Dean's Leadership Council

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Front row, from left: Council Member Neda Nobari and Senior Director of Development Bonnie Feinberg.

Back row, from left: Senior Director of Development Amanda Todd, Chief of Staff Michelle Rashleger, Dean Andrew Harris, Council Member Lucinda Lee Katz, Council Member Roland Hsu, Council Member Fred Levin and Council Member Jerry Rosenberg.

 

The Dean’s Leadership Council (DLC) supports and advises College leadership in raising financial resources for the College, engages community members in identifying opportunities and challenges, and raises awareness of the accomplishments of the College’s students and faculty. The Dean’s Leadership Council was formed in fall 2019.

Leadership Council members

Roland Hsu, Ph.D.

Roland Hsu is director of research for the Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project at Stanford University. He is also a licensed associate clinical social worker and an intern therapist at the Stanford Faculty Staff Help Center in private practice. Previously, he served as associate director of The Europe Center, a research and policy center at Stanford University’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. Prior to joining Stanford in 2002, he taught at University of Chicago and was assistant professor of history at University of Idaho. His scholarly research focuses on migration and ethnic identity formation, and he is the author-editor of Migration and Integration: New Models for Mobility and Coexistence (2016) and Ethnic Europe: Mobility, Identity and Conflict in a Globalized World (2010), as well as scholarly articles and blogs.

Hsu holds degrees from University of Chicago (M.A., art history, Ph.D., modern European history); University of California, Berkeley (dual B.A. in art history and English literature); and San José State University (M.S.W.). His community involvement includes volunteering at CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of San Mateo County. His late father, Kai-Yu Hsu, Ph.D., was a professor of humanities and foreign languages at SF State and founder of the Chinese Program.

Areas of support and interest at SF State include the Chinese Program and LCA Dean’s Fund.

 

Lucinda Lee Katz (B.A., Creative Arts, ’68; M.A., Education, ’74)

Lucinda Lee Katz began her career as one of the first Chinese bilingual/bicultural teachers in San Francisco. That experience led to her work on the landmark 1974 U.S. Supreme Court case, Lau v. Nichols, which legalized bilingual and bicultural education in the nation’s public schools. Katz holds a Ph.D. in child development and early childhood education from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

In her early career, she was professor for more than 20 years at Erikson Institute and University of Chicago. She served as head of school for the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools (1985 – 2002), chief education officer in the Chicago Public Schools (2002 – 2004) and Marin Country Day School (2004 – 2018). She is a trustee for the Boys and Girls Club of San Francisco, New Century Chamber Orchestra and Lick-Wilmerding High School. Katz wrote and consulted on three films: There’s Math in Deviled Eggs, Respecting Diversity in the Classroom and the PBS special Boys Will Be Men.

Areas of support and interest at SF State include the Dr. Lucinda Lee Katz Fund for the Arts in Memory of Norman Alan Katz, LCA Dean’s Fund, Morrison Chamber Music Center, Creative Arts and SF State Fund.

 

Fred Levin (B.A., Special Major, College of Liberal & Creative Arts)

Fred Levin is a philanthropist who focuses his support on the visual and performing arts and Jewish social services. He is vice president of the Asian Art Museum Foundation and a member of the Asian Art Mission Commission, San Francisco Symphony board of governors and San Francisco Film Society board of directors. Levin’s father founded the San Francisco Film Society in 1957. Levin is past chair of San Francisco Performances.

Levin stewards The Shenson Foundation, a San Francisco foundation founded by his mother’s family to support the arts and other nonprofits.

Areas of support and interest at SF State include School of Art Master of Fine Arts program, LCA Dean’s Fund and Morrison Chamber Music Center.

 

Neda Nobari (B.S., Computer Science, ’84)

Neda Nobari is an Iranian American activist and humanitarian with a mission to support social, economic and environmental justice through the arts, education and impact cinema.

Former software engineer, co-founder and vice chair of bebe stores from 1984 to 2006, Nobari transitioned to the nonprofit sector more than a decade ago by establishing her private foundation and joining boards of nongovernmental organizations. In 2015, she earned her M.A. in Liberal Studies from Dartmouth College, where her thesis focused on the intersection of diaspora and cultural identity of Iranian American women. In 2017 Nobari established the Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies in SF State’s College of Liberal & Creative Arts.

Nobari is an inaugural member of the SFSU Foundation board of directors. She serves as chair of the investment committee.

Areas of support and interest at SF State include Center for Iranian Diaspora, Superfest Disability Film Festival, Family Interiors Nutrition and Apparel, SF State Fund, SF State Guardian Scholars, Creative Arts and LCA Dean’s Fund.

 

Jerold (Jerry) Rosenberg (B.A., History, ’62)

Jerry Rosenberg is the owner of The Rosenberg Company, an insurance company in Daly City. He and his wife Phyllis are major Bay Area philanthropists. Rosenberg’s family founded American Building Maintenance Industries Inc., one of the largest publicly traded facilities services contractors. In the 1990s, he and his late father, Ted Rosenberg, played a key role in saving the San Francisco Giants franchise, which resulted in a new baseball stadium. Jerry Rosenberg remains a diehard Giants fan.

Rosenberg has held leadership positions at nonprofit organizations in the Jewish community. He was president of the San Francisco Independent Agents Association for three years, president of Concordia Argonaut Club for three years (and member for 53 years), treasurer of Temple Isaiah of Lafayette for four years and four-year elected chairman of the Lafayette Traffic Commission. Rosenberg attended UC Hastings College of the Law. While a student at SF State in the 1960s, he participated in an around-the-world trip through a summer class. This trip was a high point for Rosenberg, and he and his wife continue to travel the globe.

Areas of support and interest at SF State include Jerold Rosenberg Family Scholarship Endowment Fund (LCA Students) and Jewish Studies.

Liberal & Creative Arts Dean’s Office

Dean Andrew T. Harris

Andrew Harris joined SF State in 2016 after four years as the dean of arts and humanities at Keene State College in New Hampshire, overseeing 12 academic departments, a performing arts center, art gallery and the Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

Between 1999 and 2012, Harris served in various academic and administrative positions at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts, including associate provost, executive assistant to the president and faculty member in the history department. While a faculty member at Bridgewater he served as honors director and as a founding co-coordinator of the university’s undergraduate research program. He has co-written successful institutional grants in support of faculty development and promoting student success for underserved populations. Harris was also an American Council on Education fellow at University of Rhode Island.

He is the author of Policing the City: Crime and Legal Authority in London, 1780 – 1840 and the co-author of Empire, State and Society: Britain Since 1830.

Harris received a bachelor’s degree in history from Pomona College. He earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in history from Stanford University.