Creative Leaders Council
This new advisory board helps to shape PNCA’s future by advising on how to expand PNCA’s creative brand and deepen the College’s influence in the world of art and design. The members of the Creative Leaders Council are creative thought leaders who have demonstrated a commitment to the value of art and design education. Each Council member has been invited because his or her talents and expertise can make a significant difference in the life of the College and in the world of art and design. We look to these leaders, individually and collectively, to lend their expertise, their insight, and their connections as we continue to expand PNCA’s reach as one of the nation’s fastest growing independent colleges of art and design.
Ann Edlen: Managing Partner, ThinkJoule, Portland, OR
Ann Edlen received her B.A. in art from the University of Notre Dame and has worked in marketing management and strategic planning and as a marketing consultant for many years. Edlen has remained a steadfast volunteer with various organizations, including the Junior League of Portland, the Raleigh Park Elementary and Whitford Middle School parent boards, and the Board of Trustees of Jesuit High School. She is active with Portland State University, OHSU Center for Women’s Health, and Self Enhancement Incorporated, where she co-founded the Here and Now Event. She serves on the boards of the Creative Advocacy Network and the Portland Art Museum as vice chair and Development Committee chair. Several years ago Ann, with Jennifer Bryan, founded a strategic marketing and branding company, Think Joule, which works with local and national clients.
Christina Blackwell: President, Metric Marketing Group, Portland, OR
Christine Blackwell, president of Metric Marketing Group, works with clients to produce strategic, creative and cost-effective marketing plans, programs, special events and community outreach initiatives. A 20-year veteran of Intel Corporation, Christina was tapped to create and launch a corporate public relations program to promote Intel’s leadership in microprocessor design and manufacturing. Beginning her career as the U.S. distribution manager for Intel’s single board computer division, she managed the company’s electronics distributors, involving contract and inventory management, sales training and promotion, resulting in record distribution sales for system products. As a major account manager for the systems group, Christina served as the key business interface with strategic customers including IBM, ATT, Philips Medical, Diebold, ICL Computers and Siemens Nixdorf. She then developed and implemented Intel’s first vertical marketing program. As financial marketing manager, Christina defined the strategy for the sale of Intel’s real-time operating system and system products into financial markets. Through her leadership in implementing an international sales and marketing program, Intel achieved design wins with the N.Y. Stock Exchange, Prudential Securities, Bloomberg Systems and Diebold. The program was then expanded to include Intel’s leading edge supercomputer products, with Christina managing a joint system design venture with Unisys Corporation. Christina holds a B.A. in marketing and communications from Lewis and Clark College in Portland and was a Fulbright Scholar finalist. She has served as a trustee of the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, chair of the national board of the C.M. Russell Art Museum, council member of the Casey Eye Institute, board member of the Intel Foundation and chair of Oregon Associated Industries.
Earl Blumenauer: U.S. Representative, Oregon’s Third Congressional District, Washington, D.C.
Earl Blumenauer has represented Oregon in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1996, during which time he has created a unique role as Congress’ chief spokesperson for Livable Communities: places where people are safe, healthy and economically secure. His work has focused on addressing transportation alternatives, providing housing choices, supporting sustainable economies and improving the environment. He has served on a number of Congressional committees, including Transportation and Infrastructure, Foreign Affairs, Energy Independence and Global Warming, Ways and Means and Budget. Earl started his political career at a young age: While a student at Lewis and Clark College, he spearheaded an effort to lower the voting age both in Oregon and nationally. He was elected to the Oregon Legislature in 1972, then served three terms and chaired the House Education and Revenue Committee in 1977-78. In 1978, he was elected to the Multnomah County Commission, where he served for eight years before being elected to the Portland City Council in 1986. There, his 10-year tenure as the Commissioner of Public Works demonstrated his leadership in the innovative approaches to transportation, planning, environmental programs and public participation that have helped Portland earn an international reputation as one of America’s most livable cities. Rep. Blumenauer’s holds undergraduate and law degrees from Lewis and Clark College in Portland.
