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A Life of Service in Art and Education: Bill Siart and the Getty Board of Trustees

Interviewee(s):
Siart, Bill
Interviewer(s):
Tewes, Amanda
Title:
A Life of Service in Art and Education: Bill Siart and the Getty Board of Trustees
Abstract:
Bill Siart is the founder and chairman of the nonprofit Excellent Education Development (ExED), and served on the board of trustees for the Getty Trust from 2005 to 2017. Mr. Siart grew up in Los Angeles, California, and attended Santa Clara University in the 1960s. He completed his master’s degree in finance from University of California Berkeley. Siart was the chairman of First Interstate Bank until it was purchased by Wells Fargo in 1996. Siart ran for the Superintendent of Los Angeles Unified School District in 1996. He also serves as the chairman of the board of the Walt Disney Concert Hall. In this interview, Siart discusses his early life and education; his work history, including First Interstate Bank; running for Superintendent of Los Angeles Unified School District and starting ExED; serving on the boards of several nonprofits, including as the chairman of the Walt Disney Concert Hall; joining the board of trustees for the Getty Trust in 2005 and serving during a period of financial, legal, and managerial difficulties; the impact of the 2008 recession on the Getty; changing leadership at the Getty; arts education initiatives at the Getty; continuing a connection to the Getty Trust after leaving the board of trustees in 2017.
Subject area(s):
Arts and Letters
Interview date(s):
2018
Project:
Getty Trust
Rights:
Bill Siart, “A Life of Service in Art and Education: Bill Siart and the Getty Board of Trustees” conducted by Amanda Tewes in 2018, Oral History Center, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, under the auspices of the J. Paul Getty Trust, 2018.