Board & Staff

Claudia Prescott

Claudia Prescott began assisting Ted Geisel in 1973 and has worked with the Geisel family, as well as Dr. Seuss Properties and Philanthropy ever since. After Ted’s passing in 1991, Audrey Geisel established Dr. Seuss Enterprises and Claudia was her Executive Director. Prescott serves as President of the Dr. Seuss Foundation where her longstanding support of charitable causes has been recognized with numerous accolades, including the 2020 Vista Hill In My Backyard (IMBY) Award.

Claudia even contributed a word to the Seuss lexicon. While typing the manuscript from Ted’s handwriting for “There’s a Wocket in My Pocket!”. Claudia mistook a V and U, putting a “Vug under the rug.” Ted said, “I wrote Uug, but I like your word better.”

Brian Schottlaender

Vice President, and Treasurer Brian E. C. Schottlaender is a Founding Principal of re:work library consulting and the Director of the UCLA Library Senior Fellows Program. From 1999 to 2017, Schottlaender led the UC San Diego Library as the University Librarian and inaugural holder of The Geisel Chair. In 2015, Schottlaender was named the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year by the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering at Indiana University and was awarded the Hugh G. Atkinson Memorial Award by the American Library Association (ALA) for innovative leadership in the work of academic libraries. He is also the 2010 recipient of ALA’s Melvil Dewey Medal for creative leadership. Brian is also the Chair of Geisel-Seuss Enterprises.

Ted Owens

Secretary Ted Owens is a designer/filmmaker whose work has included commercial and documentary films, sustainable architectural design, interactive games, and solar-oven design for developing countries. He is the author of the book and video, Building with Awareness, which documents the construction of his solar-powered straw-bale home. His company, Syncronos Design, has promoted sustainable and appropriate technology design for over thirty years, and is currently producing a feature-length animated film on environmental issues. Ted is also on the board of Geisel-Seuss Enterprises.

Jay Hill

Jay Hill serves as the first Executive Director of the Dr. Seuss Foundation. Prior, Hill was the first CEO of the San Diego Public Library Foundation where he led record-breaking donor campaigns and built a sustainable organization from the ground up. Previous accomplishments include serving as the Executive Director of Gay Games IV in New York City which, at the time, was the largest sporting event ever held with over 11,000 athletes from 43 countries. Hill was recognized as “New Yorker of the Week” by New York 1 News, Newsweek magazine “Employee of the Year”, and had a day named in his honor by the San Diego Mayor and City Council.