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New blood on MOCA board

October 15, 2008 | 12:20 pm

Maria Arena Bell, a television writer and arts advocate, and Pierre Norman Rolin, a philanthropist and global real estate mogul, have joined the board of trustees at L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art.

Bell_for_releaseRolin_for_releaseBell, a native Californian who is head writer for "The Young and the Restless," has a high profile in the nonprofit world as a supporter of arts organizations nationwide. At MOCA, she has led  the acquisition and collection committee since 2004, and she chaired the museum's over-the-top gala for its Takashi Murakami exhibition in 2007.

Rolin, a Canadian with offices in Toronto, New York, Frankfurt and London, is founder, chairman and chief executive of Strategic Real Estate Advisors. In his philanthropic activities, he often focuses on issues of social responsiblity. The mission of his StratREAL Foundation, established in 2003, is to improve the lives of young people around the world through education, healthcare, housing and the arts. Rolin is also an art collector and a strong supporter of MOCA who has contributed to many of the museum's programs.

-- Suzanne Muchnic

Photos: Museum of Contemporary Art