President’s Council


Lead Science Education

Be a part of an elite and distinguished group of scientists, business leaders, entrepreneurs, philanthropists and other individuals who have interests in science, education, and the cultural and intellectual life of New York and the nation.

About the 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.

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

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Benefits of Membership


$5,000 contribution*

  • Unlimited guest passes to NYSCI.
  • Invitation to Spring for STEM.
  • Eight tickets to World Maker Faire with access to President’s Corner Lounge.
  • Insider access to exhibits and behind-the-scenes tours.
  • Access to prototyping sessions with exhibition designers.
  • VIP invitations to 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*

All benefits from prior level, plus:

  • A free NYSCI field trip to an organization of your choice.
  • Concierge service at NYSCI and World Maker Faire.
  • Exclusive trustee-hosted receptions with distinguished STEM leaders.


$25,000 contribution*

All benefits from prior level, plus:

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

*All but $500 of your contribution is tax-deductible.

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

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Featured Events

We are currently working on an exciting roster of events for the 2018 – 2019 season. In the meantime, please enjoy this video from one of our most recent President’s Council events “Making Sense of Blockchain, Bitcoin, and Cryptocurrencies,” which was held on May 17, 2018. Thank you to SarderTV! You may also see a roster of our past events here.

President's Council Members


Ravenel Curry

Linda Sanford

Sara Lee and Axel Schupf

Vice Chairs

Alyson and John Archer

Caroline Curry and Robert Davis

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

Gerry Ohrstrom

Devesh Raj and Tara Acharya

Peter Rigby

Stephen and Maxine Sands

Amy and Steve Thogmartin

Lisa Thomas

Melissa Vail and Norman Selby

George D. Yancopoulos


John E. Abele

Susie and Peter Barkey

Scott Becchi

Albert and Caryn Bunshaft

Karen Burke

John Chee

David and Pamela Christman

Michael J. Critelli

Nicholas and Anita Donofrio

Atul Dubey

Judy and Tony Evnin

James and Ann Firestone

Stuart Fischer and Jeanette Mall

Mickey Friedman

Virginia Gold

Roger J. Herz

Edward and Deborah Horowitz

Thomas Campbell Jackson

Frans Johansson

Patricia Kemp

Mark and Ina Kupferberg

René Lammers

Jeffrey and Jill Libshutz

Louis Modano

Victoria Morris

Francine Neu

Marean and Thomas Pompidou

John and Elaine Postley

Susan Puglia

Michael and Sandy Richman

Jane Safer

Jeffrey Salkin

Cecily Cannan Selby

Anil Shrivastava and Namita Luthra

Michael and Emma Sleightholme

Jonathan Spielman

Jeanne M. Sullivan

Minerva Tantoco

Margo and Anthony Viscusi

Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III

Clara Wajngurt

James Wiener and Sarah Gleit

Michael Zigman