Shelley Stingley, Helmsley Charitable Trust

TITLE: Program Director, Rural Healthcare

FUNDING AREAS: Health care and public health in rural areas of the Midwestern United States, child welfare in Africa

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PROFILE: Stingley's foundation bio shares: 

Shelley Stingley is the Program Director for Helmsley's Rural Healthcare Program that focuses on strengthening healthcare institutions in the upper Midwest. Her vision is to expand opportunities for rural critical access hospitals through the development of technology that will provide access to rural citizens in their home communities. 

A lifelong resident of the upper Midwest, Shelley’s experience includes working in several healthcare institutions that reach out to rural areas, 14 years as the CEO of a regional nonprofit, the Assistant Chief of Staff for two South Dakota Governors, and Secretary of the State Department of Labor. Her experience brings a background of the challenges of regulations, fund development, and helping rural areas survive in tough economic times. 

Shelley is a graduate of Wayne State College and also attended the Wharton School of Business Leadership Development Program. She is a former member of the South Dakota State Workforce Development Council and enjoys singing in the church choir and gardening.

Louis F. Reichardt, Simons Foundation

TITLE: Director, Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative

FUNDING AREAS: autism research

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PROFILE: A mountain climber, neuroscientist, and inspiration for the 1991 movie K2, Louis Reichardt excels at pushing the boundaries of human knowledge and capability. With seemingly boundless energy and optimism, and an impressive background in brain research, this Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) leader guides the foundation in its mission of understanding and treating autism. His foundation bio shares: 

Louis Reichardt joined the foundation to lead SFARI in 2013. Prior to assuming this post, he was the Jack D. and DeLoris Lange endowed chair in cell physiology at the University of California, San Francisco, where he had directed its renowned neuroscience graduate program since 1988. A Fulbright scholar with an undergraduate degree from Harvard University and a Ph.D. from Stanford University, Reichardt was a research fellow at Harvard Medical School and a Howard Hughes investigator for more than 20 years.

The recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship in 1985, he is a fellow of both the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was one of three founding editors of the journal Neuron and is a senior editor of the Journal of Cell Biology. He serves on the editorial boards of several other journals as well as the scientific advisory boards of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Spinal Cord Injury and Paralysis Foundation and the Myelin Repair Foundation.

Reichardt’s research has focused on neurotrophins, a family of proteins that play a key role in neuron functioning, and on another family of proteins that promote the adhesion of nerve cells to each other. He has made major contributions to the study of intracellular signaling pathways that mediate the effects of these proteins — including the Wnt pathway, which may play a role in autism spectrum disorders.

Reichardt is also a noted mountaineer who climbed both Mount Everest and K2 by new routes 30 years ago.

Mason Granger, Hearst Foundations

TITLE: Director of Grants

FUNDING AREAS: Culture, education, health, and social service

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PROFILE: Before Mason Granger became a full-time Hearst philanthropist in 2008, he was a Louisiana Hearst TV news exec with a heart of gold. His JAA Fordham speaker bio shares: 

Mason Granger is the director of grants of The Hearst Foundations in New York. He is the former president and general manager of WDSU-TV, the NBC affiliate in New Orleans, as well as the former executive vice president and general manager of WMC-TV and its companion radio stations, WMC-AM and WMC-FM, in Memphis.
Granger attended the University of Virginia (B.A.) and Columbia University (M.S.). Among other career experiences, he taught at Rhodes College in Memphis and served on the staff of Congressman Ed Koch prior to Koch's election as mayor of New York.
Granger is a member of the boards of directors of the National Corporate Theatre Fund and the Waterwell Theatre Company and is a former board member of the French Institute Alliance Francaise and the New York Foundation for the Arts.
The Hearst Foundations are national philanthropic resources for organizations working in the fields of culture, education, health, and social services. The Foundations identify and fund outstanding nonprofits to ensure that people of all backgrounds in the United States have the opportunity to build healthy, productive, and inspiring lives.
Since their inception in the 1940's, the Foundations have made more than 19,700 grants totaling more than $980 million.

