Stuart Bohart and Marissa Mayer Join Cooper-Hewitt Board of Trustees

Release Date: 
Monday, July 13, 2009
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Stuart Bohart and Marissa Mayer Join Cooper-Hewitt Board of Trustees

The Smithsonian Institution’s board of regents voted to appoint Stuart Bohart and Marissa Mayer to Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum’s board of trustees. Bohart, managing director, investment management at Morgan Stanley, has been with the global financial services firm for more than 10 years. Mayer joined Google in 1999 as its first female engineer and 20th employee, and functions as the principle designer of company's look and feel.

The museum's board of trustees, led by Chairman Paul Herzan and President James Rosenthal, is comprised of a distinguished roster of leaders from top American design companies, including GE, Nike, P & G and Target.

“I’m delighted to have such exceptional individuals join the board,” said Herzan. “Bohart and Mayer are stellar additions to the dedicated trustees working toward the continued growth of the museum.”

Bohart joined Morgan Stanley as a portfolio manager in the investment management business, where he co-managed a global multi-strategy equity fund, and went on to become head of International Prime Brokerage in 2003 and global head in Prime Brokerage in 2005. In 2006, he was appointed head of alternative investments and he became head of investment management in 2008. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, he held positions in trading and portfolio management at Harvard University’s endowment fund, Bankers Trust and FrontPoint Partners. A graduate of Northwestern University with dual degrees in economics and Asian studies, Bohart was appointed to the board of the Smithsonian African Art Museum in 2009 and serves on the board of governors for the Investment Company Institute. He currently resides in New York.

As vice president, search products and user experience, Mayer leads Google's product management and design efforts for search products, including web search, images, news, books, products, maps, Google Earth, the Google Toolbar, Google desktop, Google Labs and more. Her efforts have included designing and developing Google's search interface, internationalizing the site to more than 100 languages, defining Google News, iGoogle, Gmail and Orkut, and launching hundreds of features and products on Google.com. The company’s design efforts, under Mayer’s leadership, were recognized with the 2008 National Design Award for Corporate Achievement, which acknowledges a corporation’s use of design as a strategic tool in its mission and exhibits ingenuity and insight in helping to advance the relationship between design and quality of life. Also in 2008, at 33, Mayer became the youngest woman ever to be included on Fortune magazine's Most Powerful Women list (#50).Concurrent with her work at Google, Mayer has taught classes at Stanford University, which recognized her with the Centennial Teaching Award and the Forsythe Award for her outstanding contribution to undergraduate education. She received her bachelor of science degree in symbolic systems and her master's degree in computer science from Stanford University, specializing in artificial intelligence for both degrees. Mayer is a trustee of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the San Francisco Ballet, and currently resides in San Francisco, Calif.