Board & Staff

The Board of Trustees

The governance, management, and direction of the Camargo Foundation are vested in the Board of Trustees.

  • Kate Barr +

    Executive Director of Propel Nonprofits, Minneapolis, Minnesota

    Kate Barr is President and CEO of Propel Nonprofits, whose mission is to fuel the impact and effectiveness of nonprofits with guidance, expertise, and capital. She oversees strategic and business planning, development, and external relations. She led the merger of Nonprofits Assistance Fund and MAP for Nonprofits in 2017 to create a premier resource for nonprofits. She is a national leader, speaker, and writer on nonprofit strategy and finance. Before joining the organization in 2000, Kate was a bank executive and an arts administrator. She has served on numerous nonprofit boards, currently for Borealis Philanthropy, and the Jerome and Camargo Foundations.

  • Carlyle Brown +

    Writer/performer, Artistic Director of Carlyle Brown & Company, Minneapolis, Minnesota

    Carlyle Brown is a writer/performer and artistic director of Carlyle Brown & Company based in Minneapolis. His plays have been produced at theatres across the country and internationally. He has received numerous commissions, fellowships and awards including 2006 Black Theatre Network’s Winona Lee Fletcher Award for outstanding achievement and artistic excellence, a 2009 Guggenheim Fellowship, a 2010 Otto Rene Castillo Award for Political Theatre, a 2010 United States Artist Fellow and a 2018 William Inge Award for Distinguished Achievement in the American Theater. A scholar and historian, Mr. Brown has been an artist in residence or visiting professor at several colleges and universities, and has worked as a museum exhibit writer and story consultant. Before his career in the theater Brown was a specialist in outdoor adventure education working with such organizations as Outward Bound.  For nearly twenty years he was a maritime educator and a licensed master of historic sailing vessels specializing in 19th century schooners in the North Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean and the Baltic Seas. 

  • Patricia Hampl +

    Writer, Regents Professor, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota

    Patricia Hampl first stepped onto the literary scene with A Romantic Education, a Cold War memoir about her Czech heritage. Four of her books have been named Notable Books of the Year by The New York Times Book Review. Hampl’s work has appeared in The New Yorker, Paris Review, Granta, The American Scholar, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Best American Short Stories and Best American Essays. In 1990 she was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship. In addition, she has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, Bush Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts (twice, in poetry and prose), Ingram Merrill Foundation and Djerassi Foundation. Hampl teaches fall semesters in the English MFA program at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Jerome Foundation (St Paul, Minnesota) and the Teachers and Writers Collaborative (New York), and as a Trustee of the Camargo Foundation (Cassis, France).

  • Barbara Hunt McLanahan (Chair) +

    Executive Director, Children’s Museum of the Arts, New York, New York 

    Barbara Hunt McLanahan is Executive Director of the Children’s Museum of the Arts since 2013, having formerly been the Executive Director of Judd Foundation (2006 – 2013),  the Executive Director of Artists Space, NY (2000–2006), Visual AIDS, NY (1997–2000) and Camerawork Gallery + Darkroom, London, UK (1992—1996). Following a BA(Hons) degree in Visual and Performed Arts and a postgraduate diploma in Gallery and Museum Studies at the Universities of Kent and Manchester respectively, she worked as a curator and arts administrator for over 20 years on both sides of the Atlantic. She has been an active volunteer throughout her career, sitting on the board of the African and Asian Visual Artists Archive and the Leisure Services Committee of the Royal National Institute for the Blind in the United Kingdom, as well as participating in Godzilla, a group of Asian American artists and curators, and sitting on the board of ABACA (Arts Benefit All Coalition Alternative) at Satellite Academy. She joined the board of the Jerome Foundation in Minneapolis in 2007. In 2006 she was named Chevalier of L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the Republic of France. Ms. Hunt McLanahan has been a panelist and lecturer at museums, non-profit galleries, conferences and colleges in the US and UK, particularly on career options for emerging artists and the changing opportunities facing artist-run alternative spaces.

