The Arts Council of Princeton announced at its Annual Members Meeting on Thursday, June 9 the appointment of six new members to its Board of Trustees. In addition to serving as a legal entity, board members represent diverse segments of the community through their occupations, geographic locations, experience and backgrounds. Members are stewards of the organization’s mission, goals, policies and finances. Joining the Board of Trustees are Jennifer Caputo, Hope Cotter, Sarah Collum Hatfield, Chris Mecray, Veronica Olivares-Weber, and Michael Ury.
“The Arts Council of Princeton has long been fortunate to have a group of deeply committed board members and we are very pleased with the breadth of experience and perspective these new members bring,” said Ted Deutsch, Board of Trustees President. “With a strategic plan and high quality programming in place, the board is excited to help the Arts Council continue to deliver on our mission of Building Community Through the Arts."
The newly appointed members to the Board of Trustees are as follows:
Jennifer Caputo serves as the Senior Associate Director for Graduate Alumni Relations of Princeton University. A Pennington resident, Jennifer has 25 years of experience in event planning and project management in addition to being an active volunteer with her alma mater and an ardent supporter of numerous charities.
Hope Cotter is the Executive Assistant to the leadership team at SSATB and board liaison. Hope’s experience spans serving as the office manager and executive assistant to the CEO and board at Solar Capital Ltd, to managing events at the New York Academy of Art. She lives in Hopewell, NJ, and looks forward to “engaging with the Arts Council alumni, staff and board to help its programs grow and evolve in the upcoming years.”
Sarah Collum Hatfield is the principal of the event and design company bearing her name, Collum Hatfield Design LLC. She lives in West Amwell, NJ, and is passionate about the arts and the environment. Sarah says, "I love the Arts Council of Princeton's mission of Building Community Through the Arts. Culturally rich and ecologically conscience communities are sustainable communities.”
Chris Mecray has extensive experience as an analyst and currently serves as Vice President, Investor Relations at Axalta Coating Systems. He received an A.B. from Princeton University. Chris has expressed a keen interest in serving the Arts Council and community and is eager to offer strategic and planning guidance in furthering the mission of the Arts Council, as well as continuing its development activities to support long-term growth and sustainability.
Community volunteering has been a family affair for Veronica Olivares-Weber, her two daughters and husband since moving to Princeton in 2007. In 2009, the ACP recognized her volunteering efforts, which include promoting and organizing cultural events in town that represent diversity, by awarding Veronica the Pride of the Arts Council Volunteer Award. “I am honored to join the Board of the Arts Council of Princeton. I am looking forward to contributing to the organization in a different capacity,” says Veronica.
A resident of Monroe, NJ, Michael Ury is Senior Private Banker with Wells Fargo Private Bank. His career spans 18 years in Wealth Management with prior careers at both Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley. Michael says of the Arts Council, "I am excited to be part of this organization. They not only contribute to the arts in general, but also play a meaningful role in bringing arts and culture to our local youth.”
For a complete list of the Board of Trustees, please visit artscouncilofprinceton.org or call 609.924.8777.
The Arts Council of Princeton, founded in 1967, is a non-profit organization with a mission of Building Community through the Arts. Housed in the landmark Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, designed by architect Michael Graves, the Arts Council fulfills its mission by presenting a wide range of programs including exhibitions, performances, free community cultural events, and studio-based classes and workshops in a wide range of media. Arts Council of Princeton programs are designed to be high-quality, engaging, affordable and accessible for the diverse population of the greater Princeton region. For more information about the Arts Council of Princeton, visit artscouncilofprinceton.org or call 609.924.8777.