Santa Fe Institute

Trustees

The Board of Trustees, which has the fiduciary responsibility for the Institute, oversees the operation of SFI through its biannual meetings held at SFI, and its active committees. The advice and support of the Board are essential to the success of the Institute.

Bill Miller, Chairman Emeritus (2005-2009)

Jim Rutt, Chairman Emeritus (2009-2012)

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Remi Barbier

Trustee

Founder, Chairman, and CEO, Pain Therapeutics, Inc.

Gary F. Bengier

Trustee

Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning and Development; CFO, eBay, Inc. (Retired)

Andrew Berg

Trustee

Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton (Retired)

Senator Jeff Bingaman

Trustee

U. S. Senator N.M. (Retired), Distinguished Fellow, Stanford University Law School

Jenne Britell

Trustee

Chairman, United Rentals Inc.

Ross Buhrdorf

Trustee

CTO, HomeAway, Inc.

John D. Chisholm

Trustee

CEO, John Chisholm Ventures

Katherine Collins

Trustee

CEO and Founder, Honeybee Capital

Michael Collins

Trustee

President, Collins Capital

Fred Dotzler

Trustee

Managing Director, De Novo Ventures

Jacques Dubois

Trustee

Chairman and CEO, Swiss Re America Holding Corp. (Retired)

William Enloe

Trustee

Executive Vice President, Peters Corporation

Andrew Feldstein

Trustee

CEO and Co-­‐CIO, BlueMountain Capital Management

Murray Gell-Mann

Life Trustee

Distinguished Fellow, Santa Fe Institute

John Hagel III

Trustee

Director & Co-chairman, Deloitte Consulting LLP, Center for the Edge

John H. Holland

Trustee, Science Board

Professor, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Mimi Koehl †

Ex Officio Trustee, Science Board Co-Chair, SSC

Professor, University of California, Berkeley, Dept. of Integrative Biology

Mari Kooi *

Trustee

CEO and Founder, Wolf Asset Management (Retired)

David Krakauer † *

President, Santa Fe Institute

Michael Mauboussin *

Chairman of the Board, Trustee

Managing Director and Head of Global Financial Strategies, Credit Suisse, Global Investment Strategies

Robert Maxfield

Trustee

President, Maxfield Foundation

Cormac McCarthy

Trustee

Author and playwright

Ian McKinnon

Trustee

Founding Partner, Sandia Holdings LLC

John H. Miller †

Chair, Science Steering Committee, External Professor

Professor of Economics and Social Sciences; Head, Carnegie Mellon University, Social and Decision Sciences

Bill Miller

SFI Chairman Emeritus, Chairman and Chief Investment Officer, LMM, LLC

Jerry Murdock

Trustee

Executive Advisory Board and Co-founder, Insight Venture Partners

Ann Nitze

Trustee Emerita

President, Ann Kendall Richards, Inc.

Gerry Ohrstrom *

Trustee

Executive Chairman, The Ohrstrom Foundation

Pierre Omidyar

Trustee

Founding Partner, Omidyar Network, Founder and Chairman, eBay

Sam Peters

Trustee

Managing Director, Portfolio Manager, ClearBridge Investments

J. Leighton Read *

Vice-Chair of the Board, Trustee

Venture Partner, Alloy Ventures

Jim Rutt

Trustee, Santa Fe Institute

Director, Proteus Foundation

William Sick

Trustee

Chairman and CEO, Business Resources International

Graham Spencer

Trustee

Partner, Google Ventures

David B. Weinberger

Trustee

Managing Director, PAAMCO

Josh Wolfe

Trustee

Co-founder and Managing Partner, Lux Capital

† Ex Officio Member
* Executive Committee Member

Remi Barbier

Trustee

Founder, Chairman, and CEO, Pain Therapeutics, Inc.

