Board of Trustees

The Buck Institute receives support and guidance from a non-compensated Board of Trustees. Recognized leaders from the business, science and non-profit communities set policy, approve financial plans, and help shape the strategic direction of the Institute.

Members of the 2017 Board of Trustees

Bill R. Poland


Bill R. Poland
Chair of the Board of Trustees

Richard “Dick” Bodman
Chairman and CEO of PurThread Technologies, Inc.;
Chairman, TDF Ventures;
Managing General Partner of VMS Group;
General Manager of Bodman Oil & Gas, LLC;
Served as Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior and Assistant Director of the Office of Management and Budget

Lisa Wilcox Corning
Co-founder of Healy-Wilcox Marketing Group, a market research and strategy company, and partner at Brand Paradigm, a business strategy consultancy. Formerly a lawyer at Orrick in San Francisco. Current member of the Board of Directors of Friends of Laguna Honda Hospital and the California Pacific Medical Center Foundation’s Women and Children’s Leadership Council.

Darla Flanagan
General Partner of MKD Investments, managing a portfolio of real estate assets for the family investment company; she founded FowlerFlanagan Partners, a commercial real estate investment company. She is on the Board of Directors of Catellus Development Company, Adopt a Family of Marin, The Branson School, and San Francisco Architectural Heritage, among others.

M. Arthur Gensler Jr.
FAIA Founder Gensler, a global architecture, design, planning and strategic consulting firm
Executive Committee, SFMOMA
Executive Committee California College of the Arts 

Louis C. Gerken
Founder of San Francisco Bay Area-based Gerken Capital Associates, an alternative asset fund management firm, with a particular focus on the emerging markets.  Formerly a Managing Director and Group Head of Prudential Securities Investment Banking Division. Author of The Little Book of Venture Capital Investing, published by Wiley. Prior chairman of the Film Institute of Northern California.

W. Robert Griswold Jr.
Retired President and CEO, Bank of Marin. Former board member of Marin YMCA, Buck Institute for Education, Film Institute of Northern California, North Bay Leadership Council, and Canine Companions for Independence. Former Director of the Marin School to Career Partnership.   

Edward O. Lanphier III
Former President and CEO of the Buck Institute for Research on Aging and
a Trustee since 2012. He is the founder and former President and CEO of Sangamo BioSciences. He is currently the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Sangamo and serves as a member on the Board of the Biotechnology Institute and for the Dean’s Advisory Board for the University of Michigan School of Public Health. He received his B.A. in Biochemistry from Knox College

John W. Larson
Retired San Francisco lawyer with over 40 years of practice devoted to high-tech and life science companies;
Former Chair of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce and President of the Branson School;
Current Chairman of WageWorks, a NYSE company

Afaf Meleis, PhD
Former dean at the School of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania.  Former faculty at UCSF and UCLA.  Involved in projects in China, Sydney and Kuwait. Recipient of numerous international awards for professional and scholarly achievements.

Bill Poland
Founder and President of Bay West Group, a commercial real estate development company; Georgia Tech Advisory Board; Urban Land Institute; past Chairman of the San Francisco Convention and Visitors Bureau; Board of the Steers Global Real Estate Center at Georgetown University; past Councilmember of the town of Ross, CA;  past president of the Olympic Club in San Francisco.

Thomas A. Rando, MD, PhD
Professor of Neurology at Stanford University School of Medicine and Director of Stanford’s Glenn Laboratories for the Biology of Aging,  as well as the Deputy Director of the Stanford Center on Longevity.  Director of the Rehabilitation, Research & Development Center of Excellence at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. Chair of the Buck Institute’s Scientific Advisory Board.

E. Lewis Reid
Former Chair of Buck BOT;
Former President and CEO, The California Endowment 

Larry E. Rosenberger
Former President and CEO and current Research Fellow of Fair Isaac;Co-author ofThe Deciding Factor: The Power of Analytics to Make Every Decision a WinnMS in Physics, and Masters in Engineering from University of California, Berkeley

Richard Rosenberg
Former Chairman and CEO of Bank of America.  Retired commander in the US Naval Reserves. Board memberships on the San Francisco Symphony, the Naval War College Foundation and Chairman of the University of California, San Francisco Foundation.

Ramzi Sanbar, PhD
Founder and Chairman, SDC group, international project development in the US, Europe, Middle East, Northern Africa and China. Served as Board of Director at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard and the Eurasia Center at Cambridge University.

Barbara Schraeger 
Retired labor-management consultant focused on conflict resolution, group problem solving, and collaborative bargaining techniques in unionized companies and government agencies.  Former Instructor in the Human Resources and Organizational Behavior program at the University of San Francisco.  Former Board Member of the Institute On Aging. Former public (non-attorney) member on the CA Commission on Judicial Performance.

Dick Spalding
Former CFO for Fusion Medical Technologies and Portal Software, and Managing Director for Kearny Venture Partners. Before Fusion Medical Technologies, Mr. Spalding was a partner at Brobeck Phleger & Harrison law firm and at Alex Brown, an Investment banking firm. Mr. Spalding has over 30 years of experience advising public and private companies, and holds an A.B from Harvard College, and a J.D. from Columbia Law School.

Richard Stone
Founder and Chairman of Private Ocean, a financial advisement organization and a Certified Financial Planner. Mr. Stone serves as Chairman of the Personal Financial Planning Advisory Board at UC Berkeley Extension. He is a Trustee at Dominican University and served on the board of the International Association of Financial Planners, and was a past member of the Global Business Council at San Jose State University.

Wells Whitney, ScD
Doctorate degree in Materials Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Retired from Raychem Corporation in Menlo Park after developing multi-million dollar product lines. Serves on several nonprofit boards, three which are related to lung cancer.  

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