (1988-93); Provost, Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Professor of French, Baruch College CUNY (1984-88); University Dean for Academic Affairs, CUNY (1979-84). Prior to these administrative positions, he was successively Instructor, Assistant Professor, and Associate Professor of French with tenure at Union College (1966-79), where he also served as Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and Chair of the Humanities Division. LeClerc was an undergraduate at Holy Cross College and earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in French literature at Columbia University. His academic specialties are Voltaire and the French Enlightenment and he is the author, editor, and co-editor of five scholarly volumes on these subjects. He serves on the boards of the Teachers College of Columbia University, the Advisory Board of the Columbia Maison Française, and the Albertine bookstore of the French Embassy in New York.
David L. Lee joined the board in 2009. He is a co-founder and managing general partner of Clarity Partners, a private equity firm that invests in communications, media and related technology companies. Dr. Lee started his professional career with Arthur Andersen & Co. in Los Angeles in 1975. In the 80s and 90s, he held executive positions at Comsat, TRW and Pacific Capital Group. In 1997 he co-founded the telecommunications firm Global Crossing and served as its president and chief operating officer until early 2000 when he left to launch Clarity Partners. In 2007, he also co-founded Clarity China which focuses on private equity investments in Greater China. Dr. Lee is a graduate of McGill University and holds a doctorate in Physics with a minor in Economics from the California Institute of Technology. He chairs the Board of Overseers of the Keck School of Medicine at USC and is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Caltech. The Lee Family Foundation supports higher education, and has provided grants to establish centers for advanced networking at Caltech and the National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan.
ROBERT W. LOVELACE
Rob Lovelace is a portfolio manager for the American Funds and President of the New Perspective Fund and New World Fund. He is also Vice Chairman and a Director of the Capital Group Companies, President and a Director of Capital Research and Management Company, a subsidiary of Capital Group, and serves on the Capital Group Companies Management Committee. Rob joined Capital in 1985 after receiving a bachelor’s degree in mineral economics from Princeton University and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation.
Mr. Lovelace is a Director of the California Community Foundation, a Director of the Pacific Council on International Policy, a Director of the Value Schools Foundation Board, and a founder of Vistamar School, a private independent high school in the South Bay region of Los Angeles.
Michael Lynton joined the board on July 1, 2014. He is currently CEO of Sony Entertainment and oversees the company's global entertainment businesses, including Sony Music Entertainment, Sony/ATV Music Publishing and Sony Pictures Entertainment. Prior to joining Sony Pictures, Mr. Lynton served as CEO of AOL Europe, President of AOL International, and President of Time Warner International. From 1996 to 2000, Mr. Lynton served as Chairman and CEO of Pearson plc's Penguin Group, where he oversaw the acquisition of Putnam, Inc. and extended the Penguin brand to music and the Internet. He joined The Walt Disney Company in 1987 and started Disney Publishing, serving as its President. From 1992 to 1996, he served as President of Disney's Hollywood Pictures.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts in history and literature from Harvard College and a Masters of Business Administration from Harvard Business School, and in May 2012, was elected to the Harvard Board of Overseers. In September 2014 he was appointed to the Smithsonian's Board of Regents. Mr. Lynton's board service includes the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Rand Corporation.
THELMA MELÉNDEZ DE SANTA ANA
Thelma Meléndez de Santa Ana joined the board on July 1, 2012. Dr. Meléndez serves as Chief Executive Officer, Office of Educational Services for the Los Angeles Thelma Meléndez de Santa Ana joined the board in 2012. Dr. Meléndez serves as Chief Executive Officer in the Office of Educational Services for the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). Prior to joining the LAUSD as a senior administrator for Beyond the Bell in March 2014, Dr. Meléndez served as education advisor to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. Dr. Meléndez was superintendent of schools for the Santa Ana Unified School District, the largest school district in Orange County, worked at the U.S. Department of Education, where she helped to develop the Blueprint for Reform, and as Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education, she led the office as it administered grant funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. She earned a BA cum laude in sociology from UCLA, a Ph.D from USC's Rossier School of Education, and an Honorary Doctorate from Pepperdine University's Graduate School of Education and Psychology. Dr. Meléndez's recognitions include an Alumni Merit Award from the USC Alumni Association (2012), the Mexican American Opportunity Foundation’s 2011 National Hispanic Woman, American Association of School Administrators, California State Superintendent of the Year (2009) and Hispanic Business Magazine’s 2010 Woman of the Year. She is married to Otto Santa Ana, a professor in the Department of Chicano Studies at UCLA.
