Foundation Board

Deb Aldrich

Partner at D'NA Company

Deb Aldrich is Co-Founder and Partner at D’NA Company, a marketing consultancy launched in 2007 to collaboratively develop and manage creative, integrated marketing campaigns for companies in the graphic, industrial, product, packaging and interaction design communities.

On behalf of clients including Sappi Paper North America, Core77, The Dieline and the School of Visual Arts, D’NA structures mutually-beneficial sponsorship engagements, sells online advertising, and plans and executes large and small-scale live events.

Deb’s prior experience includes senior positions with national nonprofit organizations including The American Institute of Graphic Arts, The Advertising Council, The Metropolitan and Brooklyn Museums and League of American Theatres and Producers.

Dawn Barrett

Dawn Oxenaar Barrett is a designer, educator and consultant specializing in strategy, communications and higher education leadership. Her appointments include: President and Professor at Massachusetts College of Art and Design; Dean and Professor at Rhode Island School of Design; and Head of Design and Tutor at the Jan van Eyck Akademie, in Maastricht, the Netherlands.

Her design and consulting commissions have included major US research universities as well as cultural institutions and art and design programs in the US and in Europe. Barrett has served on the Board of Trustees for Penland School of Crafts, as a visiting evaluator for the American Landscape Association Accreditation Board, and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design’s Commission on Accreditation. She is currently a visiting evaluator for NASAD.

Zeina Grinnell

Managing Partner, Mass Ave Properties, LLC

Zeina is the Managing Partner of Mass Ave Properties LLC. Most recently Zeina was Development Director with Skanska, there she was responsible for pursuing development projects and joint venture investment opportunities throughout New England.


Prior to joining Skanska, Zeina served as a Vice President with Beacon Capital Partners where she oversaw approximately 2 million square feet of new development in Seattle, San Francisco, and Virginia. More recently, Zeina oversaw asset management of Beacon’s 2.8 million square foot high-rise office portfolio in Boston.

She earned her MBA, Real Estate from Columbia University and her Bachelor of Science and Professional Degree in Architecture, from McGill University.

Sam Aquillano

Executive Director, Design Museum Foundation

Sam Aquillano is Founder and Executive Director of Design Museum Foundation, a national network of local design museums operating three sites Design Museum Boston, Design Museum Portland in Oregon, Design Museum San Francisco, and growing across the country. Their mission is to educate the world about the importance of design in our lives.

Design is everywhere, so the museum has no permanent address — instead, Sam and his team turn the museum inside out and turn entire cities into locally-focused, nomadic design museums. Sam earned a BFA in Industrial Design from Rochester Institute of Technology and went on to design consumer electronics at Bose Corporation, as well as to teach design at Wentworth Institute of Technology, MassArt, and Babson College — where he earned his MBA.

With a passion for design, creativity, and learning, Sam creates a long-term vision for the museum and leads a dedicated team while managing key programs and strategic operations. In 2013 Sam and his team were named one of BostInno’s 50 on Fire.

David Silverman

Board Emeritus • Principal, Silverman Trykowski Associates

David Silverman is a registered architect and Principal of Silverman Trykowski Associates, a Boston based architecture and interior design studio. In 2010, David founded the Urban Neighborhood Design Alliance, a non-profit organization providing educational initiatives for people of all ages to actively engage in the design of their neighborhoods.

David is active in the design community as an educator, and teaches at the BAC, where he has also served on the Board of Trustees and as President of the Alumni Association. In 2012, David received the Award for Excellence in Teaching given by the BSA + AIA College of Fellows.