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.
The current trustees are:
- Mary Schmidt Campbell
- Megan B. Chernin
- James Cuno
- Bruce W. Dunlevie
- Pamela J. Joyner
- David L. Lee, Chair
- Robert W. Lovelace
- Thelma Meléndez de Santa Ana
- Kavita Singh
- Jaynie Miller Studenmund
- John Studzinski
- Anne M. Sweeney
MARY SCHMIDT CAMPBELL
Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D., is president of Spelman College, a leading women’s college dedicated to the education and global leadership of Black women. Before coming to Spelman, she served for over two decades as dean of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
An art historian and former curator, Campbell began her career in New York as executive director of the Studio Museum in Harlem, the country’s first accredited Black fine arts museum and a linchpin in Harlem’s redevelopment. She served as commissioner of New York City’s Department of Cultural Affairs under two mayors and in 2009, President Barack Obama appointed her vice chair of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and currently sits on the boards of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and the High Museum of Art, as well as on the advisory boards of the Bonner Foundation and the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges.
In 2017, Campbell was appointed to serve as a member of the Mayoral Advisory Commission on City Art, Monuments, and Markers in the city of New York. She recently completed a book on Romare Bearden for Oxford University Press.
Campbell received a bachelor’s of art degree in English literature from Swarthmore College, a master’s of art in art history from Syracuse University, and a doctorate in humanities from Syracuse. She and her husband, Dr. George Campbell, Jr., president emeritus of The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, are the parents of three sons and have six grandchildren.
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, created in partnership with the Mayor of Los Angeles and the LAUSD Superintendent's Office. The organization partners with Los Angeles schools to invest in innovative, results-oriented programs designed to ensure every student has a chance to succeed.
Prior to founding the Fund for Public Education, Chernin was chair of the board of directors and co-founder of LA's Promise from 2006 to August 2011. Previously, she served as chair of the Los Angeles Mentoring Partnership, a coalition of mentoring agencies serving greater Los Angeles. She served on the board of the Fulfillment Fund and was a mentor to high school students. Chernin has worked in the California Office of the Attorney General, as well as the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office.
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 was born in St. Louis, Missouri on April 6, 1951. He took his BA degree in History from Willamette University in 1973, a MA in Art History from the University of Oregon in 1978, and MA and PhD degrees in Fine Arts (history of art) from Harvard University in 1981 and 1985 respectively. He has held teaching positions at Vassar College, UCLA, Dartmouth, and Harvard, and served as Director of UCLA’s Grunwald Center of the Graphic Arts (1986–89), Dartmouth’s Hood Museum of Art (1989–91), Harvard University Art Museums (1991–2002), Director and Professor of the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London (2002–04), and President and Director of the Art Institute of Chicago (2004–11). He assumed his current position as President and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust in August 2011.
Jim 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 earlier edited two books distributed by the University of Chicago Press, French Caricature and the French Revolution, 1789–1799 (1998) and Fiorades/Fizzles: Echo and Allusion in the Art of Jasper Johns (1987).
Jim is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, where he serves on the Council and as International Secretary. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the Courtauld Institute of Art, the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, and Willamette University. He also serves on the External Advisory Group for the Art History + Curatorial Studies Collective at Atlanta University Center.
BRUCE W. DUNLEVIE
Bruce Dunlevie joined the board in March 2017. He has worked in the early stage technology venture capital industry for 30 years, and is a founder and General Partner of Benchmark Capital, based in Silicon Valley. He serves on the board of directors of several private technology companies. Prior to entering the venture capital business, Dunlevie worked in investment banking at Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Dunlevie has served on the Board of Trustees of Stanford University for ten years, and on the Board of Trustees of his alma mater, Rice University, for eight years. He is also a Fellow Benefactor of Trinity College, University of Cambridge.
Dunlevie holds a BA in literature and history from Rice University and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar.
PAMELA J. JOYNER
Pamela J. Joyner joined the Getty’s board in February 2017. She has nearly 30 years of experience in the investment industry and is the Founder of Avid Partners, LLC, where her expertise has been the alternative investment arena. She is a director of First Republic Bank and chair of its investment committee.
