Press Release

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


SAN FRANCISCO (August 26, 2011) – The Chairman of the California Academy of Sciences Board of Trustees, John C. Atwater, 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 third anniversary in a new facility designed by Renzo Piano, which has welcomed more than 5 million visitors since its opening in September 2008. The new board members are:
Diane Greene serves on the board of Intuit, the MIT Corporation, and the Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST). Diane has worked in the tech industry for 25 years, most recently as an investor. Diane was the CEO of VMware (VMW) from 1998 to 2008, taking the company from founding through an IPO, to $2B in revenue. She also co-founded VXtreme, a streaming video company sold to Microsoft in 1995. Before the tech industry, Diane worked in San Francisco as a naval architect. She is a lifelong sailor.
Diane holds degrees in mechanical engineering, naval architecture and computer science from the University of Vermont, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of California Berkeley, respectively. She is married and has two children both of whom love to visit the California Academy of Sciences.
Roger Kuo is a Vice President at Dodge & Cox, an investment management firm with over $200B in assets under management. At Dodge & Cox, Roger is a member of the investment committees that manage the firm's international and global equity funds, and also specializes in media-related equity and credit analysis.
Growing up in San Francisco, Roger was a frequent visitor to the California Academy of Sciences throughout his childhood. He has served on the Alumni Board of Lowell High School and currently serves on the Board of Directors of CAAM, a nonprofit organization that supports independent film and media. He graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Business School. Roger lives in San Francisco with his wife Julia Wong and their son.
Elizabeth (Liebe) Rockwood Patterson was born and grew up in Muskegon, Michigan and has held a lifelong interest in the natural world and marine biology. She graduated from Wellesley College, majoring in biology, and has a Master’s in Public Health from Yale University. In the non-profit arena, Liebe has served on the Discovery Council at the Bay Area Discovery Museum, and has been a board member of the Branson School and Summer Search San Francisco. In addition to being actively involved in her community, she is the President of the Patterson Family Foundation. Liebe completed the Marin Master Gardener program and also enjoys photography and travel. She and her three children live in Ross.