Leadership & Board

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Adam Tobin, Executive Director/CEO

Gail Bergunde, Chief Financial Officer/CFO

Liz Austerman, Deputy Director

Jessica Louise Parker, Director of Institutional Advancement

Tracy Corado, Director of Design & Exhibits

Brian Linke, Director of Operations

Foundation Board

Board Officers

Sheryl Gorchow Stuart
Nonprofit Consultant
Board Chair / Board Secretary

Robert Spencer
Principal, Urban Economics
Vice Chair

John Spees
Founding Partner & Manager, Granite Capital Management

Board Members

Rajiv Bhatia
Vice President of Product, Roblox

Aisha Brown
Chief of Social Impact and Equity, Alameda County

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

Jan Chabala, Ph.D.
Retired Physicist

Vanita Chhabra
Investment Planning Practice Lead, Asset Management, Quanta Technology, LLC

Moyra Contreras

Christine Cowsert Chapman 
Senior Vice President, Enterprise Business and Technology Modernization
Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Glen Dahlbacka, Ph.D.
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Chris Ellison
Founding Partner, Ellison, Schneider & Harris

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

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

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

Jennifer Liebeler Michael
Land and Biodiversity Manager, Chevron

Janet Macher, Sc.D.
Retired Public Health Researcher

Gerald McKeegan
Retired Space Programs Manager, Orcon Corporation

Dr. James Mittelberger
Chief Medical Officer, Center for Elders Independence

Annie Mudge
Partner, Cox, Castle & Nicholson, LLP

Fred Patton
Retired CFO

Eric Rudney
President, Rudney Associates

Mary Ellen Tong
Business Consultant

Leonard Tramiel
Scientist & Educator

Dan VanDerZanden
Retired, Energy Research and Technology, Chevron


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

Garrett Gruener
Executive Chairman at Nanōmix

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

Hon. Sheng Thao
Mayor, City of Oakland