Board

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.

Joe Gromacki, Chair

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, Mr. 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.

Nora Daley

Nora Daley is the Chair of the City of Chicago’s Cultural Advisory Council and Vice Chair of the Terra Foundation of American Art. Daley serves on the board and executive committee of After School Matters, the Frances Xavier Warde School, Navy Pier Inc., and Steppenwolf Theatre Company. She also serves on the advisory board of the Illinois Justice Project and the education committee for the Museum of Contemporary Art. Ms. Daley received a BA in Art History from Fairfield University. Daley lives in Chicago with her husband and three children.

Chet Gougis

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. Mr. Gougis 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

Charles Harper manages Harper Insights, Inc., an investment management firm. He is a board member of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA), the Ball State University Foundation, and Art Encounter. Mr. Harper serves on the Art Institute's Committee for Asian Art and the Asian Art Council Board. He has a BA in fine arts and mathematics from Northwestern University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. With his wife Kathleen, Mr. Harper collects American Abstract Art, Chicago Imagism, and South East Asian Art.

Stephanie Harris

Stephanie Harris is a Trustee of the University of Chicago Medical Center, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Field Foundation of Illinois. She is a member of the Woman’s Board of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Founders’ Board of Children’s Memorial Hospital. For three years, she served at the Metropolitan Museum of Art as Chair of the Apollo Circle, a group dedicated to cultivating interest in the Metropolitan among young professionals aged 23 to 40.

Erica Hirshler

Erica E. Hirshler is the Croll Senior Curator of American Paintings, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. An expert in late nineteenth and early twentieth-century American painting, Dr. Hirshler has published extensively on John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt, Childe Hassam, Dennis Bunker, William Merritt Chase, Winslow Homer, and women artists and collectors. She is particularly interested in the artistic exchange between the United States and Europe and in issues of national identity; she also studies Boston’s history, art, and patronage. Dr. Hirshler holds a BA from Wellesley College and a PhD from Boston University; she has lectured at museums and other cultural institutions across the United States, Europe, and Japan.

Hirshler’s most recent exhibition was William Merritt Chase (2016); in addition to her essay “Old Masters Meet New Women,” she wrote a small book to introduce several of Chase’s favored themes (William Merritt Chase, 2016). Her other publications include a study of Childe Hassam’s iconic At Dusk: Boston Common at Twilight (2015) and the highly-praised Sargent’s Daughters: The Biography of a Painting (2009). She co-organized the exhibitions and contributed essays for John Singer Sargent Watercolors in 2013 and Americans in Paris 1860–1900 in 2006; and curated A Studio of Her Own: Women Artists in Boston 1870–1940 (2001) and Dennis Miller Bunker: American Impressionist (1995). She has contributed to several other important shows, among them The Lure of Italy (1992), John Singleton Copley (1995), Mary Cassatt (1998), John Singer Sargent (1998), Edmund Tarbell (2001), Childe Hassam (2004), Impressionism Abroad: Boston and French Painting (2005), Sargent and the Sea (2009), and Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends (2015). She is currently planning an exhibition about Sargent and fashion.

Michael Leja

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. Mr. 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. Mr. Leja earned his MA and PhD in fine arts from Harvard University.

Henri Loyrette

Henri Loyrette 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.

Raymond J. McGuire

Raymond J. McGuire is the Vice Chairman of Citigroup and Chairman of Citi’s Banking, Capital Markets and Advisory (“BCMA”). Mr. McGuire is a member of the Institutional Clients Group Executive Committee and the Institutional Clients Group Business Practices Committee and is a Board Member of Citigroup Global Markets Inc. Prior to his current roles, Mr. McGuire had a 13 year tenure as Citi’s Global Head of Corporate and Investment Banking (“CIB”) whose clients generate over $20 Billion of global revenue annually. Prior to joining Citi, Mr. McGuire was the Global Co-Head of Mergers & Acquisitions at Morgan Stanley; Managing Director in the Mergers and Acquisitions Group of Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc.; and one of the original members of Wasserstein Perella & Co., Inc. becoming Partner/Managing Director in 1991. He started his career in 1984 in the Mergers and Acquisitions Group of The First Boston Corporation. Mr. McGuire serves as a Board member of the American Museum of Natural History, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the Citi Foundation, the De La Salle Academy (Chairman Emeritus), the Harvard Club of New York, the Hotchkiss School (Vice President), the New York City Police Foundation, the New York-Presbyterian Hospital, the New York Public Library (Executive Committee and Co-Chairman Nominating Committee), the Studio Museum in Harlem (Chairman), Think450, and the Whitney Museum of American Art (Executive Committee). Mr. McGuire is also a member of the Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission for the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. He was recognized by New York’s Avenue Magazine as one of New York’s “50 Smartest” and by Crain’s as one of the “Most Connected New Yorkers.” ARTnews includes Mr. McGuire as part of its list of “Top 200 Collectors.” Mr. McGuire received his AB, MBA, and JD from Harvard University.

