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Board of Trustees

Our People


  • Gordon Moore, Chairman of the Board

    Gordon E. Moore and his wife Betty established the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation in September 2000, which seeks to develop outcome-based projects that will improve the quality of life for future generations. The Foundation focuses its work in three areas of interest to the Moores: environmental conservation, patient care and science. Read more about the Moore family here

  • Bruce Alberts, Ph.D.

    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.

  • Rosina Bierbaum, Ph.D.

    Dr. Rosina Bierbaum is a Professor of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy with appointments in both the School of Natural Resources and Environment and the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan.  She served as Dean of the School of Natural Resources and Environment from 2001-2011. In that decade, she facilitated: the creation of a new undergraduate Program in the Environment; developed new Master’s tracks to link engineering, architecture and urban planning, and natural resources; tripled research activity; and expanded the mission of the School to include global change.

    In 2013, she was named the Chair of the Scientific and Advisory Panel of the Global Environment Facility.  In April 2009, President Barack Obama named Bierbaum to the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST).  PCAST consists of 21 of the nation's leading scientists and engineers. They advise the President directly to help the administration formulate policy in areas where understanding of science, technology and innovation is key to forming responsible and effective policy. In 2010, Bierbaum was appointed to the Federal Advisory Committee of the U.S. National Climate Assessment, and serves as the Chair of the Adaptation Chapter for that Congressionally-mandated effort.   

    Bierbaum was selected in April 2008 by the World Bank to co-direct its World Development Report 2010, which focuses on climate change and development for the first time.  This report has served as the foundation for subsequent Bank-wide strategies on energy and environment and the development of a public climate data portal.  Bierbaum was the Acting Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in January 2001, and preceding that, she directed the first Environment Division at OSTP from 1995-2001.  She served as the administration’s senior scientific advisor on the environmental research and development strategy, with responsibilities for global change, air and water quality, biodiversity, ecosystem management, environmental monitoring, and energy research and development.

    She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Fellow of the Ecological Society of American, received the American Geophysical Union’s Waldo Smith award for ‘extraordinary service to Geosciences, and the Environmental Protection Agency’s “Climate Protection Award”. Bierbaum is also a board member for the Wildlife Conservation Society, 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” and the Executive Committee for the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement. 

  • Harvey V. Fineberg, M.D., Ph.D.

    Harvey V. Fineberg is the president of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. He previously held the Presidential Chair for 2014-2015 as visiting professor at the University of California, San Francisco. Prior to that, he served as president of the Institute of Medicine from 2002 to 2014 and as provost of Harvard University from 1997 to 2001, following 13 years as dean of the Harvard School of Public Health. He has devoted most of his academic career to the fields of health policy and medical decision-making. His past research has focused on the process of policy development and implementation, assessment of medical technology, evaluation and use of vaccines, and dissemination of medical innovations.            

    Fineberg chairs the board of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and serves on the boards of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the China Medical Board. He helped found and served as president of the Society for Medical Decision Making and also served as consultant to the World Health Organization.

    Fineberg is co-author of the books Clinical Decision Analysis, Innovators in Physician Education and The Epidemic That Never Was, an analysis of the controversial federal immunization program against swine flu in 1976. He has co-edited several books on such diverse topics as AIDS prevention, vaccine safety, understanding risk in society and global health. He has also authored numerous articles published in professional journals. Fineberg is the recipient of several honorary degrees—the Frank A. Calderone Prize in Public Health, the Henry G. Friesen International Prize in Health Research and the Harvard Medal, awarded by the alumni association of the university from which he earned his bachelor’s and doctoral degrees.  

  • James C. Gaither

    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.

    Gaither 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. Gaither 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.

    Gaither 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 Gray, Ph.D.

    Paul R. Gray is Emeritus Professor and Professor of the UC Berkeley Graduate School, EECS (Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences Department), where he is the Andrew S. Grove Chair in Electrical Engineering, Emeritus. 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 also currently serves as a councillor of the National Academy of Engineering. 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 Hennessy, Ph.D.

    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, 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 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, 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.

    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. 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

    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.
  • Kenneth G. Moore

    Ken Moore oversees the foundation’s support to land conservation and science learning in the San Francisco Bay Area.  

    Moore 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 Philips Semiconductors.

    Moore holds a degree in business administration. He also serves on the board of directors of the Exploratorium in San Francisco and the Bullis Charter School in Los Altos. 

  • Kristen L. Moore

    Kris Moore has a B.A. from UC Santa Barbara. She worked in marketing at Signetics/Philips Semiconductors for eight years.

    Moore 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 E. Moore

    Steven Moore has been the executive director and a trustee of the Moore Family Foundation since its inception in 1986. A fifth-generation Californian, Moore 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.

    Moore 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

    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.

    Siebel 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.

    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.

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