She is Chair of the Tate Americas Foundation, and a member of the Tate International Council and the Tate North America Acquisitions Committee. She is a trustee of the Art Institute of Chicago, a trustee and member of the Director's Circle of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and a member of the Modern and Contemporary Art Visiting Committee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Joyner serves on the board of the Art & Practice Foundation.
The Pamela J. Joyner Alfred J. Giuffrida Collection of Abstract Art is widely recognized as one of the most significant collections of modern and contemporary art by African American and African Diasporic artists in the world. The collection is a catalyst for pioneering artistic, scholarly and public initiatives including a major nationwide touring exhibition commencing in fall 2017, as well as Four Generations, a critical anthology of new research and writing which explores the critical contributions that artists of African descent have made to visual art in the 20th and 21st centuries. Joyner and Giuffrida also inaugurated an artist residency program in 2014 in Sonoma, California.
DAVID L. LEE
David L. Lee joined the board in 2009 and became Chair on July 1, 2019. 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. 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. Lee holds a doctorate in Physics with a minor in Economics from the California Institute of Technology. He is a trustee and the former 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
Robert W. Lovelace joined the Getty Board of Trustees in 2016. 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, President, and a Director of the Capital Group Companies, CEO of Capital Research and Management Company, a subsidiary of Capital Group, and serves on the Capital Group Companies Management Committee. Lovelace joined Capital in 1985 after receiving a bachelor’s degree in mineral economics from Princeton University and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation. Lovelace is a Director of the California Community Foundation, the Pacific Council on International Policy, and the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Foundation. He is also a founder of Vistamar School, a private independent high school in the South Bay region of Los Angeles.
THELMA MELÉNDEZ DE SANTA ANA
Thelma Meléndez de Santa Ana joined the board in 2012. Dr. Meléndez most recently served as the State Administrator/Superintendent for the Inglewood Unified School District from August 2017 until her retirement in December of 2019. Before that, she was Chief Executive Officer, Office of Educational Services for the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) beginning in 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. She worked at the U.S. Department of Education as the Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education where she helped to develop the Blueprint for Reform and 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 of the Year, 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 retired professor in the Department of Chicano Studies at UCLA.
Kavita Singh is Professor at the School of Arts and Aesthetics of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). She was appointed to JNU in 2001. Her research interests cover the history of Indian painting, particularly the Mughal and Rajput schools, and the history and politics of museums, with special reference to India. Before joining JNU, Singh was Research Editor for Marg Publications, and Visiting Guest Curator at the San Diego Museum of Art during which time she co-curated the exhibition Power and Desire: South Asian Paintings from the San Diego Museum of Art, Edwin Binney 3rd Collection. In 2007, Singh led a curatorial team for Where in the World, the second exhibition of the newly opened Devi Art Foundation. In 2015, she co-curated Nauras: The Many Arts of the Deccan at the National Museum in New Delhi. In 2005, she received a Getty Collaborative Research grant from the Getty along with Saloni Mathur for Museology and the Colony, a major project on the social lives of museums in India. From 2009-12 she was a partner with the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz of the Max Planck Society for a project called The Temple and the Museum: Sites for Art in India.
Singh has published several essays on secularism and religiosity, fraught national identities, and the memorialization of difficult histories as they relate to museums in South Asia and beyond. She has also published essays and monographs on aspects of Mughal and Rajput painting, particularly on style as a signifying system and has edited and co-edited books in these areas. She has received fellowships and scholarships from the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williams College, the Nehru Trust for the Indian Collections at the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Asia Society in New York as well as the Getty Foundation and Research Institute. In 2018, she was awarded the Infosys Prize in Humanities for “her extraordinarily illuminating study of Mughal, Rajput and Deccan art as well as her insightful writing on the historical function and role of museums and their significance in the increasingly fraught and conflicted social world in which visual culture exists today.” Singh received a bachelor’s of art degree in English literature from Lady Shri Ram College, an M.S. from the University of Baroda, and a doctorate in the history of art from Punjab University.