Remi Barbier is founder, Chairman, and CEO of Pain Therapeutics, Inc., a firm developing novel drugs in the areas of pain management and oncology that he founded in 1998. Previously, Mr. Barbier helped in the founding and/or growth of: Exelixis Inc., a functional genomics company; ArQule, a chemistry company; and EnzyMed (now owned by Albany Molecular Research), a chemistry company. Mr. Barbier served as the Chief Operating Officer of Exelixis from January 1996 to May 1998. Mr. Barbier served as a Vice President of Corporate Development and Clinical Project Manager of Xoma Corporation, a biotechnology company from October 1993 to December 1995. Mr. Barbier serves as a Director of Mendel Biotechnology, Inc. and of Poetic Genetics, Inc.  He holds a BA from Oberlin College and an MBA from the University of Chicago. He is a trustee of the Carnegie Institute of Washington, the Santa Fe Institute, and on the ...

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Gary F. Bengier

Trustee

Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning and Development; CFO, eBay, Inc. (Retired)

Gary Bengier capped a 23-year business career by building and leading the financial team in the early formative years at eBay. From 1997 to 2001 he was eBay’s chief financial officer, during which time he led the company’s initial and secondary public offerings. Deeply involved with the company’s strategy, Mr. Bengier helped grow eBay to over $9 billion in gross traded merchandise sales. He also served as S.V.P. for strategic planning before retiring at the end of 2001.

With a focus on financial and strategic roles, Mr. Bengier has participated in a variety of new technologies, including the internet, semiconductor chip design, computer peripherals, scientific instrumentation, and biotechnology. Prior to eBay in 1997, Mr. Bengier was vice president and chief financial officer of VXtreme, Inc., a developer of Internet video-streaming products. From 1993 through 1996, Mr. Bengier was corporate controller at Compass Design Automation, a ...

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Andrew Berg

Trustee

Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton (Retired)

Andrew ("Andy") Berg began his academic studies with a view to becoming a Mathematician.  He received an Sc.B. from Brown University, magna cum laude with special Honors in Mathematics, in 1974.  Despite his continued love of mathematics, his career path took a different course.  Andy graduated with Honors from New York University School of Law, where he was on the Law Review, with a J.D. degree, in 1978.  In 1985 Andy received an advanced law degree, LL.M., from NYU.

After clerking for a Federal District court judge 1978-1979, Andy spent the next 33 years (25 as a partner) with the law firm of Debevoise & Plimpton in New York City.  Andy was a "transactional lawyer" whose practice focused on a wide range of large commercial transactions, including corporate mergers, acquisitions and debt restructurings, joint ventures and private equity fund formation and portfolio company acquisition, in all cases focusing ...

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Senator Jeff Bingaman

Trustee

U. S. Senator N.M. (Retired), Distinguished Fellow, Stanford University Law School

Jeff Bingaman was born on October 3, 1943.  He grew up in the southwestern New Mexico community of Silver City.  His father was a chemistry professor and chair of the science department at Western New Mexico University.  His mother taught in the public schools.

After graduating from Western (now Silver) High School in 1961, Jeff attended Harvard University and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in government in 1965.  He then entered Stanford Law School where he met, and later married, fellow law student Anne Kovacovich.

Upon earning his law degree from Stanford in 1968, Jeff and Anne returned to New Mexico.  They have one son, John.

After law school Jeff spent one year as an assistant attorney general and eight years in private law practice in Santa Fe.  Jeff was elected Attorney General of New Mexico in 1978 and served four years in that position.  In 1982 he was ...

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Jenne Britell

Trustee

Chairman, United Rentals Inc.

Jenne K. Britell, Ph.D., is the Chairman of the Board of United Rentals, Inc., the world’s largest equipment rental company.* She is also a director of Crown Holdings, Inc.,** Quest Diagnostics, Inc.,*** the U.S. Russia Foundation for Entrepreneurship and the Rule of Law, the School for Advanced Research, as well as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Santa Fe Institute. Dr. Britell was named the 2011 Director of the Year, of a public company, by the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD). She was also named one of six Outstanding Directors of public companies for 2011 by the Outstanding Directors Exchange (ODX), a division of the Financial Times. In early 2012, Dr. Britell was elected as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Dr. Britell is a former senior executive of GE Capital. At GE Capital, until March 2000, she served as the ...

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Ross Buhrdorf

Trustee

CTO, HomeAway, Inc.

