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Thomas Campbell Jackson
President
Thomas Campbell Jackson is the co-founder of the Pamela B. and Thomas C. Jackson Charitable Fund and other entities engaged in strategic planning and financial support for organizations promoting human health, lifelong humanistic science education, economic literacy, and rational inquiry. As the president of Zeitblom Analytics, Mr. Jackson consults in micro and macro health policy.He has over two decades of experience in public sector health policy, and was director of the City of New York's Employee Health Benefits Program, which arranges health coverage for over a million city employees, retirees and their families.

Mr. Jackson received a BA in economics and German from Tufts University, and a Master of Public Health degree in Health Policy and Management from Columbia University. Mr. Jackson has also published children's books.

Wendy Ettinger
Vice-President
An award-winning producer and director, Wendy Ettinger co-founded Chicken & Egg Pictures in 2005 to fund and mentor women documentary filmmakers. She co-founded Gamechanger Films in 2013. the first equity fund dedicated to financing feature films directed by women. Gamechanger's first film Land Ho premiered at Sundance 2014, their most recent film Lovesong will premiere at Sundance 2016. Wendy began her career producing the Academy-award nominated documentary, The War Room. An ardent activist and philanthropist, Wendy believes deeply in the power of change through media, education, and the arts. She serves on the board of The Educational Foundation of America, Working Films and the 52nd Street Project.





Alexis Gambis
Secretary
Alexis is a French-Venezuelen scientist, filmmaker and founder of Imaginal Disc, a film production company focused on scientific storytelling. His work is interdisciplinary and diverse, yet focuses on bridging the sciences and the visual arts through film, exhibits and installations, research and teaching. He received his Ph.D in Molecular Biology from The Rockefeller University, a Masters in Bioinformatics from the University of Marne la Vallée and Bachelor of Arts from Bard College. He recently completed the New York University Graduate Film Program as a thesis student, and his first feature, The Fly Room, based on a the true life story of a pioneer geneticist from the 1920s, debuted at the Woodstock Film Festival. Alexis is currently working on his second feature.
Ehsan Pishyar
Treasurer
Ehsan Pishyar has a managerial position within 32Group, a worldwide holding company, committed to business strategies in the community. He is involved in Marketing, Business Operations and Project Development for 32Group. His duties extend over North America, Western Europe and the Middle East and involve making executive decisions in the divisions of diverse activities, notably financial and investment managements and placement of global financing opportunities. His goal is to provide Imagine Science Films with business experience, an international presence and insight into finances and business affairs.Mr. Pishyar received a BA in Russian Literature and a minor in Computer Science from Bard College. He is a member of the board of 32 Group and vice-president of professional club Servette FC 1980 SA.
Dr. Michael Purugganan
Program Development
Dr. Michael Purugganan received his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of the Philippines (1985), an M.A. from Columbia University (1986) and a Ph.D. in Botany with a Global Policy minor at the University of Georgia (1993). After obtaining his Ph.D., he did postdoctoral research as an Alfred P. Sloan Molecular Evolution Fellow at the University of California in San Diego, studying the evolution of development (1993-1995). Dr. Purugganan is a leader in the field of evolutionary and ecological genomics and his work focuses on identifying the molecular basis for evolutionary adaptations that occur in nature. Prior to joining the NYU faculty in 2006, he was the William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor of Genetics at North Carolina State University, where he also won the Outstanding Faculty Research Award and the Sigma Xi Research Prize. He is the recipient of an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Young Investigator Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, is a Kavli Fellow, and in 2005 was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr. Purugganan is on the editorial boards of the journals Genome Biology and Evolution, Molecular Ecology, Trends in Plant Science and the Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution and Systematics.
Stuart Firestein
Educational Outreach
Dr. Stuart Firestein is the former Chair of Columbia University's Department of Biological Sciences where his laboratory studies the vertebrate olfactory system, possibly the best chemical detector on the face of the planet. Aside from its molecular detection capabilities, the olfactory system serves as a model for investigating general principles and mechanisms of signaling and perception in the brain. His laboratory seeks to answer that fundamental human question: How do I smell?

Dedicated to promoting the accessibility of science to a public audience Firestein serves as an advisor for the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation's program for the Public Understanding of Science. Recently he was awarded the 2011 Lenfest Distinguished Columbia Faculty Award for excellence in scholarship and teaching. He is a Fellow of the AAAS, an Alfred Sloan Fellow and a Guggenheim Fellow. His book on the workings of science for a general audience called Ignorance, How it drives Science was released by Oxford University Press in 2012.


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