Chris Thomsen has been the Executive Director of Stanford University’s Institute for Research in the Social Sciences since its founding (2004). The Institute is the home to research centers on poverty and inequality, immigration, democracy, philanthropy and civil society and other domains where social science can have an impact on global challenges. Prior to that, Thomsen was appointed by the Stanford provost to be the director of the President's Commission on Technology, Teaching, and Learning. In this role (1995-2000) he provided an institutional planning focus on understanding how technology should serve the core mission of the University. He continued his work on educational technology during a sabbatical leave (1999) receiving the first appointment as the Tans Visiting Professor at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands.
In addition to the institutional planning efforts, Thomsen is widely recognized within the Stanford community for the decade he served as director of Stanford Sierra Camp—though it was many years ago. He left Stanford briefly (2000-2003) to head a biotech startup, where he was co-founder and president of Tao Biosciences.
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Trustee Jack has worked in non-profit development/fundraising since 1990 and has held development positions at the St. Vincent de Paul Society, San Francisco Catholic Archdiocese; the Peninsula Humane Society, San Mateo; Planned Parenthood of Austin, Texas; and the Children’s Health Council, Palo Alto. She has been a staff member with Stanford University’s Office of Development since 2001. Trustee Jack is a member of the South San Mateo County League of Women Voters, the DemFems Silicon Valley, and the Redwood City Woman’s Club. She and her husband, Michael, are members of Congregation Beth Jacob, Redwood City. Trustee Jack holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Rochester Institute of Technology.