Welcome New Trustees

As we begin the 2017-2018 Academic Year, we are thrilled to welcome new Trustees to the Board of San Francisco Art Institute.

Agnes Bourne

Agnes Bourne A.S.I.D, has been working in the design field for over fifty years, creating environmentally responsible and inspiring spaces and objects. Trained in both the practice of art and design, her San Francisco based office included an interior and product design studio as well as a furniture and fabric showroom focusing on design arts. Her work has been collected, exhibited, and published internationally.  She has taught several courses at colleges and universities focusing on color and design planning. Ms. Bourne is a trustee of Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Smithsonian in New York City, a Fellow of the Royal Society for Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce in London, formerly a trustee of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and several other art museums and educational institutions.

Since 2000, Ms. Bourne has been a resident of Jackson Hole, Wyoming from where she continues to work as an Interior Designer and educator on projects nation wide and is a director of the Jackson Hole Center for the Arts. In the Spring of 2012, she joined Rowena Finegan to open a retail store, Pine Street Natural Interiors in Sausalito, CA, dedicated to offering green and healthy products for interiors.

Michael Naify (MFA 2017)

Michael Naify is an MFA graduate of SFAI who was born in San Francisco and comes out of a film and cable businesses background. In addition to English, he speaks Italian and Portuguese. In 1997 he founded Cosac and Naify Editions which, over twenty years, became Brazil’s largest art publisher of over 1,200 titles distinguished for its cutting edge publications and iconic cultural status.  

In addition to his educational background in art, Michael has an MBA from University of San Francisco and has devoted a great deal of his varied talents to the restoration of historically significant Florentine Belles-Artes Renaissance properties. These include Medici and Strozzi palazzos and the restoration of more than 140,000 square feet in and around the city of Florence for both noncommercial and commercial purposes. He continues these activities today.

Michael has been a board member on both educational and for-profit institutions. He has served as such for the International School of Florence, the University Art Museum of UC Berkeley, Todd-AO Corporation, and now, SFAI.

Una Ryan

Dr. Una Ryan is a scientist by profession—one of the foremost life scientists in the fields of vascular biology, immunology, and biotechnology—and artist in her personal life.

Dr. Ryan is an angel investor and supports start-ups as a board member and as an individual investor. She is also Managing Director at Golden Seeds (Silicon Valley), an angel investing group focused on women-led companies, and a member of Astia Angel, investing in women-led ventures while targeting abovemarket investment returns.

She was President and CEO of Diagnostics For All (DFA), developing inexpensive diagnostics for global health and agriculture. She was also formerly President and CEO of AVANT Immunotherapeutics, Inc (NASDAQ), a company developing vaccines and immunotherapeutics for cancer, travelers, food safety, and global health.

Juana Schurman

Juana Schurman, born and raised in San Francisco, is an attorney and Senior Vice President of Oracle America, Inc.  Juana received her BA from Hampshire College and her JD from University of California, Hastings College of the Law. Juana enthusiastically attended SFAI during a summer college break and is married to artist Tony Ligamari who received both a BFA and an MFA from SFAI.

Juana is a past president and former board member of the Bay Area Ethics and Compliance Association, a member of the board of directors of the California Employment Law Council and a member of the legal committee of the Employers Group. Juana has been a volunteer at numerous organizations, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Rental Gallery, and was an active member of her two childrens' school communities, including acting as an annual fund chair. Serving on the Board of SFAI allows Juana to combine her passions for art, education and San Francisco.