  • Gary Nan Tie (Treasurer) +

    Mathematician, St. Paul, Minnesota

    Dr. Gary Nan Tie engages in cross-disciplinary research, discovering connections across disparate fields, bringing new insight, in bridging theory with practice. Previously he was Senior Vice President, Investments, managing Financial Risk & ALM, at Travelers, a Fortune 500 property casualty company providing commercial, specialty, and personal insurance. Prior to that he was a Vice President at Goldman Sachs & Co. in New York and earlier held positions at Morgan Stanley, New York and Lockheed, Palo Alto. He is a reviewer for the American Mathematical Society, serves on advisory boards of universities, boards of Minneapolis-Saint Paul non-profits, and practices Aikido. He received his bachelor’s degree in science with first class honours from Monash University, Australia, his master’s degree and doctorate in mathematics from SUNY at Buffalo, and his master’s degree in statistics from Carnegie Mellon University. Always the beginner’s mind!

  • Calogero Salvo (Secretary) +

    Filmmaker, New York, New York

    Calogero Salvo is an independent film and video maker living in New York City. Salvo has been producing and directing film and video for the past 30 years in Latin America, Europe and The United States. He is fluent in Spanish, Italian and English and has experience working in documentaries, feature length narratives, television programs and personal video portraits. He obtained his MFA in Film at The San Francisco Art Institute, and has also studied Communication Arts at the University of San Francisco in California; Journalism at Universidad Católica Andres Bello, and Advertising at Instituto Universitario de Nuevas Profesiones in Caracas, Venezuela. Calogero Salvo began his film career making ethnographic documentaries in his native Venezuela. His approach to film and video is very intimate and personal focusing on diverse issues such as immigration, human rights, and AIDS. All of his films and videos have been awarded international recognition from festivals such as The Margaret Mead, the American Indian, Chicago, San Francisco, Ann Arbor and San Antonio Film Festival in the USA. Festival Indígena Latinoamericano in Mexico and Brazil, The Bogotá Film Festival in Colombia, Viña del Mar in Chile, Merida in Venezuela and Havana in Cuba, The Florence, Sidney, Berlin Film Festivals and at The Cinema Du Reel in France. His films have also been shown on television in Europe, the United States and South America as well as in museums such as the MOMA in New York. Salvo has been part of the independent film community since the beginning of his career and has served on the Board of Directors of organizations such as Frameline in San Francisco, the Latino Film and Video Collaborative, The New Festival, and the Lesbian and Gay Center in New York and for the past 9 years he served on the Board of The Jerome Foundation, which supports the creation, development and production of new works by emerging artists. Currently, Salvo is a Trustee for the Camargo Foundation.

  • Charles Zelle (Vice-Chair) +

    Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Transportation, St. Paul, Minnesota

    Charles A. Zelle was appointed Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Transportation in 2012 by Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton. MnDOT is the Minnesota state agency charged with managing and maintaining the state’s multi-modal transportation system. Zelle came to MnDOT from Jefferson Lines, an intercity bus company with routes in 13 heartland states from Minnesota to Texas. He worked there for more than 25 years, and served as President and Chief Executive Officer. Currently he is the Chair of the Jefferson Lines Board of Directors although he is no longer an employee with any management authority. He is recused from any matters associated with MnDOT and Jefferson Lines relationships. Zelle’s past community and civic activities included being the Chair/President of the Boards of the following organizations: Minneapolis Club, Guthrie Theater, Meet Minneapolis, Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce, American Bus Association and Itasca Project Transportation Initiative and St. Paul Academy. Mr. Zelle has been recognized for his work in transportation policy as a recipient of the George Rucker Award by the Community Transportation Association in 2009 and the Ray L. Lappegaard Distinguished Service Award by Center of Transportation Studies in 2012. Born and raised in St. Paul, Zelle received a BA from Bates College and a MBA from the Yale School of Management.


  • Julie Chénot +

    Executive Director

    You can contact Julie if you have questions about the Foundation's mission, programs, partnerships, summer institutes & seminars, etc.

  • Cécile Descloux +


    You can contact Cécile if you have questions about accounting, planning, finance, human resources, visas, contracts & agreements, etc.

  • Julian McKinnon +

    Program and Communication Coordinator

    You can contact Julian if you have questions about application & selection process, programs, logistics of the residency, communication, etc.