Ross Buhrdorf began his career in technology with positions at DataGeneral, Tandem Computers and HAL Computers after graduating from University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor’s degree in computer science. Buhrdorf held the position of VP of Engineering at Excite.com, where he managed a team of two hundred engineers globally. Buhrdorf and his team handled multiple acquisitions and drove the “Communities” area of the site handling traffic of 40 million daily page views, which ultimately aided Excite in becoming the fastest growing company in Silicon Valley in 2000.

Buhrdorf joined HomeAway shortly after its inception to oversee technology, trust and security, hosting, corporate IT, infrastructure and global customer systems. While at HomeAway Buhrdorf has assembled the development and engineering team from five employees to over 200 hundred employees world-wide. Buhrdorf was an integral piece in the integration of multiple technology systems that contribute to the company’s ...

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John D. Chisholm

Trustee

CEO, John Chisholm Ventures

John Chisholm has three decades of experience as general manager, entrepreneur and executive. In 1997, he founded and served as CEO/Chairman of CustomerSat (acquired by MarketTools), a leading provider of enterprise feedback management systems. A pioneer in online marketing research, in 1992 he founded and served as CEO/Chairman of Decisive Technology (now part of Google), publisher of the first desktop and client-server software for online surveys.  Earlier he worked at HP,  Xerox, and Grid.

He is a trustee of The Seasteading Institute; a member of the Development Committee of the MIT Corporation; chairs the Santa Fe Institute Development Committee; chairs the MIT Club of Northern California; and through the MIT Venture Mentoring Service helps young entrepreneurs start new high-tech businesses. He has also chaired the Stanford Institute for the Quantitative Study of Society, one of Stanford’s twelve independent laboratories; served on the visiting committee of the MIT ...

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Katherine Collins

Trustee

CEO and Founder, Honeybee Capital


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Michael Collins

Trustee

President, Collins Capital

Michael Collins has been President of Collins Capital since 1982; which today is a group of “Fund of Funds” invested in multi-manager strategies utilizing alternative, non-traditional liquid investment strategies internationally

Prior to Collins Capital at Fidelity Union Life Insurance Company, he was President and Chairman for over 10 years and then became President of Allianz of America. Since then he has also actively managed a venture capital fund, a long/short fund, private equity, real estate, telecommunications, M&A and oil & gas ventures.

Currently, he serves Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, Board Member; MOCA Museum Miami, Chairman of the Board; Friends of Florence, Chairman of the Executive Committee; Santa Fe Research Institute, Board Member; International Chief Executives Organization, Board Member.

Formerly, he served Dallas Museum of Art for over 20 years, Board of Trustees; Southwest Outward Bound, Chairman; National Board of Outward Bound; USA Film Festival, founding Board Member; PBS ...

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Fred Dotzler

Trustee

Managing Director, De Novo Ventures

Fred Dotzler is a managing director and co-founder of De Novo Ventures, a firm that invests in medical devices and biotechnology. Previously he was a managing general partner of Medicus Venture Partners, a general partner with Crosspoint Venture Partners, and an executive in finance, marketing, sales, manufacturing, and business development for a variety of medical, technology, and biotech companies.
 

Mr. Dotzler earned an MBA from the University of Chicago, a masters equivalent in economics from the University of Louvain, Belgium, and a B.S. in engineering from Iowa State University. He is a member of the advisory board of the Journal of Private Equity and a trustee of the Salk Institute.

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Jacques Dubois

Trustee

Chairman and CEO, Swiss Re America Holding Corp. (Retired)

Jacques Dubois retired from Swiss Re Group at the end of 2006. He had served as a Member of the Swiss Re Executive Board in Zurich, Switzerland and as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Swiss Re America Holding Corporation, the holding company for Swiss Re operations in North America.

Mr. Dubois held other roles at Swiss Re, including Deputy Head of the firm’s Global Life and Health reinsurance division, and Board Member of Swiss Re subsidiaries in Canada, the United Kingdom, the Republic of South Africa and Australia. During his last two years at Swiss Re, he was also Global Head of Corporate Development.

