Two New Members Elected to Serve on the
California Academy of Sciences Board of Trustees

SAN FRANCISCO (January 21, 2005) - The California Academy of Sciences Board of Trustees Chair, Richard Bingham, is pleased to announce that two new members have been elected to the Academy's board of trustees. The new board members are as follows:

Elizabeth "Randi" Fisher: A long-time advocate of the arts, educations and youth, Randi Fisher has worked and volunteered for many Bay Area nonprofit institutions. She has served on the boards of a number of community organizations, including the Bay Area Discovery Museum, the Museum of Modern Art Education Committee, the San Francisco Day School, Summer Search and the Golden Gate Parks Conservancy Kent Society. As President and long-time trustee of the Bay Area Discovery Museum, she focused her efforts on hands-on learning and creative exhibitory in the arts, science and technology. She holds a B.A. in visual arts management from NYU. Randi and her husband Bob greatly enjoy exploring the natural world with their three children. They are committed conservationists, as well as fishing and hiking enthusiasts.

Carmen A. Policy: Carmen Policy's multi-faceted career includes a unique array of accomplishments in the business, civic, sporting, and philanthropic communities. From 1998-2004, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Cleveland Browns, where he beat the odds and helped the Browns reach the post-season just four years after the club was formed. Before he took on these challenges at Cleveland, Policy earned a reputation as one of the preeminent executives in professional sport during his eight years as President and Chief Executive Officer of the San Francisco 49ers. Named the NFL Executive of the Year by The Sporting News and Pro Football Weekly in 1994, Policy played a role in all five of the 49ers' Super Bowl winning teams and helped shape the course for a 49ers organization that became widely viewed as the hallmark sports organization of the 1980s and '90s. While in the NFL, Policy also served on multiple committees, including the NFL Business Ventures Committee, the Super Bowl Advisory Committee, the NFL Finance Committee, the Committee on Opportunities and Challenges, and the Los Angeles Market Advisory Group. An ardent believer in public service, Policy is on the Board of Directors of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and has maintained a high level of civic and charitable involvement in both San Francisco and Cleveland. He has been awarded the Silver Cable Car Award for contributions to San Francisco's business community, as well as the Mayor's Fiscal Advisory Committee Award. Policy holds a B.A. from Youngstown State University and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. He and his wife, Gail, personally designed and endowed the Carmen and Gail Policy Clinical Fellowship at the Georgetown University Law Center, which promotes advocacy in the area of civil rights. They currently reside in the San Francisco Bay Area and are founding a working vineyard in Napa Valley. They are establishing a wine under the label of Cinque Vigne, Italian for "Five Vines," in recognition of their five children.


The California Academy of Sciences, the fourth largest natural history museum in the United States, is home to Steinhart Aquarium, Morrison Planetarium and the Natural History Museum. The Academy is beginning an extensive rebuilding project in Golden Gate Park. Pritzker prize-winning architect Renzo Piano is designing the new Academy, which is expected to open in 2008.

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