Board of Trustees
Today’s Steelcase Foundation Board includes several descendants of the original Steelcase families, including those of Walter Idema and David Hunting Sr., who established the Foundation to support the communities where Steelcase does business.
Steelcase Foundation Trustees
- James P. Hackett
- James P. Hackett is the former president and chief executive officer and director of Steelcase Inc. Jim serves on the boards of directors for Northwestern Mutual Life in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Fifth Third Bancorp in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is a member of the executive committee of the board of directors for the National Center for Arts and Technology, as well as the boards of advisors to the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and the Life Sciences Institute at the University of Michigan. Additionally, he is a past president of the Institute of Design Board of Overseers at the Illinois Institute of Technology.
- Mary Anne Hunting
- Dr. Mary Anne Hunting is an architectural historian and author of Edward Durell Stone: Modernism’s Populist Architect (W.W. Norton, 2012). A resident of New York City, her philanthropic roles have included president of the alumni association of the Victorian Society Summer Schools, board member of Edith Wharton Restoration at The Mount, executive vice president of East Side House Settlement, trustee of the Professional Children’s School, and board member of The Alpha Workshops. She is currently on the board of Landmark West!, which is devoted to architecture preservation on the upper west side of Manhattan.
- Craig Niemann
- Craig Niemann is a graduate of Bowdoin College with a master's in business administration from the University of Michigan and a master's in education from Aquinas College. Craig is a part-time high school mathematics teacher in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is heavily involved in his children's schools, serving on the PTO boards for both. He is also on the Superintendent's advisory committee. Craig is on the board of directors for the national assistance dog organization, Paws with a Cause.
- Mary Goodwillie Nelson
- Mary Goodwillie Nelson is a retired elementary school teacher. She is a former board member and past president of the Forest Hills Educational Foundation and she and her husband, Jim Nelson, fully funded the building of the Goodwillie Environmental School, a Forest Hills Public School. Mary is a former board member of Opera Grand Rapids, and a former board member and past president of the Grand Rapids Ballet Company. She is currently a board member of the Grand Rapids Art Museum and the Accessions Committee chair. She is also a trustee of the Wege Foundation and is its Grant Committee chair.
- Kate Pew Wolters
- Kate Pew Wolters is chair of the Steelcase Foundation and also serves as president of the Kate and Richard Wolters Foundation. Kate was appointed by President Bill Clinton to the National Council on Disability in 1994 and served until 2003. Kate serves as a board member for a number of organizations, including the Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service. She also serves as a member of the board of the Mary and Robert Pew Public Education Fund and as co-chair of the First Steps Children's Commission and was appointed by Gov. Granholm to an eight-year term as a member of the Board of Grand Valley State University in 2004. Kate has received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Aquinas College and Michigan State University, Distinguished Alumni Award from Michigan State University, Arts Award from the Arts Council of Greater Grand Rapids, YWCA Tribute Award, and the Women of Achievement and Courage Award from the Michigan Women's Foundation.
- Robert C. Pew
- Robert C. Pew is a member of the board of directors at Steelcase Inc. Now a private investor, Rob served as president of Steelcase North America from 1990 to 1994. Rob’s activities in the not-for-profit world have included a term as president of Junior Achievement of Western North Carolina and various roles within United Way, including chair of the Community Planning and Allocation Process of the Buncombe County United Way and overall campaign chair of United Way of Western Michigan. Rob has also served as chair of the Asheville Downtown Commission and campaign chair for the Pack Place Arts and Science Center. Rob is a former trustee of Grand Valley State University and is currently board chair of the Institute of Design in Chicago.
- Elizabeth Welch Lykins
- Elizabeth Welch Lykins is the founder of The Lykins Law Firm, PLC. She is a graduate of the Leadership Grand Rapids program, a past chair of the Board of Directors for Home Repair Services, past Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Home & Building Association of Greater Grand Rapids and a long-time chairperson of the Human Resources Task Force. Elizabeth is also a past board member for Camp Henry, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, the Hugh Michael Beahan Foundation and Social Venture Philanthropy. She is active at Westminster Presbyterian Church, currently serving as a Trustee and Board member for Westminster Child Development Center. She has worked on capital campaigns for the West Michigan Center for Arts & Technology (WMCAT) and Camp Henry. In 2009, Elizabeth was honored as one of the Grand Rapids Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” Business Leaders. In 2010, she received the Women Lawyers of Michigan – Western Region Outstanding Member Award.