Board of Directors

Allen Institute's board of directors

The Board of Directors is charged with providing oversight and stewardship to the Allen Institute helping to ensure it fulfills its scientific mission. 

Jody Allen

Board Chair

As Chair of Vulcan Inc. and Trustee of the Paul G. Allen Trust, Jody Allen has responsibility for preserving and implementing Paul Allen’s vision for generations to come.

Jody and her brother Paul Allen worked side-by-side in both business and philanthropic ventures. For more than two decades, Jody served as CEO of Vulcan, which she co-founded with Paul. She also co-founded and currently serves on the board of The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation. In addition, Jody is the President of the Board of MoPOP – Seattle’s critically acclaimed museum of popular culture – and the Chair of the Allen Institute’s Board of Directors.

As a philanthropist with a passion for conservation, she has dedicated herself to protecting marine life, fighting wildlife trafficking, and saving Africa’s elephants from extinction. She launched Wild Lives Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to wildlife conservation and other philanthropic initiatives. In addition, Jody serves as a board member of Sealife Response, Rehabilitation and Research, an organization dedicated to improving the health and welfare of marine wildlife in the Pacific Northwest.

Jody has a deep love for education and the arts. She is currently a board member of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, and previously served on the boards of ArtsFund, the Theatre Communications Group, the University of Washington Foundation, the Museum of Glass, the Los Angeles International Film Festival and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Jody is a member of the board of the Seattle Seahawks. Recognizing the team’s role as a powerful catalyst for civic pride as well as an economic engine, she led the development of CenturyLink Field and Event Center. Jody also led the development of Moda Center, home of the Portland Trail Blazers.

A. Paul Alivisatos, Ph.D.

University of California Berkeley

Dr. Armand Paul Alivisatos is the University of California Berkeley's Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost and Samsung Distinguished Professor of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. He is also the Director Emeritus of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, founding director of the Kavli Energy Nanoscience Institute (ENSI), and a founder of two prominent nanotechnology companies, Nanosys, Inc., and Quantum Dot Corp, now a part of Thermo Fisher Scientific.

Groundbreaking contributions to the fundamental physical chemistry of nanocrystals are the hallmarks of Dr. Alivisatos' scientific career. His research accomplishments include studies of the scaling laws governing the optical, electrical, structural, and thermodynamic properties of nanocrystals. He developed methods to synthesize size- and shape-controlled nanocrystals, and for preparing branched, hollow, nested, and segmented nanocrystals. In his research, he has demonstrated key applications of nanocrystals in biological imaging, renewable energy, and electronic displays, including the widely used quantum dot television technology. He played a critical role in the establishment of the Molecular Foundry, a U.S. Department of Energy Nanoscale Science Research Center; and was the facility's founding director. He was an early and prominent advocate for both the US National Nanotechnology Initiative and the US National BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) Initiative. He is the founding editor of Nano Letters, a leading scientific publication of the American Chemical Society in nanoscience.

Dr. Alivisatos has previously been recognized for his accomplishments with awards such as the Dan David Prize, the US National Medal of Science, the Wolf Prize in Chemistry, the Wilhelm Exner Medal, the Welch Award in Chemistry, the Spiers Memorial Award, Axion Award, the Von Hippel Award, the Linus Pauling Medal, Computation and Engineering’s Nanoscience Prize, the Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award, the Rank Prize for Optoelectronics, the Eni Award for Energy and Environment, Colloid and Surface Chemistry Award, Coblentz Award for Molecular Spectroscopy and the Thomas Wilson Memorial Prize. 

He is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the US National Academy of Inventors.

Dr. Alivisatos received a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry in 1981 from the University of Chicago and Ph.D. in Chemistry from UC Berkeley in 1986. 

Margaret Anderson

Deloitte Consulting LLP

Margaret is a Managing Director with Deloitte Consulting LLS where she is focused on bringing forward her experience with trends in biomedical research innovation and patient engagement to help strengthen nonprofit organizations, as well as federal health and commercial life sciences programs. She joined Deloitte from FasterCures, a center of the Milken Institute where she was Executive Director. While at FasterCures, she oversaw programs advancing the science of patient input, examining the metrics for collaborative research models, and policy related to federal research. She has also worked on public health issues at the American Public Health Association and in a consulting and policy capacity for HIV/AIDS programs in the early years of the epidemic. She began her career at the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment looking at the impact of biotechnology and genetics on the economy and society.
Margaret currently serves on the Boards of Act for NIH, FasterCures, Friends of Cancer Research, and the Melanoma Research Alliance. Margaret has a Bachelor’s from University of Maryland in Government and Politics and a Master’s from George Washington in Science, Technology and Public Policy.

