Jim Cuno #GettyInspired video

People and Ideas

my name is: Jim Cuno

i make: Collaboration

As a high schooler Jim Cuno was a football star. Today he’s president and CEO of the Getty Trust—which means he works with over 1,000 colleagues to make the world a better place through art, from conserving cultural heritage around the world to building our art and archives. What both roles have in common is an emphasis on teamwork.

There are two aspects to his job, Jim explains: people and ideas. “There’s a constant renewal of inspiration by working with these brilliant people,” he says of the Getty community, which includes our staff as well as visiting scholars and artists who enrich our campus life throughout the year. “I’m better working with them than I am alone.”

The other is thinking, reading, and writing. “Writing is like building something…the craftsmanship is a perpetual source of inspiration from one sentence to the next. It’s the doing things that makes it work for me.”

Meet Jim and hear what moves him to make a difference in the world in this #GettyInspired video.

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Annelisa Stephan

I'm assistant director for digital content strategy and UX in Getty Communications. In this role I lead a team focused on web, user experience, and digital media that seeks to connect new audiences to old art. From 2010 to 2019 I also edited the Getty Iris. I have a B.A. from Yale in History of Art and an M.A. from UCLA in Germanic Linguistics, and was a Fulbright Scholar in Berlin, Germany.