Kristy Edmunds: Executive and Artistic Director, UCLA LIVE, Los Angeles, CA
Kristy Edmunds, executive and artistic director of UCLA LIVE, is a filmmaker, choreographer, printmaker and installation artist. She spent her formative years in Washington, Idaho and Montana, before becoming a driving force in shaping the contemporary arts scene in Portland. In 1990 Kristy served as a curator of the Portland Art Museum’s contemporary series, Art on the Edge, and five years later struck out on her own to begin building the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA). Beginning in 2004, she served as head of the new School of Performing Arts in the Victorian College of the Arts, and a year later was named deputy dean of the college in Melbourne, Australia. From 2005 through 2008, Edmunds held the prestigious position of artistic director of the Melbourne International Arts Festival and was the first artistic director of the festival to serve a four-year term. She has served concurrently as consulting artistic director for the Park Avenue Armory performing arts space in New York City. Widely recognized for her global, cross-disciplinary focus, she has worked with top artists worldwide. Her tenure at the Melbourne International Arts Festival was a critical and economic success and introduced Australian audiences to acclaimed artists from around the globe. Edmunds’ career has included work as a visual artist, an independent filmmaker, a playwright and a teacher. She holds a bachelor’s degree in film direction from Montana State University and a master’s in playwriting and theater direction from Western Washington University.
David Hashim: Founding Partner, VERITAS Design Group, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
David Hashim established the VERITAS Design Group, one of the leading architectural and design practices in Southeast Asia, in 1987. Based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, VERITAS has won numerous local and international accolades for its planning, architectural, interior design and landscape projects. Led by David’s initiatives, the firm has become Malaysia’s leading exporter of professional design services with projects throughout Asia. David is a corporate member of the Malaysian Institute of Architects and the Malaysian Institute of Interior Design and an associate member of the American Institute of Architects and the Boston Society of Architects. He has served as council member of the Harvard Club of Malaysia and is noted in Who’s Who in the World. David is a founding and current Council member of the Malaysian-Indian Business Council and has been an active promoter of entrepreneurship as a founding member and former president of the Malaysian Chapter of the Young Entrepreneurs Organization and former president of the Malaysian Chapter of the World Entrepreneur’s Organization. David won the prestigious Most Outstanding Malaysian Award from the Junior Chamber of Commerce in 1999 for Entrepreneurial Accomplishment, and led VERITAS to receive the 1999 Enterprise-50 Award for best run medium-sized firm by Andersen Consulting. In 2005 and again in 2008 he was among the five finalists in the Ernst and Young Malaysian Master Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. David’s other professional interest, information technology, has led him to become an investor and director of several IT start-ups, MSC-status and publicly listed companies.
Arun Jain: Urban Planner Strategist, Another Urban Future Think Tank, Portland, OR
Arun Jain is an urban designer with more than 27 years of international experience in practice and academia. Having served as Portland’s first Chief Urban Designer, he works with foundations, development companies, public agencies, universities and others to improve cities and urban life. Arun’s career spans a wide range of scales, geographies and cultural landscapes, using frameworks, context and integration to help clients develop resilient approaches to accommodate uncertain futures. Arun has directly designed and planned more than 75 new private and public sector projects and advised or supervised numerous teams working on challenging urban development problems across the world. Arun has contributed to more than 90 major keynotes, conferences, seminars and workshops in professional and academic settings. He frequently teaches at the University of Oregon’s urban architecture program in Portland, and he taught for more than 10 years at the University of California, Berkeley. Arun regularly facilitates development issues and creative thinking in several international forums and settings. In 2009 he received Portland’s Daily Journal of Commerce’s Newsmaker Award. Trained as an architect, Arun holds two master’s degrees from the University of Pennsylvania’s Urban Design Program. Professionally and philosophically, he continues to search for better balances between the environmental, economic and ethical dimensions of sustainability.
John Jay: Global Executive Creative Director and Partner, Wieden+Kennedy, Portland, OR
John Jay is the Global Executive Creative Director of one of the world’s most prolific and successful advertising agencies. Based in Portland, Jay commutes between offices in Tokyo, Shanghai, London and Amsterdam, looking out for the most creative local people in art, music, and technology. Jay unearths what’s bubbling up around the edges of places as unlikely as Delhi and Detroit so he can feed that culture into the headquarter hive mind. Jay runs his own company, Studio J, whose latest project, The Grove, is a proposed blockwide “art hostel” for young musicians, filmmakers, artists, designers, hackers. Jay moves across disciplines in the broad world of art and commerce, excelling in everything from photography to creative direction for music projects and urban revitalization. This penchant for evolution and reinvention is part of what drives him and keeps his ideas fresh. One day he’ll hang out with Chinese beat-box musicians in Shanghai; the next he’ll show Japanese architect Masamichi Katayama around Portland by pedicab. Beginning his career in 1980 in the menswear and home-furnishing departments of Bloomingdale’s in New York, he rose to become executive vice president, director of marketing and creative services. In 1993 he took his brand expertise to Wieden+Kennedy in Portland, where he has led game-changing campaigns for Nike and established satellite offices in Tokyo, Shanghai and Delhi.
