Gordon and Betty Moore are the founders of the Foundation, and Gordon also serves as chairman of the board.Gordon Moore is co-founder of Intel Corporation and Chairman Emeritus of the Corporation's Board of Directors. Prior to Intel, Gordon co-founded Fairchild Semiconductor in 1957. A California native, Moore earned his B.S. in chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley and his Ph.D. in Chemistry and Physics from the California Institute of Technology. In 1968 he co-founded Intel, serving initially as executive vice president. He became president and chief executive officer in 1975 and held that post until elected chairman and chief executive officer in 1979. In 1987 he relinquished the CEO title and was named chairman emeritus in 1997.He is most widely known for his 1965 prediction that the number of transistors the semi-conductor industry would be able to place on a computer chip would double every 12 months. What was intended as a rule of thumb quickly became known as "Moore's Law" and a guiding principle for the delivery of ever more powerful chips at proportionately lower costs. He updated Moore's Law in 1975 from a doubling of chip capacity every 12 months to once every two years.Gordon is less well known for his philanthropic work even though he has been contributing to science, technology, education, and conservation projects for decades. Gordon received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, from George W. Bush in 2002. He received the National Medal of Technology from President George H. W. Bush in 1990. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Conservation International and of Gilead Sciences, Inc. He is also a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He served as chairman of the Board of Trustees of the California Institute of Technology from 1995 until the beginning of 2001 and continues now as a Life Trustee.
Betty Moore was born in Los Gatos, CA. When she was two years old her father died and she was raised by her mother and her grandparents on the grandparent's Los Gatos area fruit ranch. She attended Campbell Elementary School, Los Gatos High School, and San Jose College (where she met Gordon), receiving her B.A. in Journalism in 1949. She was also active in music and the church choir.Betty worked for the U.S. Rubber Company in San Francisco until her marriage to Gordon in 1950. They then moved to Pasadena so Gordon could attend graduate school at the California Institute of Technology. In Pasadena she worked briefly for Consolidated Engineering Corporation in advertising and public relations, then joined the Ford Foundation shortly after its formation. When Gordon finished work on his Ph.D. in 1953, the couple moved to Silver Spring, MD where their first son, Kenneth, was born. They returned to California in 1956 when Gordon joined Shockley Semiconductor Laboratory in Mountain View. Their second son, Steven, was born there in 1959.An outdoors enthusiast for years, Betty was also active on the board of El Camino Hospital in Mountain View and volunteered at the Palo Alto Senior Day Care Center. She was a member of the Governing Board of Filoli, an historic house and garden near Woodside, CA that is part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and served on its Fine Arts Committee. She also has an interest in restoring old homes and collecting English antiques.
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Bruce Alberts, a respected biochemist with a strong commitment to the improvement of science and mathematics education, is a member of the faculty of the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at UC San Francisco. Alberts returned to the university in 2005 after serving two six-year terms as the president of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS).During his tenure at the NAS, Alberts was instrumental in developing the landmark National Science Education standards that have been implemented in school systems nationwide. He initiated the Academy's Teaching About Evolution and the Nature of Science, a book that aims to help US science teachers improve the teaching of the fundamental principles of biology. Alberts is one of the original authors of The Molecular Biology of the Cell, a preeminent textbook in the field, now in its fourth edition. As president of NAS, Alberts also served as chair of the National Research Council, an operating arm of the National Academies that conducts independent science, engineering, and health policy studies. For the period 2000 to 2009, he serves as the co-chair of the InterAcademy Council, a new organization in Amsterdam governed by the presidents of 15 national academies of sciences and established to provide scientific advice to the world.Alberts served as a faculty member in Princeton University's Department of Chemistry from 1966 to 1971 and in the Department of Biochemical Sciences from 1971 to 1976. In 1976, Alberts was appointed as professor and vice chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at UC San Francisco. He held the American Cancer Society Lifetime Research Professorship at UC San Francisco from 1981 to 1985, when he became chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics.Widely recognized for his work in the fields of biochemistry and molecular biology, Alberts has earned many honors and awards, including 14 honorary degrees. He currently serves on the advisory boards of more than 10 nonprofit institutions. He is an Overseer at Harvard University, a Trustee of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and the President-elect of the American Society of Cell Biology.Alberts received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College and a Ph.D. from Harvard University.
