As president of the Science Philanthropy Alliance, Valerie Conn brings the expertise of over 30 years in philanthropy to the challenge of advancing private funding to basic science researchâ€”and advising the funders and foundations who make those contributions. The Alliance, a global leader in basic science research philanthropy, currently counts as members over 30 individuals and foundations who are committed to building the community of basic science funders. Prior to serving as president, Conn spent five years in other roles at the Alliance building the organization and team, which to date has influenced significant new funds for research.
Before joining the Alliance, Conn served a decade as a development officer at the University of Chicago, leading teams in the Physical Sciences Division and university strategic initiatives, including developing and implementing the strategy for partnership and resource development and marketing for the Giant Magellan Telescope and the Computation Institute.
A recognized expert on science philanthropy and a frequent speaker to a variety of stakeholders, Conn serves on the Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, sits on the India Alliance Advisory Board, and co-chairs a working group for the Healthy Brains Global Initiative.