Board of Trustees
Board of Trustees
Back row, left to right, Eileen Caulfield Schwab, Eric Schoenberg, Stephen H. Spahn, Shelley Rubin, Gavin R. Berger, Basha Frost Rubin, Mark A. Norell, and Richard Lanier. Front row, left to right, Michael J. McCormick, Robert M. Baylis, Donald Rubin, Rasika Reddy, and David R. Nalin. Absent when the photograph was taken: Ravi Akhoury, Edward Bergman, Kimberly Ferrari, Eva Haller, Peter Hutchings, Matthew Nimetz, and David Pritzker. Photo by Bob Krasner.
The trustees and an active executive committee lead the Rubin Museum of Art's governance process. The museum is committed to best practices in governance and social responsibility. In partnership with the professional staff the trustees participate in strategic planning, development initiatives, and oversight of the programmatic and collection activities of the institution.
Ravi Akhoury is a retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MacKay Shields, a multi-product investment management firm with assets under management of fifty billion dollars. He has been in the investment management business since 1973. Mr. Akhoury is a member of the Executive Management Committee of New York Life Insurance Company and a former director of Max/New York Life India. He is a trustee of the American India Foundation, Putnam Mutual Funds, Eventwist, Rageframeworks, and English Helper as well as a former board member of the Bharti Telecom and Thompson Press in India. Mr. Akhoury graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology with a BS in Engineering and obtained an MS in Quantitative Methods from SUNY at Stony Brook.
Robert M. Baylis
Robert M. Baylis was formerly the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Credit Suisse First Boston (Pacific), Inc., where he was active in twelve countries in Asia. Prior to this, he was involved in investment banking, mergers and acquisitions activities, and strategic planning around the world. He lived in Hong Kong for several years and traveled extensively in the Tibetan and Himalayan regions beginning in 1985. Since his retirement in 1996, Mr. Baylis has served as Chairman of the Board of Gildan Activewear, Inc. (until February 2012), the lead director of the board of Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc., an overseer of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archeology and Anthropology, a Trustee and Chairman of the Audit Committee of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and a member of the Leadership Council at AmeriCares. He formerly served on the boards of New York Life, PartnerRe Ltd., and Covance, Inc.
Gavin R. Berger
Gavin R. Berger is Director of Business Development for Yorke Construction in New York. Prior to joining Yorke, he was responsible for stabilizing the Big Apple Circus and facilitating its transition to a new leadership team. He was previously Vice President of Events and Promotions for Meadowlands Xanadu, Director of Concert Halls at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and an independent consultant advising Bowery Presents, Film Society of Lincoln Center, Arlington Cultural Center, the Mann Center for the Performing Arts, the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, and the Walton Arts Center at UCLA. He serves on the boards of Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies, Page 73, and Keigwin & Company.
Edward Bergman has served as Executive Director of Africa Travel Association (ATA) since June 2006. He co-founded and serves as President of the Board of MCW (Miracle Corners of the World), an NGO devoted to empowering youth to make positive change in their communities with a special focus on Africa. Eddie is Co-CEO of E&E Grill House, a restaurant located in Times Square, New York City. He is also an adjunct professor of tourism at New York University (NYU) and in social entrepreneurship at SUNY Stony Brook University. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Rubin Museum of Art, Museum for African Art, Shared Interest and the Synergos Institute. He also serves on the Advisory Boards of the International Crisis Group, NYU Africa House, NYU SCPS Center for Global Studies and NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Studies. In 2009 Eddie was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. He received his BA and MA from NYU.
Anuradha 'Anu' Duggal is an entrepreneur who has worked with online fashion and wellness companies and start-ups. She helped found Exclusively.In.com, a $48 million e-commerce fashion, jewelry, and home decor company featuring Indian brands and designers. She was a co-partner in the successful launch and management of The Tasting Room, India’s first and leading wine bar in Mumbai, and has consulted for the Taj and Oberoi Hotels. Anu is also the founder of a seed stage fund investing in technology business' started by female entrepreneurs called F Cubed which will be launching in 2013. A resident of New York, she has lived in New Delhi, Manila, Paris, London, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Mumbai. She graduated from Vassar and earned an MBA at the London Business School.
Tommy Yang Guo
Tommy Yang Guo recently graduated from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London (SOAS). He also holds a BS in Economics from the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, and an MS in Finance from the Stuart School of Business, ITT, in Chicago. He has worked as a credit analyst with Southern Securities in Beijing and as a finance consultant with Newsweb Corp. in Chicago. He was the coordinator of the Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative in China, a partnership with Newsweb Corp. He is a Chinese national and currently resides in Chicago.
Eva Haller is the Co-founder of the Campaign Communications Institute of America, a worldwide marketing agency in Manhattan with a client base of Fortune 100 companies. Haller was a therapist and researcher working with children with special needs in New York City and conducting research on adoption practices in England and the United States. Since 1984 she has actively participated on the boards of institutions such as El Pilar Archaeological Reserve, Aidmatrix, The Jane Goodall Institute, Women for Women International, The Medici Archive, Free the Children, Counterpart International, Center for Defense Information, A Blade of Grass, Sing for Hope, The Culture Project, and the Foundation for University of California, Santa Barbara.
