Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland Announces Board of Directors Leadership and New Board Appointments

April 24, 2019

Strong Board Leadership Lays Groundwork for Lasting Impact

CLEVELAND, OHIO (April 24, 2019)— On the heels of a successful 50th anniversary celebration, moCa Cleveland announces strong board leadership that will further strengthen the Museum’s public value and global position, two key pillars of the Museum’s strategic plan. Named to the moCa Board of Directors are Stewart Kohl, Co-Chair; Scott Mueller, Co-Chair; Lawrence Oscar, President; Joanne Cohen, Vice President; Lauren Rich Fine, Vice President; Scott Bogard, Treasurer; and Steve Washington, Secretary.

“We have ushered in our 50th anniversary with an invigorated momentum that is guided by visionary board leadership. It is my honor to serve alongside these exceptional community leaders as we work together to advance moCa’s goals of increasing inclusion, diversity, and access,” said Jill Snyder, Kohl Executive Director.

Snyder credits her board for thinking boldly and broadly about moCa’s potential to assert influence in the field, particularly in how museums relate and respond to their communities.

moCa’s board leadership was instrumental in shaping OPEN HOUSE, a comprehensive platform comprised of initiatives that remove barriers, increase access, and present engaging programs for diverse audiences, that was launched in concert with the Museum’s 50th anniversary. moCa’s move to free admission on March 16, 2019 initiated OPEN HOUSE, which also features key additions to education, engagement, and programming staff, expanded programming for youth and families, and enhanced marketing and outreach.

 

moCa Board Leadership

Stewart Kohl, Board Co-Chair

Stewart A. Kohl is Co-Chief Executive Officer of The Riverside Company, a global private equity firm founded to invest in premier companies at the smaller end of the middle market. In addition to his work with Riverside, Stewart serves as an Honorary Trustee of Oberlin College. He was inducted into the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges Hall of Excellence in 2009. He is also on the Board of Directors of the Cleveland Clinic and co-chairs its $2 billion Power of Every One Capital Centennial Campaign. Kohl is the founder of VeloSano, a charity bike event dedicated to eradicating cancer by supporting research at the Cleveland Clinic.

Scott Mueller, Board Co-Chair

Mueller joined Mueller Tire & Brake in 1987 and led its successful expansion from one to 20 stores. As CEO of Dealer Tire, Mueller has guided the company's development and ensured its reputation as one of the most innovative distributors and retailers in the tire industry. Mueller is a member of the Cleveland chapter of YPO Gold and serves on the boards of The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland Sight Center, Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art, Western Reserve Land Conservancy, and The MetroHealth Foundation.

Lawrence Oscar, Board President

Lawrence Oscar became moCa’s Board President in 2018 and has served on the Museum’s board since 2003. Oscar is former CEO and Managing Partner of Hahn, Loeser & Parks LLP where he serves as a key advisor to executive management at publicly-held, private equity-backed and family-owned businesses. He is ranked as one of the top Bankruptcy/Restructuring lawyers in Ohio according to Chambers, USA. Oscar is also on the board of Cleveland Leadership Center (immediate past-Chair), the Chair of the Cleveland Orchestra Advisory Council, and a member of the Leadership and Law Advisory Council for Cleveland Marshall College of Law.

Joanne Cohen, Vice President

Joanne Cohen brings more than 30 years of experience with corporate and private collections, and is currently Executive Director and Curator of the Cleveland Clinic’s art program, stewarding all fine arts projects including acquisition, collection management, conservation, and programming. She was the associate curator of Progressive’s regional art program for six years, and also serves on the board of the FRONT Triennial.

Lauren Rich Fine, Vice President

Lauren Rich Fine joined Gries Financial Partners in 2016, where she drives the company’s development and strategy and manages client investment portfolios. She also sits on several other boards including the Chautauqua Foundation, Cleveland International Film Festival, Cleveland Museum of Art, College Now, and ideastream. Fine is actively involved in a number of local start-ups and chairs the Leadership Council for the Connor Integrated Health Network at University Hospitals.

Scott Bogard, Treasurer

Scott Bogard is an experienced CFO and investor who enjoys working with companies to help them grow and achieve next-level business systems and processes. Bogard was named Crain’s Cleveland Middle-Market CFO of the Year for his leadership at Lumitex, Inc. and was previously a member of The Riverside Company’s investment team. He has served as a board member of Wire-NET/Manufacturing Works. Bogard chairs moCa’s Finance Committee.

Steve Washington, Secretary

Steve Washington has a public policy, law and business background. Washington is co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Casentric, LLC, a Cleveland-based software and services company, and Vice President of Columbus-based Grant Street Consultants, a government advocacy firm. He practiced corporate law at the law firms of Debevoise & Plimpton in New York City, and Squire Sanders & Dempsey and Jones Day in Cleveland, and served in the New York City Mayor’s Office.

New moCa Board Members

moCa Cleveland also announces the appointment of two new members to the Museum’s Board of Directors: Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley, a former U.S. diplomat, consultant and speaker; and Leslie DiNovi, an award-winning architect and owner of OxBow Design.

Commenting on the caliber of the new board members, Board President Lawrence Oscar said “These accomplished individuals bring business acumen, expansive cultural knowledge, and a passion for architecture and design to our board leadership. Gina and Leslie offer experience and perspective that will contribute greatly to our efforts as we create more meaningful experiences for museum visitors and advance moCa’s global prominence.”

Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley has served the United States for more than 30 years in roles related to foreign policy and international diplomacy. In addition to having earned the distinction of being the longest-serving U.S. Ambassador to Malta, she was the first woman to lead a diplomatic mission in Saudi Arabia. She has served as Deputy Coordinator for Counterterrorism and held senior positions at the Defense Department and the National Security Council, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. A Cleveland native, Abercrombie-Winstanley is a consultant and public speaker based in Cleveland.

Leslie DiNovi, R.A. is an award-winning, published architect with more than 20 years of experience within the design field. She is the principal/owner of OxBow Design, a practice with a focus on residential and commercial architecture. DiNovi is a graduate of The Boston Architectural College and lives in Shaker Heights.

About moCa Cleveland

For 50 years, the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland (moCa) has played an urgent and exciting role in the city’s cultural landscape. A Kunsthalle in the Midwest, moCa is a conduit and catalyst for creativity and inspiration, offering exhibitions and programs that provide public value and make meaning of the art and ideas of our time. The region’s only contemporary art museum, moCa is a non-collecting institution that has presented the works of more than 3,000 artists, often through artists’ first solo shows. Recent artist commissions include Sondra Perry, Aleksandra Domanovic, Tauba Auerbach, Simon Denny, Adam Pendleton, Lisa Oppenheim, Sara Van der Beek, and Michelle Grabner. In its first decades, moCa marked its mission-driven legacy and was the first in the region to exhibit the works of many vanguard artists including Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Laurie Anderson, Roy Lichtenstein, and Christo.

In 2012, moCa Cleveland relocated to Cleveland’s University Circle district, of one of the country’s highest concentrations of cultural, educational and medical institutions. moCa’s permanent home is an iconic building of mirror-finish black stainless steel designed by London-based architect Farshid Moussavi. Jill Snyder has been moCa’s Executive Director since 1996.

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Contact:  Lisa Sands, moCa Marketing & Communications

Email:  lsands@mocacleveland.org |  Phone: 216.658-6913