Arts Leadership Award Program

Representing Alameda County Supervisorial District Five —

Mr. James Bell of Berkeley, is an arts supporter and arts advocate. Mr. Bell is the President of Bell Investment Advisors in Oakland and, in partnership with his wife Bonnie Bell, is a major supporter of numerous arts organizations in the East Bay with a special focus on programs for youth. Over the past fifteen years the Bells have provided leadership and funding for many organizations including the Oakland East Bay Symphony, Cazadero Music Camp, Oakland Symphony Chorus, Oakland Youth Orchestra, East Bay Performing Arts, Oakland Ballet, and Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir. Additionally, in 2010 Mr. and Mrs. Bell founded the local group Business and the Arts Networking Circle.