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, (Retired), eBay, Inc.

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

Senior Managing Director, Brock Capital and 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

William Enloe

Trustee

Executive Vice President, Peters Corporation

Andrew Feldstein

Trustee

CEO and Co-­‐CIO, BlueMountain Capital Management

John Geanakoplos †

Ex Officio Trustee, Science Board, External Professor, SSC Chair

James Tobin Professor of Economics, Yale University, Economics

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, External Professor

Professor, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Computer Science/Engineering/Psychology

Reese Jones

Trustee

Singularity University

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 International LLC

Michael Mauboussin *

Chairman of the Board, Trustee

Managing Director, 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

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, Senior Portfolio Manager, Legg Mason Capital Management

J. Leighton Read *

Vice-Chair of the Board, Trustee

Venture Partner, Alloy Ventures

Jim Rutt

Trustee, Santa Fe Institute

Director, Proteus Foundation

Jeremy (Jerry) A. Sabloff † *

President, Santa Fe Institute

William Sick

Trustee

Chairman and CEO, Business Resources International

Graham Spencer

Trustee

Partner, Google Ventures

David B. Weinberger

Trustee

Managing Director, Pacific Alternative Asset Management Co., LLC

† Ex Officio Member
* Executive Committee Member

Remi Barbier

Trustee

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


Reese Jones has 25 years in innovation, entrepreneurship & patents. As a venture strategist Reese has engaged in a dozen company’s innovation, start up, financing, development, IPO, boards, mergers and acquisitions.

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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 ...

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Mari Kooi

Trustee

CEO and Founder, Wolf Asset Management International LLC

Mari Kooi is the CEO and founder of Wolf Asset Management International LLC, the principal company of the Wolf Group of Alternative Investment Companies. Wolf International manages over a billion in assets for institutional clients around the world. Products include 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 Cargill ...

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Michael Mauboussin

Chairman of the Board, Trustee

Managing Director, 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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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, Senior Portfolio Manager, Legg Mason Capital Management

Sam Peters is the portfolio manager of the Legg Mason Capital Management Value Trust mutual fund and the related Value Equity strategy for institutional investors. Sam is responsible for Legg Mason Capital Management’s investment activities, including leading the Baltimore-based research team.

Sam joined the firm in 2005. Prior to joining Legg Mason, Sam worked for Fidelity Management & Research, serving as portfolio manager of the Fidelity Select Health Care Fund and the Fidelity Select Medical Equipment Fund, as well as team leader for the Health Care sector. Previously, Sam managed the Fidelity Select Electronics Fund and the Fidelity Select Banking Fund. Sam joined Fidelity in 1999 as a bank analyst. In 1996, Sam founded Samuel M. Peters Investment Advisors, an independent advisory firm. From 1992 to 1995, Sam was a financial consultant for Eppler, Guerin & Turner.

Sam serves on the Board of Trustees for the Gilman School in Baltimore, Maryland ...

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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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Jeremy (Jerry) A. Sabloff

President, Santa Fe Institute

JEREMY ARAC SABLOFF (B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1964; Ph.D., Harvard University, 1969) is the President of the Santa Fe Institute (2009 - ). Before coming to the Santa Fe Institute, he taught at Harvard University, the University of Utah, the University of New Mexico (where he was Chair of the Department), the University of Pittsburgh (where he also was Chair), and the University of Pennsylvania (where he was the Williams Director of the University of Pennsylvania Museum from 1994-2004 [and Interim Director, 2006-2007] and Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Anthropology).

He also was an Overseas Visiting Fellow at St. John's College, Cambridge, England. He is a past President of the Society for American Archaeology, a past Chair of Section H (Anthropology) of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and past Editor of American Antiquity. He served as Chair of the Smithsonian Science Commission and currently is ...

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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, Pacific Alternative Asset Management Co., LLC


David Weinberger is a Managing Director and head of the Portfolio Managment Department of Pacific Alternative Asset Management Co. (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 ...

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