The Council works with the Institute through the Office of Alumnx and Family Engagement to provide initiatives and resources that support fellow graduates. Council leaders include a Chair and a Representative to the Board of Trustees. Each member has generously volunteered their time to reinforce the CalArts community.


Council Members

Representative to the Board of Trustees: Meg Cranston  (Art MFA 86; Chair of Fine Arts, Otis College of Art and Design) Liaison for broad strategies that impact students and alumnx.

Recent Graduates Leader: Clarissa Crawford (Theater MFA 15; Theater Producer) Initiatives that address and support the needs of recent grads, especially those from the last five years.

Campus in the Community Leader: John D'Amico (Critical Studies MA 09; Former Mayor of West Hollywood; current West Hollywood City Councilperson) Strengthening the Institute's presence and relationship with the communities of Santa Clarita and Los Angeles.

Bridges Leader: Alexi Gehring (Photography and Media BFA 00, Film/Video MFA 03; Fine Arts Photographer and Experimental Video Artist) Creating bridges back to the Institute through on-campus involvement and support offered to alumnx out in the world.

Chouinard Leader (retired): Larry LeGras (Chouinard BFA 60; Fashion and Costume Designer) Boosting connection and engagement between Chouinard and CalArts community, and keeping the legacy vibrant for today's students.

Pathways Leader: Kali Nikitas (Art MFA 90; Graphic Designer; Chair, Communication Arts and MFA Graphic Design Program, Otis College of Art and Design; Arts Commissioner at Large, City of Inglewood). Building support for alumnx leaving CalArts, entering into lives and careers that may be non-traditional.

Chair: John Schwerbel (Music BFA 14, Artistic Planning Coordinator, Los Angeles Philharmonic) Leadership of Council activities and initiatives