President’s Council

The President’s Council is a distinguished group of scientists, academics, business leaders, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, foundation executives and other individuals who have interests in science, education and the cultural and intellectual life of New York and the nation.

Members of the President’s Council act as partners in NYSCI’s mission to engage the New York City community through groundbreaking exhibitions, stimulating programs and educational activities, helping transform STEM learning throughout the city and across the globe.

NYSCI’s President’s Council provides unrestricted support to the institution. This enables researchers and educators to develop the most innovative programs and products in science education. It provides opportunities for award-winning exhibition developers to dream up the most educationally empowering exhibits in the world. And it provides a foundation to staff members devoted to youth empowerment and access.

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President’s Council Events

Recent Events:

  • Women Supporting Women and Girls in STEM (9/21)
  • World Maker Faire (10/1 & 10/2)
  • Private Film Screening: Most Likely To Succeed (10/13)
  • Explainer Showcase: Weill Cornell Research Poster Session (11/18)
  • Connected Worlds: The World’s Largest Immersive Digital Museum Exhibition (2/12)
  • Spring for STEM: Exploring the Future of Science and Health (4/6 & 4/8)

Upcoming Events in 2017:

  • Behind the Scenes with the Science Career Ladder (5/19)
  • Rooftop Science Cocktails (5/24)

2016–2017 President’s Council Programs Brochure:

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Current Members

Ravenel B. Curry, III
Gary Pillersdorf
Sara Lee and Axel Schupf
Alyson and John Archer
Francisco D’Souza and Maria Ines Kavamura
Anna M. Ewing and John Capotosto
Joseph R. Ficalora
Jim and Barb Korein
Martin Kupferberg and Susan J. Lorin
Larisa and Michael Leventon
Mary Jane and George McCartney
Regina Meredith-Carpeni
Gerry Ohrstrom
Devesh Raj and Tara Acharya
Peter Rigby
Janet Ruttenberg
Stephen and Maxine Sands
Linda Sanford
Melissa Vail and Norman Selby
Amy and Steve Thogmartin
George D. Yancopoulos
John E. Abele
Scott Becchi
Albert and Caryn Bunshaft
John Chee
David and Pamela Christman
Alison D. Davis
Nicholas and Anita Donofrio
Atul Dubey
Judith Erwin and Brian  Matheson
Judy and Tony Evnin
James and Ann Firestone
Stuart Fischer and Jeanette Mall
Mickey Friedman
Sibyl R. Golden
Roger J. Herz
Edward and Deborah Horowitz
Thomas Campbell Jackson
Patricia Kemp
Rachel Kort and David Pitluck
Mark and Ina Kupferberg
René Lammers
Jeffrey and Jill Libshutz
Louis Modano
John and Elaine Postley
Susan Puglia
Jane Safer
Jennifer and Don Saldicco
Jeffrey Salkin
Jennifer Salkin
Leonard and Harriet Schleifer
Cecily Cannan Selby
Alexandra Shapiro
Anil Shrivastava and Namita Luthra
Bikram Singh
Michael and Emma Sleightholme
Jonathan Spielman
Jeanne M. Sullivan
David Swope
Minerva Tantoco
Margo and Anthony Viscusi
Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III
Clara Wajngurt
Sharon Wurtzel
Michael Zigman


Benefits of Membership


$5,000 contribution ($4,500 fully tax-deductible).

  • Unlimited guest passes to NYSCI.
  • Invitation to Spring for STEM.
  • 8 Tickets to World Maker Faire with access to President’s Corner Lounge.
  • Insider access to exhibits and behind-the-scenes tours.
  • Invitation to the Art and Science Showcase Reception.
  • Access to invite-only prototyping sessions with exhibition designers.
  • VIP invitations for previews of major exhibitions.
  • VIP reserved seating for all public programs.
  • Quarterly briefings on the latest in the STEM community.
  • Recognition in the NYSCI Annual Report.

Vice Chairs

$10,000 contribution ($9,500 fully tax-deductible).

All benefits from prior level, plus:

  • Offer an organization of your choice for a free NYSCI field trip.
  • Concierge service at NYSCI and World Maker Faire.
  • Attend exclusive trustee-hosted receptions with distinguished STEM leaders.


$25,000 contribution ($24,500 fully tax-deductible).

All benefits from prior level, plus:

  • Opportunity for annual name recognition in support of a NYSCI exhibit.

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For more information, please contact, ph: 718-595-9179.