WASHINGTON (Mar. 21, 2007)–The National Geographic Society has elected three new members to its board of trustees. They are Maria E. “Mel” Lagomasino, CEO of Asset Management Advisors, LLC, an affiliate of SunTrust Banks Inc.; William K. Reilly, founding partner of Aqua International Partners and senior adviser to TPG, both international investment partnerships; and Edward P. Roski Jr., chairman and CEO of Majestic Realty Co., one of the oldest and largest privately held real estate companies in the United States.
Reilly previously served on the Society board of trustees for 13 years, but retired, pursuant to the Society’s bylaws, for a mandatory one-year period in February 2006.
Lagomasino, Reilly and Roski join 18 other trustees who are leaders in science, education, law, business, finance, government and public service. Another trustee, Martha E. Church, former president of Hood College and current chair of Hood College’s board of trustees, retired after serving on the National Geographic board since 1989.
The 119-year-old Society, which works to inspire people to care about the planet, is one of the largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations in the world. It reaches more than 350 million people each month through its five magazines, the National Geographic Channel, television documentaries, radio programs, films, books, DVDs, maps and interactive media. It has funded more than 8,000 scientific research projects and supports an education program combating geographic illiteracy.
“National Geographic is fortunate to have the additional counsel and experience of Ms. Lagomasino, Mr. Reilly and Mr. Roski, all of whom have long and impressive records of leadership and service in the business, finance and public-sector fields,” said John Fahey, Society president and CEO.
Mel Lagomasino joined Asset Management Advisors, a leading multi-family office providing integrated wealth-management services, in November 2005. Previously she was chairman and CEO of JPMorgan Private Bank, one of the largest providers of wealth-management services worldwide. Her career with JPMorgan Chase began in 1983 when she joined The Chase Manhattan Private Bank as vice president and team leader for Latin America. She was named head of the Private Bank Western Hemisphere Area in 1989 and was promoted to global private bank executive in 1997, in charge of Chase’s worldwide private banking business. Prior to joining Chase she was a vice president at Citibank and also worked at the United Nations.
Lagomasino serves on the boards of Avon Products Inc. and Lincoln Center Theater. She is a trustee of the Synergos Institute and a member of the Council of Foreign Relations and The Economic Club of New York. She also is a member of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships. In September 2006 Lagomasino was appointed to serve on the Secretary of State’s Advisory Committee on Transformational Democracy. In November 2005 she was appointed by President Bush to help lead an effort to secure private-sector funds to aid disaster victims in Central America. Lagomasino has a B.A. from Manhattanville College, an M.B.A. from Fordham University and an M.S. from Columbia University. She lives in Palm Beach, Fla.
William Reilly is founding partner of Aqua International Partners, a private equity fund dedicated to investing in companies engaged in water and renewal energy. He served as the first Payne Visiting Professor at Stanford University from 1993 to 1994. Previously he was administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from 1989 to 1993 and headed the U.S. delegation to the United Nations Earth Summit at Rio de Janeiro in 1992. He was president of the World Wildlife Fund from 1985 to 1989, president of the Conservation Foundation from 1973 to 1989 and director of the Rockefeller Task Force on Land Use and Urban Growth from 1972 to 1973.
Reilly is chairman emeritus of the board of the World Wildlife Fund, co-chair of the National Commission on Energy Policy, chair of the advisory board for the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University, chair of the San Francisco Mayor’s Clean Tech Advisory Council and a director of the Packard Foundation and the American Academy in Rome. He also serves on the board of directors of DuPont, ConocoPhillips and Royal Caribbean International. He has a B.A. from Yale, J.D. from Harvard and M.S. in urban planning from Columbia University. He lives in San Francisco.
Edward Roski is chairman and CEO of Majestic Realty Co., which owns in excess of 70 million square feet of property. Roski, who lives in Los Angeles, also is co-owner of the Los Angeles Kings, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Staples Center. He takes an active role in the cultural activities of the Los Angeles area, serving on numerous boards, including the board of governors of the Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, board of trustees of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, board of trustees of California Science Center and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, board of directors of the Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission, board of regents at Loyola High School and board of trustees at the University of Southern California. He also gives back to the community by donating to and serving on committees to raise funds for organizations such as March of Dimes, Inner City Arts, Boys and Girls Clubs, Friends of Child Advocates and City of Hope.
An adventurer and member of the Explorers Club, Roski loves to travel. He has climbed to base camp at Mount Everest, K2 base camp and Mount Kilimanjaro. He rode his bicycle across Mongolia, Russia, China and Burma. Roski has a B.S. in finance and real estate from the University of Southern California and served as an officer in the United States Marines from 1962 to 1966.