Staff & Trustees
Today’s Steelcase Foundation Board of Trustees includes descendants of the original Steelcase families, as well as our first non-family board member to help us understand the needs of our local communities and how to best make an impact toward the causes we support.
Foundation Board of Trustees
Mary Anne Hunting
James P. Keane
Robert C. Pew
Kate Pew Wolters - Chair
Mary Anne Hunting
Craig Niemann – Chair
Kate Pew Wolters
Daniel Williams – President
Leslie Schoen – Foundation Administrator and Secretary to the Board of Trustees
Katie Daniels – Grant Analyst
Brian Cloyd is the retired vice president of Global Corporate Relations and Chief Diversity Officer for Steelcase Inc., and is the first non-family/CEO board member to join the Steelcase Foundation. Brian’s philanthropic work includes his current service on the boards of West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology (WMCAT) and Grand Rapids University Preparatory Academy (UPREP) where he was a founding board member, the National Center for Arts and Technology, University of Detroit Mercy, Education Trust-Midwest, and the Executive Leadership Council.
Brian’s previous board service includes chair of the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, as well board service for ArtPrize, Economic Club of Grand Rapids, Workforce Development Council, Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce Board (vice chair, Diversity and Inclusion), Trustee for Northern Michigan University (chair), Advisory Council for Grand Valley State University Seidman College of Business, Education Reform Initiative, Student Advancement Foundation, Michigan Business Leaders for Excellence in Education, Grand Rapids Public Museum, The Cherry Commission (Governor’s Commission on Education and Economic Development), and ACLU of Michigan.
Mary Anne Hunting
Dr. Mary Anne Hunting is an architectural historian and author of Edward Durell Stone: Modernism’s Populist Architect (W.W. Norton, 2012). A resident of New York City, her philanthropic roles have included president of the alumni association of the Victorian Society Summer Schools, board member of Edith Wharton Restoration at The Mount, executive vice president of East Side House Settlement, trustee of the Professional Children’s School, board member of The Alpha Workshops and board member of Landmark West!, an organization devoted to architecture preservation on the upper west side of Manhattan.
Jim Keane is President and Chief Executive Officer, Director of Steelcase Inc. Appointed to this role in March 2014, Jim oversees all operations of Steelcase Inc., including domestic and international operations. He serves on the boards of Rockwell Automation, IDEO, the Economic Club of Grand Rapids, Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturer’s Association (BIFMA), and the board of trustees of Grand Valley University Foundation.
Craig Niemann is chair of the Steelcase Foundation Investment Committee, and he and his wife Jenny are owners of ForwardSpace, a Steelcase dealership serving the Chicagoland and Milwaukee areas. A graduate of Bowdoin College, Craig also holds a master of business administration degree from the University of Michigan, and a master of education degree from Aquinas College. He worked for over seven years in finance and operations at Steelcase, and was a part time math teacher in Grand Rapids. He is currently the treasurer at ForwardSpace.
Craig enjoys being a part of the community he lives serving on the board of the Chicago Botanic Garden and in an advisory capacity for Chicago Public Media, the local NPR station in Chicago. He lives in Chicago and spends his summers in West Michigan, enjoying beautiful Lake Michigan.
Cary Pew practices as a clinical social worker in Denver, CO. He has an extensive background working with individuals, families, and teens with substance use related issues. Currently, he works with people seeking help on a broad range of presenting problems. Cary’s passionate about the intersections between social-emotional well-being, environmental stressors, and mental health. Early in his career, Cary facilitated, coordinated, and organized service work with various organizations to provide disaster relief and reduce the effects of poverty.
Cary grew up in Grand Rapids, spent his teenage years in Asheville, NC, before finally moving to Colorado. He loves to do many of the outdoor activities available where he lives, such as ski and mountain bike. While Cary has found a home in Colorado, he feels a strong emotional connection to Grand Rapids.
Rob Pew is president of The Manaus Fund, and a member of the boards of IDEO.org and the Aspen Community Foundation. Rob is currently board chair at Steelcase Inc. and served as president of Steelcase North America from May 1990 to March 1994. In that capacity, he was responsible for all sales, marketing, and manufacturing operations involving Steelcase brand products. Rob owned Steelcase Dealership Office Environments, headquartered in Charlotte NC from 1984 to 1989.
His previous activities in the not-for-profit world include president of Junior Achievement of Western North Carolina, various roles within Buncombe County United Way, including chair of community planning and allocation process, and campaign chair for United Way of Western Michigan (now Heart of West Michigan United Way). He also served as chair of the Asheville Downtown Commission, campaign chair for the Pack Place Arts and Science Center, and as a member of the Grand Valley State University Board of Trustees.
Kate Pew Wolters
Kate Pew Wolters is chair of the Steelcase Foundation and serves as president of the Kate and Richard Wolters Foundation. Kate was appointed by President Bill Clinton to the National Council on Disability in 1994 and served until 2003. Kate serves as a board member for several organizations, including the Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service. She also serves as a member of the board of the Mary and Robert Pew Public Education Fund, DisArt, ACLU of Michigan, and as co-chair of the First Steps Children’s Commission.
After serving an 8-year appointment by Gov. Granholm in 2013, as a member of the Board of Grand Valley State University, she was appointed to an additional term by Gov. Snyder. Kate has received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Aquinas College and Michigan State University, Distinguished Alumni Award from Michigan State University, Arts Award from the Arts Council of Greater Grand Rapids, YWCA Tribute Award, and the Women of Achievement and Courage Award from the Michigan Women’s Foundation.
Elizabeth Welch started her term as a Justice on the Michigan Supreme Court on January 1, 2021. Prior to her election, she practiced employment law, representing small businesses, nonprofit organizations, and individuals. She has a long history of involvement in Grand Rapids’ vibrant nonprofit community through board service and participation in numerous capital campaigns. Currently, she is a Trustee for the Steelcase Foundation and the Grand Valley University Foundation.
Her past service includes: East Grand Rapids Public Schools (Trustee and Vice President), Michigan League of Conservation Voters (President), Camp Henry, Home Repair Services (Chair), DA Blodgett - Big Brothers/Big Sisters Advisory Council, the Grand Rapids Bar Association (Trustee), Women Lawyers Association of Michigan - Western Region (President), Michigan Parents for Schools, and the School Finance Research Project (which studied the true cost to educate a student in Michigan). She spent a decade working with and leading voter protection programs and public school advocacy efforts across Michigan.