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Leadership

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Board of Trustees

The Leakey Foundation’s Board of Trustees is committed to advancing the science of human origins. Our trustees come together three times annually to discuss scientific developments, review business matters, and to award the Leakey Foundation Research Grants and Baldwin Fellowships.

Mr. Gordon P. Getty
Chairman
San Francisco, CA

Mrs. Camilla Smith
President
San Francisco, CA

Mrs. Nina Carroll
San Francisco, CA

Ms. Alice M. Corning
Grants Committee Chair
Mill Valley, CA

Mr. Donald E. Dana
Finance Committee Chair
Tiburon, CA

Mrs. Carolyn Farris
La Jolla, CA

Mr. J. Michael Gallagher
Vice President
San Francisco, CA

Mr. Austin Hills
Napa, CA

Ms. Bettina Hughes
Forest Knolls, CA

Mr. Mark Jordan
Portland, OR

Mr. Chester Kamin
Chicago, IL

Dr. Matthew Kaser
Castro Valley, CA

Ms. Julie M. LaNasa
Secretary
Sausalito, CA

Dr. Anne Maggioncalda
Palo Alto, CA

Dr. Diana McSherry
Vice President
Houston, TX

 Ms. Jeanne Newman
Communications Committee Chair
San Francisco, CA

Mr. William P. Richards, Jr
Treasurer, Investment Committee Chair
Pasadena, CA

Ms. Joy Sterling
Sebastopol, CA

Ms. Naoma Tate
Cody, WY

Mr. Cole Thomson
Houston, TX

Dr. Spencer Wells
Austin, TX

Mr. William M. Wirthlin, Jr.
Salt Lake City, UT

Life Trustees

Mrs. Mary Armour
Colorado Springs, CO

Mrs. Philae Dominick
Denver, CO

Mrs. Joan Donner
Colorado Springs, CO

Dr. Richard Leakey
Nairobi, Kenya

Mr. Owen O’Donnell
San Francisco, CA

Hon. Nancy Pelosi
San Francisco, CA

Dr. George Smith
San Francisco, CA

Mr. Barry Sterling
San Francisco, CA

Mrs. Kay Woods
San Francisco, CA

Founding Trustee

Mrs. Joan Travis
Los Angeles, CA

Advisors

Dr. Alan Almquist
Sacramento, CA

Mrs. Misty Gruber
Chicago, Il

Mrs. Janice Bell Kaye
Evanston, Il

 

Scientific Executive Committee

At the heart of The Leakey Foundation’s scientific direction is the Scientific Executive Committee (SEC). Outstanding paleoanthropologists, archaeologists, primatologists, geologists, and leaders in related fields serve on the SEC on a voluntary basis. Currently, The Leakey Foundation SEC is comprised of thirteen scientists who advise and make recommendations to the Board of Trustees for our granting programs and provide guidance for our outreach and educational programs.

Dr. Francis Brown
Co-Chair
University of Utah, Salt Lake City
Dr. Brown is Dean of the College of Mines and Earth Science, as well as Professor in the Department of Geology and Geophysics. Known for correlating and dating some of the major hominid-bearing deposits in East Africa, Dr. Brown’s interests range from using the most modern geophysical techniques to an understanding of the environment in which early man evolved.

Dr. Richard G. Klein
Co-Chair
Stanford University, CA
Dr. Klein is a Professor of Anthropological Sciences. Dr. Klein’s scientific interests lie in the interrelationship of cultural, biological and environmental change in human evolution, especially the reconstruction of environment, ecology and human behavior from animal remains.

Dr. John G. Fleagle
State University of New York, Stony Brook
Fleagle is Professor of Anatomical Sciences. Dr. Fleagle is known for his expertise on the early evolution of monkeys, apes and humans, and brings together a knowledge of primate behavior, morphology and functional anatomy in addition to his extensive primatological and paleoanthropological work in Asia, Africa and North and South America.

Dr. Alexander (Sandy) Harcourt
Baldwin Fellowship Advisor
University of California, Davis
Dr. Harcourt is Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at University of California at Davis. After many years studying the behavior and ecology of gorillas, Dr. Harcourt’s research moved to the evolutionary biology of reproduction, and of cooperation, and now his interests have turned to biogeography, including the biogeography of humans.

Dr. Kristen Hawkes
University of Utah, Salt Lake City
Dr. Hawkes is a professor and currently Chair of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Utah. A sociobiologist, her research and theoretical interests lie in evolutionary and behavioral ecology, and she is a leader in the study of contemporary hunter-gatherers.

