Leadership & Board

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Adam Tobin, Executive Director/CEO

Liz Austerman, Deputy Director

Fred Patton, Chief Financial Officer

Brian Linke, Director of Operations

Daniel Stanton, Director of Education


Foundation Board

Board Officers

Mary Ellen Tong, Board Chair
Business Consultant

Jennifer Liebeler Michael, Vice Chair
Land and Biodiversity Manager, Chevron

Vanita Chhabra, Treasurer

Adam Tobin, Board Secretary
Executive Director/CEO


Board Members

Rajiv Bhatia
Vice President of Product, Roblox

Aisha Brown
Government & Community Relations, Bay Area Rapid Transit District

Bill Bruner
NASA/Commercial Space Relationship Manager, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Jan Chabala, Ph.D.
Retired Physicist

Moyra Contreras

Glen Dahlbacka, Ph.D.
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Chris Ellison
Founding Partner, Ellison, Schneider & Harris

Alex Filippenko, Ph.D.
Professor of Astronomy, UC Berkeley

Sheryl Gorchow Stuart
Nonprofit Consultant

Dan Kammen, Ph.D.
Professor of Energy, University of California, Berkeley

Michael Levi, Ph.D.
Senior Lead Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Janet Macher, Sc.D.
Retired Public Health Researcher

Gerald McKeegan
Retired Space Programs Manager, Orcon Corporation

Dr. James Mittelberger
Executive Director, The Center for Elders Independence

Annie Mudge
Partner, Cox, Castle & Nicholson, LLP

Fred Patton
Retired CFO

Eric Rudney
President, Rudney Associates

John Spees
Founding Partner & Manager, Granite Capital Management

Robert Spencer
Principal, Urban Economics

Hon. Sheng Thao
Oakland City Councilmember, District 4

Leonard Tramiel

Dan VanDerZanden
Retired, Energy Research and Technology, Chevron

Eugene Wong
Executive Director, Morgan Stanley


Emeritus Board

Lewis Braxton III
Retired Deputy Director, NASA Ames Research Center

Paul Chapman, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Inverness Associates

Jerry Fiddler
Principal, Zygote Ventures

Larry Langs
Investor, Financial Operational and Legal Engineering of Technology Companies

Daniel Miller,
Managing Director, The Roda Group

Hon. Jean Quan
Former Mayor, City of Oakland

Hon. Dick Spees
Retired Councilmember, City of Oakland