For nearly twenty years starting in 1979, Mr. Dubois was one of three partners of Insurance Investment Associates, an investment-banking firm that focused on the mergers and acquisition of insurance companies. In 1988, he and his two partners founded Life Re Corporation for the ...

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William Enloe

Trustee

Executive Vice President, Peters Corporation

Mr. Enloe is committed to New Mexico charities and economic development efforts. Mr. Enloe is chairman of the Governor’s Business Advisory Council, Los Alamos Economic Development Research Park Committee and the New Mexico Banker’s Association Legislative Committee. Mr. Enloe is also treasurer of the New Mexico Economic Development Corporation. Additionally, he serves as a member of the Boards of Directors of the State Private Equity Investment Committee, Los Alamos Economic Development Committee, Los Alamos Technical Associates, Inc., MIOX Corporation, and a member of the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation, the Industrial Business Development Advisory Board, the American Banker’s Association Government Relations Council, and Quality New Mexico Judges Panel.

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Andrew Feldstein

Trustee

CEO and Co-­‐CIO, BlueMountain Capital Management

Andrew Feldstein is the CEO and Co-CIO of BlueMountain Capital Management. Mr. Feldstein is the Chair of the Firm’s Management Committee and a member of the Investment and Risk Committees. Prior to co-founding BlueMountain in 2003, Mr. Feldstein spent over a decade at J.P. Morgan where he was a Managing Director and served as Head of Structured Credit; Head of High Yield Sales, Trading and Research; and Head of Global Credit Portfolio. Mr. Feldstein is a member of the board of directors of PNC Financial Services Group Inc. He is also a Trustee of Third Way, a prominent, centrist think tank and a member of the Harvard Law School Leadership Council, and the Santa Fe Institute.  Mr. Feldstein holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A. from Georgetown University.

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Murray Gell-Mann

Life Trustee

Distinguished Fellow, Santa Fe Institute

Murray Gell-Mann is one of today’s most prominent scientists. He is currently Distinguished Fellow at the Santa Fe Institute. He is also Robert Andrews Millikan professor emeritus at the California Institute of Technology, where he joined the faculty in 1955. In 1969, he received the Nobel Prize in physics for his work on the theory of elementary particles. He is the author of The Quark and the Jaguar, published in 1994, in which his ideas on simplicity and complexity are presented to a general readership.

Among his contributions to physics was the "eightfold way" scheme that brought order out of the chaos created by the discovery of some 100 kinds of particles in collisions involving atomic nuclei. Professor Gell-Mann subsequently found that all of those particles, including the neutron and proton, are composed of fundamental building blocks with very unusual properties that he named “quarks.” That idea has since ...

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John Hagel III

Trustee

Director & Co-chairman, Deloitte Consulting LLP, Center for the Edge


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John H. Holland

Trustee, Science Board

Professor, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

John H. Holland is professor of computer science and engineering and professor of psychology at the University of Michigan; he is also external professor and member of the executive committee of the board of trustees at the Santa Fe Institute.

Professor Holland was made a MacArthur fellow in 1992 and is a fellow of the World Economic Forum. He serves on the Advisory Board on Complexity at the McDonnell Foundation.

Professor Holland has been interested for more than 40 years in what are now called complex adaptive systems (CAS). He formulated genetic algorithms, classifier systems, and the Echo models as tools for studying the dynamics of such systems. His books Hidden Order (1995) and Emergence (1998) summarize many of his thoughts about complex adaptive systems.

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Mimi Koehl

Ex Officio Trustee, Science Board Co-Chair, SSC

Professor, University of California, Berkeley, Dept. of Integrative Biology

Mimi Koehl , a Professor of Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkeley, earned her Ph.D. in Zoology at Duke University.  She studies the physics of how organisms interact with their environments, focusing on how microscopic creatures swim and capture food in turbulent water flow, how organisms glide in turbulent wind, how wave-battered marine organisms avoid being washed away, and how olfactory antennae catch odors from water or air moving around them. 