Dr. Steven Kuhn
University of Arizona
Dr. Kuhn is Professor and Co-Director of Graduate Studies in Anthropology at the University of Arizona. He is currently conducting collaborative archaeological fieldwork and laboratory projects investigating Paleolithic sites and assemblages in Turkey, Greece and Tucson. His work focuses on paleolithic archaeology and human evolution; social and ecological contexts for evolutionary change in hominid technologies.

Dr. Nina Jablonski
Pennsylvania State University
Dr. Jablonski is Evan Pugh University Professor of Anthropology at The Pennsylvania State University. A biological anthropologist and paleobiologist, she studies the evolution of adaptations to the environment in Old World primates including humans. Her paleoanthropological research concerns the evolutionary history of Old World monkeys, and currently includes an active field project in China. Her research on the evolution of human adaptations to the environment centers on the evolution of human skin and skin pigmentation, and includes an active field project examining the relationship between skin pigmentation and vitamin D production.

Dr. Meave Leakey
National Museums of Kenya, Nairobi
Living in Kenya since 1965, Dr. Leakey’s research has focused on fossils recovered from the long-term field work in the Turkana basin and includes the evolution of monkeys, apes, carnivores and mammalian fauna. She continues to find evidence of the very earliest hominins.

Dr. Daniel Lieberman
Harvard University
Dr. Lieberman is Professor of Anthropology at Harvard University and Chair of the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology. Dr. Lieberman is recognized as a leading expert on morphology and is especially interested in when, how and why early hominins first became bipeds, and then became so exceptional as long distance endurance runners.

Dr. John Mitani
University of Michigan
Dr. Mitani is the James N. Spuhler Collegiate Professor and Associate Chair of Anthropology at the University of Michigan. He is a primate behavioral ecologist who investigates the behavior of our closest living relatives, the apes. His current research involves studies of an extremely large community of wild chimpanzees at Ngogo, Kibale National Park, Uganda.

Dr. Martin N. Muller
University of New Mexico
Dr. Muller’s research combines behavioral ecology and reproductive endocrinology. He conducted the first studies of hormones and behavior in wild chimpanzees, and since 2004 has served as co-director of the Kibale Chimpanzee Project. He has also done fieldwork with Hadza foragers and Datoga pastoralists in Tanzania. He is particularly interested in what comparisons between chimpanzee and human behavior and physiology can tell us about human evolution.

Dr. Robert Seyfarth
University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Seyfarth is an expert on primate social behavior, communication, cognition. In 1977, together with his wife and collaborator Dorothy Cheney, he began an 11-year field study of vervet monkeys in Kenya, which led to the publication of How Monkeys See the World. From 1992 through 2007 Dr. Seyfarth and Dr. Cheney studied baboons in the Okavango Delta of Botswana. In 2007, they published Baboon Metaphysics.

Dr. Joan Silk
Arizona State University
Dr. Silk’s research interests are wide ranging and include biological anthropology, primate behavior, and evolutionary biology. She is especially interested in how natural selection shapes social evolution in primates. Her recent focus is on behavioral and reproductive strategies of female bonnet macaques and baboons. Joan is a prolific writer, an author of over 80 publications and co-author of a current biological anthropology text.

Dr. Anne Stone
Arizona State University
Anne Stone is Professor in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at the Arizona State University. Her specialization and main area of interest is anthropological genetics. Currently, her research focuses on population history and understanding how humans and the great apes have adapted to their environments, including their disease and dietary environments.

Dr. Carol Ward
University of Missouri
Carol Ward is Curator’s Professor and Director of Graduate Education in the Integrative Anatomy Program at the University of Missouri. She is interested in the evolution of apes and early hominins. Her research focuses on fossils from East and South Africa. Dr. Ward takes a mechanical approach to the interpretation of the postcranial skeleton, and uses these principles to reconstruct the behavior of extinct animals. Her overall research goal is to understand human origins.

 

Leakey Foundation Staff

Ms. Sharal Camisa
Executive Director
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Mr. H. Gregory
Program Associate and Science Writer
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Ms. Arielle Johnson
Outreach Coordinator
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Ms. Meredith Johnson
Communications Manager
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Ms. Jenine Marquez
Administrative Assistant
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Ms. Paddy Moore
Program Officer
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Ms. Rachel Roberts
Finance Manager
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