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Two Trustees Join Buck Institute Board

Fay Hartog Levin, the former Ambassador to the Netherlands, and local civic leader E. Lewis Reid have joined the Buck Institute Board of Trustees.

Ambassador Levin, who lives in Chicago, served the Obama administration in The Hague from 2009 to 2011. Before her ambassadorial appointment she was a senior consultant at Res Publica Group, where she assisted nonprofits to develop strategic partnerships, to leverage their visibility and to maximize their support among traditional and nontraditional audience and funders. 

Previously, she was vice president for external affairs at the Field Museum of Chicago, responsible for the museum’s government relations and public funding.

Ambassador Levin, the daughter of Dutch Jewish parents who fled Holland before World War II, is a graduate of Northwestern University and Loyola University (J.D.). She was an early specialist in education law during her 20 years of practicing law.

“I look forward to supporting the Buck Institute’s mission to extend healthspan, the healthy years of life,” said Ambassador Levin. “The Institute is poised to make a major impact on the future of aging, both in this country and abroad. Their work is crucial in light of aging populations and healthcare systems in need of reform. I am excited to be part of it.”

Reid returns to the Buck Institute after serving as Chair of the Board of Trustees from 2007 to 2010. He is best known as a former director and CEO of the California Endowment, a private foundation dedicated to improving the health of Californians. He is also a director of the Larry L. Hillblom Foundation, a private foundation focused primarily on supporting biomedical research in the fields of diabetes and age research and the Community Foundation Sonoma County. 

Reid is a graduate of Princeton and Harvard Law School. In addition to being involved in private legal practice, he has also served as counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs, as well as being a lecturer at law at the University of California at Berkeley School of Law.

“I rejoin the Board of Trustees with great enthusiasm,” said Reid, who led efforts to recruit Buck CEO and President Brian Kennedy, Ph.D., who came to the Institute in 2010. “The upcoming opening of the new Regenerative Medicine Research Center marks a major expansion in the Buck’s scientific quest. I look forward to reengaging with faculty members and staff and working with other board members to support the Institute in this exciting period of growth.”

The new trustees officially joined the board March 8.

About the Buck Institute for Research on Aging
The Buck Institute is the U.S.’s first and foremost independent research organization devoted to geroscience, focused on the connection between normal aging and chronic disease. Based in Novato, the Buck is dedicated to extending “healthspan,” the healthy years of human life and does so utilizing a unique interdisciplinary approach involving laboratories studying the mechanisms of aging and those focused on specific diseases. Buck scientists strive to discover new ways of detecting, preventing and treating age-related diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, cancer, cardiovascular disease, macular degeneration, diabetes and stroke.  In their collaborative research, they are supported by the most recent developments in genomics, proteomics and bioinformatics

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