Professor Koehl’s is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  Her awards include a MacArthur “genius grant”, a Presidential Young Investigator Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the John Martin Award (Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography, for “for research that created a paradigm shift in an area of aquatic sciences”), the Borelli Award (American Society of Biomechanics, for “outstanding career accomplishment”), the Rachel Carson Award (American ...

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Mari Kooi

Trustee

CEO and Founder, Wolf Asset Management (Retired)

Mari Kooi was the CEO and founder (retired) of Wolf Asset Management International LLC, the principal company of the Wolf Group of Alternative Investment Companies. Wolf International managed over a billion in assets for institutional clients around the world. Products included fund of hedge funds and direct hedge funds. Ms. Kooi gained experience in all alternative markets during her 18 years at Cargill Incorporated. She held positions as a trader, trading manager, and President of Cargill Asset Management. Specifically she has operating experience in commodities, transportation, money market derivatives, currencies, fixed income derivatives, equity derivatives, emerging country markets, distressed credit markets, distressed real estate, mortgage securities, and tax advantaged securities. Ms. Kooi’s career began in physical commodity trading. Beginning in 1984 Ms. Kooi was one of the founding investment managers of Cargill’s in house hedge fund. This was later spun out as the Black River Fund. While at ...

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David Krakauer

President, Santa Fe Institute

David’s research focuses on the evolutionary history of information processing mechanisms in biology and culture. This includes genetic, neural, linguistic and cultural mechanisms. The research spans multiple levels of organization, seeking analogous patterns and principles in genetics, cell biology, microbiology and in organismal behavior and society. At the cellular level David has been interested in molecular processes, which rely on volatile, error-prone, asynchronous, mechanisms, which can be used as a basis for decision making and patterning. David also investigates how signaling interactions at higher levels, including microbial and organismal, are used to coordinate complex life cycles and social systems, and under what conditions we observe the emergence of proto-grammars. Much of this work is motivated by the search for 'noisy-design' principles in biology and culture emerging through evolutionary dynamics that span hierarchical structures.

Research projects includes work on the molecular logic of signaling pathways, the evolution of genome organization ...

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Michael Mauboussin

Chairman of the Board, Trustee

Managing Director and Head of Global Financial Strategies, Credit Suisse, Global Investment Strategies

Michael J. Mauboussin is a Managing Director of Credit Suisse in the Investment Banking division, based in New York. He is the Head of Global Financial Strategies, providing thought leadership and strategy guidance to external clients and internally to Credit Suisse professionals based on his expertise, research and writing in the areas of valuation and portfolio positioning, capital markets theory, competitive strategy analysis, and decision making

Prior to rejoining Credit Suisse in 2013, he was Chief Investment Strategist at Legg Mason Capital Management. Mr. Mauboussin originally joined Credit Suisse in 1992 as a packaged food industry analyst and was named Chief U.S. Investment Strategist in 1999. He is a former president of the Consumer Analyst Group of New York and was repeatedly named to Institutional Investor's All-America Research Team and The Wall Street Journal All-Star survey in the food industry group.

Mr. Mauboussin is the author of The ...

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Robert Maxfield

Trustee

President, Maxfield Foundation

Robert R. Maxfield was a co-founder in 1969 of ROLM Corporation, a computer and telecommunications manufacturer, where he served as Executive Vice President and Director until ROLM was acquired by IBM in 1984. Following the merger, he continued as an advisor until retiring in 1988. Since 1988 he has been a Consulting Professor in the Management Science and Engineering department at Stanford University, and was a venture partner with Kleiner, Perkins, Caulfield & Byers from 1989 to 1992. He is President of the Maxfield Foundation, which he founded in 1986 to support scientific research and education. He serves as a Director of Echelon Corporation and a Trustee of the Santa Fe Institute. He earned his B.A. and B.S.E.E. degrees from Rice University in 1963 and in 1964, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University in 1966 and 1969.

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Cormac McCarthy

Trustee

Author and playwright


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Ian McKinnon

Trustee

Founding Partner, Sandia Holdings LLC

Mr. McKinnon was formerly a Managing Partner of Ziff Brothers Investments (“ZBI”).  Based in New York City, ZBI is the primary investment vehicle of the Ziff family and related entities.  Prior to joining ZBI, Mr. McKinnon was an investment banking analyst with Merrill Lynch & Co and was a consultant with Bain & Company.

