New Illuminate board members elected

ITA is Thrilled to Welcome an Exciting New Group of Directors

San Francisco (June 1, 2015)— Illuminate the Arts (ITA), the nonprofit producer of The Bay Lights by artist Leo Villareal, elected four new board members in May, effectively extending its community in anticipation of the re-launch of the iconic light sculpture in January 2016. Each of the new directors has contributed dynamically to the success of other organizations while demonstrating a deep commitment to the arts and global community engagement. The new ITA board members are:

• Douglas Atkin, Global Head of Community, Airbnb
• Harley K. Dubois, Founding Board Member and Chief Transition Officer,Burning Man Project
• Rich Silverstein, Co-Chairman and Partner of Goodby, Silverstein & Partners
• Patricia Wilson, CEO, Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area

With these exceptional additions, ITA is poised to re-launch The Bay Lights in conjunction with Super Bowl 50 and produce new, awe inspiring works of public art in the years to come.

“Each of our new board members brings a positive force to us at the ideal moment,”said Ben Davis, ITA’s chief visionary officer. “Their global experience and expertise will strengthen ITA’s ability to take our projects to scale and increase our impact around the world.”

The new directors join an impressive group already serving ITA, including Dennis Bartels, executive director of the Exploratorium; Timothy Childs, entrepreneur and CEO of Treasure8; Michael Gaines, principle at Gaines Consulting; Felix Ejeckam, entrepreneur; Dickon Pinner, partner, McKinsey Corp and Shervin Pishevar, investor.


Douglas Atkin
Global Head of Community at Airbnb
        Douglas is Co-Founder and Chairman of Peers, global movement for the Sharing Economy. He is Founder of theglueproject, a blog and venture to create social glue through community. He is Co-Founder of Purpose, an organization that mobilizes millions for social change.
Douglas is a board member of AllOut.org, the world’s largest LGBT movement. He is a Meetup Fellow and former Partner and Chief Community Officer at Meetup, the world’s largest network of communities. Douglas is the author of ‘The Culting of Brands: How to turn customers into true believers,’ a book about how to build cult-like community around almost anything.
Prior to joining Airbnb, Douglas was a brand strategist and partner at leading NY and London advertising agencies, and Chairman of the U.S. Account Planning Group.
Douglas lives in San Francisco with his Partner Matthew and two beagles.

Harley K. Dubois
Founding Board Member and Chief Transition Officer, Burning
         As a co-founder of Burning Man and founding board member of Burning Man Project, Harley K. Dubois possesses nearly 20 years of project management, art facilitation and city planning experience.
She is the Chief Transition Officer of the 501c-3 Burning Man Project, and currently oversees the complex transition of the Burning Man for-profit event production company into a subsidiary under the non-profit. Harley is also a founding member of the Black Rock Arts Foundation, where she created the Grants to Artist program and acts as the foundation’s liaison with Burning Man Project. Harley has received extensive education in the visual and performing arts, and at one time served as a San Francisco fire fighter.

Rich Silverstein
Co-Chairman and Partner of Goodby, Silverstein & Partners
          In 2002 he was inducted into the Art Directors Club Hall of Fame and, two years later, into The One Club Creative Hall of Fame. Along with his partner Jeff, he was named Executive of the Decade by Adweek.
Rich sets a standard of design that has led the agency to compete against the country’s leading design studios. His passion is evident whether he’s crafting client work, creating his own work, working on projects for the Center for Investigative Reporting or visually blogging for the Huffington Post.
He serves on the board of Specialized Bicycles, and though he recently retired from the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy board after 15 years, he continues to develop work for them that keeps their brand the envy of our country’s park system.
Prior to founding GSP, Rich worked as an art director in one-year increments for Rolling Stone magazine; Bozell & Jacobs; McCann Erickson; Foote, Cone & Belding; and Ogilvy & Mather, where he met Jeff Goodby.
After a number of years in Marin, Rich and his wife, Carla Emil, again live in San Francisco, together with Felix the cat. He has two grown kids, Aaron and Simone, and is a proud grandfather to Maple, Will, Owen and Emma.

Patricia Wilson
Make-A-Wish, Executive Director and CEO
         As one of the largest chapters nationwide, the Greater Bay Area chapter grants nearly 400 wishes per year. Patricia has lead Make-A-Wish since 1998 when the organization had 4 employees and a $1.6 million budget. Today she manages a staff of 28, 550+ volunteers and a $9+ million budget. Patricia reports to a 28 member Board of Directors and three Advisory Boards: Advisory Council, Young Professional Advisory Council and YPAC Jr. Youth Council.
Prior to joining Make-A-Wish, Patricia held leadership roles at WHRO and KQED. Following this, she helped produce several public broadcasting shows and provided marketing and fundraising consulting for nonprofit clients, including The Yosemite Fund and the National Inventors Hall of Fame, before serving as the Executive Director of the Coyote Point Environmental Museum.
Patricia resides in San Francisco. She is a volunteer urban forester, serves on the Board of Directors of Friends of the Urban Forest and her neighborhood improvement association. She is frequently sought out as a public speaker and to advise on matters of leadership, inspiration in the workplace, team building, marketing, philanthropy, social media, public relations and board development.

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