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Advisory Board

The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory receives direction, guidance and oversight from the SAO Advisory Board, composed of advocates dedicated to astrophysics research and pursuing the next big discoveries.

Michael J. Tuteur

Boston, MA
Board Chair, Partner, Foley & Lardner, LLP

Jim E. Erbs

Gilberts, IL
Board Vice Chair, President & CEO, Safety Socket, LLC

Thomas M. Clay

Boulder, CO
Managing Member, Epacria Capital Partners

David Cowan

Atherton, CA
Partner, Bessemer Venture Partners

Chris Dickerson

Kildeer, IL
Partner, Paul Hastings

Andy Heyward

Beverly Hills, CA
CEO, Genius Brands International

Elizabeth Hudson

Cambridge, MA
CTO, Omega Funds

Dr. Linda Neumann

Nashua, NH
Instructor, Harvard Institute for Learning in Retirement

Murthy Nukala

San Mateo, CA
Founder & CEO, Adchemy, Inc.

Dr. Deepak Raghavan

Atlanta, GA
Adjunct Professor in Astronomy, Georgia State University

John C. Ryan

Minneapolis, MN
Founder, Chairman & Owner, John Ryan Companies

Michael Seedman

Highland Park, IL
Founder, Seedman Associates

Randall (Randy) C. Shepard

Austin, TX
Senior Director, Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin

Phil Young

Portola Valley, CA
Senior Advisor, U.S. Venture Partners