Board of Trustees

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.

J. Paul Getty Trust Board of Trustees
J. Paul Getty Trust Board of Trustees
Front row seated (l to r): Thelma Meléndez de Santa Ana, Frances D. Fergusson, Neil Rudenstine, Maria Hummer-Tuttle, James Cuno, Pamela J. Joyner, John J. Studzinski
Back row standing (l to r): Ronald S. Lauder, Bruce W. Dunlevie, Ronald P. Spogli, Paul LeClerc, Robert W. Lovelace, Megan B. Chernin, David Lee

As of July 1, 2018, the trustees are:

See List of Trustees Emeriti

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 M.A. 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. He serves on the Council at the Academy and on the Board of Trustees of the Courtauld Institute of art, and Willamette University.

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, Mr. Dunlevie worked in investment banking at Goldman, Sachs & Co.

Mr. 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, and he is currently the Chairman of the Board of the Stanford Management Company, the entity which oversees Stanford University’s endowment. He is also a Fellow Benefactor of Trinity College, University of Cambridge.

Mr. 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.

Drew Gilpin Faust joined the board in July 2018, having just concluded an eleven-year term as president of Harvard University, where she continues as the Lincoln Professor of History in Harvard's Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Faust was the founding dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard. Previously, she served as the Annenberg Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania, where she was a member of the faculty for 25 years. Dr. Faust is the author of six books, including Mothers of Invention: Women of the Slaveholding South in the American Civil War (University of North Carolina Press, 1996), for which she won the Francis Parkman Prize in 1997. Her most recent book, This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War (Alfred A. Knopf, 2008) won the Bancroft Prize in 2009, and was a finalist for both a National Book Award and a Pulitzer Prize.

Dr. Faust is a member of the Board of Directors of Goldman Sachs. Additionally, she is a member of the Educational Advisory Board of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. She formerly has served as Trustee of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; Bryn Mawr College; and, the National Humanities Center.

Dr. Faust earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Bryn Mawr College in 1968; a master’s degree in American civilization from the University of Pennsylvania in 1971; and a Ph.D. in American civilization from the University of Pennsylvania in 1975. Her honors include awards in 1982 and 1996 for distinguished teaching at the University of Pennsylvania. She was elected to the Society of American Historians in 1993, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1994, and the American Philosophical Society in 2004. In September 2018 she will receive the 2018 John W. Kluge Prize for Achievement in the Study of Humanity.

Frances D. 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 has served on the boards of several companies, most recently Mattel and Pfizer. Dr. Fergusson is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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 currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the J. Paul Getty Trust, and serves on the boards of the International Rescue Committee, Caltech, the W.M. Keck Foundation, and the Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies. 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 LA24 Exploratory Committee, 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.

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 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. Ms. 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.

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, served as Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations from 1999-2001 and is Chairman-Emeritus of the Jewish National Fund. He is also Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Lauder Institute 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. Dr. Lee holds a doctorate in Physics with a minor in Economics from the California Institute of Technology. He is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Caltech and also chairs the Board of Overseers of the Keck School of Medicine at USC. 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 joined the Getty Board of Trustees in 2016. Mr. 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, 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 joined the board on July 1, 2012. Dr. Meléndez serves as State Administrator for the Inglewood Unified School District as of August 16, 2017. Prior to her current appointment, she was Chief Executive Officer, Office of Educational Services for the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) since November 2014. 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.

Neil L. Rudenstine joined the board in 2007 and is the current Vice Chair. Dr. Rudenstine was president of Harvard University from 1991 until 2001. He was previously Dean of Students, (1968-72); Dean of the College (1972-77) and Provost (1977-87) at Princeton University. 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. He is an honorary fellow of New College Oxford; the Courtauld Institute of Art in London; and Emmanuel College, Cambridge; 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. From 2001-2015 he was Chair of Artstor, an initiative of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Ronald P. Spogli joined the board in July 2010. He is Co-Chairman 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 the Chairman of Nutkao, a multi-national food products company based in the Piedmont region of Italy, and also on the Board of Directors 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. 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 CBE is Vice Chairman, Investor Relations and Business Development and Senior Managing Director of Blackstone where he holds special responsibility for sovereign and institutional investor relationships, as well as important and influential pools of international family capital. Mr. Studzinski joined Blackstone in 2006 as Global Head of Blackstone Advisory Partners, which he led for a decade. Prior to Blackstone, Mr. Studzinski served as head of European Investment Banking at Morgan Stanley as well as deputy chairman of Morgan Stanley International. After 23 years at Morgan Stanley, Mr. Studzinski moved to HSBC in 2003 as a member of the Group Management Board. A graduate of Bowdoin College, he also has an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Mr. Studzinski is a Non-Executive Director of the Home Office of the UK Government and serves as Chair of the Risk, Audit and Compliance Committee in addition to chairing the Prime Minister's “Business Against Modern Slavery” initiative. He is Founder and Chairman of the Genesis Foundation, a UK-based charitable foundation that nurtures the careers of outstanding young artists, and Chairman of Create London. He is Vice-Chair Emeritus of Human Rights Watch and is Co-founder and Chair of the Arise Foundation, which partners with local networks to stop human trafficking. Mr. Studzinski is also Vice Chairman of The Atlantic Council and a member of The Council on Foreign Relations. Mr. Studzinski serves on the U.S. boards of The J. Paul Getty Trust, Signature Theatre, and the Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies (FAPE).

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. He received the Prince of Wales Medal for Arts Philanthropy and the Prince of Wales Ambassador Award for his work with the homeless. 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. In 2017, Mr. Studzinski was named Catholic of the Year by Catholic Herald magazine and received the 2017 Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award in recognition of his personal commitment and support of the arts.

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)
*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)
Helene L. Kaplan (1992–2004)
Joanne C. Kozberg (2005–2017)
*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)
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)