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Our Team

Our Full Time Team

Fred Leichter
Fred Leichter

Executive Director

Email: fred.leichter@hive.claremont.edu

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 Shimoda
Linda Shimoda

Creative Platforms Designer

Email: linda.shimoda@hive.claremont.edu

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.

Shannon Randolph
Shannon Randolph

Director of Community and Global Engagement

Email: shannon.randolph@hive.claremont.edu

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 Eastburn

Post-baccalaureate Associate

Email: Caroline.Eastburn@pomona.edu

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 Endicott

Post-baccalaureate Associate

Email: nendicot@students.pitzer.edu

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

Kate Weinberg
Kate Weinberg

Forever a part of the Hive

Kaitlyn Paulsen

HMC 2022

Olivia Hewitt

Pitzer 2022

Margaret Kraus

Scripps 2022

Anika Gupta

Pomona 2024

Skylar Masuda

Pitzer 2024

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