Trustees

Left to right: Bob Schwartz, Ann Bowers, Ron Ottinger, Paul Goren, Penny Noyce

Ann S. Bowers
Ann S. Bowers is the Chair of the Board and the co-founding trustee of the Noyce Foundation, which is focused on  improving math and science instruction and learning in public schools.  Previously, her career was in human resource management in California's Silicon Valley.  She was the first Director of Personnel for Intel Corporation and the first Vice President of Human Resources for Apple Computer.  In both of these high-growth start-up companies and in her consulting practice, she created and implemented the worldwide human resources policies and practices that fostered the growth of organizational excellence. Currently, Ann is the Chair of the Board of the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, and board member of Civic Ventures and Music@Menlo.  She is a Trustee Emerita and Presidential Councillor at Cornell University.  She received a B. A. from Cornell University and an honorary Ph.D. from the University of Santa Clara.

Pendred Noyce, M.D.
Pendred Noyce was Co-Principal Investigator of the NSF-funded Massachusetts State Systemic Initiative Program and of PALMS, a $16 million NSF-funded State Systemic Initiative to improve mathematics, science, and technology education in Massachusetts. Currently, Penny chairs the board of the Rennie Center for Education Research and Policy in Massachusetts. She also serves on the boards of the Concord Consortium, the Consortium for Mathematics and its Applications (COMAP), and TERC, all in Massachusetts, as well as the Libra Foundation of Portland, Maine. She is a co-founding trustee of the Noyce Foundation.

Robert Schwartz
Robert Schwartz is Professor of Practice Emeritus at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is the former President of Achieve, Inc. and education program director of The Pew Charitable Trusts. Earlier in his career Bob was a high school English teacher and principal, an education advisor to the Mayor of Boston and the Governor of Massachusetts, an assistant director of the National Institute of Education, and Executive Director of The Boston Compact. He co-chairs The Aspen Institute’s Education and Society Program and serves on the boards of The Education Trust and the Rennie Center for Education Research and Policy. Bob has been a trustee of the Noyce Foundation since 2004.

Paul Goren
Paul Goren is Vice President for Research and Knowledge Utilization at CASEL: The Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning. He assumed this position after serving as Senior Advisor to the Chicago Public Schools and the University of Chicago Urban Education Institute and as the Lewis-Sebring Director of the Consortium on Chicago School Research. He was Senior Vice President of The Spencer Foundation from 2001-2010. Previously, Paul was the Director of Child and Youth Development at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. A former middle-school teacher, Paul worked as Executive Director (Assistant Superintendent) for Policy and Strategic Services in the Minneapolis Public Schools from 1995-98 and as a policy analyst and educational researcher in the San Diego City Schools in the mid-1980s. He worked in and subsequently directed the education policy studies division of the National Governors Association in Washington, DC between 1991 and 1995. Paul recently completed two terms on the board of TERC, a science and mathematics curriculum developer, and currently serves on the Board of Y.O.U., a social service and support agency for students in the Evanston, IL public schools. He also serves on the Boards of the Donors Forum of Illinois, Foundation 65/Evanston Public Schools, and the national Center for Teaching Quality. He became a trustee of the Noyce Foundation in 2012.

Lester Strong (Trustee Emeritus)
Lester Strong is the CEO of Experience Corps, which helps elementary school students who are struggling in reading by recruiting people 55 and over to tutor and mentor them. Currently Experience Corps is serving more than 20,000 children in 22 states across America.  For more than ten years Lester has been a leader in educational entrepreneurship and development. He recently served as the Chief Development Officer for the BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life) Foundation, which provides tutoring and mentoring services to 12,000 underserved children.  His efforts doubled the foundation's endowment and propelled expansion from three to five cities: Baltimore, Boston, Detroit, New York and Springfield, MA.  A long-time proponent and practitioner of meditation, Lester was also CEO of the SYDA Foundation, an educational organization that provides instruction in yoga and meditation in 46 countries. Lester spent 25-years in the television industry as an executive, producer, reporter and anchor in Charlotte (WBTV), Atlanta (WSB), New York (ABC Entertainment) and Boston (WHDH).  His work earned him a host of national and regional awards, including five regional Emmy Awards and a White House commendation from President Ronald Reagan.  Lester also serves as a member of the Board of Visitors at Davidson College.  He holds a bachelor's degree from Davidson College and is a graduate of the Columbia Business School's Institute for Non-Profit Management as well as receiving an honorary doctorate in humane letters from Endicott College.  He became a trustee of the Noyce Foundation in 2010.

Alan J. Friedman (In Memoriam)
Alan J. Friedman is a consultant in museum development and science communication. For 22 years he served as Director of the New York Hall of Science, New York City's public science-technology center. Under his leadership the Hall won special recognition for encouraging new technologies, creating new models for teacher training, serving an extraordinarily diverse audience, and evaluating the effectiveness of informal science learning. He also is a member of the National Assessment Governing Board, which sets policy for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). The American Association for the Advancement of Science recognized Dr. Friedman with its Award for Public Understanding of Science and Technology for 1996-97. He is the recipient of the Association of Science-Technology Centers' Fellow Award and the American Institute of Physics’ Andrew Gemant Award. Before serving at the New York Hall of Science Alan worked at the Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie, Paris, and the Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkeley. Alan became a trustee of the Noyce Foundation in 2007.

Philip Uri Treisman (Senior Advisor)
Uri Treisman is professor of mathematics and of public affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. He is the founder and executive director of the University's Charles A. Dana Center, an organized research unit of the College of Natural Sciences. Uri serves on the Carnegie–Institute for Advanced Study Commission on Mathematics & Science Education, launched in 2007. He also serves on the Leadership Team of the Strategic Education Research Partnership (SERP), chair of the design teams of two SERP laboratories. Uri is a founder and chair of the steering committee of the Urban Mathematics Leadership Network. Among numerous other awards received throughout his career, Uri was named a MacArthur Fellow in 1992 and later "2006 Scientist of the Year" by the Harvard Foundation of Harvard University for his outstanding contributions to mathematics. Uri received a B.S. (summa cum laude) in Mathematics from the University of California at Los Angeles and received his Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley in 1985. Uri has been a consultant to the Noyce Foundation since 2002.

Judy Wurtzel (Senior Advisor)
Judy Wurtzel is the former deputy assistant secretary for planning, evaluation and policy development for the U.S. Department of Education, where she focused on technical assistance to support implementation of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act. Since 2005, Wurtzel has been a senior fellow and then co-director of the Education and Society program at the Aspen Institute, which provides a forum for education practitioners, researchers, and policy leaders to reflect on efforts to improve student achievement and to consider how public policy changes can affect progress. Prior to joining the Aspen Institute, Judy served for six years as the executive director of the Learning First Alliance, a permanent partnership of 18 national education associations with more than 10 million members. Under Wurtzel’s leadership, the Alliance spurred collaborative national and state efforts by the elected leaders and senior staffs of its member organizations. From 1993 to 1999, Wurtzel served as a senior advisor at the U.S. Department of Education, working on a wide range of elementary and secondary education issues, including the reauthorizations of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. As a senior advisor to the deputy secretary of education, Wurtzel launched and led America Counts, the Department’s mathematics improvement effort. Judy has been a consultant to the Noyce Foundation since 2012.