Board

Steven Gluckstern

President/Chair

After a distinguished career in the financial services industry, Steven M. Gluckstern continues to be active as an educator, philanthropist, investor, and entrepreneur. After founding a specialty reinsurer in 1988 (Centre Re) and then serving in a number of executive management roles at several global financial institutions, Mr. Gluckstern, in 1998, co-founded Capital Z Partners, an alternative asset management firm. Prior to entering the business sector, Mr. Gluckstern also spent seven years as a teacher and private and public school administrator in the US and overseas. Over the past 25 years, he has served on a wide range of both for-profit and not-for-profit boards and has been an active supporter of a broad range of philanthropic activities in the arts, the fields of education and children’s causes, GLBT advocacy, and HIV/AIDS research and treatment.

An Arjay Miller Scholar and 1982 M.B.A. graduate of the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Mr. Gluckstern holds both Ed.D.(1974) and LH.D.(2003 honorary) degrees from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and both B.A. (1972) and LH.D.(1997 honorary) degrees from Amherst College, where he currently serves as a member of its Board of Trustees.

Vivienne Ming

Treasurer

Dr. Vivienne Ming, named one of 10 Women to Watch in Tech by Inc. Magazine, is a theoretical neuroscientist, technologist and entrepreneur. She is the co-founder and Managing Partner of Socos, a cutting-edge EdTech company which applies cognitive modeling to align education with life outcomes. Previously, Dr. Ming was Chief Scientist at  Gild, an innovative startup that builds better companies by unleashing human potential in their workforce using machine learning. She is a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley’s Redwood  Center for Theoretical Neuroscience pursuing her research in cognitive prosthetics. In her free time, Dr. Ming also explores augmented cognition using technology like Google Glass and has been developing predictive models of diabetes and bipolar disorder. She sits on the boards of StartOut and Our Family Coalition, and speaks on issues of LGBT inclusion and gender in technology, recently receiving the Start Farm Good Neighbor Award from Equality  California. She lives in Berkeley with her wife and their two children. Her work and research has received extensive media attention including the New York Times, NPR, Nature, O  Magazine, Forbes, and The Atlantic.

Rachel Pritzker

Board Member

Rachel Pritzker is President & Founder of the Pritzker Innovation Fund, which supports the development and advancement of paradigm-shifting ideas to address the world’s most wicked problems with a special focus on climate, energy access and conservation issues. Rachel is Chair of the Advisory Board of the Breakthrough Institute, a pioneering research institute that is changing how people think about energy and the environment, and is a board member and Co-Chair of the Clean Energy Program at Third Way, a multi-issue think tank that answers America’s challenges with modern ideas. She is also a member of The Philanthropy Workshop West. Rachel previously served as a founding board member of Media Matters for America and a founding board member of the Democracy Alliance, a partnership of business and philanthropic leaders committed to a stronger democracy by supporting progressive organizations. Rachel attended Brown University, where she majored in Latin American studies. A clinical nutritionist by training, Rachel co-founded the nation’s first accredited master’s degree program in botanical medicine.