GMT Advisory Council
The Giant Magellan Telescope has launched an international council of advocates who are dedicated to the success of constructing the GMT. Council members give their valuable time to connect the telescope with philanthropists interested in furthering astronomy and joining one of the largest science focused public-private partnerships in history. The GMT Advisory Council will be instrumental for the future of the GMT and the profound impact it will have on the future of human knowledge.
President, Fundación Ecoscience
Based in Santiago, Chile, Eduardo Ergas is a philanthropist and entrepreneur with broad experience in the financial sector. Eduardo is President of Fundación EcoScience and President President and Owner of EcoCopter. Eduardo belongs to several boards in Chile and the US. In 2004, he founded the Chilean not-for-profit Fundación EcoScience to create a bridge between the scientific community and Chilean society.
Vice President, Fundación Ecoscience
Patricia is the Vice President of Fundación EcoScience and is a commercial architect. She is also the director of the Mi Parque Foundation. Patricia Lopez is the wife of Eduardo Ergas.
Co-Founder, Raine Group
Jeff Sine is Co-Founder and Partner of the Raine Group, a global merchant bank focused on technology, media and telecommunications. A three-time Tony Award Winner, Jeff has produced plays and musicals Broadway and in London’s West End.
Global Advisor Common Sense Media, Anti-bias Workshop Trainer, Journalist
Samira Sine has more than 15 years’ experience as a journalist, writer, on-air broadcaster, and producer at the BBC’s World Business Report, Reuters, and the Huffington Post. Samira has served on multiple boards of organizations committed to women’s and children’s health and education.
CSO, Virgin Galactic
George T. Whitesides is CSO (Chief Space Officer) at Virgin Galactic and was long time CEO of Virgin Galactic. Previously, George was Chief of Staff of NASA, and Executive Director of the National Space Society.
Dr. Robert Shelton is President of the Giant Magellan Telescope Corporation. In previous roles, Robert was the executive director of the Arizona Sports Foundation, the 19th president of the University of Arizona, and provost and executive vice chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. An experimental condensed-matter physicist, Robret received his B.S. from Stanford University and his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego.
Chair, GMTO Board of Directors
Dr. Walter Massey is the current chairman of the Giant Magellan Telescope Corporation. An educator, physicist, and executive, Walter also serves as trustee chair of the City Colleges of Chicago. Walter is the former chairman of Bank of America, former director of the National Science Foundation, president emeritus of Morehouse College, president emeritus of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and past director of Argonne National Laboratory.
GMTO Vice President of Development and External Relations
Jennifer Eccles is the Vice President for Development and External Relations at GMTO. For ten years, she worked at the University of Southern California in development leadership roles, as the Executive Director of Development at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy and the Chief Development Officer at USC Libraries. Jennifer has spent her career in higher education advancement, and has worked at the University of Washington, Washington State University and the University of Idaho in development roles.
Interested in supporting the Giant Magellan Telescope? Contact Jennifer Eccles, VP of Development and External Relations for the GMTO Corporation: firstname.lastname@example.org or 626-204-0566.