Each member of Board of Directors serves as an active ambassador of the Terra Foundation’s global mission. Collectively, they contribute a wealth of experience and expertise in the fields of art history, museum administration, art collection and business management, communications, finance, and law, among numerous others, to both govern and manage the activities of the foundation.
Gerhard Casper is a professor of law and president emeritus at Stanford University. During his tenure as president, he oversaw the renovation of the Cantor Arts Center and was an active supporter of programs in the humanities. Before joining the Stanford Law School faculty in 1992, he spent 26 years at the University of Chicago, where he served as the provost of the university, dean of the law school, and a professor of law. Professor Casper is a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. He is also committed to international interests and is senior fellow at Stanford’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.
Max Berry is a retired attorney and lobbyist who specialized in international trade. He is a trustee of the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at the University of Oklahoma and the Asia Society. He is also an honorary trustee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Smithsonian National Board. Mr. Berry, with his late wife Heidi, has formed a collection of nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first-century American art.
Nora Daley is the Chair of the City of Chicago’s Cultural Advisory Council. Daley also is the Chair of the Board of Trustees of Steppenwolf Theatre Company, one of the nation’s leading ensemble theatres, producing up to 16 productions each year in its three Chicago theater spaces—including programming dedicated to the development of new plays and theatre for young adults. Daley serves on the board and executive committee of After School Matters and the Frances Xavier Warde School. Daley also serves on the board of the Terra Foundation for American Art and Navy Pier, Inc. and on the advisory boards for the Harris School of Public Policy at University of Chicago and the Illinois Justice Project. Daley received a BA in Art History from Fairfield University.
Ruth Fine was a curator of prints and drawings and then of special projects in modern art at the National Gallery of Art, in Washington, D.C., from 1972 to 2012. She has organized exhibitions of twentieth and twenty-first-century American artists, including John Marin, Georgia O'Keeffe, Helen Frankenthaler, Jasper Johns, and Romare Bearden. She is chair of the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation and on the boards of the Richard Diebenkorn Foundation and the Fabric Workshop and Museum. Ms. Fine is working on exhibitions on the art of Norman Lewis, for the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and Martin Puryear, for the Art Institute of Chicago.
Mimi Gardner Gates served for 15 years as director of the Seattle Art Museum and is now director emerita, overseeing the Gardner Center for Asian Art and Ideas. Previously, she spent 19 years at Yale University Art Gallery, the last 7½ as director. Ms. Gates serves on the boards of the Blakemore Foundation, the Northwest African American Museum, Copper Canyon Press, and the Heinz Center for Science, Economics, and the Environment. She also serves on the Yale Art Gallery Governing Board and was elected Yale Alumni Fellow in 2007.
Joe Gromacki is a senior partner at the law firm of Jenner & Block LLP, where he chairs the firm’s corporate/transactional practice and serves on the firm’s governing committee. He is an active patron of the arts, serving on the board of trustees of the Art Institute of Chicago and several other museums and arts organizations. He is a member of the National Trust Council, a supporting organization for the National Trust for Historic Preservation. He also serves on the board of directors of the Chicago Botanic Garden. Additionally, Gromacki serves as a trustee of the Layton Art Collection, a foundation that owns an important collection of art that is exhibited at the Milwaukee Art Museum. He collects seventeenth and early eighteenth-century American furniture and related decorative arts, as well as rare books.
Chet Gougis is a founding partner of Cognient Group, LLC, and Cognitive Capital Partners, LLC, investing and operating expertise companies. He is the former president and CEO of Duff & Phelps, leading their consulting and investment banking business for more than 20 years. He is a nationally recognized expert on family business financial issues and has served on the board of trustees of the Loyola University Family Business Center. He also serves on the boards of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, WTTW-Channel 11, and DePaul University and is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago and the Commercial Club.
Charles Harper is the founder and managing director of Harper Insights, Inc., an investment management firm. He is a board member of Art Encounter, which provides art education to Chicago inner-city schools, the Renaissance Society, and Ball State University Foundation. Mr. Harper is an acquisition committee member at the David Owsley Museum of Art at Ball State and serves on the Art Institute of Chicago’s Asian Art Council acquisition committee. He has a BA in fine arts and mathematics from Northwestern University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Mr. Harper is a collector of art from the modern period, especially abstract expressionist art.
