The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation ( today announced the appointment of James C. Gaither, a renowned business leader in Silicon Valley, to its Board of Trustees.  

“Jim brings a great combination of entrepreneurial and legal expertise from a distinguished career in Silicon Valley, and has a deep understanding of strategic philanthropy,” said Foundation President Steve McCormick. “His perspective will be an invaluable addition to our board as the Foundation positions itself for the next ten years, increasingly focusing on ‘changemaking,’ to achieve greater positive impacts in conservation, scientific research, and the quality of life in the San Francisco Bay Area.”  

Jim has long been a leading Silicon Valley lawyer and entrepreneur, and helped build the firm, Cooley LLP, into one of the top technology law firms in the country. He currently serves as managing director at Sutter Hill Ventures, which he joined in 2000 after having worked with Sutter Hill for many years as advisor, lawyer, special limited partner and fellow director of portfolio companies. 

Jim currently serves on the boards of NVIDIA and SeeSaw Networks, and as Chairman of the Board of Makena Capital Management. Jim also engages in several philanthropic organizations. 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 is currently 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 BA in Economics from Princeton in 1959 and his JD 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. 

 About the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation 

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, established in 2000, seeks to advance environmental conservation and scientific research around the world and improve the quality of life in the San Francisco Bay Area. For more information, please visit 


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