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
Brittany Dernberger – Grant Analyst
Julie Ridenour – President
Leslie Schoen – Foundation Administrator and Secretary to the Board of Trustees
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 Prepatory Academy (UPREP) where he was a founding board member, the National Center for Arts and Technology, University of Detroit Mercy, Education Trust-Midwest, Grand Rapids Public Museum, and the State of Michigan ACLU.
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 College of Business, Education Reform Initiative, Student Advancement Foundation, Michigan Business Leaders for Excellence in Education, The Cherry Commission (Governor’s Commission on Education and Economic Development),and the Executive Leadership Council.
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, and Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturer’s Association (BIFMA), the board of trustees of Grand Valley University Foundation, and the executive board of Design Futures Council.
Craig Niemann is chair of the Steelcase Foundation Investment Committee, and he and his wife Jenny are current co-owner of ForwardSpace, a Steelcase dealership serving the Chicagoland area. 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, and was a part time math teacher in Grand Rapids.
Craig is heavily involved in his children’s schools, having served on PTO boards in both Grand Rapids and Boston. He lives in Chicago and spends his summers in West Michigan, enjoying beautiful Lake Michigan.
Cary Pew, CAC II is a rehabilitation counselor and is committed to helping others through his work with clients and non-profits. He is the owner of New Trails Recovery, which provides varying levels of support to those struggling with addiction. Cary has worked in the addiction treatment field as a counselor, coordinator, and technician. Some of his greatest accomplishments include facilitating service trips to the Pine Ridge Reservation and disaster relief in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Cary was also the treatment provider for Eagle County, CO drug and DUI courts. Here he worked as a third party with the justice department to provide treatment to chronic drug and DUI offenders.
Cary is currently working towards a graduate degree in social work. He presently serves on the board of Montford Hall, which is a recovery program and school for adolescents, located in Asheville, NC. Cary was also on the Steelcase B-share engagement council from 2014-2017.
Rob Pew is president of The Manaus Fund, Woody Creek Community Center, and chairman of the Board of Overseers at IIT Institute of Design, as well as owner and director of Voke Inc. and Trew Gear, a leading provider of ski and boarder apparel. Now a private investor, Rob 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.
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 and as co-chair of the First Steps Children’s Commission, as well as immediate past chairperson and current board member for the Grand Rapids Symphony.
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 is very involved in Grand Rapids’ vibrant non-profit and professional community. She is currently a Trustee for the Steelcase Foundation, the Michigan League of Conservation Voters, the Grand Valley University Foundation, and serves as Vice President of the East Grand Rapids School Board. She is active on various fronts throughout the state with groups supporting traditional community public schools.
Additionally, she is a graduate of Leadership Grand Rapids, past chair of the Board of Directors of Home Repair Services (an organization dedicated to assisting low-income homeowners), past trustee of the Grand Rapids Bar Association, and served as past board member of Camp Henry, Big Brothers/Big Sisters (advisory council), the Hugh Michael Beahan Foundation, and Social Venture Philanthropy (a donor collaboration organized by the Grand Rapids Community Foundation). She has served on several capital campaigns, including the campaign for West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology (WMCAT).