|Lisa Van Dusen|
The Palo Alto Art Center Foundation is governed by a robust Board of Directors, who are committed to supporting our mission. These community leaders also secure resources to strengthen the art and educational programming of the Palo Alto Art Center and its visibility in the community. Our Board of Directors make vital contributions to the long-term success of the Palo Alto Art Center as a community institution.
Tom Brinck is a user experience (UX) leader at Cisco and has led design and innovation teams at Samsung, Amazon (A9), BroadSoft, and his own design agency. Tom has taught graduate school courses in UX at the University of Michigan and Academy of Art University and co-authored the book Usability for the Web. He’s excited about the intersection of design and technology, a big fan of community participation in the arts, and promotes integrating art & design into our careers and daily lives.
Sue Chan leads Consumer GTM strategy at PayPal, with previous brand and campaign marketing roles at Intel, Amazon, and the NBA. Hailing from Taiwan, she has a BA from Wellesley College and an MBA from MIT Sloan. Her passion in art is rooted in her 2 daughters' love of arts and seeing the empowerment and wonder that comes when children unleash their creativity. Since joining the board in 2020, she has been excited to further the mission of how the Art Center can extend these opportunities for children, bringing greater accessibility throughout the community.
Cynthia J. Cole is currently Special Counsel at Baker Botts LLP in Palo Alto where she counsels clients on technology transactions and deals, big data, data privacy, data sharing and IP licensing, often creating bespoke agreements in novel technology fields. She is a published writer and is passionate about the Art Center and its mission in art and education. Cynthia currently chairs the governance committee of the Foundation board.
Ryan Donahue is the VP of Design at Databricks, a data science and engineering company. A native Palo Altan, Ryan has attended the Palo Alto Art Center since he was a child and continues to study art there as an adult. Ryan is deeply interested in creativity and supporting the visual arts within the Palo Alto community.
Sally Glaser is a retired cancer epidemiologist who conducted population-level research into cancer causes, directed the federal/state cancer registries for the Greater Bay Area, and served as CEO of a mid-size cancer research non-profit. A long-time lover of art and crafts, she first became involved with the Art Center as a ceramicist in the 1970s, when she moved to Palo Alto.
Nidhi Gupta is a Chief Product Officer, who has built businesses and run Product, Design and Engineering organizations in early to late-stage startups in Silicon Valley. She is a tinkerer and an engineer and has always had a deep passion for the arts. Currently, she's working on her non-profit, divHERsity, which works on empowering female engineering leaders in tech. In addition to that, she is a hacker potter and is often seen on the wheel in the studio.
Selina Kaing joined Google in 2010 and currently leads partner development for Google with key U.S. retailers. Prior to Google, she worked extensively in procurement and supply chain across a variety of major companies including Gillette (now part of P&G), The Walt Disney Company, Nestlé, and Express (formerly part of Limited Brands). Selina holds a B.A. in English Literature from Harvard University and an MBA from Oxford University.
Gurmeet Lamba is a technology executive from various startups and public companies where he developed and commercialized industry disruptive products in Artificial Intelligence, SaaS, Digital Marketing and Unified Communications.
An engineer and maker by heart, he discovered art at the Palo Alto Art Center and strongly believes in the balancing role it plays in the tech-infused culture of Silicon Valley. You can find him on weekends on a potter’s wheel at the art center with hands (and clothes) covered with clay. He’s messy.
Karsten Ploesser is a senior architect in Amazon’s solutions architecture team. He is a new Palo Altan, having recently relocated to Silicon Valley from Australia. When he is not helping clients apply technology-based solutions to everyday business problems, he likes to volunteer with local non-profits. Karsten joins the Art Center Foundation board of directors because he believes that access to art and art education should be available to everyone. He holds a BSc in Media System Design and Ph.D. in Information Systems.
Shruti Sheorey joined PAACF board in 2018. She is a Principal Product Manager at Amazon, where she works on solutions that enable customers to discover products using their camera and photos. She has over 12 years of experience in developing various products for imaging and visual recognition. Shruti has a deep interest in technology, art, and volunteering for social causes. She graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor with MS in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science.
Jonathan Whitmore works as a data scientist in the tech industry and enjoys teaching data science topics. He loves experiencing and creating art. Jonathan has served on the PAACF Board since 2017 and supports the board through his data analysis skills and through his efforts to engage the tech industry.