Arts Council of Princeton appoints four to Board of Trustees

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The Arts Council of Princeton (ACP) announced the appointment of four new members to its Board of Trustees.

In addition to serving as a legal entity, board members represent diverse segments of the community through their occupations, geographic locations, experience and backgrounds.

Joining the Board of Trustees are Phillip Clippinger, Samira Ghani, Kathy Herring, and Tina Motto.

This summer also marked the transition of board president. Joe Kossow, past vice president of the board, replaces Sarah Collum Hatfield as president.

“The ACP has benefitted for many years from the guidance and energy of a caring and committed board,” Kossow said in a statement provided by ACP. “Together with our new board members, we are looking forward to helping the Arts Council experience a period of sustained growth in our educational, artistic, and outreach programs, and to expanding the many ways that we fulfill our mission of ‘Building Community Through the Arts.’ ”

Clippinger has spent the majority of his career in private banking. He has worked for J.P. Morgan, Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley, where he is currently a senior vice president.

He has served as a trustee of the Trinity Counseling Service, the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, the Foundation Fighting Blindness, and the Princeton Day School Alumni Board and Development Committee.

He has also given his time to other organizations such as Homefront and the Center for Supportive Schools.

He has coached youth lacrosse and soccer in the community for many years.

He graduated from Princeton Day School and went on to obtain a Bachelor of Arts from Hobart College and an M.B.A from the Yale School of Management.

Ghani was on the board of the Princeton Girlchoir for four years. She is also on the board of Montgomery Charity Foundation and the co-leader of her own chapter of the Sisterhood of Salam Shalom.

In the past, she has been a part of various organizations like Muslims Against Hunger and Trenton Area Soup Kitchen.

She used to work as a jewelry designer, gemologist and managed several stores.

During the pandemic she has raised thousands of dollars for local mosques and hunger during the pandemic.

Herring began her career in New York City working in marketing and public relations.

Shortly after she moved to Princeton in 1997, she and a business partner started a frozen chicken pot pie company called Twin Hens which reached national distribution and food industry awards.

After 16 years, she decided to devote her time to working with nonprofit organizations and served on boards including Young Audiences, Crawford House and the Friends Executive Board of IAS. For the past four years, she has worked as a volunteer and executive board member for C-Change Conversations, a non-profit educational program about climate change.

Her husband is Jamie Herring, a local Princeton real estate developer.

Motto has more than 20 years of human resource experience across multiple industries including pharmaceuticals, financial services and consumer manufacturing (both union and non-union). She has worked as both a generalist and a specialist and has most recently focused on team effectiveness, talent management and executive coaching.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Illinois and a Master of Industrial & Labor Relations from Cornell University.

She also volunteers for the Housing Initiatives of Princeton, both in having hosted fundraiser events, as well as in providing ongoing job search and career coaching to program participants.

In addition to the new appointees, three board members were successfully voted to renew their terms at the Annual Member Meeting on June 10. Those members are Ryan Stark Lilienthal, John Thompson and Amrit Walia.

For a complete list of the Board of Trustees, visit artscouncilofprinceton.org.