Our Board

Hannah Appel, Chair

Hannah holds a PhD in Anthropology from Stanford University and is currently a Ciriacy-Wantrup Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Berkeley. In June 2014, she will begin her tenure at UCLA as an Assistant Professor of Anthropology. Hannah’s research interests include the anthropology of capitalism; U.S. oil and gas firms in Africa; the economic imagination. She is married to the sculptor James Crosby.

Gary Morrison

Gary attended the University of Colorado at Boulder and Stanford University, and served for more than thirty years as deputy counsel at the University of California Office of the General Counsel. He is a lifelong community leader and supporter of the arts, and is married to the violist and artist Gerry Morrison.

Alyssum Weir

Arts Council of Mendocino County Executive Director, Alyssum Weir, was formerly the assistant director at I-20, a contemporary art gallery in the Chelsea district of New York City. Alyssum has also managed the studios of contemporary artists in New York City; was the membership coordinator at Grantmakers in the Arts (Seattle); and completed internship programs at the Alliance for the Arts (NY) and the Smithsonian American Art Museum (DC).  Alyssum is also a jewelry artist whose work can be found at boutiques in Mendocino and Sonoma. She graduated from Kenyon College in 1996 with a B.A., double major in English Literature (poetry emphasis) and Psychology; and from Teachers College, Columbia University in 2004 with an M.A. in Arts Administration.

Noel Woodhouse

Noel was born and raised in Willits and earned a B.S. in Spanish from UC Davis and a certificate in Green Building from Merritt College. He has returned home to educate and inspire a new generation of Willits youth, currently teaching Green Building at Mendocino Community College and coaching soccer at Willits High School. He is the founder of Willits High School’s Green Building Program.

Our Fiscal Agent

North Street Collective is a Program of Community Initiatives, an organization that enables individuals and groups, working together, to create and invest in projects that benefit the public.

Community Initiatives Board of Directors is:

  • Frances Phillips, Chair
  • Ruth Williams, Vice Chair
  • Alison Fong, Treasurer
  • Gene Takagi, Secretary
  • Sarah Bacon
  • Janine Guillot
  • Rick Mariano
  • Jenny Pearlman
  • Cheryl Polk
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