A. Crawford Cooley


Crawford Cooley was born and raised in San Francisco, attended Lowell High Scholl and Stanford University. Early in his career he worked in the electronics industry at Litton Industries. He became a partner of the first organized venture capital partnership in California, Draper Gaither and Anderson. Currently, he manages family ranch holdings in Marin, Sonoma and Mendocino counties while continuing to invest in high tech ventures.  

In 1991, Mr. Cooley joined the Board of Trustees of the Buck Institute, which opened its doors in 1999.  His sophisticated understanding of building institutions, along with his deep roots in the San Francisco Bay Area, enabled him to be a great resource for the Institute.  One of the Buck’s longest-serving Trustees, he was a member of the Board for 15 years, including five years as chairman.

Some of Mr. Cooley’s contributions during his tenure at the Buck include hiring our founding CEO and Scientific Director; opening his home to scientists and staff for retreats and receptions; guiding the Institute through a number of contentious legal issues; serving as a driving force behind the Lab Expansion Campaign as chair of the Development Committee; and helping to recruit a number of effective Board members.


  • Stanford University


  • Member, Buck Advisory Council, The Buck Institute for Research on Aging
  • Chairman, Board of Trustees The Buck Institute for Research on Aging (past)
  • Member, Board of Trustees, The Buck Institute for Research on Aging (past)
  • Trustee Emeritus, Stanford University
  • President and Director, Marin Agricultural Land Trust (past)
  • President and Trustee, Filoli Center (past)


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