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Officers

Gary E. Knell, Chairman
President and Chief Executive Officer, National Geographic Society
Gary Knell joined the National Geographic Society as President and CEO in January 2014. He has been a member of the Society’s Board of Trustees since April 2013. He has served on the Board of Governors of the National Geographic Education Foundation since November 2003, and currently is its Chairman. From 2011 to 2013, Knell was President and CEO of National Public Radio. Under his leadership, NPR solidified its position in a rapidly changing media environment due to Knell’s ability to leverage the organization’s network of member stations, drive cross-platform journalism and cultural programming, and grow philanthropic and corporate underwriting support. He was also a strong advocate of innovation and technologies to draw new audiences to public media. Knell’s media career spans nearly three decades, including 22 years at Sesame Workshop, where he was COO for two years before assuming the role of CEO in 2000. During his 12-year tenure as CEO, Sesame expanded its revenue base, worldwide audience and global recognition. Knell was instrumental in focusing the organization on Sesame Street’s worldwide mission, including the creation of groundbreaking co-productions in South Africa, India, Northern Ireland and Egypt. He also oversaw the creation and launch of two cable networks, Noggin and Sprout. Knell holds a B.A. in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a J.D. from Loyola University School of Law.

Patrick F. Noonan, Vice Chairman
Chairman Emeritus, The Conservation Fund
Patrick Noonan is Founder and Chairman Emeritus (since 2003) of The Conservation Fund, a nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving America’s natural and historic heritage. Under his leadership, the Fund has pioneered a new approach to conservation based on collaboration, not confrontation. Noonan was also Founder and Chairman of The American Farmland Trust (1980-1997) and President of The Nature Conservancy (1968-1980). Currently, he serves on National Geographic’s Board of Trustees and the Board of Advisors of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University. He also serves on the board of Saul Centers, Inc. and is a Trustee Emeritus of Gettysburg College, his alma mater.

Kathleen Schwille, Executive Director (ex officio)
Vice President, Curriculum, Education and Children’s Media, National Geographic Society
Kathleen Schwille leads National Geographic’s efforts in the formal education arena, including online and in-person teacher communities, stewardship of the grant-making work of the National Geographic Education Foundation, and oversight of National Geographic’s relationship with its formal education partner, Cengage Learning. She also oversees the Society’s work of aligning all of its products and experiences to a learning framework that teaches the attitudes, skills, and knowledge necessary for active citizenship in our rapidly changing global society. Kathleen is a certified science teacher, and taught high school chemistry in rural Tanzania with the Peace Corps. She has a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry Education and a master’s degree in Learning Sciences, both from Northwestern University.

Terry Adamson, Secretary (non-voting)
Chief Legal Officer/Senior Advisor to the President and CEO/Head, International Publishing/Secretary to the Board of Trustees, National Geographic Society
Terry Adamson is responsible for the publication of local-language editions of National Geographic magazine and other international publications. He is also the Society’s chief legal officer, overseeing law, business, and government affairs. Adamson is responsible for coordinating relationships and maintaining good relations with governments around the world and in the United States. Additionally, he serves as Corporate Secretary of the Society. He was a member of the Board of Directors of National Geographic Ventures from 1996 until 2012. Prior to joining National Geographic in 1998, Adamson was a partner in the law office of Kaye, Scholer, Fierman, Hays & Handler. He serves on the boards of the Asia Foundation, the Carter Center, and the Henry Luce Foundation. By appointment of Presidents George H.W. Bush and William J. Clinton, and three Senate confirmations, Adamson served on the Board of Directors of the State Justice Institute (1991-2010). He holds both bachelor’s and law degrees from Emory University.

Members

Brendan Bechtel
Principal Vice President & General Manager, LNG, Bechtel Corporation
Brendan Bechtel is the General Manager of Bechtel’s Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) business line and a Principal Vice President of Bechtel’s Oil, Gas & Chemicals (OG&C) global business unit. In the past he has worked in a variety of field and corporate assignments with Bechtel, predominantly in the energy and civil infrastructure sectors. Bechtel holds a B.A. in Geography from Middlebury College and both an M.B.A. and a Masters in Construction Engineering & Management from Stanford University.

Melina Gerosa Bellows (ex officio)
Chief Education Officer, National Geographic Society
Melina Gerosa Bellows is responsible for the Education & Children’s Media division, formal education, the National Geographic Education Foundation, and the National Geographic Bee. Her previous positions include publisher and chief creative officer of Books, Kids, and Family at National Geographic. As chief creative officer, she led the editorial and design teams for National Geographic Books, Children’s Books, National Geographic Kids, and Little Kids magazines, as well as all of the Society’s Kids and Family product lines, including online and digital platform extensions. Prior, Bellows was executive vice president and chief creative officer of Children’s Publishing, where she oversaw the Children’s Book division and served as editor in chief of National Geographic Kids, the largest children’s magazine in America, with a circulation of 1.2 million. Bellows joined National Geographic in 2000 as editor of National Geographic World magazine (now National Geographic Kids). She is a graduate of Boston College.

