Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Gail Pesyna

Vice President for Human Resources and Program Management

Dr. Pesyna joined the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation as a Program Director in 1996.  Dr. Pesyna manages the Industry Studies Program and shares management responsibilities in the Economic Institutions, Behavior and Performance program with her colleague, Daniel Goroff.  In this new program, Dr. Pesyna's expertise and interests are primarily in the areas of corporate governance, globalization, health care, and innovation.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Dr. Pesyna spent most of her career at the DuPont Company. Her background in DuPont's high tech businesses (primarily pharmaceuticals, medical diagnostics, printing and publishing) included business and sales management, marketing, new business development, and business operations.

Dr. Pesyna also served in the federal government, both prior to and following her career at DuPont. She was a science and technology policy analyst for the House of Representatives (1975 - 1978), a budget examiner for the Office of Management and Budget (1978 - 1981), and most recently, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Management and Finance in the Department of Energy's Environmental Management Program (1994 - 1996). She has served on committees of the National Research Council, National Science Foundation, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Dr. Pesyna holds a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry and computer science from Cornell University, and an AB from Wells College.  In addition to her work as Program Director, she became the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation's Director of Human Resources and Program Management in 2008, and was named Vice President for Human Resources and Program Management in 2009.