Matthew and Iris Strauss are among the world’s leading art collectors and philanthropists. In 2009, ARTnews named the Strausses to its list of “The World’s Top 200 Collectors.”
Founder and CEO of the M.C. Strauss Company real estate investment firm, Matthew has been a Trustee of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego since 1987 and President of the Board of Trustees since 2013. Iris Strauss is past President and Life Director of the San Diego Opera Company and former member of the San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture. She was appointed by the mayor of San Diego as Liaison for Arts and Culture, serving from 2004–2012.
Matthew and Iris are generous supporters of the University of California San Diego, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, the San Diego Symphony, the La Jolla Playhouse, the Old Globe Theater, the United Jewish Federation, and numerous other arts, educational, and cultural institutions.
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