Teruo Kurosaki: Artist, Tokyo, Japan
Teruo Kurosaki: Artist, Tokyo, Japan
Teruo Kurosaki is hailed as a design guru for his production of the Tokyo Designers Block, a five-day exhibition showcasing hundreds of international designers. Though not a designer himself, Kurosaki has been called the Terence Conran of Japan and become synonymous with a new wave of lifestyle design that is born of Tokyo’s urban milieu. Having studied physics and expected to become a scientist or engineer, Teruo instead chose to work with interiors, architecture and the environment and eventually started an international empire of interior innovation through his Idee and Sputnik furniture lines. In the 1980s, Teruo opened Idee, an interior design workshop in Tokyo’s Aoyama district, and began making the acquaintance of the then-unknown designers Philippe Starck and Marc Newson. Relating to the London designersblock’s edgy, alternative ways of showing design, Teruo exhibited his Sputnik line to display the virtues of Japanese design culture to the world and was inspired to create the Tokyo Designers Block. During a recent lecture at PNCA, Kurosaki and John Jay threw out a challenge to Portland’s creative community to make Portland the next design mecca, on par with Tokyo and New York. Drawing parallels between the creative lifestyle of Portland and that of Tokyo, Teruo and John suggested creating an interchange or cross-cultural pollination between designers in Portland and Tokyo as the next step in nudging Portland to becoming an international presence.
Tom Manley: President, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland
Tom Manley is a native of Baltimore, Maryland, where he received a bachelor of science degree in East Asian history and education from Towson University. He earned his master’s in Asian studies and a doctorate in education from the Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California. Before coming to PNCA in July 2003, Tom spent 22 years at the Claremont Colleges, mainly at Pitzer College, where he held a variety of administrative posts and served as a member of the faculty. He was instrumental in developing Pitzer’s nationally prominent study abroad program, including sites in China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Italy, Japan, Nepal, Turkey, Venezuela, Wales and Southern Africa. A specialist on Japan, Tom served as a scholar in residence at a women’s college outside of Osaka and later helped to write the curriculum for an American style liberal arts college, the first of its kind to be accredited by the Japanese Ministry of Education. Tom has written and presented on a variety of subjects related to international, intercultural and language education. He has also developed a number of cross-cultural and language learning innovations, including a highly praised portfolio journal system, known as the Fieldbook.
A student of poetry and a lover of food, Tom Manley is married to Susanne Hashim and they have a young daughter named Chedin. Tom also has a son, Dashiell, a stepdaughter, Karina, and a stepson, Johan.
Chris Riley: Founder and Research Strategist, Studio Riley, Portland
Chris Riley has been a research strategist in advertising, design and marketing since 1983. He led the worldwide strategic planning function of advertising agency Wieden+Kennedy from 1991 to 2002, while the agency opened offices in New York, London, Amsterdam and Tokyo, then Delhi, Shanghai and most recently, Sao Paolo. Riley formed his own strategic planning consulting practice, studioriley, in 2002, working the next three years out of Portland, Munich, Helsinki and Singapore. Between 2005 and 2010, Chris headed strategic planning in Apple Inc’s Graphic Design and Marketing Communication Group in Cupertino, Calif. He has since returned to being an independent communication strategist and geographer at studioriley. Chris has worked with Apple, Nike, Coke, Microsoft, Siemens, Audi, Amazon.com, Nokia and more recently Uniqlo of Japan and Samsung, among other brands. Riley graduated with a bachelor’s in geography and a master’s in U.S. history and institutions in 1983 from the University of Keele, England.
