About CSArts Foundation

The California School of the Arts Foundation is an umbrella 501(c)(3) organization, which, with the support of the Executive Management Team, is responsible for providing fiscal oversight and strategic direction for its network of public charter arts schools, as well as for its individual nonprofit charter school Foundations.

Foundation Board of Governors

The California School of the Arts Foundation Board of Governors is comprised of prominent individuals who are passionate about arts education, have a strong commitment to the growth and development of charter arts schools, and are dedicated to the goals of California School of the Arts. Members serve as ambassadors and advocates to the larger community to promote the mission of the California School of the Arts Foundation and also provide expertise in various fields.

Brett Egan

Brett Egan

Member

Brett Egan is an Orange County School of the Arts Alumnus (Musical Theater) and provides planning and training services for arts and culture organizations. He specializes in strategic planning; succession planning; capital campaigns; annual fundraising; fundraising campaigns; community-based practice; human resource development; board development; and institutional and programmatic marketing.

Recent representative clients include the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program; Doha Center for Creative Industry (Doha, Qatar); Longhouse at Evergreen State College (Olympia, WA); International Center for Photography (NYC); Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana (MACLA) (San Jose, CA); Hi-Arts/Hip Hop Theater Festival (NYC); Arts for LA (Los Angeles, CA); Cornerstone Theater (Los Angeles, CA); Center for Asian American Media (San Francisco, CA); Asian Arts Initiative (Philadelphia, PA); Memphis Symphony Orchestra (Memphis, TN); National Black Arts Festival (Atlanta, GA); and From the Top (Boston, MA).

As needed, he partners with clients to provide interim leadership while permanent leadership is sought. For instance, in 2011 and 2012, Mr. Egan served as Interim CEO of the Royal Opera House Muscat (Oman), working with local leadership to open this first-of-its-kind institution on the Arabian Peninsula. Mr. Egan led the organization through a successful first season with performances by Placido Domingo, Renée Fleming, and Andrea Bocelli; the Mariinsky Ballet, La Scala Ballet, and American Ballet Theatre; the Royal Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, and the London Philharmonic Orchestra; and four operas including Franco Zeffirelli's Metropolitan Opera production of Turandot and the world premiere of a new Carmen commissioned and produced by the Royal Opera House. The inaugural season attracted a diverse audience of Omanis and expatriates with average attendance at 92 percent of seating capacity. In 2013, Mr. Egan again supported the Opera House in its development of the first library of musical arts and education on the Arabian Peninsula. Mr. Egan’s tenure ended with a successful transition of responsibility to the institution’s first permanent CEO.

In his capacity as President of the DeVos Institute of Arts Management, Mr. Egan has led two multiyear capacity building initiatives with support from the Ford Foundation, working to empower community-based organizations from Ajo, Arizona and Anchorage, Alaska to Providence and Miami. He currently oversees a two-year partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies providing training and consultation for 261 organizations in Chicago, Detroit, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Boston. He has led regional training intensives in Portland, San Jose, Orlando, and Grand Rapids; a one-year initiative serving fifteen spoken word organizations in partnership with Youth Speaks; and has delivered multiyear, first-of-their-kind training programs in Ireland, Croatia, Trinidad and Tobago, Vietnam, and the United Kingdom in partnership with governments and local arts leadership.

In Washington, D.C., he leads, with Michael M. Kaiser, a three-year intensive Fellowship for arts leaders, which has now engaged managers from over forty countries.

From 2006 to 2009, Mr. Egan served as Executive Director of the New York-based modern dance company, Shen Wei Dance Arts, which toured an average of two dozen cities worldwide each year, was a Kennedy Center resident company, and was a principal contributor to the 2008 Olympic Opening Ceremonies in Beijing. Prior to 2006, Mr. Egan worked with a variety of cultural organizations including Lincoln Center Theater, New York Theater Workshop, the Annie Leibowitz Studio, and Santa Fe Opera.

Mr. Egan is the co-author, with Michael M. Kaiser, of The Cycle: A Practical Approach to Managing Arts Organizations (2013).

Mr. Egan is a frequent guest at national and international conferences, speaking on a range of topics from audience engagement and fundraising to the role and impact of new media in arts management today. He regularly facilitates discussions amongst diverse stakeholders on behalf of regional and national foundations to identify common interest and deliver strategic direction, often at the intersection of cultural practice and broader civic concerns.

Mr. Egan graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University with a degree in Cultural and Performance Theory, received the Antarctic Service Medal and a Princess Grace Fellowship (Monaco), and wrote a travel guide on the Trans-Siberian Railroad. He is a trained actor and theater director and, throughout his upbringing in Long Beach, California, studied classical piano theory and performance. He and his wife, Joan, live with their daughter, Bell Scott, in New York City.

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Mohamed El-Erian

Mohamed El-Erian

Member

Dr. Mohamed A. El-Erian is Chief Economic Advisor to Allianz, the corporate parent of PIMCO where he served as CEO and co-CIO (2007-14). He is a contributing editor at the Financial Times and a Bloomberg View columnist. Previously, he served as Chair of President Obama’s Global Development Council, President and CEO of the Harvard Management Company, Managing Director at Salomon Smith Barney/Citigroup, and Deputy Director at the International Monetary Fund.

Named four years in a row by Foreign Policy as one of the “Top 100 Global Thinkers,” he has written two award winning New York Times best sellers. He serves on the Financial Times jury for Business Book of the Year (since 2014), and is a member of several non-profit boards and committees (including NBER, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, KAUST and, previously, the International Center for Research on Women and several US Treasury/Federal Reserve/IMF committees). Since 2007, he has been chair of Microsoft’s Investment Advisory Committee. He earned his undergraduate degree at Cambridge and his masters and doctorate degrees at Oxford.

