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Mayor Helene Schneider stands in front of Bellosguardo.

Paul Wellman

Mayor Helene Schneider stands in front of Bellosguardo.


Bellosguardo Foundation Named

Mayor Helene Schneider Announces 19 Individuals as Clark Estate’s Board of Directors


Timed with the release of this week’s cover story on The Santa Barbara Independent, Mayor Helene Schneider today announced the names of the 19 individuals who will serve as the board of directors for the Bellosguardo Foundation.

The nonprofit foundation, which was formed with the help of the New York Public Administrator’s office and the N.Y. Attorney General’s Charitable Division Bureau, will work to determine the future of Bellosguardo, the bluff top estate overlooking Santa Barbara’s East Beach that was owned by the late heiress Huguette Clark. Clark died in 2011 at the age of 104, and, in her will, directed that this iconic property be used for the fostering and promotion of the arts.

According to the official press release, the 19 individuals are:

Stephen Clark: Vice President & General Counsel J Paul Getty Trust

Joshua Conviser: Author/Film Producer

Robert Day: Chairman, Keck Foundation; Chairman, Trust Company of the West

Ian Devine: Clark Family Representative

Perri Harcourt: Investor/Community Philanthropist

Jim Hurley: Retired Attorney for the late Huguette Clark

Peter Jordano: President/CEO Jordano’s Inc.

Morris Jurkowitz: Investor/Community Philanthropist

Robert Lieff: Of Counsel/Founder, Lieff Cabraser Heimann and Bernstein, LLP

Diane McQuarie: Co-Founder MapFrame [Ret.]

Sandi Nicholson: Community Philanthropist

Jack Overall: Dantz Development Corporation [Ret.]/Community Philanthropist

Charles Patrizia: Corcoran Gallery Representative

Jim Petrovich: Investor/Community Philanthropist

Ron Pulice: Former Chair/CEO, Pulice Construction/Community Philanthropist

Joan Rutkowski: Retired Opera singer/Community Philanthropist

Gary Tobey: President, Haworth Marketing & Media Company

Anne Smith Towbes: Community Philanthropist

Dick Wolf: Film and Television Producer

There is still much to be worked out between Clark’s estate and tax collectors, a process that is expected to take at least another year. The estate will continue to manage the property during that time.

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