Meg Spriggs (Chair of the Board, ArtCare) – Meg Spriggs leads the multifamily investments group for Shorenstein Properties. As a long time multifamily real estate executive, she is charged with building the residential platform for the company including sourcing, evaluating and overseeing the execution of multifamily housing transactions for the Shorenstein family, including financing, acquiring, entitling, developing, managing and divesting of properties, and supporting other Shorenstein professionals in the evaluation and execution of mixed-use projects with a multifamily component.
Charles Strickler(Secretary, ArtCare) – Chuck Strickler is a Senior Banker with J.P. Morgan’s Private Bank with more than 25 years of experience investing across multiple asset classes. Chuck advises wealthy families, individuals and foundations on comprehensive investment management, trust and credit solutions. Chuck joined JP Morgan’s Private Bank in 1997. He left in 2004 and returned in 2011 after having worked at Lehman Brothers running a team focused on providing investment advice to family offices and mid-market institutions. He started his career at Yamaichi Securities in Switzerland trading Eurobonds. He also has spent time at UBS and Goldman Sachs working in Private Wealth Management. Chuck’s experience includes commercial real estate in asset management, leasing, and acquisition. Chuck received his M.B.A from the University of Chicago in Finance and his B.A. at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Chuck has lived and traveled around the world but considers himself a Bay Area native since having moved here back in the mid-70’s. He currently lives in Danville with his wife and two high school children. His passion for music and contemporary art has not only made him a patron of Bay Area Arts but has fostered a strong desire to help keep the Arts relevant in the Bay Area. Chuck joined the ArtCare Board in 2015.
Eric Tao (Treasurer, ArtCare) – Eric Tao is CEO and president of AGI Avant. He has 20-years of experience in the real estate industry and has led the acquisition, entitlement, financing, development, and disposition of over 1,500 multifamily residential units in the San Francisco Bay Area with a focus on transit-oriented urban infill projects. AGI Avant, LLC was formed in 2006 to manage multifamily development investments for CalPERS. At AGI Avant, Tao has guided the development of nearly 700 new units and secured the pipeline of an additional 450+ new apartment units in the emerging San Francisco SoMa, Dogpatch and Mid-Market districts. Originally from the Hilo on the Big Island of Hawai’i, he now shares his Aloha spirit with his wife and three children on his new adopted island home of San Francisco. Eric is a graduate of Pomona College in Claremont, CA and received his Juris Doctorate from UC Hastings College of Law. Boards and Activities: Board Director – Housing Action Coalition San Francisco; San Francisco Mayor’s Housing Trust Fund Working Group; SPUR Housing and Community Resources Board Member; San Francisco ULI Policy and Practice Committee Member; Board Director – Hawaii Chamber of Commerce of Northern California, a nonprofit committed to building business and cultural ties between the Bay Area and Hawaii Education.
Jim Abrams – Jim Abrams is an attorney, urban planner, and musician who lives in San Francisco. After studying City Planning at MIT and attending Stanford Law School, he became a member of the California Bar. Jim practices land use law in San Francisco, assisting developers and investors with obtaining approvals to construct complex development projects throughout the Bay Area. Jim has a particular expertise in assisting with the rehabilitation and reuse of historic buildings. Jim is an avid collector and patron of the arts, and was named one of the “Fifty Most Discerning Young Collectors” by Modern Painters magazine in 2013.
Marna Braunstein Clark – Marna Braunstein Clark brings an impressive background of strategic marketing and fundraising expertise in the San Francisco Bay Area to the ArtCare Board. She has over three decades of successful associations with major non-profit and corporate clients, including being instrumental in the development of ArtCare. Non-Profit clients range from the San Francisco Opera, SF MOMA, and SF AIDS Foundation to producing the week-long opening celebrations for Yerba Buena Gardens and Performing Arts Center for the SF Redevelopment Agency. Marna also worked for the global advertising agency Foote, Cone and Belding as Sr. Vice President and Executive Director of an in-house event production department whose clients included Levi Strauss, USPS, Autodesk, Sega, Palm Pilot and Seagate Technologies. Marna also produces and sells her unique style of flamework jewelry to the SF MOMA, The Gardener, Tacoma Museum of Glass and Vetri Gallery in Seattle.
Brian Gross -Brian Gross is a 35-year veteran art dealer and gallerist. He founded Brian Gross Fine Art in 1990 in the Union Square area, and in 2013, he became a pioneering force in the Potrero Hill / Dogpatch arts district, transforming a former industrial space into a landmark exhibition venue. Prior to BGFA, Brian Gross was a partner in Fuller Gross Gallery, 1986-90, a premier San Francisco showcase for contemporary art. Bay area legends Robert Arneson, Roy De Forest and Robert Hudson were an integral part of that program, and BGFA continues to represent those artists and estates. Renowned Los Angeles figures Peter Alexander, Tony Berlant, and Ed Moses are all featured artists of Brian Gross Fine Art. The gallery represents the estates of Robert Arneson, Karl Benjamin, Roy De Forest and Leo Valledor. BGFA’s record has been distinguished by its thoughtfully curated installations and the quality and strength of the art it has exhibited. Notable exhibitions have included Sam Francis: Works on Paper in 2001, Richard Pousette-Dart in 2003 and Leo Valledor: Color Space and Robert Arneson: Guardians of the Secret II in 2016. The gallery has worked with museums and private collections, and civic, corporate and institutional clients worldwide in placing commissions and major works of art.
Dorka Keehn – Dorka Keehn is an award-winning public artist and a San Francisco Arts Commissioner. On the Arts Commission, she serves as chair of the Visual Arts Committee that commissions artwork pertaining to the Public Art Program, and reviews and approves all art in the Civic Art Collection and the Art Commission Gallery. She is also a member of the Civic Design Review Committee, which evaluates and has final purview overall construction, remodeling, or renovation of City-owned architecture, streets, and landscape design. Recent projects include Dorka’s second collaboration with artist Brian Goggin (metaphorm.org) on a permanent site-specific artwork, Caruso’s Dream, commissioned by Avalon Bay for a new 17-story high-rise, AVA 55 Ninth Street, in San Francisco, completed February 2014. Their previous collaboration, The Language of the Birds, the first solar-powered public sculpture commissioned by the SF Arts Commission for a new plaza on the corner of Broadway and Columbus, was voted one of the best public artworks in the U.S. by Americans for the Arts. She also lead the fundraising effort for The Bay Lights (thebaylights.org), the $8 million 25,000 LED light installation by artist Leo Villareal for the San Francisco Bay Bridge that was unveiled in March 2013. Dorka also sits on the advisory boards of the Black Rock Art Foundation and The Crucible.
Elizabeth McNichols – Elizabeth McNichols is Chief Operating Officer and a partner at OutCast, a marketing and communications consultancy with its roots in Silicon Valley. Elizabeth has nearly 20 years of experience in marketing and communications with extensive experience helping organizations build reputation and create brand value. As a marketing strategist she has served a diverse range of clients in technology, philanthropy, retail, healthcare, and finance – from start-ups to multinational corporations.
Meg Spriggs, Board Chair
Charles Strickler, Secretary
Eric Tao, Treasurer
Marna Braunstein Clark
Diane Frankel, Executive Director
Richard L. Greene
Jack and Betty Schafer
Roselyne C. Swig
Diane B. Wilsey
ArtCare supports and promotes the San Francisco Arts Commission public and civic art programs in conjunction with the Mayor, the Director of Cultural Affairs, and the Arts Commissioners.