STEWART A. RESNICK
Stewart A. Resnick joined the board in September 2005. He is chairman and owner of The Wonderful Company, a Los Angeles-based holding company, and has developed and owns a number of companies, including Paramount Agribusiness, POM Wonderful, Teleflora, FIJI Water, and Suterra. Resnick is a member of the boards of UCLA Medical Sciences, Bard College in New York, and Conservation International and is a trustee of the California Institute of Technology. Resnick and his wife, Lynda, have been featured in Art & Antiques magazine as two of the nation's top art collectors. Major galleries have been dedicated in the Resnick's name at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Resnick holds a B.S. in business administration from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a J.D. from UCLA School of Law.
NEIL L. RUDENSTINE
Neil L. Rudenstine joined the board in 2007 and is the current Vice Chair. Dr. Rudenstine was president of Harvard University from 1991 until he retired in 2001. He received his undergraduate degree at Princeton University, a B.A and an M.A. from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and a Ph.D. in English from Harvard University. He was a member of the Harvard English Department prior to becoming a professor and senior administrator at Princeton University. He is an honorary fellow of New College Oxford; the Courtauld Institute of Art in London; a member of the American Philosophical Society, and the Council on Foreign Relations. He has written several books, and is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a trustee of the Barnes Foundation, and chairman of the board of the Rockefeller Archive Center.
WILLIAM E.B. SIART
Bill Siart joined the board in 2005. He is the chairman of the board of ExED (Excellent Education Development), a non-profit corporation which he founded in 1997 that develops and manages charter public schools. He serves as a trustee and chairman of the finance committee of the University of Southern California, and is a member of the board of directors of Camino Nuevo Charter Academy. Mr. Siart is the chairman of Great Public Schools Now, a non-profit that supports quality public schools. He is the chairman and a director of Western Asset Funds, Inc. Mr. Siart is the former chairman and chief executive officer of First Interstate Bancorp, a $60 billion banking company with offices in 13 western states and more than 40,000 employees. A native of Los Angeles, he earned a BS degree in economics from Santa Clara University, and an MBA in finance from the University of California at Berkeley. Mr. Siart is active in Los Angeles and nationally in K-12 education reform.
MARK S. SIEGEL
Mark S. Siegel joined the board in November 2005. He served as Chair from 2010 to June 2015. He is the founder and president of ReMY Investors and Consultants, Inc., and chairman of the board of directors of Patterson-UTI Energy, Inc., an energy services company. Previously, he was president of Blockbuster Music and executive vice president and managing director of Shamrock Holdings, Inc., and Trefoil Capital. Siegel also practiced law for 12 years in the entertainment and media industries. Most recently, he was chairman of the board of trustees at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center from 2007 through 2010, and continues to serve as a member of the board and its governance committees. He has also served as a member of the President's Advisory Committee on the Arts and a Trustee of MOCA (The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles). A native of Los Angeles, Siegel earned an A.B. in philosophy from Colgate University and a J.D. (Order of the Coif) from the University of California, Berkeley.
RONALD P. SPOGLI
Ronald P. Spogli joined the board in July 2010. He is CEO of Freeman Spogli & Co., Incorporated, one of the leading middle market private equity investors in the United States. The former United States Ambassador to the Italian Republic and to the Republic of San Marino, Spogli received the 2008 Sue M. Cobb Award for Exemplary Diplomatic Service. Currently, he serves on the boards of Trustees of Stanford University and Public Storage. He is on the Board of Directors of Grandpoint Capital, a bank holding company of SAVE, S.p.A., which operates the Venice Marco Polo airport, and of White Bridge Investments, an Italian investment company. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees for the Center for American Studies in Rome, Italy. He became a member of the Investment Committee at the California Institute of Technology in July 2011. With his business partner, Bradford M. Freeman, he endowed the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford's primary center for research on international issues. Ambassador Spogli received an A.B. in history from Stanford and an MBA at Harvard.