Morton Schapiro

Morton Schapiro began his term as the sixteenth president of Northwestern University in 2009. He is a professor of economics and is among the nation’s leading authorities on the economics of higher education, with expertise in college financing, affordability, and trends in educational costs and student aid. He has written or edited nine books and more than 100 articles. He has received research grants and contracts from numerous foundations and boards including the National Science Foundation and the US Department of Education. Mr. Schapiro is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the National Academy of Education.

Carl D. Thoma

Carl D. Thoma is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Thoma Bravo, LLC. He was a Co-Founder and a Managing Director at GTCR, LLC and its predecessor funds, since 1980. He began his career at First Chicago Equity Group where he helped build one of the largest and active private equity firms in the country. He served as Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Thoma Cressey Bravo. Mr. Thoma was the President and Chairman of the National Venture Capital Association. He was at First Chicago Investment Corporation and a Partner at Golder, Thoma, Cressey, Rauner, Inc. He serves as Director of FutureSource Communications, Inc. He serves as Chairman Emeritus at The Illinois Venture Capital Association. Mr. Thoma serves as a Director of Scientech Inc.; Segall Bryant & Hamill; Global DocuGraphiX; Meridian Mortuary Group; and Local Media of America, Inc. He serves on the boards of Infogix and Internet Pipeline. He serves on Stanford Graduate School of Business Advisory Council. He served as the Chairman of NES Rentals Holdings Inc. since it was founded in June 1996; Global Imaging Systems Inc., from June 1994 to October 2003. Mr. Thoma served as the Chairman of National Equipment Services Inc., from June 1996 to October 2003. He was a Director of NES Rentals Holdings Inc.; American Amicable Holding; Datatel, Inc.; Desgrippes Gobe Group; Excelligence Learning Corporation; LAGA; and Viecore. He served a Director of Global Imaging Systems Inc. from June 1994 to August 2004. He served as Director of LECG Corporation. He served as a Director of Paging Network Inc, since 1981 and MS Financial, Inc. since 1994. He served as Director of Eclipse Networks. He served as Director of American Amicable Life Insurance Company of Texas since February 7, 2000. Mr. Thoma has also received the Chicago Area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame. Mr. Thoma received an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a B.S. in Accounting and Agriculture Economics from Oklahoma State University.

Adam D. Weinberg

Adam D. Weinberg became the Alice Pratt Brown Director of the Whitney Museum in October 2003. During his tenure, the Whitney has presented major exhibitions on a range of artists, including Jeff Koons, Wade Guyton, William Eggleston, Sherrie Levine, Glenn Ligon, Gordon Matta-Clark, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Ed Ruscha; offered award-winning educational programs; and experienced dramatic growth in the permanent collection. In 2010, the Whitney launched a capital campaign for the construction of a new 220,000-square-foot building in the Meatpacking District, which opened in 2015.

From 1999 to 2003, Mr. Weinberg was the Director of the Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy. Prior to that, he was Senior Curator and Curator of the Permanent Collection at the Whitney. In 1991, Mr. Weinberg became the Artistic and Program Director of the American Center in Paris. He first joined the Whitney in 1989 as Director of the Whitney at Equitable Center. Beginning in 1981, Mr. Weinberg served as Director of Education and Assistant Curator at the Walker Art Center.

Mr. Weinberg has curated exhibitions on artists from Edward Hopper, and Isamu Noguchi to Alex Katz, Sol Lewitt, and Terry Winters. He has also organized numerous thematic exhibitions, including: The Architectural Unconscious: James Casebere and Glen Seator (2000); and Vanishing Presence (1989). For the Whitney, he curated the groundbreaking series Views from Abroad: European Perspectives on American Art (1995), with the Stedelijk Museum, the Museum für Moderne Kunst, and the Tate Gallery. He has also curated major public projects with such artists as Christian Boltanski, Yoko Ono, Nam June Paik, and Andrea Zittel. He is the author of numerous catalogues and essays on contemporary and modern art.

Mr. Weinberg serves as a board member of several organizations, including the American Academy of Rome, Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Storm King Art Center, and the Colby College Museum of Art. He holds a BA from Brandeis University and a master’s degree from the Visual Studies Workshop, the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Jay Xu

Jay Xu is the director & CEO of the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco and is the first Chinese American director of a major US art museum. Under his leadership, the museum has organized a wide range of Asian art exhibitions and made a number of significant acquisitions. His vision for the Asian Art Museum is to embrace and explore the interconnectivity between Asia and the rest of the world, and between traditional and contemporary artistic practices. Dr. Xu obtained his PhD in early Chinese art and archaeology at Princeton University, and has more than thirty years of international museum experience as a research scholar, curator, and museum director. He previously served as assistant to the museum director at the Shanghai Museum and curator of Chinese art at the Seattle Art Museum. He also served as head of the Asian art department and chairman of the department of Asian and Ancient Art at the Art Institute of Chicago. A dedicated, award-winning scholar of Chinese art, Xu is well-published, particularly on ancient Chinese bronzes and archaeology, and has lectured extensively on Asian art and museum practice. He was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2015.
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