Press Release

Stephanie Stone (415) 379-5121
Helen Taylor (415) 379-5128


SAN FRANCISCO (September 21, 2009) – The Chairman of the California Academy of Sciences Board of Trustees, William J. Patterson, is pleased to announce that four new members have been elected to the Academy's board of trustees. These new trustees are joining the board just as the Academy reaches its first anniversary in a new facility designed by Renzo Piano, which has welcomed more than two million visitors in its first year. The new board members are as follows:
Bruce Alberts, a biochemist with a strong commitment to the improvement of science education, began service as editor-in-chief of Science in March 2008. Alberts has also been a long-time professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco, and served two six-year terms as the president of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). Alberts is one of the original authors of The Molecular Biology of the Cell, a textbook now in its fifth edition. For the period 2000 to 2009, he served as co-chair of the InterAcademy Council, an organization in Amsterdam governed by the presidents of 15 national academies of sciences, established to provide scientific advice to the world. Widely recognized for his work in the fields of biochemistry and molecular biology, Alberts has earned many honors and awards, including 15 honorary degrees. He currently serves on the advisory boards of many nonprofit institutions, including the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Penny Coulter is an active philanthropist with interests in arts, education, youth development, and environmental issues. In addition to her service as an Academy Trustee, she is a board member of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and serves on the selection committee for the Jefferson Scholar program at the University of Virginia. She has also served on the boards of Summer Search San Francisco, Summer Search National, the College Foundation for the University of Virginia, and The Little School. Ms. Coulter previously worked as a professional interior designer, and currently resides in San Francisco with her husband and three children.
Emilie Munger Ogden joins the Academy’s board with a long-standing passion for education. She is currently a trustee of World Learning, a global non-profit organization devoted to international development and cross-cultural education and exchange programs. She is on the Academic Affairs Committee of World Learning's School for International Training, a graduate school in Brattleboro, Vermont, and is also a trustee of Marin Academy, an independent high school in San Rafael. Ms. Ogden received her undergraduate degree from Stanford University in Human Biology with a concentration in Neurobiology and Behavior, and studied at Stanford’s Hopkins Marine Station. She also earned a J.D. from Stanford Law School, where she was a writer for the Stanford Law Journal and editor for the Stanford Journal of International Law.
Jerome Vascellaro is a Partner of TPG, a global private investment firm. Prior to joining TPG, Mr. Vascellaro served as Senior Director of McKinsey & Company, an international management consulting firm. He is very active at his alma mater Brown University, where he serves as Vice Chancellor/Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees. In addition, he is past President of the Brown Alumni Association, and past National Chair of the Brown Annual Fund. Mr. Vascellaro is also a board member of the Echoing Green Foundation which supports exceptional leaders and organizations that are solving deep-rooted social problems. He holds a BS in engineering and economics from Brown University, where he graduated with highest honors, and an MBA from the Harvard Business School, where he graduated as a Baker Scholar.