Our Team

External Science Advisors

The Alliance’s esteemed external science advisors lend their expertise to philanthropists investing in basic science. As accomplished researchers and leaders of distinguished institutions, they bring a wealth of experience with firsthand knowledge of how great research is done and how philanthropists can support it.

Thomas R. Cech, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry, University of Colorado Boulder

Fleming Crim, Ph.D.
John E. Willard and Hilldale Professor of Chemistry Emeritus, University of Wisconsin – Madison

Marc Kastner, Ph.D.
Donner Professor of Physics Emeritus, MIT; Adjunct Professor of Physics, Stanford University

Shirley M. Tilghman, Ph.D.
President Emerita and Professor of Molecular Biology and Public Affairs, Princeton University

Robert Tjian, Ph.D.
Former President, HHMI; Biochemist, UC Berkeley


France A. Córdova, Ph.D.
President and Ex Officio Board Member, Science Philanthropy Alliance

Elenoa Fuka
Assistant Director of Operations

Rachel Jackson
Director of Operations

Kate Lowry, Ph.D.
Strategy Director

Jason Maier
Director of Communications

Sue Merrilees
Senior Advisor

Bishakha Mona, Ph.D.
Program Officer, Life Sciences

Mary Thurston
Program Assistant