Legacy of Philanthropy
Jewelle Taylor Gibbs, Ph.D & James Lowell Gibbs, Jr., Ph.D
Peggy Woodford Forbes & Harry Bremond
In recognition of their faithful support of MoAD in these first ten years: having the dream, helping to create the vision that became MoAD and their continued support in the future. Their personal, professional and philanthropic contributions make them passionate and effective change agents in all communities they touch.
Visionary Leader in the Performing Arts
In recognition of her outstanding career on stage, in film and television. Guyanese-born CCH Pounder was a founding member of Artists for a New South Africa, which joined the voices of actors and artists to energize awareness of the post-apartheid and HIV/AIDS issues. She also co-founded the Musée Boribana in Dakar, Senegal, for the study of cultures of the African diaspora, with her husband, anthropologist Boubacar Kone.
Distinguished Contemporary Artist
In recognition of her significant contributions to contemporary art. With critical engagement in notions of beauty and biography, her pieces question the conceived traditional boundaries of sexuality, femininity and black womanhood and exemplify the necessity of art within our communities.
Jewelle Taylor Gibbs, Ph.D
Jewelle Taylor Gibbs, Ph.D is a professor emerita at the School of Social Welfare at U.C. Berkeley, a clinical psychologist and noted author. The first African American to hold an endowed chair at the University of California, Gibbs has also received awards from Radcliffe College, the National Black Leadership Forum, and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Her most recent book is Destiny’s Child: Memoirs of a Preacher’s Daughter (2014).
James Lowell Gibbs, Jr., Ph.D.
James Lowell Gibbs, Jr., Ph.D. is the Martin Luther King, Jr. Centennial Professor Emeritus at Stanford University. The first Dean of Undergraduate Studies at Stanford, he also served as Chair of the Department of Anthropology. Gibbs served on the Boards of the National Museum of African Art and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco as the first African American.
Peggy Woodford Forbes
Peggy Woodford Forbes is the first African American woman in the United States to found a growth-equity money management firm, which, as Chairwoman, she ran for 15 years. Her firm was merged with Osborne Partners Capital Management, LLC; she retired as a Managing Director in 2008. She founded MoAD’s Emeritus Board. And, currently, she has returned to MoAD’s Board and is on the Board Emeritus of TheatreWorks, Palo Alto. Former trusteeships include: Sarah Lawrence College, the Red Cross of Greater New York, National Association of Securities Professionals, The Three Guineas Fund.
Harry Bremond was a 43 year partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and Director at National Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law which awarded him the Robert G. Sproul Pro Bono Award for providing outstanding pro bono legal services. Mr. Bremond is also a founding member of WSGR’s Pro Bono committee.
ACTRESS, ARTIST AND ACTIVIST
CCH Pounder is an award winning actress and an advocate for the arts. Honors include four Emmy® nominations, two Golden Satellite Awards, a Grammy® Award nomination and others. She is known for her roles in TV’s NCIS: New Orleans and The Shield & the films Avatar and Baghdad Café. She has an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from her alma mater Ithaca College. She is active in the Creative Coalition and has nourished emerging visual artists through the Pounder Kone Art Space in Los Angeles.
Mickalene Thomas is a multidisciplinary visual artist and filmmaker whose work is in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum, Detroit Institute of Arts, MoMA, Seattle Art Museum, SFMOMA, Smithsonian American Art Museum and Guggenheim Museum, among many others. Known for her elaborate paintings emblazoned with rhinestones, enamel and colorful acrylics, Thomas’s work emerges from a committed study of art history and interrogation of the classical genre of portraiture. Earning her MFA from the Yale University School of Art, Thomas has completed residencies at the Studio Museum in Harlem and the Versailles Foundation Munn Artists Program, Giverny, France.