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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

Operations Empress & Hive Historian

Email: linda.shimoda@hive.claremont.edu

Linda has been with the Hive since its inception as the Creativity and Innovation Initiative. She’s the O.G. who’s seen it all and is looking forward to seeing it all again … and more. Linda is a designer, holding a BS in Design from the University of [hook ‘em, Horns!] Texas at Austin, and is an artist 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

Contact with questions about or for information on the Hive’s operations, resources, staffing, as well as, grants and funding.

Kareem Collie
Kareem Collie

Director of Design & Creativity

Email: kareem.collie@hive.claremont.edu

A Brooklyn native, Kareem is a deep thinker, visual storyteller, and maker. He comes to the Hive with over 15 years of experience in brand development, design management, and marketing. He earned his BFA in communication design from PRATT Institute in 2000 and an MA from NYU in 2016 with a concentration in cultural theory, communication, and media studies. His interests include cultural and critical and narrative theory, semiotics, and capoeira.

Contact with questions about or for information on makerspace curriculum, visual communications, transdisciplinary experimentation, and design.

Shannon Randolph
Shannon Randolph

Director of Community and Global Engagement

Email: shannon.randolph@hive.claremont.edu

Shannon has been with the Hive since 2017 teaching workshops on empathy, creating in nature, and human-centered environmental design. Before coming to The Claremont Colleges, she lived in Africa, the South Pacific, and Southeast Asia doing applied environmental anthropological and design work to reframe environmental issues through local human perspectives. She is now leading students in these efforts through internship and design abroad programs with EnviroLab Asia. Shannon holds an MA and PhD in Anthropology from Stanford and is from B’more and South Carolina. She loves to bike, sing, and make art.

Contact with questions about or for information on storytelling, community engagement, environmental and anthropological approaches in design, and creative approaches to research.

Tani Somolu

Post-baccalaureate Associate

Email: tesc2020@pomona.edu

Tanimola joined the Hive in September 2020 after graduating from Smith College. She comes to the Hive with a BS in Engineering centered around user-focused product/service design. She is currently putting her design skills to work in co-designing and re-imagining virtual, interactive education, creation and making at the Hive.

Caroline Eastburn

Post-baccalaureate Associate

Email: Caroline.Eastburn@pomona.edu

Our Student Team

Kate Weinberg
Kate Weinberg

Forever a part of the Hive

Anya Zimmerman-Smith
Anya Zimmerman-Smith

CMC 2021

Office Hours: TBD

Cole Maizel

Pitzer 2021

Akotowaa Ofori
Akotowaa Ofori

Pomona 2020

Office Hours: TBD

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 Czar 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