The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation ( today announced the election of a new Trustee to its Board, Rosina Bierbaum, Ph.D. Her election to the Foundation's Board of Trustees was effective September 12, 2007.

According to Dr. Ed Penhoet, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation president, “We are thrilled that Dr. Bierbaum has accepted our invitation to serve as a Foundation Trustee. She is an internationally recognized science and environment leader who shares a commitment to our mission. Her deep and significant academic and professional experience in environmental issues will be of great value to the Foundation.” Because over half of the Foundation’s funding is devoted to its Environmental Conservation Program, the Board had been seeking additional environmental expertise at the trustee level.

In October 2001 Bierbaum joined the University of Michigan as Dean of the School of Natural Resources and Environment (SNRE) where she oversaw the creation of a new undergraduate Program in the Environment, tripled the amount of research activity at the SNRE, and expanded the mission of the SNRE to include global change. This May, she hosted the first National Summit on Coping with Climate Change at the University of Michigan.

Prior to joining the SNRE, Bierbaum was acting director of the U.S. President’s Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) from January 2001, and preceding that, she directed the Environment Division at OSTP.  Bierbaum was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Associate Director for Environment of OSTP in 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.  Bierbaum worked closely with the President’s National Science and Technology Council (NSTC), and co-chaired its Committee on Environmental and Natural Resources. Additionally, she held numerous senior positions at the Environment Program, Office of Technology Assessment, U.S. Congress. She has also led numerous U.S. delegations to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).  Bierbaum earned her Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolution at the State University of New York, Stony Brook.

Bierbaum currently serves as a trustee or committee member on a number of boards and organizations including the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR); the Federation of American Scientists; The Energy Foundation and the Environmental and Energy Study Institute, among others.

About the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, established in 2000, seeks to advance environmental conservation and cutting-edge scientific research around the world and improve the quality of life in the San Francisco Bay Area. The goal of the Foundation’s Environmental Conservation Program is to change the ways in which people use important terrestrial and coastal marine ecosystems to conserve critical ecological systems and functions, while allowing sustainable use.  For more information, visit


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