They each bring diverse expertise as doctors, educators, lawyers and entrepreneurs. Yet they all share a common interest: propelling the bold experiments, lifesaving solutions and nontraditional learning opportunities at the University of California San Diego. The UC San Diego Board of Trustees are unique ambassadors who dedicate their time and talents to supporting the university’s continued growth. This year, eight trustees will join the 2018-19 UC San Diego Foundation Board.
The foundation is governed by 43 trustees who serve to connect the campus with the community. Comprised of local, regional, national and international leaders and alumni, the Board helps inspire and encourage philanthropic investment in UC San Diego. The foundation also has 37 esteemed trustee emeriti that continue with the Board in an advisory capacity.
Trustees play an integral role in fulfilling the Campaign for UC San Diego, a historic $2 billion fundraising campaign to transform the student experience, the campus and ultimately humanity itself. Private gifts to the university are accepted, administered and invested by the Foundation, managed as endowments or funds available for current expenditure. As of June 30, 2018, the total assets managed by the UC San Diego Foundation were approximately $1 billion.
“We are grateful for the engagement of our new trustees, who are incredibly committed to UC San Diego’s success as we get closer to reaching our fundraising goal,” said Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla. “As community liaisons, trustees help build important relationships that translate into support for innovative programs and campus growth.”
The new UC San Diego Foundation trustees include seven elected trustees and one ex-officio trustee as the alumni president as follows:
Marcus F. Boehm
Co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer, Escient Pharmaceuticals
A 1983 UC San Diego graduate, Marcus F. Boehm has led research and development programs in biotechnology for 27 years. He co-founded Escient Pharmaceuticals in 2017 and Receptos Inc. in 2009. Boehm is an author and inventor of over 100 patents and publications in the areas of oncology, autoimmune and metabolic diseases. He earned a B.A. in chemistry from UC San Diego and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the State University of New York Stony Brook.
Philanthropist and Community Leader
Phyllis Epstein has been involved at UC San Diego for over 25 years. She is a dedicated supporter of the university’s ArtPower program and the School of Global Policy and Strategy, and is actively engaged in Chancellor’s Associates and Town & Gown. Epstein co-founded the California Music Project, designed to strengthen music education and increase the number of music educators across the state, and serves on the board of the San Diego Symphony. She earned a B.A. in elementary education from UCLA.
Chief Executive Officer, MG Properties Group
Since founding MG Properties Group in 1992, Mark Gleiberman has overseen a team of 500 professionals who have acquired and managed over 120 multifamily communities, comprised of 28,000 apartment homes valued at over $5 billion across five states. Previously, he was a tax specialist with Ernst & Whinney and Touche Ross, and worked in senior financial management with Hybritech Inc. and Solar Turbines Corporation. Gleiberman earned a B.S. in business from Drexel University.
Duane A. Nelles, Jr.
Independent Director of American Assets Trust, Inc.
Duane A. Nelles, Jr. has served as an independent director of American Assets Trust, Inc. since 2011. He previously served as a director for Qualcomm Inc. from 1988 to 2015. Concurrently, he served as president of CICA, Inc. and a private investment business. A certified public accountant, Nelles joined Coopers & Lybrand, L.L.P. in 1968 and was a partner from 1968 to 1987. Nelles earned a B.A. in economics and mathematics from Albion College and an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan.
Brian M. Powers
Chairman Emeritus of Hellman & Friedman, LLC.
Brian Powers first joined Hellman & Friedman, a San Francisco-based private equity firm, in 1991-92. He returned in 1999, serving first as CEO and then as chairman until his retirement in 2014. From 1986-88 he served as managing director (CEO) of the Jardine Matheson Group in Hong Kong. From 1993-98 he served as CEO of both Consolidated Press Holdings and Publishing & Broadcasting Limited in Australia. He earned a B.A. in economics from Yale University and a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.
Philanthropist and Community Leader
Ann Reed’s first connection to UC San Diego was through her children—all three earned degrees at the university. Formerly an accountant with Deloitee Haskins & Sells, Reed has led or participated in campaigns that have raised over $1 million for K-12 public schools. She and her husband Joel were also instrumental in supporting the launch of the Conrad Prebys Music Center and the Institute for Practical Ethics at UC San Diego. Reed earned a B.S. in accounting from Arizona State University.
Andrew (“Drew”) Senyei, M.D.
Chairman, NeoSeq Ltd.
Andrew (“Drew”) Senyei, M.D., has devoted more than 30 years to building emerging life science and health care companies, both as a physician and venture capitalist. He was managing director of Enterprise Partners Venture Capital for 25 years and has served on the boards of more than 35 private and public companies. Senyei is co-chair of Calit2, a partnership between UC San Diego and UC Irvine. He earned a B.S. in biology from Occidental College, an M.D. from Northwestern University and completed his residency training at UC Irvine.
Jeffrey Belk – Ex Officio
Chief Executive Officer, Forecast Ventures
A 1983 UC San Diego graduate, Belk currently serves as president of the UC San Diego Alumni Association. Belk is CEO of Forecast Ventures, working with companies from formation to exit. Belk is also on the boards of InterDigital, Inc., Velocity Growth, and the San Diego Venture Group. Previously, Belk spent nearly 14 years with Qualcomm Inc., where he served as senior vice president of strategy and market development. He received a B.A. in economics from UC San Diego and an M.B.A. from UC Irvine.
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