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

Darius Anderson
Founder and CEO of Kenwood Investments, LLC, a California Real Estate Development and Opportunity Fund, and Founder and Managing Member of Sonoma Media Investments, LLC. He is also the Founder and CEO of Platinum Advisors, a full-service government affairs firm providing lobbying, public affairs and strategic consulting to corporations, governments, trade associations and non-profit organizations.

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 

Lydia Graham
President and CEO of Graham & Associates, Inc., a highly-awarded communications and public relations company headquartered in San Francisco. The firm works with clients in the American, European and Asian markets and is renowned for launching/re-launching new and established companies, divisions and products in technology, health & wellness and consumer goods/services.  

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.

John M. Jack ("JJ")
Has worked in the software industry since 1980 in sales, marketing, and executive management.  Highlights include: CEO at Fortify Software (sold to Hewlett Packard) and CEO Covalent (sold to VMware).  COO at The Vantive Corporation (public, sold to PeopleSoft), and executive positions at Sybase, Inc. Since leaving Hewlett Packard in January of 2012, he has served as a consultant to start-up companies and their CEOs.   JJ currently serves on a number of venture-backed company boards in the cyber-security and other segments.   He is also a board partner at the VC firm Andreessen Horowitz.

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 Chairman, President and CEO of Sangamo Therapeutics, the pioneer in genome editing technology and human therapeutics.  He is the past Chairman of the Alliance for Regenerative Medicine and served as a member on the Board of the Biotechnology Institute.  He is currently on the Dean’s Advisory Board for the University of Michigan School of Public Health and the Provost’s Advisory Committee for the University of Michigan. 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

Robert Mahley, MD, PhD
President Emeritus, The J. David Gladstone Institutes. The Founder of the Gladstone Center for Translational Disease. Dr. Mahley’s research focused on the structure and function of apolipoprotein (apo) E, including its critical role in cholesterol homeostasis, atherosclerosis and neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease and traumatic brain injury.  Member, National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Medicine, and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, among others.   

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.

Jim Mellon
British entrepreneur and philanthropist. He is co-founder and chairman of Juvenescence, a British Virgin Islands-based holding company that invests in human ageing and longevity.  He is chairman of Regent Pacific Group Limited, a Hong Kong-listed investment company that specializes in growth and value-led investments in healthcare and late-stage life science assets.   He is coauthor of Juvenescence: Investing in the Age of Longevity.

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 

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.

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

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.

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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