Executive Management

Judy Gradwohl
President and Chief Executive Officer

Michael Wall, Ph.D .
Vice President of Research and Public Programs

Eowyn Bates
Vice President of Institutional Advancement

The San Diego Natural History Museum traces its roots to an enthusiastic group of amateur naturalists, who formed the San Diego Society of Natural History in 1874.

Board of Directors

Anita Busquets
President, Biotechnology Management Consultants and Owner, Aliane Wines

Vice Chair
Roberto Arjona
CEO and General Manager, Rancho La Puerta

Tom Oberbauer
Biological Consultant, AECOM

Terri Buchanan
Accountant, UC San Diego (Retired)

At Large
Mary Dawe
Attorney, California Court of Appeal

Austin Blue
Co-Founder & President, Spectrum Aeronautical and SciFly

Anne Bullard
Community Volunteer

John DeBeer
VP, Chicken of the Sea

John Downing
Executive Director, Downing Family Foundation

Tom Hazard
Partner, R.E. Hazard Contracting Company

Georganne Hoctor
Community Volunteer, Teacher (Retired)

Steve Kay, Ph.D.
Provost, USC Michaelson Center for Convergent Bioscience

Kathryn Kim
Community Volunteer

Diana Lindsay
President, Sunbelt Publications

DeEtte Loeffler
Attorney, Miller, Monson, Peshel, Polacek and Hoshaw

Steve McDonald
Attorney & Counselor at Law

Judith Muñoz
Vice President, The Scripps Research Institute (Retired)

Rand Newman
Senior Counsel, Hewlett-Packard Company (Retired)

Demi Rogozienski
Community Volunteer

Jessica Dee Rohm
President and CEO, Rohm Global

Jon Schmid
President and CEO, Cook and Schmid

Jason Shidler
Managing Director, First Republic Bank

Melvin Spiese
Major General, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)

Karen Garsson
Former VP, Corporate Responsibility, SAIC

Stephen Hill
District Director, Assemblymember Todd Gloria

Trustees Emeritus

Pamela M. Bruder
Dale Clark
Mary H. Clark*
James Clements*
Joan Parker
Norman C. Roberts., DVM*
Harley Sefton
Thomas W. Sefton*
Christy Walton
Carol Wilson

Honorary Trustees

Charmaine* and Maurice* Kaplan
Philip M. Klauber*
Donna K. Sefton*
Richard Schwenkmeyer
Nita and Henk van der Werff
Dennis Wilson


Binational Advisory Board

Anderson, Susan. Ph.D. | Northwest Mexico Program Director, The Nature Conservancy
Blue, Austin | Co-Owner and Chief Executive Officer, SciFly, LLC
Cudney, Richard | Conservation and Science Associate Program Officer, Packard Foundation
Deméré, Tom. Ph.D. | Paleontology Curator, SDNHM
Engstrand, Iris. Ph.D. | Professor of History, University of San Diego
Ezcurra, Exequiel. Ph.D. | Director of UCMEXUS; Professor, Botany and Plant Sciences, UC Riverside
Goebel, Martin | Executive Director, Sustainable Northwest
Hambleton, Enrique - Co-Chairman | Pronatura Noroeste
Harper, Alan. Ph.D. | Terra Peninsular, AC
Herzl, Davida | Co-Founder & CEO, Aclima Inc. Managing Partner, NextEarth Group, LLC
Hollingsworth, Bradford. Ph.D. | Herpetology Curator, SDNHM
Kiy, Richard | President and CEO, International Community Foundation
Knaebel, Sergio | Grant Director, Sandler Family Supporting Foundation
Laddon, Ann | V.P. of Institutional Advancement, SDNHM
Levy-Szpiro, Karen | Binational Education Program Manager, SDNHM
Loveall, Susan | VP, CFO and COO, SDNHM
Luken, Gaston | President, Noroeste Sustentable
McDonald, Steven | Private Practice Lawyer, Law Office of Steven McDonald, LC Environmental and Resource Regulation and Litigation
Means, Tim | Owner and Founder, Baja Expeditions
Navarra, Jerry | President, Jerome's Furniture Inc.
Ogarrio, Rodolfo| Executive President, Fundea (Fundación Mexicana para la Educación Ambiental AC)
Rebman, Jon. Ph.D. | Botany Curator, SDNHM
Rehm, Rudolph | Finance Partner, DCM-DOLL Capital Management
* Roberts, Norman DVM | Director Emeritus, SDNHM, Investment Counselor, Conservationist
Robles, Alejandro | Executive Director Noroeste Sustentable Initiative, Noroeste Sustentable
Shepard Espinosa, Carolina| Founder and Director, Bahia De Los Angeles Museum
Sparrow, Tom | Principal, Eclipse Automotive Properties
Valdes, Roberto | Land and Planning Development
Wall, Michael. Ph.D. | V.P. of Research and Public Programs, Curator of Entomology, SDNHM
Walton, Christy | Walton Family Foundation
Waring, Jim | CleanTECH San Diego, City of San Diego, Land Use and Economic Development
Winkelman, Doretta | Binational Education Director, SDNHM
Yang, Mary, Ph.D. | Scientist

* deceased

Collaborations and Partnerships

The San Diego Natural History Museum is accredited by the American Association of Museums , which certifies that this museum continues to demonstrate a professional level of operation in accordance with the standards of excellence prescribed by the AAM.

American Association of Museums

Our organization is a member of the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, a collaboration of 26 arts, science and culture institutions in Balboa Park. By working together we produce major outcomes that no single organization could achieve alone. Benefits of our Partnership include:

  • Collective cost savings of $800,000 annually;
  • Improved organizational performance and creation of new resources (knowledge, innovation, and networks)
  • New financial resources: since 2008 the Partnership has brought $4.2 million in new revenue to Balboa Park;
  • Improved public accessibility and safety through capital improvements and ADA upgrades
  • Reduction of Balboa Park's carbon footprint by 5.4 million kWhs and 91,000 therms annually, the equivalent of 110 homes; and
  • Professional development for more than four thousand staff and volunteers to improve professional practice and visitor experience.


To learn more about the many ways our collaboration makes the Park a better place to visit, learn, and have fun, please visit the Partnership's website at www.bpcp.org.

The San Diego Natural History Museum has been awarded Prestigious LEED® for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance Green Building Certification.

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