Board of Trustees

The Occidental Board of Trustees works to ensure the longevity of the institution while respecting its mission, traditions, and heritage.

The Occidental Board of Trustees

Our Board members come from a wide variety of off-campus experiences, and they provide diverse perspectives, insights, points of view, and skills which expand the context and resources for governing the College. As trustees of the College, Board members literally hold the College in trust, exercising the highest level of loyalty to, and care for, the College and its constituencies.

In this regard, trustees support the financial well-being of the College, and they use their many and varied relationships in the larger community to enhance the reputation of the College and to build support for its mission. Being a trustee for Occidental College is both an honor and a great responsibility.

While we maintain the privacy of individual Board members, you are welcome to send questions, suggestions, and feedback to or (323) 259-2542 .

Board Bylaws


Officers of the College

Harry J. Elam, Jr.
President, Occidental College
Lisa H. Link P'18, Board Chair
Attorney at Law (retired) (San Marino, CA)
Maurine Halperin P'16, Board Vice Chair
Director of Communications, Town School for Boys (San Francisco, CA)
Bob Johnson '77, Board Vice Chair
Principal, Planet Illogica (Los Angeles, CA)



Amos Himmelstein
Amos Himmelstein, Treasurer
Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Occidental College
  Priya Sridharan, Secretary of the College , Occidental College

Members of the Board of Trustees

Lande Ajose '87
Managing Director and Chief of Staff, Waverley Street Foundation (Palo Alto, CA)
Timothy Allison-Hatch '71
School Administrator (retired) (Albuquerque, NM)
David H. Anderson '63
Attorney at Law (retired) (Ketchum, ID)
Magdalena Arenas '92 P'19
Physician (Pasadena, CA)
Carl A. Ballton '69
Senior Vice President (retired) (Atlanta, GA)

David W. Berkus '62 P'95
President, Berkus Technology Ventures, LLC (Arcadia, CA)

John G. Branca '72
Partner, Ziffren Brittenham LLP (Los Angeles, CA)
Eileen Anisgarten Brown '73
President, Brown's Building Blocks (Los Angeles, CA)
David Burcham '73
Attorney at Law and Educator (retired) (Long Beach, CA)
Anne Cannon '74
Independent Financial Advisor and CPA (Pasadena, CA)
Nicolas Choumenkovitch '86
Nicolas Choumenkovitch '86
Senior Managing Director and Equity Portfolio Manager, Wellington Management (Boston, MA)
Barbara Clarke
Barbara Clarke P'19
Angel Investor and Entrepreneur Adviser, Author
Lindsey Collins ‘94
Senior VP of Development, Pixar (Piedmont, CA)
W. Don Cornwell ’69
President (retired) (Brooklyn, NY)
Lisa Coscino '85
Executive Director, San Francisco School of Needlework and Design (San Francisco, CA)
Nancy Dambro '75, P'13
Physician (retired) (Fort Worth, TX)
Hector De La Torre '89, P'20
Executive Director, Gasol Foundation US (Los Angeles, CA)
Gloria Duffy '75
President and CEO, Commonwealth Club of California (San Francisco, CA)
Alan Freeman '66 M'67 P'89 P'91
Professor Emeritus of Theater, Occidental College (Los Angeles, CA)
Ronald R. Hahn '66
Chairman, Lotus Separations, LLC (Scottsdale, AZ)
Chris Hamel
Chris Hamel '76
Managing Director and Head of the Municipal Finance Group, RBC Capital Markets (Retired)
Alison Hawkins '87
Managing Principal, Artemis Real Estate Partners (Beverly Hills, CA)
Andrew Heath
Andrew Heath '04
Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer, Bombas
Brenda Barham Hill '71 P'03 (Ex Officio, Board of Governors President)
Independent Higher Education Consultant (Claremont, CA)
Lori Moore Hunter '79 P'08
Executive Vice President, Worldwide Facilities, LLC (Los Angeles, CA)
Gary Kaplan '71
Partner, Greenberg Glusker (Los Angeles, CA)


Enrique Lopez '89
Associate Professor, Chicago School of Professional Psychology (Chicago, IL)
Susan H. Mallory '76 M'78
Former Financial Services Executive | Independent Board Director (La Jolla, CA)

Greta J. Mandell '72 P'92
Psychiatrist (retired) | Executive Director, Compton Arts Council (Altadena, CA)

Theodore R. Mitchell, H'07
President, American Council on Education (Washington, DC)
Tuan Ngo '07
Attorney, DLA Piper (Los Angeles, CA)
Leo Olebe ‘97
Managing Director, Google (San Francisco, CA)
Art Peck '77
CEO, Founder, Investor (Orinda, CA)
Steven R. Robinson '77
President, SRR Trading, LLC (Moraga, CA)

Stephen Rountree '71
President (retired), The Music Center (Pasadena, CA)

Rick Rugani '75
Independent Financial Advisor (retired) (Portsmouth, RI)
Reid Samuelson '72
Partner, Samuelson Partners (Los Angeles, CA)
Lawrence Solomon ’84
Equity Portfolio Manager, Capital Group (San Francisco, CA)
Woody Studenmund
Woody Studenmund
Laurence de Rycke Professor of Economics Emeritus at Oxy (Retired), Author

Chairs Emeriti

Chris Calkins '67
President, CB Ranch Enterprises (Carlsbad, CA)

Dennis Collins P '94
President (retired), The James Irvine Foundation (Piedmont, CA)

Virginia G. Cushman '55
Civic Volunteer (Pasadena, CA)

John Farmer P'98
Partner (retired), Goldman Sachs (Tiburon, CA)

Irwin Field
Chairman, Liberty Vegetable Oil Co (Santa Fe Springs, CA)

Stephen F. Hinchliffe Jr. '55
Chairman and CEO (retired) (Palos Verdes Estates, CA)

John B. Power '58
Partner (retired), O'Melveny & Myers (Beverly Hills, CA)

Catherine Young Selleck '55
President (retired), Metaphor, Inc. (Menlo Park, CA)

Trustees Emeriti

Coit Blacker '72
Professor Emeritus, Stanford University (Palo Alto, CA)

Alice Walker Duff '69
Co-Founder (retired), Crystal Stairs | Managing Director (retired), Bread for the World (Los Angeles, CA)

J. Eugene Grigsby III '66
CEO (retired), National Health Foundation (Los Angeles, CA)

Fred Hameetman '61
Chairman, American Group (Los Angeles, CA)

Gil Kemp P'04
Founder and President (retired), Home Decorators Collection (Palm Beach, FL)

Daniel Ian McKinnon '89
Founding Partner, Sandia Holdings LLC (Greenwich, CT)

Kristine A. Morris '76
Partner (retired) (Port Townsend, WA)

Christopher Varelas '85
Co-Founding Partner, Riverwood Capital (Menlo Park, CA)

Tod White '59
Founder and CEO, Blessing/White Inc. (retired) (Balboa, CA)

Charles E. Young, Ph.D.
Chancellor Emeritus, University of California at Los Angeles (Sonoma, CA)

Presidents Emeriti

Theodore R. Mitchell, Ph.D.

Robert A. Skotheim, Ph.D

Jonathan A. Veitch, Ph.D.