Press Release

Kelly Mendez (415) 379-5133
Andrew Ng (415) 379-5123


SAN FRANCISCO (August 22, 2012) – The Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the California Academy of Sciences, John C. Atwater, is pleased to announce that six new members have been elected to the Academy's board of trustees. These new trustees are joining the board as the Academy approaches its fourth anniversary in a new facility designed by Renzo Piano, which has welcomed more than 6 million visitors since its opening in September 2008. The new board members are:


Matthew Barger is the Managing Member of MRB Capital, LLC and a Senior Advisor at Hellman & Friedman, LLC, a private equity firm with over $25 billion in assets under management. He joined Hellman & Friedman in its first year and, over the following years, served in roles including Managing General Partner and Chairman of the Investment Committee. He sits on the Board of Directors of Hall Capital Partners, LLC and on the Advisory Board of Artisan Partners, L.P. Barger also serves on the Advisory Council of the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University and as a Director of the San Francisco Free Clinic, USA Cycling, Inc., and USA Cycling Development Foundation. He graduated from Yale University and Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.


Troy Daniels is a San Francisco native who remembers many visits to the old California Academy of Sciences. His education and training in the dental specialty areas of oral medicine and pathology led to full-time faculty appointments in the University of California, San Francisco Schools of Dentistry and Medicine. Beginning in 1972, with colleagues in rheumatology and ophthalmology, he co-founded and directs the UCSF Sjögren’s Syndrome Clinic, which continues to serve patients afflicted with this systemic autoimmune disease. UCSF and other clinical venues provided platforms for NIH research support and many published studies on chronic inflammatory human diseases. He and his family have lived in New Orleans, western Alaska, and Copenhagen during his career. He and his wife now reside in San Francisco.


William F. Duhamel is a Founding Principal of Route One Investment Company, L.P. and has previously worked at Farallon Capital, where he focused on investments in arbitrage, long and short equities, private equity, insurance, and credit in all major geographies of the world. He was the first partner to oversee a group of analysts, named the Value Group, which managed a portfolio consisting primarily of equities. Duhamel previously owned, operated, and sold cable companies in Mexico and the US, and worked for Bain & Company. He graduated with honors and distinction with a degree in economics and MSE in operations research from Stanford University. He also holds an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar.


Salman (Sal) Khan is the founder of the Khan Academy, a free online education platform and nonprofit organization that has produced more than 3,000 videos and hundreds of exercises elucidating a wide spectrum of academic subjects, focusing on mathematics and the sciences. Khan Academy attracts millions of students every month and is the most used virtual education content and platform in the world. In March 2011, Khan was invited to speak at TED by Bill Gates, who uses the Khan Academy Exercise Software to teach his own children. In 2012, Khan was named one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People in the World, and in 2010 and 2011, named as one of Fortune’s “40 Under 40.” Khan holds three degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in mathematics, electrical engineering, and computer science. He also holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. He resides with his wife and their son and daughter in Mountain View, California.


Kurt N. Simon joined J.P. Morgan’s Telecom, Media & Technology Group in 2002 and currently serves as Head of Technology, Media and Telecommunications Investment Banking for the Americas. In this role, he oversees all capital allocation decisions and client prioritization and is responsible for setting the overall strategy for the firm’s TMT practice. In 2010, Simon relocated to San Francisco after a 20 year career in New York to help drive the firm’s West Coast and Technology Investment Banking businesses. He has served on the Board of The March of Dimes of New York and the Financial Aid Advisory Initiative at Duke University. Simon holds a degree in economics and public policy from Duke University and an MBA with distinction from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. He resides with his wife and three children in San Francisco.


Richard Yorke is the Executive Vice President and head of the Wells Fargo International Group, which provides a wide range of international services to small businesses, corporations, and financial institutions serving the needs of its customers with offices across the US and overseas. Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Yorke worked at HSBC for 20 years, most recently serving as the President and CEO of HSBC Bank (China) Company Limited. Yorke serves on the boards of Shanghai Commercial Bank, Wells Fargo Bank International, and Wells Fargo International Banking Corporation. In 2009, he was named an “Honorary Citizen of Shanghai” for his contributions to developing Shanghai into a financial services center, training local people in the banking industry, and supporting education and social welfare development in the city. Yorke holds a degree with honors in German and economics from the University of St. Andrew’s in Scotland. He grew up in Basel, Switzerland and now resides with his wife and three children in San Francisco.