Volunteer Leadership

The success of Break Through: The Caltech Campaign was driven in great part by the actions and leadership of its dedicated volunteers. Volunteers served as advocates, advisers, and ambassadors for Caltech and the campaign, bringing their unique perspectives and motivations for supporting the Institute and inspiring others to do the same.

Board of Trustees

As the governing body of Caltech, the Board of Trustees maintained primary responsibility for the campaign’s success. Trustee giving accounted for 45 percent of the Break Through total.

Campaign Executive Committee

The Campaign Executive Committee, made up of trustee co-chairs and honorary chairs, was the campaign’s core volunteer leadership team. Committee members helped grow momentum and shape campaign strategies and messages during the quiet phase, fundamentally strengthened the Institute’s academic enterprise through their personal philanthropy, inspired and secured gifts from other friends, and helped build a solid foundation for future fundraising excellence at Caltech.


  • Brigitte Bren, attorney
  • Bill Davidow (MS ’59), founding partner, Mohr Davidow Ventures
  • David Lee (PhD ’74), chair emeritus, Caltech Board of Trustees; managing general partner, Clarity Partners, L.P.
  • Stewart Resnick, chairman and president, The Wonderful Company

Honorary Chairs:

  • Kent Kresa, chair emeritus, Caltech Board of Trustees; chairman emeritus, Northrop Grumman Corporation
  • Ron Linde (MS ’62, PhD ’64), independent investor; chair, The Ronald and Maxine Linde Foundation; founder and former chief executive officer, Envirodyne Industries, Inc.
  • Betty Moore, co-founder, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
  • Gordon Moore (PhD ’54), chair emeritus, Caltech Board of Trustees; chairman emeritus, Intel Corporation
  • Benjamin Rosen (BS ’54), chair emeritus, Caltech Board of Trustees; chairman emeritus, Compaq Computer Corporation
  • Wally Weisman, past chairman and chief executive officer, American Medical International, Inc.

Other Volunteer Groups

Members of other volunteer groups, including chairs’ councils, also played an integral role in the success of the Break Through campaign through their service, advocacy, and philanthropy.