Our Full Time Team
Fred spent 25 years at Fidelity Investments in Boston, most recently as Senior Vice President of Design Thinking and Innovation, where he also designed Fidelity’s first website in 1996. Fred has also been a lecturer and fellow at the Stanford d.school, where he taught a range of classes such as “Designing with Data,” “Designing for the Law,” and “Project Joy.” Fred is also active in the sport of curling and recently coached his son’s team at the World University Games in Almaty, Kazhakstan.
Contact with questions about or for information on Hive communications, executive strategy, and teaching the Human-Centered Design class (E 180).
Linda has been with the Hive since its inspiration and inception as the Creativity and Innovation Initiative. Linda is a designer, holding a BS in Design from the University of [hook ‘em, Horns!] Texas at Austin, and is an artist and maker practicing and interpreting Japanese art and aesthetics. She is a world traveler, avid runner, and beholder of all things good for you. Linda has a deep love for art and books, and art in books: shimodaworks.com; chinmusicpress.com
Contact with questions about the Hive’s platforms that enhance creative capacity through programs, projects, processes, and space, as well as information about design and visual identity and expression.
Director of Community and Global Engagement
Shannon spent 15 years in Africa, the South Pacific, and Southeast Asia leading anthropology research and human-centered design work to reframe environmental and health issues from local perspectives. She holds a PhD in Anthropology from Stanford University. Shannon has been with the Hive since 2017 teaching classes and workshops on human-centered design, design for environmental behavior change, empathetic listening, and equity-health design. Shannon founded our summer design fellowship program to bring her love of international environmental design and equity health design to students. She loves to adventure, sing, and make art with her two-year old human. Learn more about Shannon here.
Contact with questions about or for information on storytelling, community engagement, environmental and anthropological approaches in design, and creative approaches to research.
Caroline joined the Hive in October 2020 to manage and design the Hive’s social media strategy. She graduated from Claremont McKenna College in 2020 with a BA in Art History. Caroline is passionate about the ethical implementation of social media in art and brings this mindset to her work at the Hive!
Nick is a Pitzer Class of 2020 alum and former student staffer at the Hive. He is an avid maker and works to connect students with the tools, skills, and creative confidence necessary to actualize ambitious projects. In addition to making, Nick is an artist, actor, singer, and writer.
Our Student Team
Forever a part of the Hive
Our Steering Committee
Mark Allen, Professor of Art, Pomona College
Timothy Berg, Professor of Art, Pitzer College
Piya Chatterjee, Professor of Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Dorothy Cruickshank Backstrand Chair of Gender and Women’s Studies Chair, Scripps College
Patrick Little, Sontag Center former Co-Director; Sontag Center Steering Committee Emeritus
Leah Mendelson, Assistant Professor of Engineering, Harvey Mudd College
Albert Park, Bank of America Associate Professor of Pacific Basin Studies, Claremont McKenna College
Fred Leichter, Executive Director, Sontag Center; Clinical Professor of Engineering at Harvey Mudd College
Shannon Randolph, Director of Community and Global Engagement, Sontag Center.
Linda Shimoda, Operations Empress and Hive Historian, Sontag Center
Anya Zimmerman-Smith, Student, Claremont Mckenna College 2021
Our Governance Committee
G. Gabrielle Starr, President of Pomona College
Robert Gaines, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College of Pomona College
Maria Klawe, President of Harvey Mudd College
Lisa Sullivan, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty of Harvey Mudd College
Hiram Chodosh, President of Claremont McKenna College
Peter Uvin, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty of Claremont McKenna College
Melvin Oliver, President of Pitzer College
Allen Omoto, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty of Pitzer College
Lara Tiedens, President of Scripps College
Amy Marcus-Newhall, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty of Scripps College