The Berkeley Lab Foundation
Philanthropy has been part of Berkeley Lab since its inception, when Dr. Lawrence successfully engaged donor support for his earliest cyclotrons. Today, we are building on that history to expand what is possible for the lab beyond the boundaries of our current funding. With our philanthropic partners, we will pursue the most innovative science and solve the most crucial societal problems.
The Berkeley Lab Foundation was established as a separate 501(c)3 by the University of California in 2013 to give interested supporters a way to work with the lab. We are seeking volunteer leaders and donors who are excited about the opportunity to be a part of the amazing science happening at Berkeley Lab.
Pier Oddone is Director Emeritus, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and Deputy Director Emeritus, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He served as director of Fermilab from 2005 to 2013 where he led the major transition of the laboratory from a program based on the Tevatron Collider to a broad program on neutrinos, muons, particle astrophysics and the energy frontier at the LHC. He served as deputy director of LBNL from 1990 through 2005 with responsibility for strategic planning and developing and nurturing new initiatives across the laboratory such as NERSC, the JGI, the scientific exploitation of the ALS and projects at the interface of the physical and biological sciences. He led the Physics Division at LBNL from 1988 to 1992, supporting new ideas such as the experiment that revealed the accelerating expansion of the universe. He led the Time Projection Chamber (TPC) Collaboration at SLAC from 1984 to 1987 and from 1974 through 1987 helped develop the technology of TPCs and had responsibility for coordinating the experimental program at the Positron Electron Project at SLAC. He is best known for the invention of the Asymmetric B Factory, a new collider to study the violation of CP symmetry. This led to the construction of two large facilities, one in Japan and one at Stanford, the latter as a SLAC-LBNL-LLNL collaboration. The facilities and associated detectors discovered and studied the violation of CP symmetry in b-quark decays proving the Kobayashi-Maskawa theory of CP violation in particle physics. He received the Panofsky Award of the American Physical Society for this invention. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Academia Nacional de Ciencias del Perú. He has received honorary degrees from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Universidad Ricardo Palma in Lima, Perú and Universidad de San Martín in Tarapoto, Perú. He received a BS degree from MIT (1965), a Ph.D from Princeton University (1970) and was a post-doctoral fellow at Caltech (1970-72) before joining LBNL in 1972.
Since his retirement from Fermilab in 2013 he has served in several advisory committees, including as chair of the LIGO Project Advisory Committee, co-chair of the Working Group on NIH-DOE Collaborations and member of the National Ignition Facility Management Committee, the federal advisory committee to the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research and the LBNL Advisory Board.
Geoff O’Neill is the Assistant Vice President of Institutional Advancement for the University of California system. In this role, he is responsible for providing services to increase philanthropic support to the campuses, for policy development and oversight, and for endowment matters.
Geoff joined UC’s Office of the President in 1998 as University Counsel in the Office of the General Counsel, where he was responsible for all legal issues related to private support to the University, including negotiating and reviewing gift agreements; administering estates and trusts; providing counsel on complex planned giving arrangements; analyzing federal and state legislation; endowment administration; and advising the campuses and the Office of the President on policy issues in these areas. He became Assistant Vice President – Institutional Advancement on July 1, 2007.
Prior to coming to UC, Geoff was in private practice where he specialized in Estate Planning, Charitable Gift Planning, and Non-Profit Organizations. In addition to speaking at higher education conferences, Geoff has presented at the California State Bar’s Annual Estate & Gift Tax Conference, the Western Regional Planned Giving Conference, and the Annual Meeting of the California Tax Bar. He received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from UC Berkeley and his Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.
Geoff also serves on the Board of a number of organizations affiliated with the University of California, including the Lawrence Berkeley Lab Foundation, the University of California Foundation Limited (Hong Kong), and the University of California Trust (UK).
Thomas C. Schroeder is Senior Counsel in the Office of General Counsel at the University of California, where he advises on tax-exempt organization, nonprofit and charitable trust and charitable giving matters. Before joining the University in 2013, Mr. Schroeder was Associate General Counsel at The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and an attorney in the Tax-Exempt Organizations Practice Group at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP.
Mr. Schroeder is a graduate of Bowdoin College (B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa), The Courtauld Institute of Art (M.A.) and the University of Washington School of Law (J.D., with honors, Order of the Coif), where he was Executive Articles Editor of the Washington Law Review.
Ivy Clift is President of the Berkeley Lab Foundation. She also serves as the Chief Development Officer at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Prior to her arrival at the Lab in 2015, Ivy was the assistant vice president of medical center development at Stanford for three years, where she helped lead the successful $1 billion campaign for Stanford Medicine. Prior to that, she was director of The Stanford Fund for four years, raising over $20 million annually for undergraduate students. Ivy has served the University of California in a number of roles, including as UC Berkeley’s assistant athletic director, and as UCSF’s development director for medical education. She holds a B.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies from University of California Berkeley.
Alicia Yeh is Vice President of the Berkeley Lab Foundation. Prior to her arrival at the Berkeley Lab Foundation in 2016, Alicia was Director, World Wildlife Fund in Hong Kong, where she successfully led the marketing, fundraising and communications teams in fundraising $10 million annually. Previous to that she was Associate Director at the Asian Pacific Fund in San Francisco. She holds a B.S. in Management and Statistics from New York University.