 
Outside of the office, Mr. McKinnon serves as a Trustee and the Chairman of the Investment Committee at the Brunswick School in Greenwich, Connecticut. He also serves as a Trustee of the Albuquerque Academy in his hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is a Trustee Emeritus at Occidental College and was formerly a board member of REACH Prep, an organization that provides academic assistance to underprivileged middle school students.  Other personal interests include tennis, chess and mystery novels.
 
Mr. McKinnon received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School as a Baker Scholar, and graduated summa cum laude ...

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John H. Miller

Chair, Science Steering Committee, External Professor

Professor of Economics and Social Sciences; Head, Carnegie Mellon University, Social and Decision Sciences

My research focuses on the complex adaptive behavior that emerges in social systems. The goal of this work is to understand the principles by which aggregate patterns emerge from the simple interactions of individual adaptive agents. The nonlinear and disequilibrium nature of complex adaptive systems often necessitates new methodological and theoretical directions. Methodologically, computational methods provide a convenient tool for modeling such systems. Theoretically, standard analytic tools, based on both linearity and equilibrium behavior, may be ill-tuned to further our understanding of complex systems. Thus, new approaches that emphasize nonlinearities and dynamics are needed.

To understand the behavior of complex adaptive systems, I have relied on the analysis of computational models composed of interacting artificial adaptive agents. The behavior of each agent in the system is dictated by a simple learning algorithm (e.g., genetic algorithm) that allows the agent to adaptively modify its actions from a set of behaviors ...

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Bill Miller

SFI Chairman Emeritus, Chairman and Chief Investment Officer, LMM, LLC

Bill Miller is the founder of LMM and currently serves as the Chairman and Chief Investment Officer, and a Portfolio Manager for the Opportunity Strategy and the Income Opportunity Strategy.  Prior to LMM, Bill and his partner, Ernie Kiehne, founded Legg Mason Capital Management and served as portfolio managers of the Legg Mason Capital Management Value Trust from its inception in 1982.  Bill took over as sole manager in December 1990 and served in this role for the next 20 years. During his tenure as sole manager, the Fund's performance exceeded its S&P 500 benchmark index for 15 consecutive years. He was named Fund Manager of the Year in 1998 by Morningstar¹, The Greatest Money Manager of the 1990's by Money Magazine, selected as the Fund Manager of the Decade by Morningstar.com and in 1999 was named by Barron's to its All-Century Investment Team.

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Jerry Murdock

Trustee

Executive Advisory Board and Co-founder, Insight Venture Partners

Jerry Murdock is a co-founder of Insight Venture Partners and was a Managing Director of the firm until April 2011, when he joined the Executive Advisory Board.  Jerry played a leading role in defining the company’s investment strategy, and was primarily responsible for the development of many of the firms portfolio investments. and has spent his career investing in, and building, technology companies that change and positively impact businesses and social practices. Since Insight’s inception in 1995, Jerry has had a defining role in the Firm’s investment strategy and has been primarily responsible for the development of many of the Firm’s portfolio investments.

Jerry is a passionate advocate of:

  • Social media and its impact on business and social interaction
  • Innovative companies and disruptive business models
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Understanding the commonalities that link artificial, human, and natural systems
  • Developing leaders for the next generation

Since 1999, seven of ...

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Ann Nitze

Trustee Emerita

President, Ann Kendall Richards, Inc.

Ann Nitze of Washington, D.C. is a private art dealer in New York, Washington, and Aspen. She specializes in 19th- and 20th-century paintings and sculptures. Mrs. Nitze makes her home in Washington, D.C. but has also lived in Kinshasa, Zaire and Tokyo, Japan.

Mrs. Nitze is a trustee emeritus of the Santa Fe Institute, the Sotheby’s Institute, London, the Thai Support Foundation, FAI Rome, The National Advisory Board of the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, and the World Wildlife Fund. She is vice-chairman of the Japan Society Gallery, New York.

