Doron Weber, Vice President, Programs and Program Director at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, helps oversee and improve all aspects of the Foundation’s programs and plays a leadership role in Sloan’s broader philanthropic efforts with the foundation community.
For the past 20 years, Mr. Weber has run the program for the Public Understanding of Science, Technology & Economics at Sloan, which uses diverse media—books, radio, television, film, theater, opera and new media—to bridge the “two cultures” of science and the humanities and to educate and engage the public. This seminal program has been recognized with many awards, including the National Science Board’s Public Service Award, “for its innovative use of traditional media—books, radio, public television–and its pioneering efforts in theater and commercial television and films to advance public understanding of science and technology.”
Mr. Weber also directs the Foundation’s efforts to promote Universal Access to Knowledge through the Digital Information Technology program, which seeks to utilize emerging developments in information technology to make the benefits of human knowledge and human culture safely accessible for people everywhere. His grantmaking has helped to start the Digital Public Library of America and to scale Wikipedia into the largest encyclopedia in human history and the fifth largest web site in the world.
His support for the Scholar Rescue Fund helps save endangered scientists in nations under siege such as Syria, Iraq, Libya, and Iran and transfers them to safe, academic posts.
Mr. Weber has been actively involved with the Science Philanthropy Alliance and its efforts to increase private support for basic research, including the 2016 Chan Zuckerberg Initiative that pledged $3 billion to basic science. He has also supported the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors and its work with two dozen philanthropic partners to develop a Theory of Foundations.
Mr. Weber’s work at Sloan has been profiled in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Fortune, The New York Observer, American Theatre, Filmmaker Magazine, and The American Way. Among his awards for foundation support, Mr. Weber has received the PBS Leadership Award, the Nielsen Impact Award from the Hollywood Reporter, and, the Communicator Award for “Sloan at 75,” a documentary about the Foundation’s history.