Board of Directors

Gary is co-founder of NuSI and an investigative science and health journalist. He is the author of The Case Against Sugar (2016), Why We Get Fat (2011), and Good Calories, Bad Calories (2007). Gary was a contributing correspondent for the journal Science and a staff writer for Discover. As a freelancer, he has contributed articles to The Atlantic MonthlyThe New York Times Magazine, EsquireSlate, and many other publications. His work has been included in numerous “Best of” anthologies including The Best of the Best American Science Writing (2010). He is the first print journalist to be a three-time winner of the National Association of Science Writers Science-in-Society Journalism Award and the recipient of a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Award in Health Policy Research. Gary received his B.S. in physics from Harvard University, his M.S. in engineering from Stanford University, and his M.S. in journalism from Columbia University.

Victoria is a Retired Partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP where she founded and headed the firm’s Exempt Organizations Group, which advises public charities, private foundations, boards, and donors. She was named “2014 Nonprofit Lawyer of the Year” by her peers in Best Lawyers magazine. The 2013 Legal 500 described her as “[t]he highly respected … dean of the practice.” In 2012, she received the Vanguard Award for Lifetime Achievement and Commitment to Nonprofit Law from the American Bar Association’s Business Law Section, recognizing her role in development of the field. She was honored in 2002 as the ABA Tax Section “Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year” in recognition of her 9/11 work. Victoria is a director of the Robin Hood Foundation, where she chairs the Robin Hood Sandy Relief Fund and is a founding director of the U.S. arm of Doctors Without Borders. In addition, she is a director of the Friends of Fondation de France, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. She speaks and writes frequently on exempt-organization subjects and is the co-author with Jim Fishman and Dan Kurtz of New York Nonprofit Law and Practice (LexisNexis, 2d Ed. 2007 and annual supplements). She formerly taught The Law of Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard Law School. She earned her J.D. at Columbia University School of Law, a Ph.D. in Medieval Studies from Yale University, and a B.A., magna cum laude, from Princeton University, where she graduated in three years and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

John is a Partner, leads the Operations team for TPG Capital in North America and Europe, and co-leads the Healthcare team for TPG Capital. John has served on the Board or played leadership roles in TPG’s investments in Adare Pharmaceuticals, Allogene, Aptalis, Beaver Visitec International, EnvisionRx, Exactech, Immucor, Kindred and Par Pharmaceutical.

Prior to joining TPG in 2011, John managed Sales and Marketing for the U.S. pharmaceutical business at Abbott and was a Partner at McKinsey & Company.

John received his undergraduate degree in Biomedical and Electrical Engineering from Duke, a Master’s in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins where he was a Bozzelli Scholar, and an M.D. from the University of Chicago where he received the Joseph A. Capps Award for the most outstanding student in clinical medicine. Thereafter, John conducted his residency training in surgery at Johns Hopkins.


Mark is Executive Director of NuSI and its Senior Scientific Advisor. Throughout his career, his research has been directed at understanding the metabolic mechanisms that control eating behavior, including overeating in obesity, with a particular focus on the role of energy metabolism and the signaling function of the liver.  Prior to joining NuSI in 2013 as Vice President of Research, he was a Member and Associate Director at the Monell Chemical Senses Center, a nonprofit, basic research institute devoted to research on the mechanisms and functions of taste and smell, including in appetite and nutrition.  He received his doctorate in 1976 from Princeton University and, after postdoctoral work at the University of Pittsburgh and the Collège de France in Paris, taught at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst before joining Monell.  Mark is a Guggenheim Fellowship awardee, and has been the recipient of numerous research grants, primarily from the National Institutes of Health.  He has authored over 150 papers and book chapters covering empirical and theoretical work on appetite, obesity, hunger and satiety, and food preferences.