Peter Krivkovich is the president and CEO of Cramer-Krasselt (C-K). He has guided C-K to its position as nation’s second-largest independent agency with billings of $1 billion since assuming the CEO title in 1998. Mr. Krivkovich is on the boards of the Ad Council, the Off the Street Club, and Friends of Prentice Hospital.
Michael Leja is professor of art history and director of the program in visual arts at the University of Pennsylvania School of Arts. He previously taught at Northwestern University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Williams College, and the University of Delaware. Dr. Leja’s area of specialization is the visual arts of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, primarily in the United States, topics in which he has authored books and numerous catalogs and articles. The Terra Foundation has engaged him in the past to serve in an advisory capacity and as a grant reader. Dr. Leja earned his MA and PhD in fine arts from Harvard University.
Henri Loyrette (International Board) is an art historian and a member of the Conseil d’Etat (French Council of State)—a body that acts both as legal advisor to the executive branch and as the supreme court for administrative justice. He also serves as president of Admical, a French organization dedicated to corporate philanthropy. Mr. Loyrette was formerly the president and director of the Musée du Louvre (2001–2013) and is recognized for expanding the display of the museum’s collections, as well as the museum itself by opening a location in Lens, France, in December 2012, and securing an agreement to open a future branch in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Prior to heading the Louvre, he was at the Musée d’Orsay for 23 years, where he was appointed curator in 1978 and director in 1994. Mr. Loyrette is a noted scholar of nineteenth-century French art, notably an expert in the work of Edgar Degas. Throughout his distinguished career, he has held important positions in several French cultural organizations, including serving as the secretary-general of the French Committee on Art History.
Peter Lunder is chairman of Kenilworth, Inc., in Portland, Maine. Prior to founding Kenilworth, he was the co-chairman, president, and CEO of Dexter Shoe Company, a family business that was acquired by Berkshire Hathaway in 1993. He is a life overseer at Colby College and member of the Colby College Museum of Art Board of Governors and former chair of its Acquisition Committee. Mr. Lunder, with his wife Paula, is a major collector of American art and lead donor to the Lunder Wing of American Art at Colby College Museum of Art. The Lunders have created the endowed Lunder Chair for Education and Outreach Programs for the Lunder Conservation Center at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Lunder Curator of Art at Colby.
Larry Richman has been president and CEO of PrivateBancorp, Inc., and subsidiary, The PrivateBank-Chicago, since November 2007. Prior to joining PrivateBancorp, he was president and CEO of LaSalle Bank, NA, as well as president of LaSalle Bank Midwest. Mr. Richman serves on the boards of Northwestern Memorial Hospital, the Museum of Science & Industry, Ravinia Festival Association, the Field Museum, Chicago Chamber of Commerce, and the Executives’ Club of Chicago. He also is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, where he earned his M.B.A., and a board member of Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
Gloria Scoby served as senior vice president/group publisher of Crain Communication, Inc., until her retirement in December 2013. Hired by Crain in 1978 to help launch Crain’s Chicago Business, and, after a stint as publisher of Crain’s New York Business, she became publisher of the Chicago paper in 1989. Ms. Scoby went on to become group publisher for Crain Communications and oversaw publications in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and London. She serves on the boards of Steppenwolf Theatre, the Advisory Board of the Media Management Center at Northwestern, and is a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago, the Economic Club of Chicago, and the Chicago Network.
Michael Shapiro is the director of the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, where he has embarked on multi-year partnerships with museums such as the Louvre, the Museum of Modern Art, and the National Galleries of Scotland. France awarded Michael the Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters) for his partnership with France in the advancement of the arts. Previously, he was director at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, chief curator at the Saint Louis Art Museum, assistant professor in the Department of Art History at Duke University, and served on the 2006 faculty of the Getty Leadership Institute. He holds a PhD from Harvard University and specializes in nineteenth and twentieth-century American painting and sculpture.
Greg Williamson is the Chief Investment Officer of the American Red Cross, in Washington, DC, where he manages roughly $5 billion in foundation and pension assets. Prior to this position, Williamson worked at BP America, where he started in 1991 and had been the chief investment officer since 2001, managing a 16-person team responsible for corporate asset management in the western hemisphere. Williamson was appointed by President George W. Bush to the President’s Working Group on Financial Markets in September 2007. He earned his MBA in Finance, Economics & Strategy from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.