Gage Academy of Art is guided by a board of local and national advisors with expertise in educational, business and nonprofit affairs, and an artistic advisory board comprised of nationally and internationally recognized artists and gallery owners from around the world.

Gage continues to seek and recruit community leaders with a passion for arts education to serve on a variety of committees and the Board of Trustees. Please contact Renate Raymond to learn more about leadership opportunities at Gage.

Meet our Board of Trustees!


Nirupa Shah

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Ben Kalman

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Kit Herrod

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Erik Haroldson

Treasurer >

Christine Gedye

Secretary >

Kristine Travaglini

Immediate Past President >

Anna Dang

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Barry Jennings

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Sean Higgins

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Laura Hoppenjans

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Pamela Johnson

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Connie Mao

President Elect >

Patricia Pugsley

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Pamela Taylor

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Ben Kalman

Ben is a Vice President of Tiedemann Advisors and a member of the Investment Group, with direct responsibility for manager research, due diligence, and investment oversight. He brings over 15 years of experience in the investment management industry and has spent the last six years contributing to the development of the firm’s public and private investment platform, particularly around investment solutions for clients seeking to align their portfolios with impact.

Ben is a Chartered Financial Analyst® Charter holder and is a member of the CFA® Institute and the CFA® Society of Seattle. He earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Washington and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a focus in Finance from California State University, Long Beach.

In recognition of the national examination of systemic racism and injustices, Gage Academy of Art is committed to continued analysis and expansion of our own institutional practices.

Land Acknowledgment: Gage Academy of Art would like to acknowledge that we stand on the traditional ancestral lands of the Coast Salish peoples—specifically the Duwamish People, past and present—and honor, with gratitude, the land itself, the Duwamish Tribe, and their ancient heritage. Without them, we would not have access to this gathering, dialogue and learning space. We ask that we take this opportunity to thank the original caretakers of this land, who are still here.

Non-Discrimination Policy: Gage Academy of Art does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, nationality, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, age, religion, or ethnic origin in administration of its educational and admission policies, scholarships, and any school administered programs

Gage Academy of Art is committed to social justice in a diverse democracy

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