Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Jean Durant
Board President
Lauren Fernandez
Vice President
Tom Neff
Treasurer
Sharon Shrank
Secretary
Headshot of Joshua Bane
Joshua Bane
Board Member
Shirin Richens
Board Member

Board Advisory Committee

Howard Flax – President, Flax Art and Design
Danielle Fox – Owner; Slate Contemporary Gallery and Art Consulting
Moss Kardener – Chief Brand Advisor, OnStrategy Consultants
Zoa Town – Vice President, Property and Asset Management at TMG Partners.

Pam Versaw – Business Development and Operations Consultant, Venture Capital and Biochemistry

 

Arts Venue Committee

Jean Durant – Board President
Chandra Cerrito – Owner, Chandra Cerrito Art Advisors
Meghan Faulkner – Principal, Local Language
Christine Ferrouge – Artist, Werkshack
Danielle Fox – Owner – Slate Contemporary Gallery and Art Consulting and Committee Chair
Johanna Poethig – Artist, Mercury 20 Gallery
Erica Wright Belle – Owner, RBA Creative
Ginny Van Dine – Administrative Support, Slate Contemporary Gallery and Art Consulting
Jan Watten – Owner, Gray Loft Gallery

Programming and Events Committee

Shirin Richens – Committee Chair and Board Member

Open – Volunteer Programming and Events Coordinator

Marketing and Communications Committee

Sharon Shrank – Committee Chair and Board Member

Carolyn Smith – Social Media and Marketing Expert

Kyra Cyphers – Public Relations, Vice President at DKC

Lisa Timonova – Graphic Design

Development and Fundraising Committee

Jean Durant – Committee Chair and Board President

Tom Neff – Co-Chair and Board Treasurer

Celine Piser – Grant Writer, Researcher, Editor

Community Engagement and Outreach Committee

Lauren Fernandez – Committee Chair and Board Vice President

Joshua Bane – Board Member

Open – Volunteer Coordinator

Board President

Jean Durant

Director, Gap Inc.
A curious thinker, change agent and leader of creative teams for retail organizations such as Old Navy, Gap, Gymboree, Blockbuster and most recently Banana Republic. Jean is passionate about growing Oakland’s diverse and electric visual arts communities by connecting the public to the arts and creative spaces that make the Town so special.

Vice President

Lauren Fernandez

Senior HR Business Partner – ALS-U Berkeley Lab. Serving as the HR Business Partner for start-up division within established Lab framework. Providing division with guidance and oversight on a variety of HR functional areas including strategic workforce planning, compensation planning, recruitment and retention, employee and labor relations, performance management, progressive discipline and investigations. Lauren leads the Community Engagement and Outreach Committee and the organizations Diversity and Inclusion work. Board member since 2018.

Treasurer

Tom Neff

Managing Partner / Tax Stockholder / International Tax Co-Chair

Tom Neff, CPA, is RINA’s Managing Partner, Co-Chair of the International Tax Practice Group, and manager of the firm’s Wealth Management division. Tom advises businesses and individuals investing abroad and foreigners investing in the US on tax structuring and multinational tax planning.  Prior to moving to the Bay Area, Tom spent 5 years with a CPA firm located in the US Virgin Islands. He is passionate about the local Performing Arts scene and can be seen monthly performing at the All-Out Comedy Theater in Oakland with his improv troupe.

Secretary

Sharon Shrank

Senior marketing executive with twenty years of experience building global omni-channel retail brands in both mature and emerging markets. Specialties: E-commerce, direct marketing, catalog circulation and segmentation, retail marketing, campaign development, brand positioning, brand development, consumer research studies, store events, social media, email marketing, search engine marketing, integrated marketing planning. Sharon leads marketing strategy for the organization. Board member since 2018.

Board Member

Joshua Bane

Joshua Bane leads companies and  communities to create the experience, culture, and support needed to show up as we are: diverse individuals in an ever changing world. He currently works for Galileo Learning and will be helping to lead the organizations Community Outreach and Engagement work. Board member since January 2020.

Board Member

Shirin Richens

Shirin Richens IIDA, is the Owner of Nomadika Design Studio. She specializes in Commercial Interior Design and Interior Architecture focused on Restaurant, Retail, Hospitality and Multi Family. Shirin will be supporting the organization in Fundraising and Development. Board member since January 2020.