In October 2001 Dr. Rosina Bierbaum joined the University of Michigan as Dean of the School of Natural Resources and Environment (SNRE). Since her arrival, Bierbaum has: overseen the creation of a new undergraduate Program in the Environment; enhanced interdisciplinary teaching and research by successfully recruiting thirteen new faculty to the School, eight of whom hold joint appointments in other Colleges at the University of Michigan; developed a new MS track to link business, engineering and natural resources; tripled research activity in SNRE; and expanded the mission of the School to include global change. Each year, she teaches in both the undergraduate and graduate programs and guest lectures in a dozen classes across the University. Additionally, she delivers about 50 presentations in national and international venues annually.
Bierbaum currently serves as a trustee of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR); and as a board member for the Federation of American Scientists, The Energy Foundation and the Environmental and Energy Study Institute. She is also a member of the International Advisory Board for the journal “Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment”, the National Research Council’s Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate, the Design Committee for The Heinz Center’s The State of the Nation’s Ecosystems project, and the Executive Committee for the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement. On campus, she co-chairs the University of Michigan’s Sustainability Task Force and chairs the Deans’ Council of the Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute. Governor Granholm appointed her to serve on the State’s Task Force on Chronic Wasting Disease in Cervids in 2003.
Prior to joining the School of Natural Resources and Environment, Bierbaum was acting director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) from January 2001, and preceding that, she directed the Environment Division at OSTP. Dr. Bierbaum was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Associate Director for Environment of OSTP on July 30, 1998. She served as the Administration’s senior scientific advisor on environmental research and development, with responsibilities for scientific input and guidance on a wide range of national and international environmental issues. These included global change, air and water quality, endangered species, biodiversity, ecosystem management, endocrine disruptors, environmental monitoring, natural hazards, and energy research and development. She worked closely with the President’s National Science and Technology Council (NSTC), and co-chaired its Committee on Environmental and Natural Resources, which coordinated the $5 billion Federal research and development efforts in this area. Bierbaum led the U.S. delegations to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Plenary in Shanghai in 2001, the IPCC Plenary in Montreal in 1999, and the IPCC plenary in Costa Rica in 1998, and served as alternate head of delegation to the IPCC plenary in Mexico City in 1996. She headed the U.S. Delegation for the U.S./China bilateral on Climate Science.
James C. Gaither has been a managing director at Sutter Hill Ventures since joining in 2000, after having worked with Sutter Hill for many years as advisor, lawyer, special limited partner and fellow director of portfolio companies.
Jim has been a leading Silicon Valley lawyer and entrepreneur for many years, and helped build his firm, Cooley LLP, into one of the top technology firms in the country. He is currently on the boards of NVIDIA and SeeSaw Networks, and is Chairman of the Board of Makena Capital Management. Jim also has active philanthropic interests. He has served as Chairman of the Stanford Board of Trustees, as well as its investment committee, and as Chair of the Stanford Law School's Advisory Council and Capital Campaign. He also served on the Boards of the RAND Corporation and as Chairman of the Board of The James Irvine Foundation. He currently serves on the Board of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace where he previously served as Chairman, and is a former member and past Vice Chairman of The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
Jim received his B.A. in Economics from Princeton in 1959 and his J.D. from Stanford in 1964. Following graduation from law school, he clerked for Chief Justice of the United States, Earl Warren and was a Special Assistant in the Justice Department and Staff Assistant to President Lyndon Johnson before returning to the Bay Area.
Paul R. Gray is Emeritus Professor and Professor of the UC Berkeley Graduate School, EECS (Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences Department), where he holds the Andrew S. Grove Chair in Electrical Engineering. His research has focused on bipolar and MOS circuit design, electro thermal interactions in integrated circuits, device modeling, telecommunications circuits and analog-digital interfaces in VLSI systems.
Gray joined Fairchild Semiconductor’s Research and Development Laboratory in 1969, and became a faculty member at UC Berkeley’s EECS in 1971. During industrial leaves of absence from his faculty posts, Gray served as Project Manager for Telecommunications Filters at Intel Corporation (1977-1978), and Director of CMOS Design Engineering at Microlinear Corporation (1984-85).
