Through the generosity of John and Louise Bryson, a new endowed fund supporting the work of the Getty Conservation Institute has been established. The John E. and Louise Bryson Fund for the Getty Conservation Institute will support all aspects of the institute’s work. In recognition of the Brysons’ generosity, the institute’s directorship position has been renamed the John E. and Louise Bryson Director. This is the Getty’s first named directorship.
Tim Whalen, John E. and Louise Bryson Director, said of the Brysons’ gift, “John and Louise’s remarkable gift will extend the reach of this Institute in ways we had not imagined. Their commitment to our work is stalwart! I am honored that the GCI is connected to the consequential activities and interests they have shaped, led, and supported over the decades. They understand the importance of what we do and its connection to advancing civil society. I am grateful to them both for their vision and for their generosity.”
“Investing in the GCI is the best leveraged philanthropy that John and I can imagine,” said Louise Bryson. “I’m completely convinced of the impact of the GCI and its projects. I know our gift will help advance conservation and create a lot of goodwill with other countries. For John and me, the Getty really is a place that makes a difference. We know our gift will help preserve things that are important to us all. Art and cultural heritage bring people together. That’s what the Getty does.”
John and Louise Bryson have had distinguished careers in business and nonprofit leadership. John was Secretary of Commerce under President Obama, CEO of Edison International, and cofounder of the Natural Resources Defense Council. Louise was a senior executive at Lifetime and chair of KCET, and she serves on the boards of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the California Community Foundation.