JOHN J. STUDZINSKI
John J. Studzinski CBE joined the board in 2015. He is Vice Chairman and a Senior Managing Director of Blackstone where he holds special responsibility for a number of sovereign and institutional relationships, as well as family capital. Mr. Studzinski joined Blackstone in 2006 as Global Head of Blackstone Advisory Partners, which he ran for nearly a decade. A graduate of Bowdoin College, he also has an MBA from the University of Chicago. He joined Morgan Stanley in New York in 1980 and since then has spent much of his career in London, where he served as Head of European Investment Banking and Deputy Chairman of Morgan Stanley International before moving to HSBC in 2003 as a member of the Group Management Board. Mr. Studzinski received the Prince of Wales Medal for Arts Philanthropy and the Prince of Wales Ambassador Award for his work with the homeless. He is Founder and Chairman of the Genesis Foundation, a UK-based charitable foundation that nurtures the careers of outstanding young artists, developing their talents and giving them access to influential mentors and valuable networks. He is a Non-Executive Director of the Home Office (UK) and Vice Chair of Human Rights Watch, and is actively involved with various initiatives and organizations to address the issue of human trafficking and modern-day slavery. Mr. Studzinski also serves on the US boards of Signature Theatre, American Patrons of Tate, and the Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies (FAPE); and in the UK, he serves as Chairman of Create London. He is also a member of The Atlantic Council, The Council on Foreign Relations and The Peterson Institute. Mr. Studzinski holds the Papal honors of Knight of the Order of St. Gregory and Knight Commander of Saint Sylvester and in 2004 was awarded the Beacon Prize for Philanthropy. In 2007 Mr. Studzinski was voted Banker of the Year by The Bank of England. In 2008, the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List named him Commander of the British Empire (CBE) for services to the Arts and Charity.
PETER J. TAYLOR
Peter J. Taylor joined the board in November 2005. He is the president and CEO of Zenith Education Group, a nonprofit provider of career school training, and president of the ECMC Foundation, a grant-making philanthropy organization focused on improving educational attainment among young people from low-income backgrounds. He previously served as executive vice president and chief financial officer of the University of California system from 2009 through 2014. He spent most of his career working as a managing director of public finance at Barclays Capital. Previously, Taylor was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to the California Performance Review Commission and also served on the California Student Aid Commission as an appointee of Governor Gray Davis. He was previously president of the UCLA Alumni Association Board of Directors, and past chair of the board of directors of the UCLA Foundation and the James Irvine Foundation. He currently serves on the boards of the California State University system as an appointee of Governor Jerry Brown, Edison International and the Kaiser Family Foundation.
Dates in parentheses indicate periods of service.
Lewis W. Bernard (1998–2004)
John H. Biggs, Chair Emeritus (1999–2006)
Louise H. Bryson, Chair Emerita (1998–2010)
John F. Cooke ( 1995–2000)
Ramon C. Cortines (1996–2008)
Lloyd E. Cotsen (2002–2006)
David I. Fisher ( 1995–1999)
David Gardner, Chair Emeritus (1992–2004)
Gordon P. Getty (1955–1966; 1973–1998)
Vartan Gregorian (1988–2000)
Agnes Gund (1994–2006)
Helene L. Kaplan (1992–2004)
Herbert L. Lucas, Jr. (1988–1999)
Luis G. Nogales (2000–2012)
Rocco C. Siciliano (1982–1995)
J. Patrick Whaley (1977–1998)
Harold M. Williams, President Emeritus (1981–1998)
Blenda J. Wilson (1993–2005)
Jay Wintrob (2004–2016)