Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation Elects Elliot S. Jaffe to the Board of Trustees


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(NEW YORK, NY – February 26, 2013) -- William L. Mack, Chairman, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, today announced that philanthropist and collector Elliot S. Jaffe has been elected to the Board of Trustees at the February 13 meeting of the Board. “The Guggenheim Foundation is delighted to welcome Elliot Jaffe to its Board of Trustees,” said Mr. Mack. “The Foundation will benefit greatly from Elliot’s business acumen, his knowledge of modern art, and his vast experience serving many cultural institutions. He is a deeply committed patron of the arts, and we look forward to working with him on the Board.”

Mr. Jaffe is the Founder and Chairman of Ascena Retail Group, Inc., a publicly held company, and the President of the Jaffe Family Foundation. He is engaged with a variety of cultural, educational, and medical not-for-profits to which he has made significant contributions, including: the University of Pennsylvania for the College of Arts & Sciences where he has served on the Board of Overseers for nine years and for the Elliot and Roslyn Jaffe History of Art Building plus funding a Chair in Cinema Studies; Teachers College at Columbia University where he is the founder of the Peace Corps Fellows Program and a Vice Chair of the Business & Finance Investment Committee, as well as a trustee for 21 years; Mount Sinai Hospital – where he is the Founder and President of the Jaffe Food Allergy Center, NYC & Berlin, plus endowing two research Chairs; Chairman Emeritus of Food Allergy Research & Education; a trustee of the Stamford Hospital - gifting Elliot and Roslyn Jaffe Diagnostic Imaging Centers, and a Trustee of the Lincoln Center where he is a member of the Patron’s Circle and a patron of the Lincoln Center Film Society and Lincoln Center Theater.

Mr. Jaffe is a graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

About the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation
Founded in 1937, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is dedicated to promoting the understanding and appreciation of art, primarily of the modern and contemporary periods, through exhibitions, education programs, research initiatives, and publications. The Guggenheim network that began in the 1970s when the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, was joined by the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, expanded to include the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao which opened in 1997, and the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, currently in development. Looking to the future, the Guggenheim Foundation continues to forge international collaborations that take contemporary art, architecture, and design beyond the walls of the museum. More information about the foundation can be found at

February 26, 2013

Betsy Ennis, Director, Media and Public Relations
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
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