Board of Directors


Charles R. Olson


Charles is a partner in the San Francisco law firm of Lubin Olson & Niewiadomski LLP, a real estate, business and litigation firm. Prior to that, he was a founding principal of Sanger & Olson, A Law Corporation, a San Francisco law firm that specialized in all aspects of real estate law, including affordable housing, land use and entitlements. He is a member of Lambda Alpha, an honorary land economics society. Charles has provided pro bono legal services to TheCrucible on various land use, real estate and contract issues since The Crucible was located in Berkeley, and he served for many years on the Crucible’s Emeritus Advisory Board. He served as President of the Board of Directors of San Francisco Architectural Heritage from June 2007 through December 2011, and is a former Board Member and Treasurer of the Berkeley Ballet Theater. Charles joined The Crucible’s Board in January 2012 and was elected to serve as President in April 2012. Through his legal practice and prior Board service, Charles has extensive experience with governance of nonprofit corporations and Boards. Charles received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and his law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

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Lori Fogarty


Lori Fogarty is the Director and CEO of the Oakland Museum of California, a position she assumed in March 2006. In this role, she oversees all Museum programmatic and administrative operations, which were recently transferred from joint oversight by the City of Oakland and the Oakland Museum of California Foundation to sole management by the non-profit Foundation. Lori has led the Museum’s $63 million capital campaign and building renovation and gallery reinstallation project, which has included the reinstallation of 90,000 square feet of gallery space as well as the first major enhancement to the Museum’s landmark building. Prior to her current position, Lori was executive director of the Bay Area Discovery Museum, a children’s museum in Sausalito (2001 – 2006) and was senior deputy director of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), serving in various capacities at that institution for 12 years. Lori is a graduate of Occidental College, with a B.A. in English. She has served on the Boards of Head-Royce School, the Association of Children’s Museums, Children’s Day School in San Francisco, and Enterprise for High School Students.

Lauren Adams

Lauren Brown Adams has spent her career as a professional fundraiser at Bay Area arts, education and social service organizations. As full-time or interim development director, consultant or contractor, her employers and clients have included Cal Shakes, Cal Performances and Stanford Live, the Berkeley Public Education Foundation, the Family Service Agency of San Francisco, the independent Montessori Family, Black Pine Circle and Berkeley Montessori Schools, the Oakland Museum of California, San Jose Museum of Art, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and Chabot Space and Science Center. Lauren also serves as a trustee of the College Preparatory School. She is the parent of an avid Crucible summer camper and, under his influence, has become a student of glass fusing and slumping.

Warren Breslau

Having spent almost 30 years in the manufacturing trades, Warren Breslau is currently the owner of 5th Street Machine Arts, which is a full service design, machine and fabrication job shop in Berkeley. Warren’s creations have included high precision instruments, which were used in space, and devices that won Olympic gold medals. He has inventor status on 2 U.S. patents and was a member of the Diesel Dozen, The Crucible’s successful diesel motorcycle land speed record project. He has created sets and props for almost every one of The Crucibles performance productions. He has been a faculty member of The Crucible since 1999 and Welding Department head for the last 4 years. He is the former director of the Isla Vista Food Coop, and a Director of the Hellman Family Foundation. He received a B.A. in Biochemistry-Molecular Biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Loretta Clarke

Loretta is currently Head of Sales Compensation in the Global Talent Organization at LinkedIn. In this role, she is responsible for sales compensation strategy, and development of programs to attract, motivate and reward top sales talent. Prior to this, Loretta served as the Director of Compensation Operations for Asia Pacific and Japan at Hewlett-Packard in Singapore. Originally from Toronto, Canada, Loretta began her career as an Engineering/Scientific Marketing Representative at IBM. Loretta has over 20 years of experience in sales, sales management and sales operations. In more recent years, she has held Director and Senior Director-level positions in Business Operations and Sales Operations at notable technology companies, including Microsoft and Loretta holds a bachelor’s degree in Structural Engineering from Cornell University, and is currently enrolled in the Executive MBA Program at Wharton, San Francisco. In addition to her role as a Board Member at the Crucible, Loretta serves on the Board of Directors for the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco.

