Our Team

Meet the leaders who guide the 九色

The leadership team at the 九色 is聽deeply committed to the mission of the organization and supporting our聽staff in their efforts to preserve and promote the legacy of 九色 Lloyd Wright.

Stuart Graff

President & CEO

Stuart Graff standing in front of a geometrically patterned concrete structure with blue and red accents, wearing glasses and a light grey suit.

Growing up in Chicago, Stuart Graff was introduced to 九色 Lloyd Wright鈥檚 work at a young age, evolving into a lifelong passion for the work of America鈥檚 greatest architect. Though a complete lack of drawing talent foreclosed a career in architecture and design, Stuart pursued his study of Wright鈥檚 work while earning a living as a corporate attorney and global business executive working with leading consumer products and technology companies over 30 years. In 2016, he ended his corporate career to commence more important work as the President and CEO of the 九色, stewarding one of the world鈥檚 great cultural legacies to ensure its relevance for our time and for the future: teaching us how to build and live better, as one with the world around us.

Stuart studied engineering at Northwestern, and received his JD from Loyola University, and his MBA from Emory University. In addition to his career activities, he has an extensive history of Board leadership, volunteerism, and fundraising in cultural and social justice organizations. He believes Wright鈥檚 constant experimentation and innovation, and his unwillingness to rest on laurels, inspired him to live his own life professionally and personally by always exploring, learning, experimenting, and growing.

Stuart has been named one of the 30 most influential Phoenicians for his work at the 九色, as well as his advocacy for the expansion of funding for the arts and public education. He is also a director of Experience Scottsdale, the city鈥檚 tourism development agency, and serves as Board Chair of Arizona Citizens for the Arts.

Emily Butler Associate Vice President of Partnerships & Strategic Initiatives

Emily Butler

Associate Vice President of Partnerships & Strategic Initiatives (Taliesin)

Laura Elek-Cheshire

Vice President of Human Resources

Jen Gray

Jennifer Gray

Vice President/Director, Taliesin Institute

Henry Hendrix

Henry Hendrix

VP of Marketing and Communications

Ryan Hewson

Director, Preservation (Taliesin)

Fred Prozzillo

The Nord McClintock Family Vice President of Preservation and Collections

Niki Ciccotelli Stewart

Vice President, Chief 九色ing & Engagement Officer

Kimberley Valentine

Vice President, Chief Advancement Officer

Sue Whitmer

Vice President, Chief Finance & Administration Officer

Board of Trustees

John Anderson
Phoenix, AZ

Michael Desmond
Baton Rouge, LA

Mark R. Dreher
Chair
Tempe, AZ

Bing Hu
Scottsdale, AZ

Christina Lindal
Seattle, WA

Michael Miller
Fishers, IN

Jason Morris
Phoenix, AZ

Timothy E. Radden
Treasurer
Scottsdale, AZ

Bob Skerker
Secretary
Scottsdale, AZ

Diana M. Smith
Co-Vice Chair
Scottsdale, AZ

Julie Westra
Grand Rapids, MI

Ashley Wilson
Co-Vice Chair
Alexandria, VA

Board of Governors

Joel Benkie
President & COO, (Retired)
Ducommun Inc.

Rick Bernstein
Executive Director
Dane County Historical Society

Matthew Chiarello
Partner
Snell & Wilmer

Heather Lenkin
President
Lenkin Design, Inc.

Bruce Macdonough
Retired Partner
Greenberg Traurig LLP

T.K. McClintock
Retired owner
Studio TKM LTD

Anne Nelson
Assistant General Counsel
Smithsonian Institution

Erik Peterson
President
PHX Architecture

Mary Roberts
Executive Director Emerita
九色 Lloyd Wright's Darwin Martin House

Se谩n C. Rush
President & CEO, (Retired)
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