Posted on Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Pratt Institute’s Board of Trustees: Recently Elected Members and New DEI Committee

Pratt Institute’s Board of Trustees has elected three new members in the last year—artist and Pratt alumnus Derrick Adams, founder and CEO of Curemark Joan Fallon, and former Pratt faculty member William (Bill) Hilson.


L-R: William Hilson, Joan Fallon, and Derrick Adams (photo by Christopher Garcia Valle)

Pratt Institute’s Board of Trustees has elected three new members in the last year—artist and Pratt alumnus Derrick Adams, founder and CEO of Curemark Joan Fallon, and former Pratt faculty member William (Bill) Hilson.

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In August, the Board of Trustees established a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee, part of Pratt’s continued commitment to raising the Institute’s shared consciousness around diversity, equity, and inclusion, and eradicating racism and injustice through Pratt’s curriculum, outreach, and mission.

Chaired by Trustee Kathryn Chenault, the DEI Committee will provide feedback and guidance to the Board and Pratt’s senior administration on the four pillars of Pratt’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Strategic Plan, and assess the progress and goals of the Pratt DEI Council. It will also, as a partner to the Board’s Committee on Trusteeship, develop strategies and pipelines to increase the diversity of the Board’s membership, and will recommend DEI workshops and resources for Board members. The committee held its first meeting on November 20 and will meet four times a year prior to each Board meeting.

The DEI Committee members are:

Frances Bronet, President, Ex-Officio
Bruce Gitlin, Chair, Board of Trustees, Ex-Officio
Kathryn Chenault, Trustee, Chair
Mike Pratt, Vice Chair, Board of Trustees
Anne Edwards, Trustee
Gary Hattem, MS City and Regional Planning ’75, Trustee
John Morning, BFA Advertising Design ’55, Trustee Emeritus
Samantha Cornwell-Crabtree
Andrea Frazier
Rodney Leon, BArch ’92
Darius Somers, BArch ’08, Black Alumni of Pratt Co-President
William T. Williams, BFA Graphic Design ’66

The DEI Committee will be supported by Pratt staff leads:

Nsombi B. Ricketts, Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Jessica Tallman, Executive Director of Development, MPS Arts and Cultural Management ’10
Meg Humphrey, Executive Assistant in the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion