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Foundation Board

The role of the Foundation Board is to assist in Chabot’s fundraising effort through personal contributions and in-kind resources, and to help promote and build support for Chabot in the community.

The Foundation Board may have a total of 33 Directors which may include up to 11 Public elected Directors of the JPA Board.

Directors serve for a term of 3 years and there is no limitation to the number of terms a Director may serve.

Officers

  • Eric Rudney

    Eric Rudney, Chair

    President, Rudney Associates

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    Eric Rudney is a registered investment advisor with over twenty eight years of experience in investment planning and asset management for high net worth and corporate clients. For the past three consecutive years, the East Bay Business Times ranked Rudney Associates among the top-10 largest wealth management firms in the East Bay. Additionally, in 2008 the Winners Circle named Eric the East Bay's best independent wealth management advisor. Eric supports and has served on the board of a number of local organizations that give back to the community and contribute to social change including BUILD, where he was Chairman of the Advisory Board, the Diablo Regional Art Association (former President and on the Board of Trustees), Las Trampas Inc. (Chairman Fundraising) and the Wheelchair Foundation. Eric is a graduate of UC Berkeley and attended CSU Hayward studying for his MBA Business/Finance.

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  • Sheryl Gorchow Stuart

    Sheryl Gorchow Stuart, Vice Chair

    Consulting Partner, Allotrope Ventures

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    Former administrator of the Weston Havens Foundation for medical and scientific research, Sheryl Gorchow Stuart has more than 15 years experience in non-profit philanthropy and development work in education and cultural institutions. An experienced fundraiser, Sheryl was a member of Caltech's senior development staff during the Institute's successful $1.4 billion campaign, overseeing the corporate and foundations departments and projects within CIT's Division of Physics, Math and Astronomy. She has worked at a range of educational institutions and museums, including the Claremont colleges, the Academy of Natural Sciences and The University of Pennsylvania's Museum. A mentor in her profession, Sheryl has lectured and taught in UCLA's Development Professional Certification Program. An active volunteer, she recently served as President of the Claremont Educational Foundation and on the Board of Oak Crest Institute of Science in Pasadena. She is married to Marc Stuart, and they have two children. The family relocated to the Bay Area in 2010.

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  • John Spees

    John Spees, Treasurer

    Founder and Managing Partner, Granite Capital Management

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    John Spees is a co-founder and a Managing Partner for Granite Capital Management, a Registered Investment Advisory and Wealth Management Firm located in the East Bay. The firm provides investment advisory services to individuals, families and small businesses.

    Prior to starting Granite with a colleague in 2000, John spent 16 years trading fixed income securities and related derivatives for Bank of America and Security Pacific Bank, with his final 5 years a member of the Bank's proprietary risk taking unit. John is also a manager of and investor in Granite Investors LLC, a leveraged fixed income investment partnership organized to participate in the Federal Reserve's Term Asset Backed Loan Facility. He started his career as a consultant for Andersen Consulting (now Accenture).

    John is married to an Oakland Public School teacher and he and his wife have 2 teenage children. He holds an MBA and BS from the HAAS School of Business Administration, University of California, Berkeley, with an emphasis in Finance.

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  • Alexander Zwissler

    Alexander Zwissler, Secretary

    Executive Director/CEO, Chabot Space & Science Center

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    Alexander Zwissler is the Executive Director/ CEO of the Chabot Space and Science Center, a position he has held since April, 2007. Prior to joining Chabot, Zwissler was the Executive Director of the Fort Mason Foundation in San Francisco, California from 1999 to 2006. Zwissler was born in Stuttgart Germany then moved to California with his family. He was raised in Oakland and visited Chabot on field trips as a grade school student. Zwissler attended public schools before going on to receive a B.A. in Political Science, with Honors, at the University of California at Berkeley. After graduating from Berkeley, Zwissler went on to become a Postgraduate Research Fellow at the Centre for Mass Communication Research at the University of Leicester, England, conducting research on the development of international satellite broadcasting. Prior to joining the Fort Mason Foundation in 1999, Zwissler had a 17-year career in the cable television and telecommunications industry and was Director of ComTel, the United Kingdom's fourth largest cable television and telephone company.

    Zwissler serves in the leadership of both local and national non-profits, and is currently on the Board of Directors of the Association of Science and Technology Centers, Co-Chair of the Gateways East Bay STEM Network, founding board member of Techbridge, and on the board of the San Francisco Market Street Railway, and Marin Sonoma Concourse D'Elegance. In January In 2012, he was appointed by the California Superintendent of Education to the statewide Education and Technology Task Force. He has also served on the Boards of the Oxfordshire Foundation, the Conejo Future Foundation, the San Francisco Business Arts Council, the National Park Service Friends Alliance and the American Southwest Theatre Company. In 2008, he was named an inaugural Fellow of the Noyce Leadership Institute.

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Committee Chairs

  • Steve Lalli

    Steve Lalli, Institutional Advancement, Audit

    Managing Director, Morgan Stanley

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    Steve Lalli is a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley in San Francisco heading the firm's Prime Brokerage and Equity Financing Products business in the western US. He and his team manage relationships for some of the top hedge funds globally, providing financing, business consulting and capital introduction services. Steve has been in the financial services industry for over 20 years, working previously as a technology investment banker for Goldman Sachs, UBS and Warburg Dillon Read. He also acted as an advisor to Craig McCaw on the FCC's auction of PCS licenses in the mid-1990s. Steve holds an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, a BS with Honor in Electrical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology, and a BA in Physics from Pomona College, where he graduated magna cum laude.

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  • John Spees

    John Spees, Finance

    Founder and Managing Partner, Granite Capital Management

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    John Spees is a co-founder and a Managing Partner for Granite Capital Management, a Registered Investment Advisory and Wealth Management Firm located in the East Bay. The firm provides investment advisory services to individuals, families and small businesses.

    Prior to starting Granite with a colleague in 2000, John spent 16 years trading fixed income securities and related derivatives for Bank of America and Security Pacific Bank, with his final 5 years a member of the Bank's proprietary risk taking unit. John is also a manager of and investor in Granite Investors LLC, a leveraged fixed income investment partnership organized to participate in the Federal Reserve's Term Asset Backed Loan Facility. He started his career as a consultant for Andersen Consulting (now Accenture).

    John is married to an Oakland Public School teacher and he and his wife have 2 teenage children. He holds an MBA and BS from the HAAS School of Business Administration, University of California, Berkeley, with an emphasis in Finance.

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  • Sheryl Gorchow Stuart

    Sheryl Gorchow Stuart, Governance Co-Chair

    Consulting Partner, Allotrope Ventures

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    Former administrator of the Weston Havens Foundation for medical and scientific research, Sheryl Gorchow Stuart has more than 15 years experience in non-profit philanthropy and development work in education and cultural institutions. An experienced fundraiser, Sheryl was a member of Caltech's senior development staff during the Institute's successful $1.4 billion campaign, overseeing the corporate and foundations departments and projects within CIT's Division of Physics, Math and Astronomy. She has worked at a range of educational institutions and museums, including the Claremont colleges, the Academy of Natural Sciences and The University of Pennsylvania's Museum. A mentor in her profession, Sheryl has lectured and taught in UCLA's Development Professional Certification Program.  An active volunteer, she recently served as President of the Claremont Educational Foundation and on the Board of Oak Crest Institute of Science in Pasadena. She is married to Marc Stuart, and they have two children. The family relocated to the Bay Area in 2010.

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Directors

  • Gary Bengier

    Gary Bengier

    Chairman, Bengier Foundation

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    Gary Bengier capped a career in financial and strategy roles for a variety of high tech companies in the role as eBay's Chief Financial Officer. From 1997 to 2001 he led the company's initial and secondary public offerings, which raised $1.5 billion in equity, and helped grow eBay merchandise sales to over $9 billion. While at eBay he also served as S.V.P. for Strategic Planning. Gary also served on the boards of Logitech, Inc. and Cobalt Networks. After 29 years in business, Gary now spends his time on travel, philanthropy, board and committee activities, his family, and on the study of philosophy, mathematics, and astrophysics. He is Chairman of the Bengier Foundation, serves on the Board of Trustees of the Santa Fe Institute, and is on the Board of Trustees of the Exploratorium.

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  • Bill Bruner

    Bill Bruner

    Director, Government & External Relations, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

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    Mr. Bruner is the Director of Government and External Relations and responsible for strengthening Laboratory communications with all levels of government, the public, and other stakeholders. He oversees the Laboratory's Congressional Affairs, Public Affairs, and Protocol offices. Mr. Bruner has 25 years of experience in strategic communications, government affairs, strategic planning, and national security policy.

    Prior to joining LLNL, Mr. Bruner was the Assistant Administrator for Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) during the Administration of President George W. Bush. Under Bruner's leadership, the Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs managed NASA's relationships with the U.S. Congress, governors, state legislators and local governments.

    Before his appointment at NASA, Mr. Bruner had a distinguished career in the United States Air Force. Among his decorations is the Bronze Star, awarded for service in the First Gulf War. He then served in several key positions in Washington - among them as a space and airpower expert on the Secretary of the Air Force's Staff Group; as a Military Fellow in the Office of the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives; and as an Office Director within the Office of the Secretary of Defense, where he won the Assistant Secretary of Defense Paul H. Nitze Award for Excellence in International Security Affairs.

    Mr. Bruner is a graduate of the National War College, the Air Force Fighter Weapons School, and the Air Force's School of Advanced Air and Space Power Studies - where his thesis topic was "National Security Implications of Inexpensive Space Access." He has earned master's degrees, with distinction, in National Security Strategy and Airpower Arts and Sciences. His bachelor's degree in Physical Science (Astronomy) is from San Francisco State University.

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  • Sandra R. Curtis, Ph.D.

    Sandra R. Curtis, Ph.D.

    International Marketing and Communications Fellow, d.light design

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    Sandra R. Curtis, Ph.D. manages international marketing and communications for d.light design, a for- profit social enterprise providing solar light solutions to the developing world. She started XenoQuest Media in 2010, producing videos for NASA. She has created and is producing other independent media projects, several which focus on popularizing scientific knowledge. She previously served as the Chief Innovations Officer at the Mexican Heritage Corporation and Senior Vice President for Zorro Productions. As head of Creative Development for Zorro for over twenty years, she produced, created, and managed projects across media, including stage, television, film, publishing and brand licensing.

    Sandra brings a love of science education to Chabot. She has developed curriculum materials in health science and physics at Lawrence Hall of Science during graduate school, later serving on the Hall's Advisory Council. She taught at UC Berkeley, where she received her Ph.D., and at San Francisco State. Sandra has served on commissions in the City of Berkeley and on numerous non-profit boards.

    "Chabot Space & Science Center is uniquely positioned to ignite that spark of curiosity in our visitors about the cosmos. We have the potential to create spectacular moments of awe about the mysteries of our universe through dramatic visual exhibits, the planetarium, stargazing, our classes and other special events. The founders had incredible foresight in establishing Chabot, which is a very valuable community resource. I'm eager to foster continuing development of innovative projects like Tales of the Maya Skies and am honored to be a member of the foundation board."



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  • Glen Dahlbacka Ph.D.

    Glen Dahlbacka Ph.D.

    Senior Program Manager, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

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    Glen received his BS Physics from the University of Illinois and Ph.D. in Astrophysics from the University of Minnesota for experiments in Gamma Ray Astronomy. In 1972 he joined Lawrence Livermore National Lab as a Staff Scientist and for the Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF) program and co-designed the first neutron producing laser fusion target at LLNL. In '76 he joined Physics International where he managed research on intense pulsed x-ray source development and x-ray lasers. From '82-90 he was proprietor of a consulting firm that developed high mach number gas injection hardware for laboratory x-ray laser research. In '90 at Maxwell Laboratories, as VP of Business Development, he promoted synchrotron light sources and their applications to industrial processes. When the Advanced Light Source came online at Berkeley Lab, he joined as the manager of Industrial Program Development in the Technology Transfer Department to bring industry to the ALS and from 99-08 he managed joint LBNL-industry programs in the Former Soviet Union funded by the DOE. He is currently working on final steps to commercialize vertical axis wind turbines developed under one of the Russian programs. He is a past member of the Livermore Planning Commission, the Livermore City Council and a founding member of  the Board of Directors of Chabot Space & Science Center. He was also a leader in restoring the 1890 Historic Landmark First Unitarian Church of Oakland Building.

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  • Jerry Fiddler

    Jerry Fiddler

    Chairman, Solazyme; Principal, Zygote Ventures

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    Jerry Fiddler is the Chairman of Solazyme, Principal of Zygote Ventures and Founder of Wind River. Fiddler started Wind River in his Berkeley garage in 1981 along with fellow Lawrence Berkeley Laboratories software engineer David Wilner. Over the next 23 years, Fiddler steered the company to the global forefront of the embedded software industry. Wind River operating systems have guided each of NASA's Mars rovers, and the company flourished with operating systems for products ranging from digital cameras and DVD players to medical equipment and anti-lock brakes. Fiddler retired as Wind River's chairman in 2004.

    "Technology and science is an exciting combination," said Fiddler. "That's what makes Chabot so compelling - and so important. There's not another institution that can lay claim to Northern California's only full-dome digital planetarium, the only research-quality telescopes regularly open to the public in the Western U.S. and dozens of cutting-edge interactive exhibits... all located in one of the most stunning natural settings in California."

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  • Alex Filippenko, Ph.D.

    Alex Filippenko, Ph.D.

    Professor of Astronomy, Richard & Rhoda Goldman/Distinguished Professor in the Physical Sciences, UC Berkeley

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    Alex Filippenko Ph.D. joined the UC Berkeley faculty in 1986, where he is a leading authority on exploding stars, active galaxies, black holes, gamma-ray bursts, and the expansion of the Universe. Elected to the National Academy of Sciences and one of the world's most highly cited astronomers, he is the recipient of numerous prizes for his research. UC Berkeley students have voted him the "Best Professor" on campus six times, and he was named the 2006 Carnegie/CASE National Professor of the Year among doctoral institutions. He has appeared in numerous television documentaries, produced introductory astronomy video courses with The Teaching Company, and coauthored an award-winning textbook.

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  • G. Richard Fletcher

    G. Richard Fletcher

    Executive Vice President & Chief Lending Officer, OnePacific Coast Bank

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    G. Richard Fletcher is Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer, OnePacific Coast Bank, an Oakland based community bank that focuses on economic and environmental sustainability. Prior to joining One PacificCoast Bank, Dick was a community bank executive with Tamalpais Bank and Westamerica Bank in northern California. Previously in his career, he worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers and the Bank of America in various senior domestic and international positions. Dick's commitment to community development and sustainable technology extends to volunteer leadership as well. He serves as treasurer of the Investment Committee and a member of the board of trustees for EARTH University in Costa Rica, a leading global institution dedicated to sustainable agriculture and natural resource development. He also serves on the board of directors of Canal Alliance, a nonprofit organization with programs serving the needs of immigrant families and their communities in northern California.

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  • Garrett Gruener

    Garrett Gruener

    General Partner, Alta Partners

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    Garrett Gruener is a co-founder of Alta Partners, and was also a Partner at Burr, Egan, Deleage & Co., which he joined in 1992. Gruener has more than two decades of experience in the fields of software development, systems engineering and corporate development. In 1982, he founded Virtual Microsystems, a successful communications software company that was later merged with a larger corporation. Garrett also founded Ask Jeeves, now Ask.Com, a leading Internet search engine which is now part of IAC. Garrett specializes in information technology and is on the board of directors of Aegis Lightwave, Ellie Mae, Nanomix and nCircle Network Security. Gruener earned a Masters Degree from the University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelor of Science from the University of California, San Diego, both in Political Science with a focus on technology policy.

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  • Kevin Leader

    Kevin Leader

    Principal Vice President & Treasurer, Bechtel Group, Inc.

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    Kevin Leader is Principal Vice President and Treasurer at Bechtel Group, Inc. Kevin joined Bechtel in 2001 as Director of Corporate Finance and was appointed Treasurer in 2003. In addition to his role as Treasurer, he also oversees the coordination of project-specific banking matters, providing guidance and advice concerning banking and corporate finance issues to various Bechtel entities, operations, projects and joint ventures around the world. Prior to joining Bechtel, Kevin spent over 15 years in corporate banking, most recently as a Managing Director with Bank of America's Global Corporate and Investment Bank. Kevin has three children and lives in Oakland, California where he serves on the Board of Trustees and as Chair of the Development Committee for Bentley School. Kevin is also on the Corporate Advisory Board for Chabot Space & Science Center.

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  • Jennifer Liebeler Michael

    Jennifer Liebeler Michael

    Senior Environmental Policy Advisor for Chevron

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    Jennifer, an oceanographer and environmental scientist, has worked on conservation issues throughout her career in the academic, nonprofit, and business sectors. Currently, she is the Senior Environmental Policy Advisor for Chevron’s Corporate Policy Government and Public Affairs Corporate department in San Ramon, CA where she works on issues of energy, sustainability, and environmental policy. Previously she managed biodiversity issues for Chevron in the Gulf of Mexico. Jennifer is an expert on sound and marine life.

    Prior to joining Chevron, Jennifer worked for environmental conservation and non-profit groups. She directed international marine programs for a coral reef conservation and education organization. At the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, she collaborated with exhibit designers and educators to develop exhibits and experiential learning programs on watershed, coastal zone, and ocean conservation issues. Moving to the private sector, Jennifer uses her skills and commitment to a healthy environment to help improve business practices affecting the environment and foster a constructive dialogue on energy development and environmental protection.

    Jennifer has a M.S. in Oceanography from the University of Hawaii and was a Chancellor Fellow at UCLA. She has a B.A. in Biology from Pomona College. She is a PADI Divemaster and holds a commercial pilot license and flight instructor ratings. She is a Next Generation Texas Fellow at the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security & Law at the University of Texas at Austin. She has worked with a variety of community non-profits in San Francisco and Houston, and served on the development board of Casa de Esperanza, a children's crisis center, in Houston. Jennifer lives in Walnut Creek California with her husband, two children and Australian Shepherd.

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  • Dan Miller

    Dan Miller

    Managing Partner, The Roda Group

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    Dan Miller  is Managing Director of The Roda Group, a venture capital group focused on clean technology as well as information and communications services. Miller serves on the boards of several Roda Group companies including biofuel manufacturer Solazyme, and he was previously the president of Ask Jeeves, Inc., a former Roda Group affiliate company. He is also a member of the board of the Stupid Fun Club, game designer Will Wright's "entertainment think tank." Mr. Miller was Executive Vice President of TCSI Corporation, a company he co-founded with his Roda Group partner, Roger Strauch. TCSI (now owned by Rocket Software) is a leading provider of integrated software products and services for the global telecommunications industry. Prior to TCSI, Miller was a systems engineer at Hughes Aircraft's (now Boeing) Space and Communications Group where he was responsible for designing communications payloads for commercial communications satellites. He holds three patents in the areas of compression technology and wireless communications systems. In addition to Chabot, Miller serves on the nonprofit board of Climate Healers, and the advisory board of Cornell University's Computing and Information Science and School of Electrical Engineering. Dan is a member of The Climate Project, and has given talks about climate change at conferences across the nation. Miller received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, with distinction, from Cornell University and his Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

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  • Bill Nye

    Bill Nye

    Founder and CEO, Nye Labs, LLC

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    Bill Nye, scientist, engineer, comedian, author, and inventor, is a man with a mission: to help foster a scientifically literate society, to help people everywhere understand and appreciate the science that makes our world work. Making science entertaining and accessible is something Bill has been doing most of his life.

    Bill's fascination with how things work led him to Cornell University and a degree in Mechanical Engineering. After graduation, he headed for Seattle and work as an engineer at Boeing. It was in Seattle that Bill began to combine his love of science with his flair for comedy, when he won the Steve Martin look-alike contest and developed dual careers as an engineer by day and a stand-up comic by night. Eventually, Bill quit his day engineering day job and made the transition to a night job as a comedy writer and performer on Seattle's home-grown ensemble comedy show "Almost Live."

    This is where "Bill Nye the Science Guy®" was born. The show appeared before Saturday Night Live and later on Comedy Central, originating at KING-TV, Seattle's NBC affiliate. With fellow KING-TV alumni Jim McKenna and Erren Gottlieb, Bill made a number of award-winning shows, including the show he became so well known for, "Bill Nye the Science Guy."

    While working on the Science Guy show, Bill won seven national Emmy Awards for writing, performing, and producing. The show won 18 Emmys in five years. In between creating the shows, he wrote five kids' books about science, including his latest title, "Bill Nye's Great Big Book of Tiny Germs."

    Bill Nye is the host of three currently-running television series. "The 100 Greatest Discoveries" airs on the Science Channel. "The Eyes of Nye" airs on PBS stations across the country and Bill's latest project is hosting a show on Planet Green called "Stuff Happens."

    Bill's association with Chabot began when he agreed to partner with them on the development of their new, eponymously named climate exhibit, Bill Nye's Climate Lab, which recently opened at Chabot to great acclaim. Bill joined the Foundation Board of Directors of Chabot in January 2011.

    Bill Nye is a graduate of Cornell with a Bachelors of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. He holds three Honorary Doctorate degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Goucher College, and Johns Hopkins. He has delivered commencement addresses at the University of California Santa Barbara, RPI, Goucher, Hopkins, Harvey Mudd College, and Caltech.

    Bill is currently the Executive Director of The Planetary Society, the world's large space interest organization.

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  • Stewart Owen

    Stewart Owen

    Senior Advertising Executive, Retired

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    Stewart Owen is a retired senior advertising executive with a 35-year track record of success for a roster of blue chip clients including AT&T, Verizon, Sony, IBM, Merck, United Airlines, Pfizer, GE, JPMorganChase, and Coca-Cola, to name just a few. His career has included 10 years as the Vice Chairman of Landor, the world's leading brand consultancy; Chief Strategic Officer at Lintas; Vice Chairman and Chief Strategic Officer at Young & Rubicon which he built into an advertising institution, with John McGarry Jr; and most recently, International CEO at mcgarrybowen, the firm he co-founded in 2002 with Gordon Bowen and John McGarry and from which he recently retired. Stewart has recently returned to the Bay Area from the East Coast and now lives in the Berkeley hills.

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  • Ed Penhoet, Ph.D.

    Ed Penhoet, Ph.D.

    General Partner, Alta Partners

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    Edward Penhoet, Ph.D. is General Partner, Alta Partners. Ed served as dean of the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley. In 1981, he co-founded Chiron Corporation and served as its chief executive officer until 1998. For 10 years prior to founding Chiron, Ed was a faculty member of the Biochemistry Department of U.C. Berkeley. Ed currently serves as the vice chairman of the Independent Citizen's Oversight Committee which oversees the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine created by the passage of Proposition 71, the stem cell initiative. Penhoet is a member of the board of trustees of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, serving as president from 2004 - 2007. He has received numerous awards, including the Association of Fundraising Professionals' Outstanding Philanthropist award, the first Distinguished Faculty Award in the Life Sciences from the department of Molecular and Cell Biology at U.C. Berkeley, the Northern California Entrepreneur of the Year Award presented by Ernst & Young and Inc. Magazine, and the Harvard Business School Northern California Alumni Chapter award as Entrepreneur of the Year. Ed has served as chairman of the California Health Care Institute, of the Chabot Space & Science Center, and of the San Francisco Bay Area Bioscience Center. Ed sits on the boards of Zymogenetics, Scynexis, Metabolex and Renovis, Inc. A member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies and a member of the American Society of Biological Chemists, Ed has published more than 50 scientific articles and papers. He earned his A.B. in biology from Stanford University, and his Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Washington. He was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of California, San Diego.

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  • George Smoot, Ph.D.

    George Smoot, Ph.D.

    Professor & Nobel Laureate, UC Berkeley & Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

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    George Smoot, Ph.D. is a Professor and Nobel Laureate, University of California, Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He received his B.S. and Ph.D. from MIT. Smoot shared the 2006 Nobel Prize for physics with John C. Mather, a NASA scientist who collaborated with Smoot in studying the early formation of the universe, work that helped further the big-bang theory of the universe using the Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE) satellite. In 1992, when they announced their findings to the world, it was heralded by astrophysicists as "finding the Holy Grail of cosmology" and spawned new cosmological studies of the formation of the universe. Smoot used his Nobel Prize money to create the Berkeley Center for Cosmological Physics (BCCP which focuses on understanding the origin and evolution of the universe.

    Currently he is a professor of physics at the University of California, Berkeley, senior scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and since 2010, a professor of physics at the Paris Diderot University, France. In 2003 he was awarded the Einstein Medal.

    In 2009, Smoot appeared as the final contestant on the last episode of the Fox television show "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" He reached the final question, which he correctly answered, becoming the second person to win the one million dollar prize.

    "The next generation of physicists will make discoveries about the cosmos that will advance our knowledge of how galaxies and solar systems are formed," said Smoot. "Chabot's programs plant the seeds in students who will ultimately build on our research to answer questions about how our universe began."

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  • Anil K. Suri

    Anil K. Suri

    Vice President & Chief Risk and Audit Officer, PG&E Corporation, Pacific Gas & Electric Company

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    Anil K. Suri is Vice President and Chief Risk and Audit Officer for PG&E Corporation and Pacific Gas and Electric Company. He is responsible for overseeing the company's enterprise-wide risk management, internal audit, compliance and ethics, market and credit risk management, insurance and corporate security functions.

    Suri joined PG&E in 2010 after owning and operating a risk management consultancy in New York, where he advised utility-industry senior management in the renewables, fuel supply and new generation markets, and managed market and credit risk of generation assets, pipelines and regulatory assets for utilities and other energy providers.

    Prior to that, Suri founded the electricity hedging business as Managing Director of Wells Fargo Bank N.A. He served as CEO of E-lecTrade, Inc., which provided electricity procurement, sales, structuring and trading services for the energy industry, and was a founding partner of The Risk Partners, LLC, where he marketed risk advisory and risk transfer services to utilities, pension funds and insurance companies.

    Suri has also worked as a scientist at Yale University and as an oceanographer at Harvard University, where he earned his Ph.D. in fluid turbulence. He holds an MBA in finance from Columbia Business School and a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi.

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  • Nick Vlahos

    Nick Vlahos

    Senior Vice President - Chief Customer Officer, The Clorox Company

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    Nick Vlahos is senior vice president - chief customer officer and is responsible for the customer organization worldwide. Prior to this, Vlahos was vice president - general manager, Burt's Bees®. During his time on the Burt's Bees business, Vlahos helped drive growth in more than 40 countries where Burt's Bees products are sold, as well as spearheading further expansion.

    Vlahos joined Clorox in 1995 as a Chicago regional sales manager for Household Products and over the years has held numerous roles within the sales and marketing organization. In 2006, Vlahos was named vice president - Customer Capability Development, and in 2008, he assumed the role of vice president - general manager, Laundry. In 2009, Vlahos assumed the role of vice president - general manager, Laundry, Brita® and Green Works, where he managed and accelerated growth behind this portfolio of brands.

    Vlahos lends his support to the Wounded Warrior Project, an organization that assists those who have served in the U.S. Military. Vlahos has also served as member of the executive Committee for the American Heart Association, North Carolina Chapter and on the board of directors for the Natural Products Association, a leading North American industry group supporting the interests of the natural products industry and consumers.

    A native of Chicago, Ill., Vlahos has a bachelor's degree from Indiana University.

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