Jeremy Crandell

Jeremy Crandell is the owner of St. Louise Studios, a collaborative workspace for artists, fabricators and entrepreneurs, located at the northern end of the West Oakland Industrial Arts Corridor. Crandell has worked with The Crucible since 2000 in various capacities; as student, volunteer, staff and on the Board of Directors from 2005 to 2012. He has returned to Board service again in 2013. Crandell is a member of the Board of Directors of the Friends of the Children’s Eternal Rainforest supporting the work of the Monteverde Conservation League in Costa Rica. He has served on the Black Rock City LLC’s Art Department for the annual Burning Man event as well as the Black Rock Arts Foundation’s Advisory Council. Crandell was a co-founder of Brightmail, Inc., the email protection platform, now owned by Symantec, the Director of Technology for Network for Good and a Senior Technical Producer at America Online. Earlier in his career, Crandell worked for the Soviet/Russian Refugee program for the State Department and Immigration and Naturalization Service. Crandell received a bachelor’s degree in Politics and Russian from Principia College.


Kevin Doran

Tim Irvin

Tim Irvin is currently the Vice President and Senior Consultant for NetTempo, heading up the company’s network and systems design and implementation services. Prior to joining NetTempo in 1998, Tim held positions as an IT Manager at the BAAN Company, as a Senior Systems/Network Administrator at Cisco Systems, as the Computer Systems Engineering Manager at Industrial Light & Magic, and as a Senior Systems Administrator at the NASA/Ames Research Center. Tim received his bachelor’s of science degree in computer science from the University of Tennessee.

Edward B. Kangeter IV

Edward B Kangeter IV is the CEO of CASS and serves on its Board of Directors. In April 2006, Edward was named CASS’s Chief Operating Officer and is responsible for the company’s worldwide sales and operations that focus on recycling end of life product into Aluminum Ingot. He also plays a key role in the continued development of strategic supplier and consumer relationships, ensuring flexibility in response to an increasingly demanding marketplace. Prior to joining CASS, Edward ran a multi national fashion brand based out of Italy for the USA market and enjoyed an extensive career in the fashion industry. Edward currently servers on the Board of Directors for ISRI (Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries) the largest recycling industry trade association in the world and is the President of the West Coast Chapter of ISRI. In addition, he serves on the Board of Directors for CMC (California Metal Coalition) and The Crucible.

James Madsen

James Madsen is a partner at real estate development firm Orton Development Inc, specializing in the adaptive reuse of large-scale commercial property.  Since 2007 he has redeveloped over a million square feet of office, industrial, and flex space.   James received a B.A. from Stanford University with honors in International Security Studies.

David Shulman

David Shulman is Vice President of Finance at Obscura Digital Incorporated, a San Francisco company that sits squarely in the intersection of art and technology, delivering immersive, interactive and innovative digital media experiences to clients around the world. David is also an Adjunct Professor of Finance, in the Design MBA program at the California College of the Arts. David’s 15+ years of professional experience includes senior finance, sales management and consulting positions; experiences include growing a payment processing company from start-up to billion-dollar public company; working as CFO to transform an underperforming ‘analog’ business into a focused, technology-driven firm that now dominates its industry; as well as numerous consulting projects, working with small companies on strategic growth issues, including budgeting, operational planning and performance management. Outside of finance, David is an accomplished artist and fabricator, and co-founder of the Five Ton Crane Arts Collective. Working primarily as a collaborative artist, David’s work has shown publicly in California, Nevada, Delaware, Ireland, and New York City. He took his first welding classes at The Crucible.

Emeritus Advisory Board

  • Michael Sturtz, Founder
  • Deborah Chalsty
  • Robert Dubow
  • Joaquin Haskell
  • Mark McClure
  • Nina Sazevich
  • Phillip H. Tagami