Hearst Museum Advisory Board

The Museum Board advises the director, advocates on behalf of the Museum, and assists with fundraising. Members are drawn from the surrounding Bay Area community, UC Berkeley alumni and current students, campus and civic leaders, and academic professionals. Members serve three-year terms. 

For more information about the Museum Advisory Board, contact pahma-development@berkeley.edu.

Advisory Board Members

Laura W. Young, Chair (Class of ’84)

David S. Gee, Board President (Class of ’76)

Caleb Bushner

Fiona Kirkpatrick

Carole S. Krumland (Class of ’67)

Feelie Lee, Ph.D. 

Kristin Chun-Chi Lin, Ph.D.

Susan S. Morris (Class of ’63)

Alfreda Murck

Lee Peterson (Class of ’72)

Advisory Board Student Members

Paloma Sánchez (Anthropology Graduate Student Member)

Sam Kurtz (Undergraduate Student Member)

Ex-officio Members

Rita Lucarelli, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Egyptology

Lauren Kroiz, Ph.D. Phoebe A. Hearst Museum Faculty Director

Caroline Jean Fernald, Ph.D., Phoebe A. Hearst Museum Executive Director

BOARD “WHY I SERVE”

Laura Wen-yu Young, Chair

Laura Wen-yu Young, Chair 

I serve on the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum Board because the appreciation of the different cultures of the world is key to humanity’s future.  Thirty years of advising companies and individuals from the West on their business strategies in China has required understanding the cultural assumptions implicit in the laws and thinking on both sides of the Pacific.

My own parents came from two different cultures, each with different beliefs and assumptions, each with certitude even where they disagreed. I continue to be fascinated by the many ways there are to be human, and by the wide variety of human cultures around the globe.

The Hearst Museum is an institution that stewards the resources, and supports scholars and students in research to further our understanding of the ways, and reasons for, different cultures to privilege different behaviors and material objects.  Supporting the Hearst as President of its Advisory Board allows me an insight into the world of anthropology, in the knowledge that the Hearst is an important part of UC Berkeley’s public mission.

David S. Gee, President

Dr. David Gee, President

I serve on the Hearst Museum Advisory Board since it is one way to give back to a university that has given me so much. I graduated with a B.S. degree in chemistry and attended medical school at UCSF. After additional training at the University of Michigan Hospitals and at the UCLA-West LA VA medical center, I joined The Permanente Medical Group, Inc. as a cardiologist at the Kaiser Walnut Creek Medical Center. After 30 years of practice, I am retired and now work part-time as a medical consultant with the Contra Costa Health Plan. I am a member of the American College of Cardiology and the Alameda Contra Costa Medical Society. I am also on the UB Berkeley Foundation Board of Trustees and am involved with development efforts in the College of Chemistry. There has not been any recent. Cal Reunion development for a while.

Although I majored in chemistry at Cal and I became a physician, I have always been interested in history and the formation of civilizations. Belonging to the Board allows me to explore and further expand my understanding of cultures and how they interact with one another, and how we can learn from the past to make our present and future better.

In my semi-retired life, I’m enjoying the numerous walking and hiking trails in the East Bay, reading history and financial books, exploring and learning about the wines of California and beyond, and traveling.

Susan Morris

Susan Morris

I serve on the Phoebe Hearst Museum Advisory Board because I care deeply about our mission: “We care for global collections to inspire understanding of what it means to be human”. 

As a former museum professional, I am drawn to the significance of the Hearst Museum’s global collection of over 3.8 million objects, whose origins represent cultures found on every inhabitable continent and spanning over 2 million years of history.

 

Lee Peterson

Lee Peterson 

I serve on the Hearst Museum Advisory Board recognizing the Hearst as an important part of the UC Berkeley campus, more relevant than ever in its role of promoting the understanding of the past, present, and evolving worldwide humanity.  

UC Berkeley is a compelling and inviting mecca of diverse people, historic and emerging knowledge, and importantly is a vital center for encouraging the development of wisdom to meet the challenges of our time. I am pleased to be associated with the Hearst as an important University asset as lives across the globe are increasingly interconnected.  

The course work and dynamics of earning a Berkeley Master’s Degree in Public Health accelerated my professional and personal journey of a greater appreciation of the rich complexities of our healthcare team members and those we served. After completing decades of hospital and healthcare leadership, I find myself reflecting on the importance of respecting and appreciating all people. Diverse cultures meet at the Hearst!  

I welcome the opportunity to support the Hearst in serving K-12, undergraduate, graduate, and “life-long learners,”  near and far.  I am convinced the impact of those efforts will encourage the development of mindsets of respect for all humanity and foundations of wisdom essential for leaders of tomorrow.

Kristin Chun-Chi Lin, Ph.D.

Kristin Chun-Chi Lin, Ph.D

I serve because of the passion inherited from my family toward Taiwan’s indigenous culture and art. In 1994, my father, Mr. Safe C.F. Lin, founded the Shung Ye Museum of Formosa Aborigines, which is the first private ethnological museum in Taiwan. In addition to the collection and preservation of Taiwan indigenous cultural relics, we have actively held diverse educational activities (e.g., summer and winter vacation camps, festival events, etc) to promote Taiwan indigenous culture, with the strong intention to increase mutual understanding and respect among different social and cultural groups. Thus, I truly admire the Hearst Museum’s dedication to the study of the past and the present to encourage dialogue, understanding, and respect between different ethnic groups and this especially makes me cherish the friendship between Hearst Museum and Shung Ye Museum even more because we share the same mission! Thus, I truly expect myself to help to strengthen the collaborations, exploring infinite future possibilities between two iconic museums.

Alfreda Murck

Alfreda Murck

I serve on the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum Board out of admiration for the Museum’s contributions to preserving and interpreting disparate cultures.  

UC Santa Barbara was my undergraduate alma mater. Through the University of California’s Education Abroad Program, I was fortunate to be selected for a year of study at New Asia College in Hong Kong. The experience changed my life. Enthralled by the Chinese language, I went on to graduate study in the history of Chinese painting and calligraphy at Princeton University. 

As a curator in the Asian Art Department at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, I worked with colleagues to present masterpieces of China’s past. When teaching survey courses of Chinese art, I presented the finest examples by acclaimed masters. After my husband and I moved to Asia, my focus shifted. In the flea markets of Beijing, I discovered an array of everyday household items that were charming and revealing of twentieth-century cultural and political currents. Created by anonymous but well-trained craftsmen, these vernacular objects illustrate visual culture in ways that masterpieces cannot. I’m grateful to PAHMA for accepting almost three hundred of these artifacts, and I’m hoping that they will be used in exhibitions and courses.

Feelie Lee, Ph.D.

Feelie Lee

I serve to move the Hearst Museum into a more responsive, dynamic entity that serves not only the campus users but also the larger and more diverse public, creating a more accessible and visible institution that shares vital knowledge through its vast collection.  As a more engaged museum, it now walks the path toward restorative justice for native Americans and continues its internal examination as to its future contributions.  If I can facilitate a re-examination of its role on the campus and the community as an advisory board member, I happily serve.

Carole Krumland

Carole Krumland

I serve on the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum Board because of my interest in anthropology, art, history, and conservation. I have always been thrilled with the Hearst Museum’s way of combining all of these into one institution. In addition, I view the objects in the Museum’s collections as pieces of art, and it is an honor to be able to sit on this Board with such distinguished individuals.