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Leadership Transition at the Science Philanthropy Alliance

A note from Alliance board chair Harvey V. Fineberg, M.D., Ph.D.

Valerie Conn is stepping down from her position as president of the Science Philanthropy Alliance. After nearly six years at the Alliance and more than a year as its president, Valerie wants now to pursue other ways to contribute to science, higher education, and society.

The Science Philanthropy Alliance has grown and matured as a membership organization over the last half dozen years. Valerie’s contributions have been paramount to the success of the organization. We are grateful for her dedicated service and wish her great success in the next phase of her career.

Marc Kastner, first president of the Alliance, has graciously agreed to return as interim executive officer of the Alliance while the board undertakes a search for our next leader.

In the meantime, the board looks forward to the Alliance’s continued work with members to enhance philanthropy for science and to improve our respective organizations’ abilities to meet our goals in science philanthropy.