JAYNIE MILLER STUDENMUND
Jaynie Miller Studenmund’s career spans four decades in management consulting, corporate executive management, and board service across a diverse set of digital, data, consumer, financial services, and non-profit organizations. After beginning her career in consulting at Booz, Allen, she worked for the next two decades in banking and ultimately was the Executive Vice President for all consumer businesses for three of the nation’s largest banks, primarily First Interstate of California. Then she pivoted to the internet and was the Chief Operating Officer for several leading internet companies, including Overture Services, the creator of paid search that transformed online advertising. Today Studenmund serves on public boards for EXL Service, Pacific Premier Bancorp, and Western Asset Management Funds. In the non-profit arena, she is chair of Huntington Health, an affiliate of Cedars Sinai Health System, and a board member for Flintridge Prep and Forest Lawn. Studenmund is a co-founder for the Enduring Heroes Foundation. This honors Greater Pasadena’s eleven post 9/11 combat heroes, including her Green Beret son, with a noted memorial statue and other activities. Prior boards include Harvey Mudd College, KCET, LifeLock, Orbitz, and eHarmony. She has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Economics from Wellesley College. She is married to Woody Studenmund, the recently retired Laurence de Rycke Professor of Economics at Occidental College. They have two children.
JOHN STUDZINSKI CBE
John Studzinski CBE is Vice Chairman of PIMCO and a managing director. As vice chairman, he helps advance PIMCO’s global strategy and serves as a key strategic advisor to many clients around the world. Prior to joining PIMCO in 2018, he was vice chairman, investor relations and business development, and a senior managing director at Blackstone, overseeing sovereign and institutional investor relationships and advising large family offices. Studzinski was previously head of European investment banking at Morgan Stanley and deputy chairman of Morgan Stanley International. He also worked at HSBC Group, helping to build its investment banking division and serving on the bank’s group management board. Studzinski is a non-executive director at the Home Office in the U.K., chair of the Home Office’s Audit and Risk Assurance Committee (ARAC) and co-chair of the Business Against Slavery Forum, a partnership between government and business to accelerate progress in tackling modern slavery in supply chains. He is the co-founder and chair of the Arise Foundation, which partners with local networks to stop human trafficking, and vice-chair emeritus of Human Rights Watch. He is also founder and chairman of the Genesis Foundation, a U.K.-based charity that supports young artists. He has 30 years of investment experience and holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree from Bowdoin College. 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.
ANNE M. SWEENEY
Anne M. Sweeney’s entertainment industry experience spans more than three decades including leadership and senior roles at the Walt Disney Co., 21st Century Fox, and Viacom. From 2004 to 2015, she oversaw Disney’s cable, broadcast and satellite properties around the world. Previously, she helped establish and served as Chairman and CEO of the FX Networks, part of the Fox Entertainment Group of 21st Century Fox. Earlier in her career, she spent more than 12 years at Viacom’s Nickelodeon network. Active in organizations both within and outside the television industry, Sweeney currently sits on the boards of The Fulfillment Fund, and the Board of Visitors for UCLA Anderson. She is a member of the Board of Directors at Netflix, the Board of Trustees at the Mayo Clinic, and a Deans Distinguished Fellow at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. She is a prior board member of the boards of AFI, the A&E Television Networks, Hulu, and The Paley Center for Media and Special Olympics. Sweeney holds a BA from The College of New Rochelle and an Ed. M. from Harvard University.
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)
*Kenneth N. Dayton (1985–1993)
*Robert F. Erburu, Chair Emeritus (1987–2000)
Frances D. Fergusson (2007–2019)
*John T. Fey (1979–1992)
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)
Maria Hummer-Tuttle (2015–2021)
Helene L. Kaplan (1992–2004)
Joanne C. Kozberg (2005–2017)
Paul LeClerc (2007–2019)
*Jon B. Lovelace, Chair Emeritus (1982–1995)
Herbert L. Lucas, Jr. (1988–1999)
Luis G. Nogales (2000–2012)
*Stuart T. Peeler (1965–1998)
Stewart A. Resnick (2005–2017)
Neil L. Rudenstine (2007–2019)
William E.B. Siart (2005–2017)
*Rocco C. Siciliano (1982–1995)
Mark S. Siegel, Chair Emeritus (2005–2017)
*Jennifer Jones Simon (1984–1991)
Peter J. Taylor (2006–2017)
*Frank G. Wells (1990–1994)
J. Patrick Whaley (1977–1998)
*John C. Whitehead (1989–1995)
*Harold M. Williams, President Emeritus (1981–1998)
Blenda J. Wilson (1993–2005)
Jay S. Wintrob (2004–2016)
*Otto Wittmann (1979–1989)