Gray is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the IEEE. He has written and co-written more than 150 journal articles and conference presentations, and has been the co-recipient of a number of best paper awards. He has published four books, including a widely used college textbook on analog integrated circuits, and is author or co-author of 14 patents. Other awards include being appointed to two endowed chairs, the Edgar L. and Harold H. Buttner Professor of Engineering and the Roy W. Carlson Chair in Engineering. Gray has also received of the IEEE R. W. G. Baker Prize (1980), the IEEE Morris K. Liebman award (1983), the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society Achievement Award (1987), the IEEE Solid-State Circuits award (1994), the IEEE Third Millennium Medal (2000), the CASS Golden Jubilee Medal (2000), the National Outstanding Research Award from the Semiconductor Industry Association (2000); the IEEE James H. Mulligan, Jr. Education Medal (2004) and the ASEE Benjamin Garver Lamme Award (2005). Gray received honorary doctorates from the University of Bucharest in Romania (1999) and from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland (2006). From 1977 through 1979, Gray served as editor of the IEEE Journal of Solid State Circuits and, in 1982, as Program Chairman of the International Solid-State Circuits Conference. From 1988 to 1990, he served as President of the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Council.
At Berkeley, Gray served as Director of the Electronics Research Laboratory (1985-86), Vice-Chairman of the EECS Department for Computer Resources (1988-90), Chairman of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (1990-93), Dean of the College of Engineering (1996-2000), and Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost (2000-2006).
Gray was born in Jonesboro, Arkansas, and received his BS (1963), MS (1965) and PhD (1969) degrees from the University of Arizona. He is married and has two sons.
John L. Hennessy joined Stanford’s faculty in 1977 as an assistant professor of electrical engineering. He rose through the academic ranks to full professorship in 1986 and was the inaugural Willard R. and Inez Kerr Bell Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from 1987 to 2004.
From 1983 to 1993, Dr. Hennessy was director of the Computer Systems Laboratory, a research and teaching center operated by the Departments of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science that fosters research in computer systems design. He served as chair of computer science from 1994 to 1996 and, in 1996, was named dean of the School of Engineering. As dean, he launched a five-year plan that laid the groundwork for new activities in bioengineering and biomedical engineering. In 1999, he was named provost, the university’s chief academic and financial officer. As provost, he continued his efforts to foster interdisciplinary activities in the biosciences and bioengineering and oversaw improvements in faculty and staff compensation. In October 2000, he was inaugurated as Stanford University’s 10th president. In 2005, he became the inaugural holder of the Bing Presidential Professorship.
A pioneer in computer architecture, in 1981 Dr. Hennessy drew together researchers to focus on a computer architecture known as RISC (Reduced Instruction Set Computer), a technology that has revolutionized the computer industry by increasing performance while reducing costs. In addition to his role in the basic research, Dr. Hennessy helped transfer this technology to industry. In 1984, he cofounded MIPS Computer Systems, now MIPS Technologies, which designs microprocessors. In recent years, his research has focused on the architecture of high-performance computers.
Dr. Hennessy is a recipient of the 2000 IEEE John von Neumann Medal, the 2000 ASEE Benjamin Garver Lamme Award, the 2001 ACM Eckert-Mauchly Award, the 2001 Seymour Cray Computer Engineering Award, a 2004 NEC C&C Prize for lifetime achievement in computer science and engineering, a 2005 Founders Award from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the 2012 IEEE Medal of Honor, IEEE's highest award. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Sciences, and he is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Association for Computing Machinery, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
He has lectured and published widely and is the co-author of two internationally used undergraduate and graduate textbooks on computer architecture design. Dr. Hennessy earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Villanova University and his master’s and doctoral degrees in computer science from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
Kathleen Justice-Moore graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Law in 1991. For the next decade she specialized in employment law and litigation, representing management-side clients in claims for wrongful termination, discrimination, retaliation, sexual harassment, wage and hour violations, and reductions-in-force. From 2001 to 2003, she worked for the Foundation as a Research Director.
Steven J. McCormick, the president and a trustee of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, leads the Foundation’s work to turn bold ideas into lasting change in environmental conservation, science and patient care. With an endowment of over $5 billion in assets and an annual budget of approximately $250 million, the Foundation is among the top ten largest private foundations in the U.S. and one of the largest funders of scientific research and environmental conservation in the world.
