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Family Support Donors

Thanks to the generous support of private funders, MSRI is now able to provide Family Support to women participants of our scientific activities who have children under the age of 18. The funds are intended to offset the cost of child care to enable mothers to focus more easily on research during their residencies at MSRI.

Recipients may use these grants for child care expenses from local resources in Berkeley, or for any other form of child care (such as hiring a nanny at home, bringing a caregiver with them to Berkeley, etc.) in order to give recipients the freedom to use these funds in the way that is most useful to their family.


Family Support Donors

Priscilla Chou has broad experience in technology and business development at multinational corporations. After receiving a master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Oregon, she worked as a software engineer and consultant for many years. Chou currently serves as a director at several investment and trustee companies and charitable organizations. She knew MSRI founding director Shiing-Shen Chern when he served as a long-time advisor to the Qiu Shi Science and Technology Foundation established by Priscilla’s father, Cha Chi Ming. Together with her husband, she co-founded the Sunlin and Priscilla Chou Foundation, which focuses on education and research and began supporting MSRI in 2007.

Vinita Gupta is an Indian-born American businesswoman. She is the founder and chairman of Digital Link Corporation (now Quick Eagle Networks). She is credited with being the first woman of Indian origin to take her company public in the United States. Mrs. Gupta is also a national bridge champion. She earned a bachelor’s degree in electronics and communications from the University of Roorkee, India, and an M.S. from the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Naren Gupta is an entrepreneur and venture capitalist with over 20 years of early and early-growth stage investment experience in US and India. He co-founded Integrated Systems Inc (ISI), a leading embedded software company. He took ISI public and subsequently merged it with Wind River Systems. Dr. Gupta holds a B. Tech. degree and is a recipient of President's Gold Medal from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi; an MS from the California Institute of Technology; and a Ph.D. from Stanford University.

Margaret Holen, a retired Goldman Sachs partner and private investor, is a member of MSRI’s Board of Trustees. She holds a Ph.D. in mathematics from Princeton, an M.Sc. from Oxford, where she was a Fulbright Scholar, and a B.S. from The University of Chicago. She serves on the Riverside Park Conservancy Board, Investment Committee of the Goldman Sachs Foundation, the Princeton University Operations Research and Financial Engineering Department Advisory Council and the UC Berkeley Haas Masters in Financial Engineering Advisory Committee. Her husband David Coulson is a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs, responsible for Goldman's post-execution derivatives platform. He serves as a director of DTCC Deriv/SERV, a trustee of Collegiate School, an independent school on the Upper West Side in New York City, and as a trustee of Cambridge In America.

Additional funding provided by:

  • Anonymous
  • Ian Agol and Michelle McGuinness
  • Ronald Kahn and Julia Rowe
  • Maria Klawe and Nick Pippenger
  • Helen and John Meyer
  • Microsoft Research