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Maria Newkirk Fong, J.D.

Maria Newkirk Fong, J.D.

Member

Maria Newkirk Fong is President of Newkirk Enterprises, a property investment firm that specializes in residential real estate in California.  Prior to taking over management of Newkirk Enterprises, Ms. Fong worked as a business manager for a public relations firm specializing in government and community affairs, was an Orange County Deputy Public Defender, finance director for a statewide California Attorney General campaign, an associate at a private law firm in Orange County and a law clerk at the California Court of Appeal, 4th District, Division 3.

Ms. Fong earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from University of California, Los Angeles in 1986 and a Juris Doctor from Western University School of Law, 1992.

Maria Fong has served on the Orange County School of Arts Board of Trustees since 2006 and on the Orange County School of the Arts Foundation Board since 2013. Maria and her husband Michael were co-chairs for the 2015 Orange County School of the Arts Gala. Maria Fong is a member of the National Charity League, Newport Beach Chapter, currently serving as Vice President, Patroness Activities.  She is also a life member of the UCLA Alumni Association. Maria is an avid runner.  Ms. Fong lives in Newport Beach with her husband, Michael, and their three children.

She has previously served on the Board of Directors for Orange County Elementary Arts Academy, the Executive Club of the Orange County Apartment Association, the California and National Panel of Consumer Arbitrators, the advisory board at Holy Family Cathedral School, and as Treasurer at St. Joachim School.

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Douglas J. Garn

Douglas J. Garn

Member

As president and CEO of Quest Software, Doug Garn was responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of Quest Software, a global $700+ million software company located in Aliso Viejo, California, that provides software that helps corporations better manage their complex IT infrastructures. Serving in a variety of executive roles when he came to Quest, he was a primary contributor to the company’s double-digit growth. He became president of Quest in 2005. In that role, he directed the strategies and operations of the worldwide sales, product management, and marketing teams.

Prior to that, he was vice president of worldwide sales. Doug joined Quest in 1998 from Peregrine Systems, where he was vice president of North American Sales. Today, Doug is a business growth consultant. He is an Orange County School of the Arts Foundation board member, serving since 2010.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Southern California. Doug and his wife, Julie, have two children. Their son, Skyler, graduated from OCSA’s Instrumental Music Conservatory in 2013 and now attends USC Thornton School of Music.

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Michal Mekjian, Jr.

Michal Mekjian, Jr.

Member

Michal L. Mekjian Jr. (Mike) has been a strong supporter of K-12 education for over 20 years.  He has served on the Orange County School of the Arts Board for 15 years, including three years as Chairman.  Mr. Mekjian also served as a Trustee at OCSA for six years.  He served as a Board Member at Lutheran High School of Orange County for three years and on the President’s Council for three years.  Other non-profit Board service includes Common thread for the Cure for six years and BIFMA (Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association) for six years. Mr. Mekjian served on the finance and strategic planning committees of each of the Boards.

Mike Mekjian has enjoyed a successful 36-year career as an entrepreneur and business executive.  He currently is a Partner at Russian River Vineyards an award-winning winery, restaurant, and farm in Sonoma, CA.  Mr. Mekjian was Co-Founder and President of Exemplis Corporation, a manufacturer of office seating products.  Prior to Exemplis he was Vice President of Operations at Vogel Peterson (an ACCO company), President of Marcy Fitness Products, and Vice President Manufacturing at Harvard Sports.

Mr. Mekjian earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Southern California in 1981 and a Master of Business degree in 1989 from the USC Marshall School.  He currently lives in Las Vegas, NV with his wife of 35 years, Maureen.

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Bernard E. Schneider, J.D.

Bernard E. Schneider, J.D.

Member

Bernard Schneider, an attorney with over 40 years of experience, represents financial institutions, family offices, investment entities, not-for profit entities and closely-held businesses in his private legal practice. Mr. Schneider is General Counsel and a Member of the Executive Committee of the Anaheim Ducks Hockey Club, LLC and Anaheim Arena Management, LLC. Since 2002 he has been a member of the Board of Directors for First American Trust, FSB, and serves as Chair of the Audit Committee. He is the former Chairman of the Board of Directors of Commerce National Bank, N. A. and Pacific National Bank, N.A. and Chairman and CEO of PNB Financial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ-NMS). From 1993 to 2000, Mr. Schneider was a capital partner at McDermott, Will & Emery. He is a member of the Board of Trustees for St. Margaret’s Episcopal School and former member and Chairman of the Board of Directors for Taller San Jose Hope Builders, an Orange County, CA, based non-profit.

Foundation Board of Counselors

The California School of the Arts Foundation Board of Counselors consists of respected artists, educators and entertainment professionals who serve in an advisory capacity to the CSA Foundation Board of Governors.

Matthew Morrison

Matthew Morrison

Chairman

Alumni, Orange County School of the Arts

Actor, Singer, Dancer, and Arts Education Advocate

Matt Conover

Matt Conover

Member

Vice President, Creative Entertainment and Show Production, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts

Member, Educational Theatre Association

Member, OCSA Foundation Board of Directors

Rob Cutietta, ED.D.

Rob Cutietta, ED.D.

Member

Dean, USC Thornton School of Music

Dean, USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance

Member, OCSA Strategic Partners Advisory Board