Mary Maxon, Ph.D. is Executive Director of the Science Philanthropy Alliance (SPA).
A seasoned science and technology policy expert with 25 years of leadership and academic experience in both the private and public sectors, Dr. Maxonâ€™s work at SPA
focuses on establishing private philanthropy as a catalyst for driving discovery through continued investment in basic science research.
Dr. Maxon joined SPA from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where she served as Biosciences Head for Strategic Planning and Development.
Prior to joining Berkeley Lab, she was Assistant Director for Biological Research in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
White House work, Dr. Maxon
ran the Marine Microbiology Initiative at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
, which supports the application of molecular approaches to the field of marine microbiology with the goal of developing comprehensive models to detect and validate environmentally-induced changes in marine microbial ecosystems.
She also previously served as Deputy Vice Chair at the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, where she drafted intellectual property policies for California stem cell grantees in the nonprofit and for-profit research sectors.
Dr. Maxon also has a background in biotechnology.
She previously served as Associate Director and Anti-infective Program Leader for Cytokinetics, a biotechnology company in South San Francisco.
Her biotechnology experience also includes a position at Microbia, Inc., based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she contributed to the discovery and development of the Precision Engineering technology for production of commercial products using metabolic engineering.
Dr. Maxon received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, in Molecular Cell Biology, and did postdoctoral research in biochemistry and genetics at the University of California, San Francisco.