Board of Trustees
- Caroline Avery, President
- Halina Avery, Secretary
- Diana McKee, Trustee
- Michael Newkirk, Vice President
- Jonathan Newkirk, Treasurer
- Saundra Bryant, Board Fellow
- Cristina Regalado, Board Fellow
- Warren Kenji Berkey, Video Production
- Oliver Chien, Video Production
- Deborah Ching, Sabbatical Program Consultant
- Scott Gruber, Site Creative Director, Design & Production
- Jennifer Hirsch, Accounting and Finance Consultant
- Robert Pacheco, Photography
- Aaron Proctor, Programming, Design & Video Production
- Susan Silton, Graphic Design
Caroline Avery, President
Carrie Avery is President of the Durfee Foundation in Los Angeles, California.
Prior to working for the Durfee Foundation, Carrie practiced law, first with the National Women’s Law Center in Washington, D.C., and later with a private firm in San Francisco.
Carrie received her B.A. from Stanford University, her J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, and was a Georgetown University Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellow. She chairs the board of the National Center for Family Philanthropy in Washington, D.C. and serves on the boards of the Center for Courage and Renewal in Bainbridge Island, Washington and the Berkeley Repertory Theater. She has also served as board chair of Northern California Grantmakers, where she founded and for several years chaired the Family Philanthropy Exchange, co-chair of St. Paul’s Episcopal School in Oakland, California, and co-chair of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area. She is the author of The Guide to Successful Small Grants: When a Little Goes a Long Way. Carrie lives in Berkeley, California with her husband, Jon Tigar, and two sons.
Claire Peeps, Executive Director
Claire Peeps is the executive director of the Durfee Foundation. A graduate of Stanford University and the University of New Mexico, she served as the Associate Director of the Los Angeles Festival, a large-scale, international arts festival. She also served as executive director/publisher of the national High Performance Magazine, and as director of education for Ansel Adams’ The Friends of Photography in Carmel. Other organizational affiliations include current or past board membership for: Southern California Grantmakers, Grantmakers in the Arts, California Council for the Humanities, ARTS Inc., and the UCLA Center for Civil Society. She has been a consultant to the J. Paul Getty Center, the San Francisco Art Institute and The Music Center of Los Angeles. She is currently an Adjunct Instructor at the USC Price School of Public Policy, and the founder of Culver City Gives, a website that connects residents to nonprofits in Culver City. Her book Activists Speak Out: Reflections on the Pursuit of Change in America, was published by St. Martins/ Palgrave in March 2001.
Esther Kang, Programs and Operations Manager
Esther Kang is the Programs and Operations Manager at The Durfee Foundation and has worked with several nonprofit organizations in Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. While she was receiving her BFA in photography and arts management at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, she worked with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs on a city initiative called Studio Chicago, a year-long collaboration between several universities, galleries, and museums focusing on the artist’s studio through exhibitions, lecture series, and public programs. Prior to her studies, Esther was in Durban, South Africa collaborating with local NGOs to assist homeless HIV+ youth find appropriate health care, education, food, and shelter. She’s also worked with organizations such as The Art Institute of Chicago, The Richard H. Driehaus Museum, The BizWorld Foundation, and The Taproot Foundation in collaboration with Hewlett Packard’s Global Social Innovation Office. Esther is currently Co-Chair of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy’s LA Chapter and part of Youth Speak Media Solutions’ Advisory Council.