Board of Trustees

Dan Lankford
Chairman of the Board
Dan Lankford has more than 30 years of experience in technology companies as an executive, board member, advisor, and investor. Dan has been CEO of 4 companies and chairman of 3 others.  more

Dane Glasgow
Vice Chairman of the Board
Dane Glasgow is a Vice President of Global Product Management at Ebay, and former Director of Program Management at Microsoft Live Search. Glasgow was also General Manager for the Windows Live Portal & Information Services Client team and President of more

Bill Diamond
Bill Diamond is the President and CEO of the SETI Institute. He is also a technology executive and Silicon Valley veteran. Bill has over 20 years of experience in the photonics and optical communications industry, and a decade in X-ray and semiconductor processing technologies. His corporate background spans the spectrum from venture-backed start-ups to Fortune 100 multinationals, with responsibilities ranging from engineering and operations to sales, marketing, product management and CEO positions.  more

Andrew Fraknoi
Andrew Fraknoi is the Chair of the Astronomy Department at Foothill College in Los Altos, California. Fraknoi was the Carnegie Endowment for Higher Education's 2007 California Professor of the Year. He was the founding co-editor of the journal "Astronomy Education Review," is lead author of the "Voyages Through the Universe" college textbooks series, and was Executive Director of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific for 14 years. more

John Giannandrea
John Giannandrea is Vice President, Engineering at Google more

Rex Grignon
Rex Grignon is the head of Character Animation at Dreamworks Studios and has worked on movies like Antz, Shrek, Madagascar, and many other Dreamworks films more

Saad Khan
Saad is the co-founder of Uprising. He has been an early investor or advisor to companies like Lending Club, Lyft, Upworthy, AltSchool, Watsi, The Long Now Foundation, Zaarly, Jobvite, and Evolution Robotics (now iRobot). He was formerly a Partner and led all digital media / software investments at CMEA Capital. Prior to that, he was at where he helped build incubator 1.0 in the valley.  more

Jonathan Knowles
Jonathan collaborates with scientists, engineers, designers, educators and others to explorer the frontier of beyond the horizon technologies and provide insight on the evolving role of applied innovation. more

Amaresh Kollipara
Amaresh Kollipara is currently leading a unique space-related project at Facebook's virtual reality company Oculus. In addition, he is a Founder and Managing Partner of Earth2Orbit, LLC, which is a professional advisory firm with an aerospace industry focus. more

Marco Larsen
Marco Larsen is the CEO and Principal for PUBLIC, NYC; more

Mannan Latif
Mannan Latif has over 25 years of experience in senior financial management. His background includes experience in public and private capital markets, structuring strategic alliances and corporate partnerships and experience in high-growth companies as well as turnaround situations.  more

Dava Newman
Dava is the Apollo Professor of Astronautics and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, MA. She previously served as Deputy Administrator of NASA under the Obama administration, from May 2015 until January 2017.  more

Michael Quick
Dr. Michael Quick serves as Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, and as Professor of Biological Sciences in the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.  more

Pierre R. Schwob
Pierre Schwob is the CEO and founder of Classical Archives. He was adjunct assistant professor computer science, N.Y.U. 1981-86; holder of several U.S. and foreign patents; founded PRS Corporation, an R&D company in 1978 where he developed the award-winning ID LOGIC® technology which was incorporated into a U.S. national standard and licensed to the major consumer electronics manufacturers.  more

Bronwyn Syiek
Bronwyn Syiek was the President of QuinStreet, inc from 2007 until she departed in 2013, having partnered with the CEO to found the company in 1999.  more

Jill Tarter
Astronomer Jill Tarter is the holder of the Bernard M. Oliver Chair for SETI. She is one of the few researchers to have devoted her career to hunting for signs of sentient beings elsewhere, and there are few aspects of this field that have not been affected by her work.  more