WASHINGTON (May 6, 2010)—Philanthropist and interactive technology pioneer Jean Case has been appointed to the National Geographic Society’s board of trustees, and two former trustees, conservationist Patrick Noonan and business leader Francis Saul ll, have been re-elected to the board. They join 17 other trustees who are leaders in science, education, law, business, finance, government and public service.
Jean Case is CEO of the Case Foundation, which she created with her husband, Steve, in 1997. The Foundation is recognized for its efforts to increase giving and catalyze civic and business participation, as well as promote innovation, collaboration and leadership in the nonprofit sector.
Prior to co-founding the Case Foundation, Case was a senior executive at America Online Inc., where she directed the marketing and branding effort that launched AOL and directed the communications strategy for taking the company public. Previously, she held strategic marketing positions at GE’s Information Services Division and at The Source, the nation’s first online service.
Case has served in two appointed roles leading strategic public-private efforts — as chair of the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation and co-chair of the U.S.-Palestinian Partnership. She serves on the boards of National Geographic Ventures, Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure (ABC2), ePals, SnagFilms, Malaria No More, BrainScope Company Inc., Miraval® Tucson and the Potomac School. She also serves on the National Geographic Society’s Council of Advisors and the advisory boards of the National Conference on Citizenship and the Brain Trust Accelerator Fund.
Pat Noonan previously served as a National Geographic Society trustee from 1990 to 2009. He is vice chairman of National Geographic’s Education Foundation Board of Governors and has served on that board since 1995.
Noonan is founder and chairman emeritus of The Conservation Fund. Working with public and private partners, the Fund has protected more that 6 million acres of America’s special places. Noonan was also a founder and chairman of the American Farmland Trust and a former president of The Nature Conservancy. He is a founder and vice chairman of the Friends of the John Smith Chesapeake Trail.
A widely recognized leader in conservation, Noonan has served in leadership positions on a number of national boards and three presidential commissions. In addition to his conservation activities, he is a director of Saul Centers Inc. and a member of the board of advisors of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University.
Frank Saul was previously a member of National Geographic’s board of trustees from 1985 to 2008, serving on the executive committee, the finance committee and as chair of the compensation committee. He has been a member of National Geographic’s Council of Advisors since January 2003.
Saul is CEO and chairman of Saul Centers Inc. and chairman of B.F. Saul Company and B.F. Saul Real Estate Investment Trust. He is also the founder and former chairman and CEO of Chevy Chase Bank, which was sold in December 2008 to Capital One. Through the companies he founded and his personal philanthropy, Saul has been a catalyst for much of the redevelopment in downtown Washington, D.C.
His current nonprofit affiliations include serving on the Trustees Council of the National Gallery of Art as well as on the boards of the Library of Congress Trust Fund and the National Sporting Library. He is an honorary trustee of the Brookings Institution, trustee emeritus of Johns Hopkins Medicine and a life trustee of the Corcoran Gallery of Art.
“The National Geographic board of trustees is fortunate to have the additional counsel and experience of Jean Case, Pat Noonan and Frank Saul, with their long and impressive records of leadership and service in their respective fields,” said John Fahey, National Geographic Society president and CEO.
The 122-year-old National Geographic Society, whose mission is to inspire people to care about the planet, is one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations. It reaches more than 375 million people each month through its magazines, National Geographic Channel, television documentaries, radio, music, films, books, DVDs, maps, school publishing programs, interactive media, exhibitions, live events and expeditions. It has funded more than 9,200 scientific research projects and supports an education program promoting geographic literacy.
Note to Editors: Photographs of Case, Noonan and Saul are available at the FTP site: http://ftp.nationalgeographic.com/pressroom/trustees/