Governing Board

Michael BierutMichael Bierut

A partner at the renown design firm Pentagram, Bierut currently serves as a director of the Architectural League of New York and New Yorkers for Parks. The former president of the New York Chapter American Institute of Graphic Arts, he has won hundreds of design awards and his work is represented in several permanent collections.

 

Robert FinkelRobert Finkel

Finkel is the president of Prism Capital, where he has overseen deployment into 40 portfolio companies through its equity and mezzanine funds. He is a co-founder of the Illinois Venture Capital Association, and author of the Masters of Private Equity and Venture Capital (McGraw Hill Business Books).  He recently has formed the Center for Nutritional Literacy as well as Forbidden Root, a line of naturally flavored craft beer.
 

Lee FrancisLee Francis (Chair)

An internist and CEO at Erie Family Health Center, Francis is clinical instructor of internal medicine at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine. He is a past president of Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), a national organization dedicated to the prevention of violence and nuclear war, and continues to serve on its Board of Directors.
 

Austin HirschAustin Hirsch (Secretary & Treasurer)

Hirsch is a partner at Reed Smith. His practice encompasses all aspects of business law, including mergers and acquisitions with both financial and strategic parties, corporate and real estate finance, venture capital transactions, partnership and joint ventures, and international transactions, with special expertise in counseling significant privately owned companies.
 

Sara ParetskySara Paretsky

Paretsky is a writer widely credited with helping transform the role of women in crime fiction, both as writers and as characters. She founded the organization Sisters in Crime, which now has over 4000 members in 15 countries, to serve as an advocate for women in the crime and thriller genre; she has served on the boards of NARAL of Illinois, Thresholds, and Literature for All of Us and is known for her work in support of women's reproductive health. She also is a popular public speaker at libraries and university campuses.
 

George PosteGeorge Poste

Poste is Co-Director and Chief Scientists, Complex Adaptive Systems Network, Regents’ Professor and Del E. Webb Chair in Health Innovation at Arizona State University. He served as a member of the Defense Science Board from 2003 to 2009 and on the Health Board of the US Department of Defense (DoD); he is currently a member of the US Institute of Medicine Board on Global Health. He has published over 350 research papers and edited 14 books on pharmaceutical technologies and oncology. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society, the Royal College of Pathologists and the UK Academy of Medicine, a Distinguished Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
 

Mark RatnerMark Ratner

Ratner is a materials chemist, whose work focuses on the interplay between molecular structure and molecular properties. This includes such aspects as molecular electronics, molecular optoelectronics, molecular systems design and biomolecular behavior, as well as quantum and classical methodologies for understanding and predicting molecular structure and responses. The major focus of his research for the last three decades has been the understanding of charge transfer and charge transport processes based on molecular structures, ranging from nonadiabatic intramolecular behavior to aspects of molecular devices, including photovoltaics, conductive polymers, molecular transport junctions and molecular switches.
 

William RevelleWilliam Revelle (Vice-Chair)

An American Association for the Advancement of Science fellow, Revelle directs the personality program in the Department of Psychology at Northwestern University. Formerly, he served on the Federation of American Scientists' Board of Directors. He is chairman of the board of Calcomco, a small information company that publishes the San Diego Daily Transcript and Columbus Business Journal.
 

Lowell Sachnoff

Sachnoff is a lawyer at Reed Smith. Previously, he served as founding partner at Sachnoff & Weaver, Ltd, where he represented individual and business clients in complex litigation and business matters. He possesses a strong commitment to pro bono work, active as a board member of the Lawyers Committee for Nuclear Arms Control and Lawyers Alliance for World Security.

Lew Watts

Watts has more than 35 years of experience within the global energy industry and has lived and worked on four continents. He retired in early 2009 after serving as CEO of PFC Energy, a global energy consultancy, and chaired an external expert panel of the World Bank focused on climate change and energy security in the same year. He currently serves on a number of technology-and-energy-related boards and is a publised poet.