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.
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 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.
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.
Farimah Faiz Brown
Farimah is a public law attorney specializing in environmental, land use, and development law. Currently she works for the City of Alameda, and previously she has worked for the City of Oakland (where she lives) and the City of Livermore. She moved to the Bay Area in 1985 but her passion for the arts and community involvement started earlier in the 1980s, when she began studies in oil painting at the Museum of Contemporary Arts in Tehran where artists offered free lessons to school children. She was hooked for life and finds inspiration from those original lessons in Tehran. She obtained her bachelor’s degree from University of California at Berkeley and her law degree from University of California, Hasting College of the Law. She has previously served on the Board of Directors for the Family Violence Law Center, a non-profit organization that provides support and advocacy for survivors of domestic violence.
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 salesforce.com. 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 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.
Katie is the Arts Program Officer at the Kenneth Rainin Foundation. As Program Officer, she manages grantmaking activities, supports performances and special programs, as well as capacity building for local organizations. Prior to joining the Rainin Foundation, Katie held positions with the Art Institute of Chicago, the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs as well as the Embassy of Canada in Washington, D.C. She was also Managing Director of the Red Poppy Art House in San Francisco. Katie regularly serves as a speaker and panelist for organizations such as the San Francisco Arts Commission, Berkeley Civic Arts Commission, Silicon Valley Creates, Foundation Center, Theatre Bay Area and Burning Man. She is President of the Board of Directors of Soundwave SF. Katie holds an MA in Arts Administration and Policy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BA in Political Science and English from Acadia University.
Tim Irvin is a partner, Vice President, Senior Consultant and CFO in the Bay Area consulting firm, NetTempo, Inc. In addition to managing the firm’s internal operations, Tim is responsible for the network, systems and infrastructure design and implementation services. Prior to joining the firm in 1998, Tim managed IT systems, and networks for organizations including BAAN Company, Cisco Systems, Industrial Light & Magic, and the NASA/Ames Research Center. Tim has a bachelor of science degree in computer science and business administration from the University of Tennessee. He previously served as Treasurer and member of the Board of Directors of The Crucible from 2008-2014. Tim has also served on the Alumni Council and the Bylaws Review Committee of The Asheville School, Asheville, NC. He has also served in a senior management volunteer role producing the AIDS/LifeCycle events from 2001 to 2015, and has worked as a volunteer leader on AIDSWalks throughout the country since 1995.
Edward B. Kangeter IV
Edward B Kangeter IV is the CEO of CASS Inc., responsible for the company’s worldwide sales and operations focusing on recycling end of life product into aluminum. Prior to joining CASS, Edward ran a multinational fashion brand based out of Italy for the USA market and enjoyed an extensive career in the fashion industry. Edward currently serves on the Board of Directors for ISRI, the California Metals Coalition, and The Crucible.
Sean Orlando is a multi-disciplinary installation artist, museum professional, and community organizer with an interest in collaborative and immersionary large-scale sculptural installation projects. Sean is the co-founder of the Five Ton Crane Arts Group and Owner/ Principal Artist at Engineered Artworks.
Leslie Pritchett has for the past decade been working to support Bay Area arts, artists and makers. As Executive Director of the Black Rock Arts Foundation, she produced and supported more than 28 public art projects, including eight award-winning temporary public installations within the City of San Francisco and helped establish a process for temporary public art exhibition that now serves as a model for municipalities around the country. She founded and helped produce the nationally-recognized Peralta Junction Project, which transformed a 40,000 square-foot vacant lot in West Oakland into an interactive, arts-based destination space providing a rare venue for community members to share their talents and artists their work. Currently, she is actively engaged in addressing arts policy issues in Oakland, producing a series of artist-built playgrounds, and working with the Oakland Museum of California to provide access to more than 450 tons of steel from the old Bay Bridge for use in civic and public art projects. She has served as a board member and advisor to a number of arts-based and nonprofit ventures. She holds a Masters in Business Administration from Columbia University.
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.
Emeritus Advisory Board
- Michael Sturtz, Founder
- Deborah Chalsty
- Robert Dubow
- Joaquin Haskell
- Mark McClure
- Nina Sazevich
- Phillip H. Tagami