WASHINGTON (Feb. 23, 2017)—The National Geographic Society today announced the election of two new members to its Board of Trustees: education leader Katherine Bradley and geospatial technology industry innovator Jack Dangermond. The announcement was made by philanthropist, investor and Internet pioneer Jean Case, chairman of the Board of Trustees, and Gary E. Knell, the Society’s president and chief executive officer. Bradley and Dangermond join a 15-member Board and will each serve an initial four-year term.
“We are thrilled to welcome two outstanding leaders from the fields of education and technology to the National Geographic Society Board of Trustees,” said Case. “Their diverse backgrounds and professional expertise will certainly enhance National Geographic’s efforts to further global understanding — through cutting-edge science, exploration, education and storytelling — while inspiring solutions for the greater good.”
Bradley is the founding chair of CityBridge Education, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit investing in the creation of the city’s future portfolio of public schools. Focusing on new models that improve personalization, equity and student achievement, CityBridge works with educators, school leaders and school-based teams to launch brand-new schools or to redesign existing ones. She also serves as a board member for the KIPP Foundation, Princeton University and the D.C. College Access Program. She is a former chair, and current board member, of the Washington regional board for Teach For America.
Dangermond is the co-founder and president of Esri, the global leader in spatial analytics. A geographer with deep roots in landscape architecture, Dangermond productized geographic information systems (GIS) after a decade of research and development as a regional planning consultant in his hometown of Redlands, Calif. Today, Esri dominates the geospatial technology industry and is the fourth largest privately held software company in the world.
“Katherine and Jack come to the National Geographic Society with a profound dedication to our core tenets of geography and education,” said Knell. “I am confident they will make a lasting impact as we work toward fostering committed stewards of our planet and ensuring a healthier, more sustainable future for generations to come.”