Board of Trustees

The primary responsibilities of the Board of Trustees are to:

  • advance RISD’s mission
  • provide organizational oversight
  • set policy

Officers of the Board

Michael H. Spalter, Chair
Providence, RI
financier, digital art collector

Lisa Pevaroff-Cohn 83 TX, Vice Chair
New York, NY
artist, jewelry designer, philanthropist

Margaret A. Williams, Vice Chair
Westerly, RI
Co-Founder and Partner, Griffin Williams Critical Point Management, LLC

Term Trustees

David C. Barclay P 10
Los Angeles, CA
Senior Vice President and Director, Capital Research and Management Company

John H. Beug P 05
Santa Monica, CA
Warner Music Group

J. Scott Burns
Providence, RI
retired (former Managing Partner, Brown Rudnick)

Amita Chatterjee 77 GD
New York, NY
art collector, artist

Erica Gerard Di Bona P 11
Los Angeles, CA
independent fundraising consultant

Kim Gassett-Schiller P 14
Half Moon Bay, CA
independent sales consultant, Longaberger Company

Joe Gebbia 05 GD/ID
San Francisco, CA
Co-Founder and CPO, Airbnb, Inc.

Robert W. Glass P 11
San Francisco, CA
Executive Vice President of Corporate Development, Robert Half International

Richard W. Haining, Sr. P 05
Atlanta, GA
retired (former Vice President and Investment Counselor, Montag & Caldwell)

Karen Hammond
Providence, RI
retired (former Managing Director, Devonshire Investors)

Jon Kamen P 09
New York, NY
Co-Founder and Chairman/CEO,

Mary Lovejoy
Barrington, RI
Vice President and Treasurer, Textron

Stephen A. Metcalf
Providence, RI
sculptor, printmaker, philanthropist

Nicole J. Miller 73 AP
New York, NY
fashion designer and Co-Founder/President, Kobra International Ltd.

Steven G. Perelman
New York, NY
visiting lawyer, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Roland V. Sturm P 17
Las Vegas, NV 
real estate developer

Life Trustee

Louis Beal 52 IA
New York, NY
independent design consultant

Ex Officio Trustees

Michael Neff 04 PH
San Francisco, CA
President, RISD Alumni Council 
Senior Designer, Mode Analytics

William Schweizer P 19
New York, NY
Co-Chair, Parents’ Council
Vice Chairman of Clinical Affairs, NYU Langone Medical Center

Rosanne Somerson 76 ID
Providence, RI
President, Rhode Island School of Design

Jeffrey Yan BArch 01
Palo Alto, CA
Past President, RISD Alumni Council
Co-Founder and CEO, Digication

Honorary Trustees

Anthony C. Belluschi BArch 66/P 95
Portland, OR

Jane Chace Carroll
New York, NY

Clara M. Dale BArch 75
New York, NY

Robert F. Dixon BArch 71
Waterford, CT

Susan W. Dryfoos P 01
New York, NY

Bayard C. Ewing
Denver, CO

Barnet Fain
Barrington, RI

Louis A. Fazzano
Newport, RI

Anne B. Fordyce 67 SC
Watertown, MA

Peter B. Freeman
Providence, RI

Katherine Freygang 80 IA/MFA 81 GD
Cornwall, CT

A. Corwin Frost 59 AR/P 97
Bronxville, NY

Wilfrid L. Gates, Jr. 65 LA
North Kingstown, RI

Paula Koffler Granoff
Providence, RI

William R. Hammer BArch 65
Cambridge, MA

Ronne Hartfield
Chicago, IL

Dorothy Hebden-Heath 57 PT
Boston, MA

V. Duncan Johnson
Providence, RI

Erma W. Leavitt 44 PT
Boca Raton, FL

Se-Ung Lee P91
Seoul, Korea

David A. Macaulay BArch 69
Norwich, VT

John O.C. McCrillis 39 GD
Branford, CT

Pauline C. Metcalf
New York, NY

Stuart J. Murphy 64 IL/P 96
Boston, MA

J. Terrence Murray
Narragansett, RI

Dana M. Newbrook 63 AR
Cumberland, RI

Joan Ress Reeves
Providence, RI

Jens Risom P66/GP 95
New Caanan, CT

M. Kate Rittmann P 95
Orinda, CA

Merrill W. Sherman
Jamestown, RI

Philip E. Tobey BArch 66
Reston, VA

William J. Watkins P83
Sarasota Square, FL

Patricia A. White 64 IL/P96
Cambridge, MA

* RISD alumni are noted by a class year and major acronym following their names. Parents and grandparents of alumni are designated by P or GP, plus the year of graduation.

At RISD there's nothing unusual about suddenly finding a doorknob on a tree trunk, shown here across from Carr House,
the charming home of Student Life offices and the student-run Carr Haus Café.