ABOUT

Board of Directors

Olivia Georgia | Chair

Executive Director of CALL/City as Living Laboratory, founded by environmental artist Mary Miss. CALL works with artists, scientists, and residents of urban communities to create sustainable solutions to urgent climate change, equity, and health issues. Since CALL incorporated in 2011, it has worked with over 100 artists, scientists, and organizations across the country.  CALL has also completed urban-scale projects in Indianapolis, a pilot in Lewiston, NY, and is currently developing a multi-year initiative to advance water stewardship in Milwaukee. Prior to CALL, Georgia served as Executive Director of Meredith Monk’s House Foundation for the Arts, Executive Director of Bronx Museum of the Arts and Maryland Art Place, Director of Visual Arts for the Snug Harbor Cultural Center, and Assistant Director of the Washington Project for the Arts. Since 1980, Georgia has organized over 30 exhibitions and produced numerous performance series. Ms. Georgia is a former Adjunct Faculty member in the Masters of Arts Administration program at Goucher College Center for Continuing Studies, Baltimore Maryland and served as an Adjunct Faculty member in the, Visual Arts Administration, Masters of Arts Administration, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development, New York University, 2007-2008, as well as a Guest Lecturer in 2009 and 2010. In addition to the Harpo Foundation, she currently serves on the board of directors of Look & Listen, a new music festival.

Jeremy Levine | Vice Chair

Principal at Jeremy Levine Design, an architecture firm in Los Angeles. He earned a Master’s Degree in Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture where he won the Haskell Prize for Architectural Journalism. His work has been on the cover of Dwell Magazine and featured on the Discovery Channel. In addition to serving on the board of the Harpo Foundation, Jeremy serves on the board of Side Street Projects, which promotes art education through mobile wood shops. He lectures and participates in exhibits around the world, including the New York Hall of Science, the International Symposium of Electronic Arts, the Dwell on Design Festival, and The Los Angeles Design Conference.

Issac A. Saufer | Secretary

Trustee of the Edward L. Levine Revocable Trust, and has served on Harpo Foundation’s board since its founding in 2006. Isaac is a partner in the Armstrong Teasdale LLP law firm and has practiced law in the areas of trusts and estates and real estate for more than 40 years in New York City and is admitted to the bars of NY, NJ, CT and FL. He has a depth of experience counseling clients on estate planning, trusts and estates, trusts and estates administration, taxation, real estate, and issues related to cooperatives and condominiums. He also served as an adjunct professor at New York University for over 25 years teaching courses on estate planning, wills and trusts, and is a frequent lecturer at bar association and industry events. He also serves on the Rockefeller University Institutional Review Board. In addition, he is a director of the Metzger-Price Fund, Inc. and the Lanie & Ethel Foundation and is the administrator of both foundations.

Susan Caraballo | Treasurer

Arts manager, producer, curator, and artist in South Florida who has been working in the arts since 1996. She founded Artemis, a service and presenting arts organization, to support and develop South Florida-based artists. She has a Masters in Arts Management at American University. Susan has served on a number of Boards of Directors, including Artemis, Tigertail Productions, 801 Projects, SFCA’s interdisciplinary Sound Arts Workshop, and the Children’s Cultural Coalition. She has also served as a panelist on several review panels including Miami International Airport’s Division of Fine Arts & Cultural Affairs, ProjectArt Miami, Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, State of Florida Division Cultural Affairs, Ohio Arts Council, Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County, among others.

As a curator, Susan’s primary interest lies in time-based work spanning from dance theater and performance art to video installations. She has presented work in multiple disciplines including dance, film, music, performance, theater and visual arts. Susan has been involved in hundreds of presentations ranging from durational performances in gallery spaces to 20-member dance productions in proscenium stage theaters and from solo exhibitions in warehouse galleries to group exhibitions in window spaces. 

Currently, she is intersecting her curatorial and producing experience with her own artistic practice rooted in creative writing while addressing issues around the ecological crisis, especially climate justice. Susan is a resident artist at the Deering Estate and MDC Live Arts Lab.

Meg Ostrum

Meg Ostrum of Montpelier received her BA from Washington University in St. Louis and was a National Endowment for the Humanities fellow in the art history/museology graduate program at the University of Minnesota.  From 1978-86, she served as Museum and Visual Arts Coordinator at the (then) Vermont Council on the Arts; she has also held positions at the Vermont Folklife Center (Associate Director, 1990-2003) and CERF+ The Artists Safety Net (Director of Special Projects, 2014-2018).

Over the last 35 years, she has also been a consultant working with cultural organizations, public agencies, and artists throughout the country. Meg has edited a variety of documentary publications and anthologies of oral history and authored one book. She is a trustee of the Vermont Humanities Council, and has served on the boards of the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, The Green Mountain Film Festival, the Governor’s Institutes of Vermont, and other non-profit organizations. 

Mark Steven Greenfield

A visual artist in Los Angeles who studied under Charles White and John Riddle at Otis Art Institute in a program sponsored by the Golden State Life Insurance Company. He went on to receive his Bachelor’s degree in Art Education in 1973 from California State University, Long Beach.  To support his ability to make his art, he held various positions as a visual display artist, a park director, a graphic design instructor and a police artist before returning to school, graduating with Master of Fine Arts degree in painting and drawing from California State University, Los Angeles in 1987. From 1993 through 2010 he was an arts administrator for the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs; first as the director of the Watts Towers Arts Center and the Towers of Simon Rodia and later as the director of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery.   In 1998 he served as the Head of the U. S. delegation to the World Cup Cultural Festival in Paris, France and in 2002 he was part of the Getty Visiting Scholars program. He has served on the boards of the Downtown Arts Development Association, the Korean American Museum, and The Armory Center for the Arts , was past president of the Los Angeles Art Association/Gallery 825 and currently serves on the board of Side Street Projects. 

Chaim Levine

Executive Director and co-founder of ‘Brothers for Life, and organization that empowers injured combat soldiers to help recently injured combat soldiers reclaim their lives, fulfill their dreams, and continue to serve and inspire the Jewish nation.

Past Board Members

Edward Levine, founding director emeritus

Patricia Fuller, director emeritus

John Haworth (served 2018 – 2020)

Michael Mercil (served 2015 – 2020)

Charles C. Bergman (served 2014-2017)

Marc Fischer (served 2009-2012)