Jordan Schnitzer: President/CEO, Harsch Investment Properties, LLC, Portland
Jordan Schnitzer joined Harsch Investment Corporation full time in 1976 and now serves as the chief executive officer of the family business. With a natural capacity to assemble a team, Jordan has created one of the largest privately held real estate acquisition development and property management firms in the western United States. Jordan also shares with his family a passion for art and culture, having been greatly influenced by his mother’s commitment to contemporary Northwest art. Over the last 25 years, he developed a love of contemporary prints by the modern masters and began loaning these works to museums so they could be shared with the public. To date, more than 75 shows of works drawn from his personal and family foundation collections have been exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the western United States. Knowing how much growing up with art influenced his own life, Jordan underwrites an arts education and outreach component so school children are able to tour the exhibition and teachers have curriculum materials before and as a follow-up to the tours. Jordan has served on over 30 local and national boards. A 1973 graduate of the University of Oregon, he earned his doctorate degree from the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College in 1976.
David Shipley: Executive Editor, Bloomberg View, New York City, NY
Journalist David Shipley is executive editor of Bloomberg View, where he oversees its editorial page and associated columnists and op-ed contributors. David jointly launched Bloomberg View with former State Department staffer James P. Rubin in May 2011. Previously he served as deputy editorial page editor and op-ed editor of The New York Times. David was also instrumental in shaping the Times’ editorial online presence, finding writers including Stanley Fish, Tim Egan and Dick Cavett, and overseeing blogs and ginning up ideas. He has served as the national enterprise editor for the Times, senior editor of The New York Times Magazine, and deputy editor of the magazine’s Millennium Project. He served as executive editor of the New Republic from 1993 until 1995. David served in the Clinton Administration from 1995 until 1997 as a special assistant to the president and senior presidential speechwriter. He received a B.A. in English from Williams College and was the recipient of a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship. In 2007 he and Will Schwalbe wrote send, a book on email etiquette.
Julie Stott: Interior Designer, Julie Neupert Design, Portland, OR
Julie Stott is a prominent Portland interior architect and owner of Julie Neupert Design, established in 1986. A community volunteer, Julie is a member of OHSU’s Center for Women’s Health Executive Committee and has served on a number of national and local boards, including the National Committee for the Performing Arts at the Kennedy Center and the Portland Art Museum. She is a former member of the National Charity League, the Junior League of Portland, the Pacific Crest Outward Bound School Advisory Board, Portland Symphony Associates, The Women of Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation Board and The Pioneer Courthouse Square Board of Trustees. She has also served on the steering committee for the St. Mary’s Food for Thought Luncheon and National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s event as well as the Honorary Centennial Committee for the YWCA’s Leadership Circle 2001. She is currently on the board of the Oregon Health & Sciences University Women’s Foundation, and is vice-president of the Peter W. Stott Foundation. In 2000 Julie was nominated to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Board. Julie was selected to carry the Olympic torch for the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City, Utah. She has received the Star in the Arts Award for Public Advocates for Students, and she and her husband, Peter, were recipients of the Portland State University Simon Benson Award. Julie holds a bachelor of science in interior architecture from the University of Oregon.
Lisa Strausfeld: Writer and Editor, Bloomberg View, New York City, NY
Lisa Strausfeld is a design professional and information architect. In 1996, early in her career, Lisa and two MIT classmates launched Perspecta, a software company in San Francisco that made visual user-interfaces for large databases that they sold to Excite@Home in 1999. In 2002 Strausfeld became a partner in the New York office of Pentagram (design studio), where she and her team specialized in digital information projects including the large-scale media installations, software prototypes and user interfaces, and signage and websites for a broad range of civic, cultural and corporate clients. In 2011, Lisa established Major League Politics, a data-visualization venture. She continues to work on projects for clients through her studio, InformationArt, and recently joined the staff of Bloomberg View. Lisa was honored for interaction design in the 2010 National Design Awards, presented by Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution; she was a finalist for the award in 2009, the first year the discipline was recognized by the awards. She was named one of BusinessWeek’s “cutting edge designers” in 2007, and Sugar and the Times’ visualizations were both featured in the Museum of Modern Art exhibition “Design and the Elastic Mind” in 2008. Fast Company featured Lisa as one of its 2009 Masters of Design. She has received six awards in the prestigious International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA), co-sponsored by the Industrial Designers Society of America, and her projects have been honored by the Art Directors Club, the Type Directors Club, the AIGA and the Society for Environmental Graphic Design. Lisa studied art history and computer science at Brown University and received master’s degrees in architecture from Harvard University and in media arts and sciences from M.I.T.
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