Peter Hutchings has concentrated on nonprofit board work for the past decade. In addition to the board of the Rubin Museum, he serves with the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, New York Organ Donor Network, and Legal Services of the Hudson Valley. He also chairs the board of the El Dorado, a NYC cooperative apartment building. Before his retirement, Peter was the Chief Financial Officer for Guardian Life and earlier a partner in the employee benefits firm of Kwasha Lipton.
Richard Lanier is a founding trustee and president of the Asian Cultural Council, a grant-making foundation established by John D. Rockefeller 3rd in 1963 that supports cultural exchange between Asia and the United States. He is also a founding trustee of the Trust for Mutual Understanding, which funds cultural and environmental exchanges between the United States and Russia and other Eastern and Central European countries. He has served on the State Department’s Cultural Property Advisory Committee, is an Honorary Life Trustee of the Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, a Director of the Japan Society, a member of the Asian Art Visiting Committee at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and a trustee of the Resource Center for Cultural Engagement, The Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center, and the Urasenke Tea Ceremony Center.
Michael J. McCormick
Michael J. McCormick is a retired sea captain. He was Master on the M. V. President Jackson, a 970-foot container ship in the trans-Pacific trade. He is a graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Tibet House since 1997 and has travelled extensively in the Himalayas and Tibet while studying the historical aspects of Tibetan art. He has been a consultant for various Tibetan art exhibitions, including Sacred Visions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Divine Presence at La Caixa, Barcelona. He has a collection of eleventh- to fifteenth-century Tibetan paintings and generously shares it with the public through loans to exhibitions.
David R. Nalin
David R. Nalin, MD, served in the United States Public Health Service at the National Institutes of Health, first assigned to the Cholera Research Laboratory in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He continued his research career at the Johns Hopkins Center for Medical Research as Assistant Professor of Medicine and Pathobiology at Johns Hopkins Medical School and School of Public Health, and later as Associate Professor at the University of Maryland and Director of the Pakistan Medical Research Center in Lahore, Pakistan. He later was Director of Clinical Research at Merck Research Laboratories and Director of Vaccine Scientific Affairs at Merck Vaccine Division, where he led the clinical trials leading to the hepatitis A vaccine. While in South Asia, Dr. Nalin became captivated with local cultures. Realizing ancient sculptures were being scrapped for their metal and destroyed in ethnic conflicts, he became committed to preserving the visual arts of the region. His substantial art collection includes works from India, Bangladesh, Tibet, Nepal, and China.
Matthew Nimetz is an Advisory Director of General Atlantic LLC, where he previously served as Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director for twelve years. He also serves as the Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in connection with the negotiations between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Before joining General Atlantic, Nimetz was a partner and former chair of the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York City. He had previously practiced law as an associate and partner of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. He served as Under Secretary of State for Security Assistance, Science, and Technology and as a Counselor of the Department of State under President Jimmy Carter and earlier on the White House staff of President Lyndon Johnson. He is on the board of several nonprofit organizations and universities. He received degrees from Williams College, Harvard Law School, and Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.
Mark A. Norell
Mark A. Norell, PhD, is Chairman of the Division of Paleontology at the American Museum of Natural History. He is one of the team leaders of the joint American Museum of Natural History/Mongolian Academy of Sciences expedition to the Gobi Desert of Mongolia, which was launched in 1990. Dr. Norell and the team have generated new ideas about bird origins and the groups of dinosaurs to which modern birds are most closely related. Dr. Norell was part of the team of scientists who, in 1998, announced the discovery in northeastern China of two 120-million-year-old dinosaur species, both of which show unequivocal evidence of true feathers. Dr. Norell began at the American Museum of Natural History in 1989. He is the author of several books and spends significant time in Mongolia and China.
Amy G. Poster
Amy G. Poster is an independent curator in New York and consultant on museum strategic planning, specializing in Asian art. She was affiliated with the Brooklyn Museum’s Asian Art Department for more than 35 years and is now Curator Emerita of Asian Art at the Brooklyn Museum. She holds a MA degree from Columbia University in East Asian Languages and Cultures. She has taught Museum Studies at New York University and South Asian art history at the Bard Graduate Center in the Decorative Arts. Her curatorial projects include an exhibition on Guanyin images for the Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL. She has recently been appointed Mellon Curator-at-Large at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. She serves on the Islamic Art Visiting Committee of The Metropolitan Museum of Art and on numerous art advisory committees.
David Pritzker has been associated with Himalayan Art Resources (www.himalayanart.org) since late spring of 2008. David was a curator at the Rubin Museum of Art where he organized and curated a number of shows including, Red Black and Gold (2008), Arhats, From the Land of the Gods (2008), and BIG (2007). He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Stanford University with a major in history and a minor in international relations. Having grown up in Nepal, Mr. Pritzker has a particularly close relationship with the culture and art of the Himalayas. He spent much of his childhood exploring the Kathmandu Valley and the entire Himalayan range. Mr. Pritzker continues to visit Tibet in collaboration with China's Cultural Bureau to conduct further research and exploration of early Tibetan Buddhist art history and archeology. He is pursuing his PhD at Oxford University.