Susan Fitzpatrick, James S. McDonnell Foundation

TITLE: President and Chief Operating Officer

FUNDING AREAS: Brain cancer, complex systems, and human cognition

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PROFILE: Susan Fitzpatrick has filled many roles in her career: brain scientist, charity fundraiser, and media critic, just to name a few. Her foundation bio shares: 

Susan M. Fitzpatrick is President of the James S. McDonnell Foundation, St. Louis, Missouri. The McDonnell Foundation is one of a limited number of international grant-makers supporting university-based research in biological, behavioral, and complex systems sciences through foundation-initiated programs. As President, Fitzpatrick serves as JSMF’s Chief Executive Officer.

Fitzpatrick received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Neurology from Cornell University Medical College (1984) and pursued post-doctoral training with in vivo NMR spectroscopic studies of brain metabolism/function in the Department of Molecular Biochemistry and Biophysics at Yale University.

Fitzpatrick served as the Associate Executive Director of the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis (1989-1992), a comprehensive basic science and applied science research center focused on restoring neurological function to persons with spinal cord injury. Her responsibilities included all public outreach and educational efforts and she served as the scientific liaison to the development, fundraising, and public relations staff. As Executive Director of the Brain Trauma Foundation (1992-1993), Fitzpatrick guided the Foundation through a re-organization. BTF is now a leader in advancing the acute care of patients with traumatic brain injury. Fitzpatrick joined the James S. McDonnell Foundation in 1993 as the Foundation’s first Program Officer. She was promoted to Program Director in 1997 and to Vice President in 2000. Fitzpatrick is an adjunct associate professor of Neuroscience and Occupational Therapy at Washington University School of Medicine (St. Louis) and teaches neuroscience in both lectures and seminars. Fitzpatrick lectures and writes on issues concerning applications of neuroscience to clinical problems, the translation of cognitive science to educational settings, the role of private philanthropy in the support of scientific research, and on issues related to the public dissemination of and understanding of science.

Fitzpatrick serves on the boards of the Ontario Brain Institute and Research!America, is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Foundation Science Council, and is a member of International Advisory Council of the Rotman Institute for Philosophy. Fitzpatrick is a past member of the board of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Occupational Therapy Foundation, and is a Past-President and former Chair of the Board of the Association for Women in Science.

Paula Golden, Broadcom Foundation

TITLE: Executive Director

FUNDING AREAS: Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education

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PROFILE: Paula Golden may be a trained lawyer with a history as a TV and radio host, but her true passion lies in science and engineering. Her Broadcom bio shares: 

Paula Golden initiates innovative partnerships with universities, non-profits and non-government organizations (NGOs) to create equitable access to STEM education, close the STEM education gap for young women and the underserved, and ensure that young people are STEM literate with the necessary skills to succeed in 21st century STEM careers.  She is a leader in the National STEM Funders Network and STEM Education Ecosystem Initiative that create collaborations among formal and informal STEM educators throughout the United States.  As a former host of community cable programs, Emmy finalist, TedX presenter and blogger for the Huffington Post, Paula promotes communication as a critical tool in STEM education.

Paula spearheads the Broadcom MASTERS® and Broadcom MASTERS® International, world-renowned middle school science and engineering competitions of the Society for Science & the Public that enable students to become future scientists, engineers, and innovators by encouraging them to elect requisite math and science courses in high school.  She has developed after-school coding programs such as Broadcom Presents: Design_CODE_Build that use the Raspberry Pi® to inspire middle schoolers to excel in algebra in order to gain access to ever-expanding career opportunities in computer science.

Paula earned her B.A. in English and Education from Wellesley College and her J.D. cum laude from New England School of Law where she later served as Assistant Dean and Instructor of Law.  Her contributions to nonprofit leadership and to creating inclusion, equality, and access to STEM education have been recognized by the University of California at Irvine, the Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN), and the Women In Defense (WID).

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Bill Pitkin, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

TITLE: Director, Domestic Programs

FUNDING AREAS: Homelessness, foster youth, substance abuse, disaster relief and recovery, hospitality education, and multiple sclerosis

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PROFILE: Directing the foundation's investments in its various domestic programs is Bill Pitkin, Ph.D. His foundation bio shares: 

Bill Pitkin oversees the planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation’s domestic priority areas. Prior to joining the Foundation, Pitkin was director of research and planning at United Way of Greater Los Angeles, where he oversaw the publication of research reports and led a strategic planning process resulting in that organization’s 10-year action plan to fight poverty in Los Angeles. Other past positions Pitkin has held include executive director at the Los Angeles United Methodist Urban Foundation and research director at the Advanced Policy Institute in the University of California, Los Angeles School of Public Affairs. Pitkin has published research articles and reports on topics including community and nonprofit technology, middle school education, homelessness, housing affordability, mortgage lending discrimination, participatory planning in Latin America, and urban planning history. He has taught in the UCLA Urban Planning Department and the Urban Studies and Planning Program at California State University, Northridge. He received his doctorate and master’s degree in urban planning from UCLA.

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Yuri Tschinkel, Simons Foundation

TITLE: Director of Mathematics and the Physical Sciences

FUNDING AREAS: Mathematics, theoretical physics, and theoretical computer science

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PROFILE: When David Eisenbud left the Simons Foundation for the Mathematical Sciences Research Foundation in Berkeley, California, Simons' leaders knew they had big shoes to fill. They found the right intellectual and administrative skills in Yuri Tschinkel. His foundation bio shares: 

Yuri Tschinkel received his doctorate in mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1992. From 1992–95 he was Junior Fellow of the Harvard Society of Fellows, and from 1995–96 he was a Leibniz fellow at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris.

Prior to joining the Simons Foundation in 2012, Tschinkel was a faculty member at the University of Illinois at Chicago, a visiting associate professor at Princeton University, the Gauss chair of mathematics at the University of Göttingen, and professor and chair of the mathematics department at the Courant Institute, New York University.

He was also a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and held visiting fellowships at the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences in Cambridge, University of Tokyo, Max Planck Institute in Bonn, Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques in Paris, Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich, and Research Institute for Mathematical Sciences at Kyoto University. He was an invited speaker at the International Congress of Mathematicians in Madrid in 2006.

He serves on the editorial boards of Algebraic GeometryExperimental Mathematics, the Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society, the European Journal of Mathematics, and the Progress in Mathematics series from Birkhäuser. He is a member of the Scientific Council of the Fondation Sciences Mathématiques de Paris and has served on several other advisory boards.

Tschinkel’s research is at the interface of algebraic geometry and number theory. He studies higher-dimensional algebraic varieties, their hidden symmetries and rational points. He is the author of 100 papers and editor of 15 books. He is a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Kathy Richmond, Paul G. Allen Family Foundation

TITLE: Assistant Director

FUNDING AREAS: Neuroscience, climate change mitigation technologies, biodiversity, and medical research

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PROFILE: Kathy Richmond is an assistant director at the Allen Family Foundation. Her foundation bio shares: 

Kathy Richmond is engaged with overall research portfolio strategy, listening tours, and all grant programs at The Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group. In addition, she frequently serves as a reviewer with federal agencies and partner organizations for multidisciplinary ‘frontier’ research programs, and as an invited panel member on topics ranging from science philanthropy to technology development. Since joining the organization in 2012 as a Senior Program Officer for Science and Technology at the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, Kathy has grown the bioscience portfolio, expanded the Allen Distinguished Investigator program and led funding in emerging bioscience and technology areas.

Her position at the Frontiers Group follows her role as the Director of Enabling Technologies at the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, one of three Department of Energy funded biofuels Centers. In that position, she developed and oversaw a diverse portfolio of numerous technologies ranging from "omics" to plant transformation which supported the research needs of its 300 members. Prior to that, Kathy worked as a bench scientist, project lead and industry consultant, garnering two patents and multiple publications. Along with a Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Kathy also holds a M.B.A. and attended Stanford University as an American Cancer Society postdoctoral fellow.

Sean Carroll, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

TITLE: Vice President, Science Education

FUNDING AREAS: Science education

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PROFILE: Carroll is the vice president for science education at the Institute. His Institute bio shares: 

Carroll directs the Institute's programs to inspire and educate a new generation of students and scientists and to advance the public understanding of science.

Carroll's research focuses on the way new animal forms have evolved. His studies of a wide variety of animal species are revealing how changes in the genes that control animal development shape the evolution of body parts and body patterns.

Carroll is also recognized as an exemplary educator, and is the author of several books, including Remarkable Creatures: Epic Adventures in the Search for the Origins of Species, a finalist for the 2009 National Book Award in nonfiction. He writes a monthly column (also called “Remarkable Creatures”) for the science section of The New York Times and has served as a consulting producer for the public television program NOVA.

Carroll graduated from Washington University in St. Louis and earned a PhD in immunology from Tufts University. After postdoctoral study at the University of Colorado at Boulder, he joined the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1987. He became an HHMI investigator in 1990, and in 2009 he was named the Allan Wilson Professor of Molecular Biology, Genetics, and Medical Genetics. Carroll is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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Gerald Fischbach, Simons Foundation

TITLE: Distinguished Scientist and Fellow

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PROFILE: Fischbach currently has the title of distinguished scientist and fellow at the Simons Foundation. His foundation bio shares: 

Dr. Fischbach joined the Simons Foundation in 2006 to oversee the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI). He then became the foundation’s first chief scientist and fellow and currently holds the title of Distinguished Scientist and Fellow. Formerly dean of the Faculties of Health Sciences at Columbia University, and director of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke at the National Institutes of Health from 1998-2001, Fischbach received his M.D. degree in 1965 from Cornell University Medical School and interned at the University of Washington Hospital in Seattle. He began his research career at the National Institutes of Health, serving from 1966-1973. He subsequently served on the faculty of Harvard Medical School, first as associate professor of pharmacology from 1973-1978 and then as professor until 1981. From 1981-1990, Fischbach was the Edison professor of neurobiology and head of the department of anatomy and neurobiology at Washington University School of Medicine. In 1990, he returned to Harvard Medical School where he was the Nathan Marsh Pusey professor of neurobiology and chairman of the neurobiology departments of Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital until 1998.

Throughout his career, Fischbach has studied the formation and maintenance of synapses, the contacts between nerve cells and their targets through which information is transferred in the nervous system. He pioneered the use of nerve cell cultures to study the electrophysiology, morphology and biochemistry of developing nerve-muscle and inter-neuronal synapses. His current research is focused on roles that neurotrophic factors play in determination of neural precursor fate, synapse formation and neuronal survival.

Fischbach is a past president of the Society of Neuroscience and serves on several medical and scientific advisory boards. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Institute of Medicine, and is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a former non-resident fellow of the Salk Institute.

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Scott Moyer, The Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation

TITLE: President

FUNDING AREAS: Healthcare for underserved populations, correctional health, and mental health

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PROFILE: Presiding over a charitable organization with around $82 million in assets and a staff of three (including himself), Scott Moyer has some major grantmaking responsibilities on his hands. His Grantmakers in Health bio shares: 

Scott Moyer, MPH, is President of The Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation and has been working in the health field in various capacities since 1990. His interest in health began after enrolling in the student sexual health advocate program as an undergraduate at Rutgers University. After graduating, he worked as a health educator with Planned Parenthood in Mercer County, New Jersey. For five years he served as Project Coordinator for the Mercer County HIV Care Consortium in Trenton, New Jersey. In this role, he managed a federally funded Ryan White Title II program that included identifying community needs, coordinating programs, and managing the grant program. He joined the staff of The Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation in 2000, and for five years he served as a Program Officer where he developed new programmatic initiatives, created processes for grant applications/reporting, and served as the primary contact for applicants and grantees. In 2006 he was promoted to President. In this role, he oversees the $4-million grant program, manages operations, supervises staff, and works with the board to identify new grantmaking opportunities. He graduated from Rutgers University with a bachelor’s degree in English literature. He holds a master’s degree in public health from the University of Medicine and Dentistry, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

Pamela Riley, The Commonwealth Fund

TITLE: Assistant Vice President, Delivery System Reform

FUNDING AREAS: Health care for vulnerable populations

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PROFILE: Riley is an assistant vice president at the Commonwealth Fund. Her foundation bio shares:

Pamela Riley, M.D., M.P.H., is vice president for Delivery System Reform at The Commonwealth Fund. Her area of focus is on transforming health care delivery systems for vulnerable populations, including low-income groups, racial and ethnic minorities, and uninsured populations. Dr. Riley was previously program officer at the New York State Health Foundation, where she focused on developing and managing grantmaking programs in the areas of integrating mental health and substance use services, addressing the needs of returning veterans and their families, and diabetes prevention and management. Earlier in her career, Dr. Riley served as clinical instructor in the Division of General Pediatrics at the Stanford University School of Medicine. In this capacity, she was a general pediatrician and associate medical director for Pediatrics at the Ravenswood Family Health Center, a federally qualified health center in East Palo Alto, Calif. Dr. Riley served as a Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy Global Health Policy Fellow at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, and has served as a volunteer physician in Peru and Guatemala. Dr. Riley received an M.D. from the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine in 2000, and completed her internship and residency in pediatrics at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, Calif., in 2003. Dr. Riley received an M.P.H. from the Harvard School of Public Health as a Mongan Commonwealth Fund Fellow in Minority Health Policy in 2009.

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Katherine Hempstead, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

TITLE: Senior Adviser to the Executive Vice President

FUNDING AREAS: health insurance and health care for all

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PROFILE: Hempstead is a senior adviser to the executive vice president at the Johnson Foundation. Her foundatoin bio shares: 

Katherine Hempstead, PhD, senior adviser to the executive vice president, joined the Foundation in 2011. Since late 2013, Hempstead has directed the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s work on health insurance coverage. In addition, she works on issues related to health care price transparency and value.

Previously, Hempstead was director of the Center for Health Statistics in the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services. She also served as statistician/analyst in the Office of the Attorney General, New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety, and as an assistant research professor at the Rutgers Center for State Health Policy, where she currently holds a visiting faculty position. Hempstead also held positions at New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service, and at Catholic University, in Washington D.C.  She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Office of Population Research at Princeton University.

Born in New Jersey, Hempstead received a PhD in Demography and History from the University of Pennsylvania, where she also earned a BA in Economics and History.

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Linda Jo Doctor, W.K. Kellogg Foundation

TITLE: Program Officer, Food & Community Program

FUNDING AREAS: Food insecurity, childhood health, and childhood obesity

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PROFILE: At the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, which focuses on children’s physical health, mental health, and education in the United States and abroad, Linda Jo Doctor helps guide its Food & Community Program. Her National Good Food Network bio shares: 

Linda Jo Doctor is a program officer at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, Michigan. In this role, she helps develop programming priorities, reviews and recommends proposals for funding, manages and monitors a portfolio of active grants, and designs and implements national grant initiatives, place-based work and multi-year projects.

As a member of the Food, Health & Well-Being team, her work focuses on the impact of environmental conditions on health equity. She co-leads the Food & Community Program, an initiative designed to transform food systems and the physical environments in places where children live, learn and play. In Michigan, Ms. Doctor co-leads the foundation’s placed-based work in Detroit focused on creating conditions so vulnerable children and families thrive. 

Previously, Ms. Doctor was deputy director for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Allies Against Asthma Program, housed at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. She also directed the Division of Prevention at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, where she provided leadership for statewide health promotion and prevention programs and interagency initiatives. She has worked in substance abuse prevention including managing a national training and technical assistance system supported by the federal Center for Substance Abuse Prevention.

Ms. Doctor received her Master of Public Health from Boston University School of Public Health. She received her Bachelor of Science in social work from the University of Cincinnati, College of Community Services.

She has had leadership roles in several professional associations including the Prevention Network and the Association of State and Territorial Health Promotion Directors, and is a member of the American Public Health Association, and the Society of Public Health Education. 

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, established in 1930, supports children, families and communities as they strengthen and create conditions that propel vulnerable children to achieve success as individuals and as contributors to the larger community and society. Grants are concentrated in the United States, southern Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.

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Huilan Krenn, W.K. Kellogg Foundation

TITLE: Director of Learning and Impact 

FUNDING AREAS: Literacy and school preparedness, birth through grade 3

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PROFILE: Huilan Krenn is the director of learning and impact at the Kellogg Foundation. An announcement about a past promotion shared:

Krenn joined the foundation in August 2002 as an evaluation manager providing leadership and technical assistance to grantmaking efforts in the area of impact assessment and program evaluation. Most recently, she was a program officer for Education & Learning. Prior to the foundation, Krenn was director of evaluation and research with a large child welfare agency, Starr Commonwealth, where she held the positions of director of research, assistant director of evaluation and research, research associate and program evaluator. She was also an adjunct faculty member at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Mich., for six years. She holds a doctoral degree in evaluation, research and measurement and a master's degree in educational leadership from Western Michigan University. She also holds a master's degree in teaching English as a second language, and a bachelor's degree in English and American language and literature from Nankai University in China.
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Peter Tavernise, Cisco Foundation

TITLE: Executive Director

FUNDING AREAS: Public health, human services, childhood obesity, health care, crime and violence prevention, clean water, global disasters, and emergency response

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PROFILE: Peter Tavernise is the Executive Director of the Cisco Foundation. His company bio shares:

Peter Tavernise is the Executive Director of the Cisco Foundation and Director of Cisco Public Benefit Investment. Peter brings over 25 years of non-profit fundraising, private family foundation, and corporate funding experience to meeting the core mission and strategy of Cisco Public Benefit Investment. We empower global problem solvers to speed the pace of social change. Global problem solvers are individuals who innovate as technologists, think like entrepreneurs, and act as social change agents. Cisco supports internet-based solutions in areas of critical human needs (food, water, shelter, and disaster relief), access to education (K-8), and economic empowerment, which can be replicated, scaled, and sustained.
Peter is currently a Trustee of the Cisco South Africa Education Trust, a board member of the Giraffe Heroes Project, an advisory board member of GreatNonprofits.org, and has served as a member of the American Red Cross Corporate Advisory Council, and the Contributions Council of The Conference Board. Peter is a previous Cisco Community Leadership Fellow at Public Allies North Carolina, and is a past board member of Teachers Without Borders, YouthNoise.org, and the Affordable Housing Trust of Santa Clara County. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Davidson College, and a Masters in Humanities from Duke University.

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Kevin Lee, Ellison Medical Foundation

As of November, 2013, the Ellison Medical Foundation is no longer pursuing biomedical grantmaking. Please read our article about their sudden announcement here.

TITLE: Executive Director

FUNDING AREAS: Biomedical research, age-related disorders, and neurological research

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PROFILE: The Ellison Medical Foundation, with offices in New York and Mount Airy, Maryland, is putting serious cash into biomedical research with the intention of finding solutions and cures for elderly people affected by age-related disorders. Behind Ellison's efforts is Kevin J. Lee, a biologist and executive director of the Ellison Medical Foundation.

His foundation bio shares:

Dr. Lee is a graduate of the University of Michigan and received his Ph.D. in biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His career spans over 25 years of research experience in molecular genetics and neurobiology in biotechnology, academic research and not-for-profit settings. He was appointed Executive Director of the Foundation in September 2012, having served as Deputy Executive Director from 2007-2012. Prior to joining the Ellison Medical Foundation, Dr. Lee served as Executive Vice President-Research of Sentigen Biosciences. He was responsible for the start-up and development of this New York City-based biotechnology company leading to its acquisition by Invitrogen Corporation in 2006. He has served as a member of the Scientific Review Board for the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative in New York. Dr. Lee’s scientific research career employed genetic approaches to learn how neurons in the brain are “wired up” during development to make functional circuits that relay sensory information and control behavior. He worked with Dr. Thomas Jessell in the Center for Neurobiology and Behavior at Columbia University, where he studied the specification, axonal projection, and functional connectivity of nerve cells in the spinal cord. He is the recipient of biotechnology patents and is the author of numerous research publications.

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