Nathaniel T. "Buster" Brown

Rain City Capital, LLC

Buster Brown is the Executive Vice President Chief Financial Officer for Rain City Capital, LLC.  Rain City Capital provides bridge financing solutions to real estate investors and professionals.

Buster has been the Chief Financial Officer for an eclectic industry mix. He was the Senior Vice President of Finance for the Seattle Times Company and has served as Chief Financial Officer for several Paul G. Allen companies, including Vulcan Inc., Mr. Allen’s multi-billion-dollar asset management company; the Seattle Seahawks; and First and Goal, the company that built and manages CenturyLink Field.

Buster serves two for-profit boards (GemaTEG and Fortune Management Inc) and several nonprofit boards including the Allen Institute, MoPOP and the Seattle Seahawks Charitable Foundation. Buster is a member of the Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants as well as the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Buster is a CPA and earned a B.A. in Business Administration and an MBA from the University of Puget Sound.

Phyllis J. Campbell

JPMorgan Chase & Co

Phyllis Campbell is Chairman of the Pacific Northwest Region for JPMorgan Chase. She is the firm’s senior executive in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. From 2003 to 2009, Ms. Campbell served as president and CEO of The Seattle Foundation, one of the nation’s largest community philanthropic foundations. She was president of U.S. Bank of Washington from 1993 until 2001 and served as chair of the bank’s Community Board.

She has received several awards for her corporate and community involvement, including Women Who Make A Difference and Director of the Year from the Northwest Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors. 

Ms. Campbell currently serves on the boards of Alaska Air Group and Toyota's Diversity Advisory Board. She is also the chair of the US-Japan Council, as well as a member of the global advisory board of Women Corporate Directors (WCD).

She holds a bachelor’s degree from Washington State University and an MBA from the University of Washington. 

Thomas L. Daniel, Ph.D.

University of Washington

Tom is a Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Washington with adjunct appointments in Bioengineering, Computer Science & Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. His research and teaching melds neuroscience, computing, and biomechanics to understand the control and dynamics of movement in biology. He was MacArthur Fellow, a Guggenheim Fellow and a Fellow of the American Association for Advancement of Science.  He is on the board of reviewing editors for Science Magazine, the Board of Directors for Allen Institute, the Biological Sciences Advisory Committee for the NSF, and is the US representative for the Council of Scientists for the Human Frontiers of Science Program.

Steve Hall

Vulcan Capital

Steve Hall has been a venture capital investor for over 20 years, including his current tenure at Vulcan Capital where he managed investments in over 50 companies totaling more than $1.0B in combined value. He currently sits on the boards of Zola Electric and High Fidelity and has been a board member for both the Allen Institute and the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence since inception. 

Steve began his career as a corporate attorney with White & Case in New York, where he focused on M&A and securities transactions. Steve graduated from Furman University and received his JD from Columbia University Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. 

Allen D. Israel, MBA, JD

Foster Garvey PC

Allen Israel has practiced law for over forty years at the firm of Foster Garvey PC (formerly Foster Pepper PLLC) in Seattle, where his practice has included a variety of investment, technology, sports teams, sports facilities, real estate, and other businesses; non-profits such as museums and foundations; and a diversified personal holding and management company.  Allen has served on the Board of the Allen Institute since 2004. 

Gary Locke

Locke Global Strategies

Gary Locke previously served as the 21st Governor of Washington State and has held positions as United States Ambassador to China and Secretary of Commerce under the Obama Administration.  

He serves as a senior advisor and consultant to Davis Wright Tremaine with an emphasis on trade, regulatory, and investment policy issues and providing guidance and direction on doing business in China. 

Governor Locke currently serves on the boards of AMC Theaters and Fortinet and is a past board member of PATH.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Yale University and a law degree from Boston University. 

Michael P. Stryker, Ph.D.

University of California, San Francisco

Michael Stryker is William Francis Ganong Professor in the Department of Physiology at the University of California, San Francisco, where he has been a faculty member since his appointment as Assistant Professor in 1978 and where he served as Department Chair from 1994-2005. In 1987-1988 he was Visiting Professor in the Department of Human Anatomy at the University of Oxford in England.  Dr. Stryker earned his B.A. in Philosophy with a minor in Mathematics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and his Ph.D. degree in Psychology and Brain Sciences (Neurophysiology) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  From 1976-1978 he was Research Fellow in Neurobiology at Harvard Medical School, where he worked with Nobel Laureates Torsten Wiesel and David Hubel. Dr. Stryker has received several awards and honors for his research, including election to membership in the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, appointment as the Galileo Galilei Professor of Science at Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, Italy (1993), the Pepose Vision Sciences Award from Brandeis University, and the Stein Innovator Award from  Research to Prevent Blindness.