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RSA US Board of Trustees

The Board is responsible for overseeing the affairs of the RSA US and making decisions on its behalf. It consists of the Board Chairperson, appointed by the RSA, and an equal number of elected trustees, voted in by the RSA US Fellows, and appointed trustees, who are elected by the Board. Members each have a term limit of three years that are renewable for one term.

Lolita Jackson

Lolita Jackson

Board Chair

 

Lolita has been a member of the RSA Board for three years, and a Fellow for six years. Previously, she was US Chair of the British-American Project and is currently member of the US Advisory Board. She is also on the Fellows Advisory Council of the US-Japan Leadership Program. During the day, Lolita works for the NYC Mayor's Office as Special Advisor in resilience and sustainability, and has been with the Mayor's Office for 10 years in various roles. Prior to her government tenure, she was a Vice President at Morgan Stanley where she helped found and manage a $10 billon product line in the Investement Management Division. Outside of work, Lolita is a professional jazz singer, having performed on four continents. She is an alumnus of the University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering, and is President of the Penn Class of 1989, where she organizes the class reunions.

Duncan Jackson

Duncan Jackson

 

Duncan Jackson specializes in bringing construction and manufacturing closer together to improve the quality of the built environment, a discipline he calls applied industrial design. As a civil engineering graduate of University College London who also trained as furniture designer, Duncan has a broad and strategic perspective. He founded Billings Jackson Design in London in 1992 and in 2004 set up the New York studio, becoming a Fellow of the RSA the next year. Duncan was instrumental in bringing the RSA Student Design Awards program to the USA and remains committed to introducing the RSA's mission to new generations of designers. 

Natalie Nicholles

Natalie Nicholles

Director of RSA Global

 

Natalie has a breadth of experience in working with, and for, the private sector, national NGOs and local charities. After beginning her career at FTSE 100 company Wolseley Plc in Europe; she took the decision to focus on work that addresses the systemic causes of inequality and built a successful socio-economic impact consultancy for think tank the New Economics Foundation (NEF) in London. She is driven by an inherent belief that individuals and communities are best placed to determine what matters to them, but that they often lack the porwer to create change.

Ric Grefé

Ric Grefé

 

Ric has spent decades encouraging thoughtful discussion of policy issues in the civic arena, as a journalist, in handling legislative strategy and strategic planning for public broadcasting, and as the CEO of AIGA, the professional association for design. In the latter role he was a longtime advocate for the use of design thinking and creative collaboration for social change. Ric was educated at Dartmouth College and Stanford University and lives in Connecticut, where he currently teaches at Wesleyan University. He believes deeply in the need for a "21st century enlightment" and sees RSA as a means for formative public discourse on the issues facing society.

Jan is an independent leadership coach and coach facilitator who coaches leaders of change in public and private sector organisations. Jan has extensive experience leading complex change in organisations: translating strategy and concepts into implementable models and practice. Her clients have included the NHS, National Education Scotland, local and national government, housing and transport groups, Newcastle University, the National School of Government, the Learning and Skills Improvement Service, and the Centre for Excellence in Leadership. Jan is also an experienced facilitator who supports and challenges individuals, teams and organisations to grow through reflection, learning and action.