I Tatti Council

In 1980, I Tatti Director Craig Hugh Smyth formally organized the Harvard Center’s most loyal and generous supporters as the I Tatti Council. In the ensuing decades, remarkable financial contributions from Council members have provided essential support for ongoing programs, new building projects, and endowment growth. Today’s Villa I Tatti Council is an international advisory group chiefly concerned with maintaining I Tatti’s financial strength and helping to broaden its support, as well as taking a close interest in its programs and operations. 

At any one time, there are between twenty and thirty Council members.  The current chairman is Susan Mainwaring Roberts, who follows in the footsteps of Deborah Loeb Brice, Sydney J. Freedberg, Melvin R. Seiden, and founding chairman, Edmund P. Pillsbury (VIT’68,’69).  Susan Roberts has been closely connected with I Tatti since 1980. Her academic background is in Fine Arts and History of Art (University of Pennsylvania 1972; 1976); her professional life has centered on non-profit organizations, the boards and groups that support them, and the development and communication fields.

The Villa I Tatti Council

Susan M. Roberts, Chairman
Julie Tobey, Chair Amici dei Tatti

Lino Pertile, Director

Darcy Beyer
Treacy Beyer
Debby Brice
James R. Cherry, Jr.
Anne Coffin
Anthony M. Cummings
John A. Gilmore
William E. Hood
Walter Kaiser
Virgilia Pancoast Klein
Frederick S. Koontz
Mary Gibbons Landor Guillaume Malle 
Joseph Pellegrino, Jr.
Neil L. Rudenstine
Sydney R. Shuman
David Tobey
Angela Weisl