Margot Pritzker is Chair of the Zohar Education Project Incorporated and President and Founder of WomenOnCall.org. She is a Board Trustee of the Aspen Institute, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, the International Board of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, the Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School, and the Pritzker Early Childhood Foundation. She is also the chair of the University of Chicago Charter School Governing Board, which is a part of the University’s Urban Education Institute. Born in England, Margot became a U.S. citizen in 1994. She resides in Chicago with her husband, Thomas J. Pritzker. They have three sons. Their extensive travel and knowledge of South Asia has resulted in one of the foremost collections of South Asian art. Margot holds a BA from Northwestern University and an AM from the University of Chicago.
Rasika Reddy is a visual artist based in Summit, New Jersey, and New York City. Born in Hyderabad, India, Rasika earned her BSC at Osmania University and her Master’s degree in philosophy at Central University of Hyderabad before returning to school to get her BA in fine arts at the West Surrey School of Art and Design in England. She lived in England for thirteen years before returning to the United States in 2003. She has exhibited in the United Kingdom, India, and in the United States including the Erasing Borders exhibitions of the Indo-American Arts Council; group shows at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey; the Art in Embassies exhibition in Belmopan, Belize; and Sacred Vanity, a solo show at Gallery 51 in Montclair, New Jersey. She has served on the boards of the India Rural Development Fund and the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey. Currently she is a board member of the South Asian Youth Action based in Queens, New York.
Basha Frost Rubin
Basha Frost Rubin graduated from Yale Law School in 2010 and Yale College with a degree in political science in 2007. At Yale, Ms. Rubin participated in the National Litigation Project, assisting Guantanamo detainees, and the Criminal Defense Clinic, working on state and federal criminal defense cases. She has worked for the National Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem. Ms. Rubin is a lawyer in New York City.
Donald Rubin is the founder of MultiPlan, Inc., a major general service PPO health provider. He and his wife, Shelley Rubin, founded the Rubin Museum of Art. Mr. Rubin serves as Co-founder and Co-chair of the Board of Trustees. The Rubins started collecting Himalayan art in the early 1980s and amassed a large and significant collection that became the core of the museum’s holdings. Mr. Rubin also developed the Himalayan Art Resources website, www.himalayanart.org, to exhibit and catalog Himalayan and Tibetan art online from collections around the world. He initiated the Labor Arts Project (www.laborarts.org) to gather, identify, and display examples of the cultural and artistic history of working people and to celebrate the trade union movement’s contributions to that history. Mr. Rubin is a member of the Global Philanthropists Circle.
Shelley F. Rubin
Shelley F. Rubin is the Co-founder and Co-chair of the Rubin Museum of Art. She brought her passion for Himalayan art to the joint decision with her husband Donald Rubin to create the Rubin Museum of Art. A philanthropist and cultural leader who believes that art and cultural enrichment have the power to change lives in straightforward, practical ways, Ms. Rubin created A Blade of Grass (ABOG) in 2011 to engage the arts community in New York. ABOG seeks to expand the relationship between art and life and create new audiences for art. She is co-chair of the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation which supports numerous cultural and humanitarian projects all over the world. She also serves on the boards of Thirteen/WNET, Human Rights Watch, and the Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center. She is a member of the Global Philanthropists Circle.
Eric Schoenberg is Chairman of CampusWorks, Inc., a provider of technology services to colleges and universities. He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia Business School, where he teaches behavioral economics and decision making, and at NYU's Stern School of Business, where he teaches professional responsibility and leadership. He was previously Managing Director and Chief Knowledge Officer of Broadview International, a boutique investment bank, and before that served as a Foreign Service Officer in the U.S. Department of State. He holds a PhD in psychology from Columbia University, an MBA from the Wharton School, where he was a Palmer Scholar, an MSE in Computer and Information Science from the University of Pennsylvania, and an AB in Biology from Harvard University. He is an Overseer of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology and a member of the Board of Directors of Planned Parenthood of Central and Greater Northern New Jersey.
Eileen Caulfield Schwab
Eileen Caulfield Schwab, a retired partner at Sidley Austin LLP, has lectured and written on numerous domestic and certain international trusts and estates and tax subjects. She is an adjunct professor at New York Law School. She serves as a trustee and member of the executive committee of Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, a trustee and chair of the Cooke Center for Learning and Development, a trustee of the Catholic Communal Fund, and Chair of the Planning Giving Committee of the Archdiocese of New York. Ms. Schwab is on the Professional Advisory Committees of Calvary Hospital and on advisory committees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Art and Design, the New York Public Library, the Central Park Conservancy, and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Ms. Schwab earned a BA from Hunter College and JD from Columbia University Law School.
Charles C. Bergman
The Very Reverend James Parks Morton
Jonathan F. P. Rose