Advisory Council

The Advisory Council provides valuable insight and critical feedback on the current operations and future vision of The Crucible. Members embody various aspects of the Bay Area/East Bay/Oakland/Maker Movement communities and lend expertise in critical areas of artistry, non-profit operations, business, technology, community relations, and more. We are grateful for the service of our current members:

  • Jacinda Abcarian, Development Director, Oaktown Jazz Workshops
  • Roger Abraham
  • Melissa Alexander, Director of Public Programs, Exploratorium
  • Dennis Bartels, Executive Director, Exploratorium
  • Randolph Belle, Executive Director, Supporting Oakland Artists
  • Christopher Bently, CEO, Bently Holdings
  • Joe Brennan
  • Ray Breslau
  • Lisa Burger, Attorney
  • Karen Cusolito, Founder, American Steel Studios
  • Dawn Hawk, Philanthropic Ventures Foundation
  • Tanya Holland, Chef/Owner, Brown Sugar Kitchen & B-side BBQ
  • Kelley Kahn, City of Oakland
  • Kai Larson, Senior Director of Sales, BrightEdge
  • Elizabeth Meier
  • Brad Peik
  • Leslie Pritchett
  • Jennifer Raiser
  • Anat Sapan
  • Christopher Schardt
  • Todd Seabold, VP & Branch Manager, New American Funding
  • Ann Wettrich
  • Alex Zwissler, Executive Director, Chabot Space & Science Center

The Crucible seeks to maintain a wide variety of perspectives and diverse backgrounds for the Advisory Council. If you are interested in engaging more deeply with us and serving on the Advisory Council, please contact the Development Office for details.