Press Release

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


SAN FRANCISCO (August 4, 2010) – The Chairman of the California Academy of Sciences Board of Trustees, William J. Patterson, is pleased to announce that three new members have been elected to the Academy's board of trustees. These new trustees are joining the board as the Academy approaches its second anniversary in a new facility designed by Renzo Piano, which has welcomed more than 3.4 million visitors since its reopening in September 2008. The new board members are as follows:
Oliver Jenkyn is the global head of strategy and corporate development at Visa Inc. In this role, Mr. Jenkyn is responsible for global interchange and pricing, and developing and managing the company’s corporate strategy across 200 countries and territories. Previously, Mr. Jenkyn was a partner in McKinsey & Company’s San Francisco and New York offices, and a leader of the firm’s North American Retail Banking Practice and Global Payments Practice.
He and his wife have been involved in several community activities in the different cities in which they have lived including Yonge Street Mission in Toronto, and the Children’s Aid Society in New York. Mr. Jenkyn has graduate degrees in business and finance from Harvard University and Queen’s University. His earned his undergraduate degree in economics from McGill University in Montreal.
Gary S. Pinkus is the Managing Director of McKinsey & Company’s practice for the Western United States. During more than 20 years with the firm, he has helped co-found and co-lead their Biotech and Private Equity practices. In addition to his client work and leading the Western Practice, Mr. Pinkus serves in a number of other governance roles for the firm, including McKinsey & Company’s Board of Directors.
Mr. Pinkus serves on the boards of the San Francisco Opera, the California Business Roundtable, and the Silicon Valley Leadership Group. In the latter two roles, he had the opportunity to author a white paper on California competitiveness, and speak in multiple forums on the topic. He is also on the Investment Committee for the Woodside School Foundation, and recently completed 9 years on the board of Interplast. Mr. Pinkus earned his BA in English and Quantitative Economics with distinction from Stanford University, and his MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School. He and his wife Mary have been married for more than 20 years and have four children ages 7 through 15.
Wendy Schmidt is the President of The Schmidt Family Foundation that looks to advance the development of clean energy and to support the wiser use of natural resources. She is founder of the foundation’s 11th Hour Project, and of Climate Central, an organization that combines the work of scientists using the latest techniques to measure and describe climate change with an expert media team. Recently, Mrs. Schmidt funded the X PRIZE Foundation’s $1.4 million oil spill clean-up competition, organized to reward entrepreneurs, engineers, or scientists who can develop and deploy an efficient way to capture crude oil from the surface of the ocean in the Gulf of Mexico.
In addition, Mrs. Schmidt serves on the boards of The Natural Resources Defense Council, GRIST, and The Nantucket Dreamland Foundation, and continues to work with ReMain Nantucket, an organization she founded to support positive downtown development on the island. In 2009, she and her husband Eric created the Schmidt Marine Science Research Institute to provide future opportunities aboard research vessels for urgent ocean studies. She has a Master’s degree in Journalism from the University of California, Berkeley and graduated magna cum laude from Smith College.