Mrs. Nitze is active in the Royal Academy in London, the Freer and Sackler Galleries, the Aspen Institute, the Shakespeare Theater, Washington, DC, the New York Botanical Garden, and the Gennadius Library in Athens. Mrs. Nitze graduated from Miss Porter’s School, Farmington, Connecticut; and received her B.A. in romance languages and literature from Radcliffe College. Mrs ...

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Gerry Ohrstrom

Trustee

Executive Chairman, The Ohrstrom Foundation

Gerry Ohrstrom is a private investor in New York City.  He is former vice chairman of G.L. Ohrstrom & Co., a private equity firm founded by his grandfather the 1940s, and former chairman of the Ohrstrom Foundation, established by his grandfather in the 1950s.  He is currently chairman of Vistan Corporation, a family holding company, and is a director Nanotronics Imaging, a microscopy company.  He has served as chairman or director of numerous private companies and was a director of Carlisle Companies Inc. (NYSE) in the 1990s.  In the 1980s he worked in corporate finance at Bear Stearns & Co., and prior to that he worked at manufacturing companies in Michigan and Germany.
 
In recent years Gerry has spent much of his time in the nonprofit sector, principally in scientific research, science education, and public policy.  He serves or has served as a director of Reason Foundation, Institute, the Property and ...

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Pierre Omidyar

Trustee

Founding Partner, Omidyar Network, Founder and Chairman, eBay

On Labor Day 1995, Pierre Omidyar launched eBay as an experiment. He wondered, "What would happen within a marketplace if everyone had equal access to information and tools? Would a level playing field enable individuals to compete alongside big businesses? What if members managed their own transactions and accountability?" At the time, Pierre didn't know the answers to his own questions. Today, his experiment continues to prove the benefits of an open and honest environment. Hundreds of thousands of members make their living entirely on eBay and enjoy the freedome of owning a business. More than 150 million people trust strangers with every transaction. Strangers find common ground where none seemed to exist before.

After eBay's success and its IPO in 1998, Pierre, along with his wife, Pam, co-founded the Omidyar Foundation to fund nonprofits. Yet eBay's tremendous social impact as a for-profit company was demonstrating that ...

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Sam Peters

Trustee

Managing Director, Portfolio Manager, ClearBridge Investments

Sam co-manages the ClearBridge Value Trust and the related Value Equity Strategy for institutional investors. He has 21 years of investment industry experience.

Sam joined ClearBridge, LLC (f/k/a Legg Mason Capital Management, LLC) in 2005. Previously, Sam served as a Portfolio Manager and Health Care Sector Team Leader for Fidelity Management & Research. Sam joined Fidelity in 1999 as a bank analyst. He founded Samuel M. Peters Investment Advisors, an independent advisory firm. Sam was an financial consultant for Eppler, Guerin & Turner.

Sam serves on the Board of Trustees for the Gilman School in Baltimore, Maryland, is a board member of the Merchant Livestock Company and is a board member emeritus of the College of William & Mary's Endowment Committee. Sam also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Santa Fe Institute, a leading, multi-disciplinary research laboratory dedicated to developing and advancing solutions to complex problems in physical ...

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J. Leighton Read

Vice-Chair of the Board, Trustee

Venture Partner, Alloy Ventures

J. Leighton Read, M.D. became a general partner at Alloy Ventures in 2001, after 14 years as a biotechnology entrepreneur and investor. He co-founded Affymax NV, under the direction of Dr. Alejandro Zaffaroni. He founded Aviron, a biopharmaceutical company focused on vaccines for infectious disease, where he served as chairman and CEO until 1999 and director until its acquisition by MedImmune in early 2002. Leighton was also a partner in Interhealth Limited, an investment partnership.

Leighton received a B.S. from Rice University in Psychology and Biology (1973), an M.D. from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (1976) and completed internal medicine training at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston where he held appointments at the Harvard Medical School and School of Public Health. He is a director of Alexza Pharmaceuticals (NASDQ: ALXA), Cambrios Corp., OPAL Therapeutics, Inc., and Seriosity, Inc., and has ...

