The Yale University Art Gallery Elects New Board Officers

Exterior view of the three buildings that contain the museum's collection.

Exterior view of the Yale University Art Gallery. Left to right: the Louis Kahn building, the Old Yale Art Gallery building, Street Hall. © Christopher Gardner, 2012

The Governing Board of the Yale University Art Gallery has announced the election of seven new board members since 2020: Dr. Lily Chu, B.A. 1982, P 2013; Milette Gaifman; Titus Kaphar, M.F.A. 2006; Basak Araz Nalbantoglu, P 2025; Dr. Neeta Ogden, B.A. 1994; Adam R. Rose, B.A. 1981; and Daniel H. Weiss, M.B.A. 1985. The Gallery’s Governing Board supports the museum in an advisory role and comprises alumni, Yale parents, and friends of the Gallery. Governing Board members serve for three consecutive years.

“On behalf of the board I am delighted to welcome these seven new members, each of whom brings an exciting background and perspective to our group,” says Nominating Committee Chair Cathy M. Kaplan, B.A. 1974. Governing Board Chair Carol LeWitt adds, “They will each bring singular contributions, and I am excited to collaborate with them on advancing the Gallery’s educational mission and strategic priorities.”

Dr. Lily Chu

Lily Chu, B.A. 1982 and P 2013 is Director at the World Bank.

Dr. Chu earned an M.A., M.B.A., and PH.D. in Economics from Harvard University and has taught at Harvard Business School and Georgetown University Law School. Previously, Dr. Chu led the World Bank’s financial-sector and private-sector development work in Latin America, and she has also worked in Eastern Europe and throughout Asia. She and her husband, Gerald W. Weaver II, B.A. 1977, have been collecting Chinese art for more than 20 years, specializing in Chinese ceramics.

Milette Gaifman

Milette Gaifman, PH.D., is Professor of Classics and History of Art and Chair of the Department of the History of Art, Yale University.

Dr. Gaifman received her B.A. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1997 and her PH.D. from Princeton University in 2005. Before coming to Yale in September 2005, she was the Hanadiv Fellow and Lecturer in Classical Art and Archaeology at Corpus Christi College, in Oxford. Her scholarship focuses primarily on Greek art of the archaic and classical periods. She has served as Director of Undergraduate Studies and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of the History of Art and was the 2020–22 Coeditor-in-Chief of the Art Bulletin, the flagship journal of art history globally.

Titus Kaphar

Titus Kaphar, M.F.A. 2006, is an artist, New Haven resident, and Founder and President of NXTHVN, a new national arts model that empowers emerging artists and curators of color through education and access.

Kaphar is the recipient of numerous awards, fellowships, and prizes, including the distinguished MacArthur Genius Grant, the Art for Justice Fund grant, the Jacob Lawrence Fellowship, a 2015 Creative Capital Grant, and the 2016 Robert Rauschenberg Artist as Activist Grant. His work is included in the collections of the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Seattle Art Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, MoMA PS1, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Yale University Art Gallery, among other institutions. In 2014 Time magazine commissioned Kaphar to create a work of art in response to protests in Ferguson, Missouri. Kaphar founded his production company, Revolution Ready, in 2019 and is currently working on two feature-length films inspired by his work.

Basak Araz Nalbantoglu

Basak Araz Nalbantoglu, P 2025, was born in Istanbul, Turkey, and grew up in numerous countries in Europe and the Middle East. She worked in the private-equity fundraising groups of several large and boutique financial institutions, such as Deutsche Bank and Lehman Brothers, and helped raise multiple billions of dollars from institutional investors globally. She was Head of Project Management North America at Madison Williams & Company and briefly had her own consulting business.

Nalbantoglu received her B.A. in 1998 from Brown University in International Relations and French and an M.A. in 2017 in Art History and Archaeology from Columbia University. After Columbia, she worked on provenance research, tracing the ownership of European artworks, including a project on the Thaw Collection drawings at the Morgan Library and Museum, in New York. Nalbantoglu is married to Osman Nalbantoglu, B.A. 1995, who currently teaches at the Yale School of Management. They have three daughters, and their eldest is a Yale sophomore. The family is active in numerous projects in the arts and human rights.

Dr. Neeta Ogden

Dr. Neeta Ogden, B.A. 1994, is an allergist-immunologist and Director of The Allergy, Asthma and Sinus Center. Dr. Ogden received her M.D. from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, which was followed by a fellowship in Allergy-Immunology at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

Dr. Ogden is a spokesperson for the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology; a member of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology; and a Medical-Scientific Board member of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. On the medical boards of Curex, an allergy telehealth platform, and of Hilma, she focuses on medical access, therapy expansion, and media outreach. She is a national medical expert, contributing to CBSN and CNN. Her family’s Yale connections include her husband, Alfred T. Ogden III, B.S. 1993, and sister-in-law, Fell Gray Ogden, B.A. 1998, among other Yale alumni. She and Mr. Ogden are collectors of 20th-century prints and photography.

Adam R. Rose

Adam R. Rose, B.A. 1981, and his husband, Peter R. McQuillan, have been collecting art for over 30 years.

After retiring from a 38-year career as a real estate developer and property manager with Rose Associates, Rose joined McQuillan (a retired Sergeant with the New York City Police Department) in supporting and advising philanthropic organizations in their areas of interest, which include botanical gardens, jazz, and public safety. Rose’s Yale support includes establishing the Mildred Priest Frank Memorial Prize in Sociology, the Adam R. Rose Sociology Resource Fund, the Adam R. Rose Jazz Ensemble Endowment, and more. He is a Sterling Fellow of Yale, as well as an Associate Fellow of Hopper College. Rose and McQuillan are collectors of Hudson River School paintings, midcentury sculpture and paintings, and decorative arts, specializing in ceramics and silver.

Daniel H. Weiss

Daniel H. Weiss is currently The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s President and Chief Executive Officer where he is responsible for the overall leadership of the Museum.

Weiss holds a B.A. in Art History and Psychology from The George Washington University. He then received an M.B.A. from Yale and a PH.D. from Johns Hopkins University in Western medieval and Byzantine art, where he joined the art history faculty and in six years rose to full professor and then chair of the department. Three years later, he became the James B. Knapp Dean of Johns Hopkins’s Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. He then served as President and Professor of Art History of Haverford College and, from 2005 to 2013, of Lafayette College.

Weiss is the recipient of fellowships from Harvard University, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He also received the Business and Society Award from the Yale School of Management, the Van Courtlandt Elliott Award from the Medieval Academy of America for scholarship in medieval studies, and the Distinguished Alumni Award from George Washington University, and he was inducted into the Society of Scholars at Johns Hopkins in 2018.

An elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Council on Foreign Relations, Weiss is Vice Chair of the Board of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, a member of the University Council at Yale, and a trustee of the Wallace Foundation, the Library of America, the American Federation of Arts, the Posse Foundation, and the Institute of Fine Arts of New York University.