Our Team

Senior Science Advisors

David Baltimore, Marc Kastner, Shirley M. Tilghman, and Robert “Tij” Tjian are active champions and advisors on behalf of the Alliance. As the former leaders of the California Institute of Technology, MIT, Princeton, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, respectively, they bring a wealth of experience in the most effective ways to fund basic science in addition to being active researchers who understand how great basic research is done.

David Baltimore, Ph.D.
President Emeritus, Caltech

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

Mary Donnelly
Science Administrative Assistant

Elenoa Fuka
Budget and Data Manager

Lana Ha
Program Associate

Rachel Jackson
Director of Operations

Julie S. Kohrt
Director of Events

Kate Lowry, Ph.D.
Science Director

Jason Maier
Director of Communications

Sue Merrilees
Senior Advisor