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Jim Rutt

Trustee, Santa Fe Institute

Director, Proteus Foundation

Jim Rutt is currently studying complex adaptive systems as they manifest themselves in financial markets, social science, and games.

In the world of work (retired April 2001), Jim was CEO of Network Solutions, Inc., which administered the .com, .net, and .org domain namespaces on the Internet. Network Solutions was acquired by VeriSign in 2000 where he served as chief strategy officer. Prior to Network Solutions he either founded or played a key role in several significant information services and network companies: THE SOURCE, Business Research Corp., First Call, Pinpoint Information, and The Thomson Corporation. He has been involved as an investor and/or advisor to numerous early stage technology-based companies.

Other interests include: hunting, fishing, hiking, pyrotechnics, four wheeling, photography, war games, and computer based conferencing.

Mr. Rutt received his B.S. degree in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1975.

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William Sick

Trustee

Chairman and CEO, Business Resources International

William N. (Bill) Sick is chairman and chief executive officer of Business Resources International, a firm specializing in early-stage high-technology companies.

Since 1989, he has been a co-founder, chairman, active director or advisor of thirteen early-stage companies in the semiconductor, software and biotechnology fields. After exiting most of these companies through IPO’s and sales, he remains active in several companies, including VIRxSYS (genetically engineered treatment for HIV/AIDS) and Acoustic Technologies (audio processing solutions for communications products) and Zounds (hearing aids).

In the 1980s, Mr. Sick was CEO and a director of American National Can Company, created in an LBO that merged American Can and National Can to form the world’s largest packaging company. He managed the merging of the two companies and later its sale and transition to Pechiney, a French aluminum company.

Prior to that time, Mr. Sick served in a variety of positions at Texas ...

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Graham Spencer

Trustee

Partner, Google Ventures

Graham Spencer is an engineering director at Google and a member of the Google Ventures team.

Graham was one of the original 6 founders of Excite.com and was the chief technology officer of the company until its sale to @Home. Graham was also a co-founder of JotSpot, which was acquired by Google in 2006.

In 1999, Graham left Excite@Home to co-found DigitalConsumer.org, a 50,000-member non-profit consumer organization dedicated to protecting fair-use rights for digital media. Graham is also on the board of the Santa Fe Institute.  Graham Spencer received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Stanford University.

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David B. Weinberger

Trustee

Managing Director, PAAMCO


David Weinberger is a Managing Director and head of the Portfolio Managment Department of PAAMCO.  He is also a general partner of O’Connor Partners and former managing partner of its predecessor, The O’Connor Partnerships, a pioneering mathematical trading firm that merged into Swiss Bank in the early 1990’s to form the core of the current UBS Investment Bank. He then spent a decade as a Senior Advisor to UBS and a sometime consultant to others in using a variety of mathematical concepts in finance. Through his roles at O’Connor and UBS, he was responsible for the deal linking Santa Fe-based Prediction Co. with UBS, and was an advisor to and Board member of Prediction. In 2005 UBS formally acquired Prediction Co. in its entirety. A former mathematician, he has served on the Board of Trustees of the Santa Fe Institute since 1994 (with one year off ...

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Josh Wolfe

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Co-founder and Managing Partner, Lux Capital

Josh is Co-Founder of Lux Capital and focuses on investments in the physical and life sciences. Mr. Wolfe manages Lux's investments in Nanosys, Cambrios, Siluria and serves on the Board of Directors of Shapeways, Kymeta, Kurion, and Lux Research. Before forming Lux Capital, he worked in Salomon Smith Barney's Investment Banking group, in capital markets at Merrill Lynch on its Financial Futures & Options/Government Strategy desk and at Prudential Securities in Municipal Finance. Prior to venturing into the financial world, Mr. Wolfe published cutting-edge AIDS-immunopathology research in Cell Vision and The Journal of Leukocyte Biology, leading medical-immunology journals. 

He serves as Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Coney Island Prep, the first charter school in his native Coney Island, Brooklyn, and has been actively involved with the East Harlem School at Exodus House for over a decade. The son of a public school teacher, Josh ...

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