Since taking leadership of the Foundation in 2007, Steve has challenged and led the organization to take smart risks and seek new collaborations with partners in the public and private sector. For example, he has championed unusual partnerships like those the Foundation created among bankers and conservationists to conserve millions of acres of rainforests in Canada’s Great Bear Rainforest, Costa Rica and the Brazilian Amazon. Under his leadership, the Foundation has made bold investments in science, funding important research when others could not and mobilizing quickly to support projects like measuring the environmental impact of radiation released into the Pacific Ocean from the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant. Steve has also encouraged innovative partnerships in the healthcare sector, where the Foundation has helped 12 Northern California hospitals reduce sepsis mortality rates by 50 percent.
Steve’s career in the nonprofit sector provides the Foundation with important perspective on the relationships between grantees and the funders. Before joining the Foundation, he spent six years serving as the president and CEO of The Nature Conservancy (TNC). As president, Steve led the organization into becoming a truly global enterprise, operating in 30 countries as well as every state in the U.S. During his tenure, he oversaw an operating budget of over $500 million and a highly distributed staff of over 3,000. Under Steve’s leadership, revenues from all sources increased significantly, hitting an all-time high of $1.2 billion in 2006.
Prior to his role as president and CEO of TNC, Steve was a founding partner of the Resources Law Group, a firm based in Sacramento which provides mediation and consulting services in land-use and natural resources law and policy, and creates innovative opportunities for conservation philanthropy.
Steve began his career with TNC in 1976 as western regional legal counsel and rose through the ranks to spend 16 years as executive director of the California state program. In that role, he led an organization-wide effort that created Conservation by Design, the strategic framework that now guides all of TNC’s work around the world.
A leader in the social innovation sector, Steve serves on the boards of Independent Sector, Sustainable Conservation and the California Wildlife Officers Foundation. He has also served on the U.C. Berkeley College of Natural Resources Advisory Board. Steve’s work has been profiled in Forbes, San Francisco Chronicle, and the Washington Post, and he has been a featured speaker at the Aspen Ideas Festival and The Economist’s World Oceans Summit. Steve is also the recipient of the Chevron Conservation Award, the Edmund G. Brown Award for Environmental and Economic Balance, the John Pritzlaff Conservation Award and the California League of Conservation Voters’ Conservation Leadership Award.
Steve holds a B.S. in Agricultural Economics from the University of California at Berkeley (1973), where he graduated with honors, and a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of Law (1976).
Kenneth Moore is the director of the San Francisco Bay Area Portfolio at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.
Ken comes to the Foundation with 24 years of experience in the semiconductor industry where he held various positions in operations planning and control, computer systems development, and supply chain and logistics management. Prior to joining the Foundation, he worked at Signetics Corporation in Sunnyvale, California and later at Phillips Semiconductors.Ken holds a degree in business administration. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Exploratorium in San Francisco and the school board of Bullis Charter School in Los Altos.
Kris Moore has a B.A. from UC Santa Barbara. She worked in marketing at Signetics/Philips Semiconductors for eight years.
Kris is a member of the Chairman's Council for Conservation International. She is a board member of Bullis-Purissima Elementary School Foundation, which supports Bullis Charter School. She is also a Moore Family Foundation trustee. In addition to raising her two children, she enjoys scuba diving, tennis, photography, and traveling.
Steven Moore has been the executive director and a trustee of the Moore Family Foundation since its inception in 1986. A fifth-generation Californian, Steve was born in Palo Alto and attended Los Altos High School. He graduated in 1983 from Santa Clara University with a B.S. in Business Management.Steve enjoys camping, hiking, scuba diving, fishing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and travel of all kinds, especially to natural environments. He is also very interested in the restoration and driving of classic automobiles.
Kenneth F. Siebel has over 36 years experience in the investment business with an emphasis on wealth management for individuals and families. He is currently the chairman of Private Wealth Partners, LLC.Ken received his B.B.A. and M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Wisconsin. He worked in New York and San Francisco for Smith, Barney & Co. until 1969 when he co-founded the firm of Robertson, Colman & Siebel (now Banc of America Securities and Bank of Boston Robertson Stephens.) He resigned his partnership in 1977 to devote himself fulltime to investment management and formed the investment advisory firm of Wood Island Associates where he served as chairman and chief executive officer. In 1998, U.S. Trust Company acquired Wood Island Associates.Mr. Siebel currently serves on the Finance and Investment Committee, Corporate Partnerships Committee, and Resources Commitment Committee of Conservation International. He is on the Board of Trustees and Investment Committee of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.