Jack Dangermond
Founder and President, Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri)
A landscape architect by training, Jack Dangermond founded Esri in 1969 with a vision that computer mapping and analysis could help us design a better future. Under his leadership, that vision has continued to guide Esri in creating cutting-edge GIS (geographic information systems software) and GeoDesign technologies used in every industry to make a difference worldwide. In 2010, Dangermond received the Patron’s Medal from England’s Royal Geographical Society and the National Geographic Society awarded him the Alexander Graham Bell Medal for extraordinary achievement in geographic research for his contributions to the field of GIS. He fostered the growth of Esri from a small research group to an organization recognized as the world leader in GIS software development. Esri employs 2,700 people in the U.S.; many who shared Dangermond’s passion for GIS in the early days are still with the company and remain dedicated to helping its users be successful.

John M. Fahey, Jr.
Chairman, National Geographic Society
John Fahey is Chairman of the National Geographic Society, a position he has held since January 2011. He was Chief Executive Officer of the National Geographic Society from March 1998 to December 2013, and President of the organization from March 1998 to December 2010. He is also Chairman Emeritus, National Geographic Education Foundation. During his tenure as President and CEO, Fahey led an evolution of the Society, including its entry into cable television with the National Geographic Channels, the international growth of National Geographic magazine, and the extension of National Geographic content into virtually every aspect of digital media. In addition to continuing the Society’s efforts to improve geographic literacy, he guided the significant expansion of its Mission Programs during the past decade, including the creation of the National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence, Fellows and Emerging Explorers programs, as well as the Genographic Project. Fahey joined National Geographic in April 1996 as the first President and Chief Executive Officer of National Geographic Ventures, the nonprofit Society’s wholly owned taxable subsidiary. Prior to that, he was Chairman, President and CEO of Time Life Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Time Warner Inc., for seven years. Fahey received his bachelor’s degree in engineering from Manhattan College and his M.B.A. from the University of Michigan.

Marillyn A. Hewson
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Lockheed Martin Corporation
Marillyn A. Hewson is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Lockheed Martin Corporation. She has spent 30 years at Lockheed Martin, holding several operational leadership positions and key executive roles. Hewson serves on the boards of directors of DuPont and the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation and on the USO board of governors, and she is a former chair of the Sandia Corporation board of directors. In September 2013, Hewson was appointed by President Barack Obama to the President’s Export Council, the principal national advisory committee on international trade. Selected by Fortune magazine as one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in Business” for the past four years and named #4 in 2013, Hewson also was named by Forbes as one of the “World’s 100 Most Powerful Women” in 2013. She holds a B.S. in business administration and an M.A. in economics from The University of Alabama.

Lyle Logan
Executive Vice President, Northern Trust Corporation
Lyle Logan has led the Global Financial Institutions Group since January 2010. From 2005 to 2009, he was the Managing Director, Institutional Sales and Client Servicing for Northern Trust Global Investments, the asset management arm of Northern Trust Corporation. Logan holds a B.A. in Accounting and Economics from Florida A&M University and an M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Chicago.

Julie McGee
Julie McGee is a retired executive with significant management experience in educational publishing in both print and digital formats. Most recently, she served as group President and CEO for six operating units that were part of Harcourt, a division of Reed-Elsevier, and previously held similar positions at McGraw-Hill, Scholastic, and Houghton Mifflin. She has taught in the Stanford University Publishing Program. McGee serves on the boards of Opportunity Charter School and Cathedral High School. She previously served on the board of DeVry Inc. (NYSE) for 18 years and was chair of its compensation committee.

William K. Reilly
Founding Partner, Aqua International Partners; Senior Advisor, TPG Capital, L.P.
William K. Reilly is a Senior Advisor to TPG Capital, L.P., an international investment partnership. During his tenure with TPG, he was the Founding Partner of Aqua International Partners (1998-2010), a private equity fund dedicated to investing in companies in the water sector. He served as Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (1989-1993), and is Chairman Emeritus of the Board of World Wildlife Fund. Reilly is a Director of the Packard Foundation, Chairman of the Advisory Board for the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University, Chairman of the Board of the ClimateWorks Foundation and Co-Chairman of the Bipartisan Policy Center Energy Project. In 2010, Reilly was appointed by President Barack Obama to co-chair the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling, and in 2012 to the Council for Global Development. He holds a B.A. from Yale University, a J.D. from Harvard University and an M.S. in Urban Planning from Columbia University.

Anthony Williams
CEO, Federal City Council
Tony Williams is a former Mayor of Washington, D.C. (1999-2007). Currently, he is the Chief Executive Officer of the Federal City Council, an organization which serves as a catalyst for progress in the nation’s capital by focusing the creative and administrative talents of Washington’s business and professional leaders on major problems and opportunities facing the city. Williams previously served as the William H. Bloomberg Lecturer in Public Management at the Harvard Kennedy School. During his two terms as Mayor, he is widely credited with leading the comeback of Washington, restoring the city’s finances and improving the performance of government agencies. Before his election as Mayor, he was the independent Chief Financial Officer of the District (1995-1998). In addition to his work on company boards, Williams devotes his attention to educational and environmental issues, serving on the boards of Fight for Children and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. He holds a B.A. from Yale University, an M.P.P. from the Harvard Kennedy School and a J.D. from the Harvard Law School.

Members Emeriti
Gilbert M. Grosvenor, Chairman Emeritus, National Geographic Society and Education Foundation
Martha E. Church
Charles O. Holliday, Jr
James C. Kautz
Gerry Lenfest
Floretta Dukes McKenzie
Alex Trebek

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