Sherry Bartolucci

Born: December 31, 1969

Sherry Bartolucci describes her early introduction to business management at AT&T and explains her decision to join the Peace Corps in Peru. After gaining more experience in business, she became the Chief Administrative Officer at the Gordon E. and Betty I. Moore Foundation. As a member of the Management Committee, she helped design an "outcome-based" grantmaking strategy that retains the ideals of Gordon E. and Betty I. Moore while insisting on quantifiable progress from grantees. Bartolucci concludes the interview with reflections on her professional and life experiences which have culminated in her current position in the Moore Foundation.

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Interview Details

Interview no.: Oral History 0302
No. of pages: 34

Interview Sessions

Arnold Thackray and David C. Brock
5 January 2005
The Gordon E. and Betty I. Moore Foundation, San Francisco, California

Abstract of Interview

Sherry Bartolucci begins the interview session with a description of her secondary school experience and her strong personal motivation to excel. She describes her early introduction to business management at AT&T and explains her decision to join the Peace Corps in Peru as part of a desire to participate globally and exercise leadership. Bartolucci then attended a graduate program in Psychology, afterwards beginning a management career leading to posts in the human resources departments at Crocker Bank and Bank of America. Following a merger of Bank of America with Nations Bank, Bartolucci managed SLB Farms in the foothills of Penn Valley, California before becoming Chief Administrative Officer at the Gordon E. and Betty I. Moore Foundation. As a member of the Management Committee, she helped design an "outcome-based" grantmaking strategy that retains the ideals of Gordon E. and Betty I. Moore while insisting on quantifiable progress from grantees. Bartolucci has helped unify the culture of the Moore Foundation, which sponsors a wide range of results-driven projects conducted by academic institutions and NGOs. Bartolucci concludes the interview with reflections on her professional and life experiences which have culminated in her current position in the Moore Foundation. 

Table of Contents

Education
1

High School. Personal Motivation. Introduction to Management. Importance of Leadership. AT&T. Gender Discrimination. Peace Corps in Peru. Graduate Study in Psychology. Return to Corporate Management.

Early Career
5

Interstate Restaurant Supply. Superscope/Marantz. Human Resources at Crocker Bank. Emphasis on Multicultural Cooperation. Human Resources at Bank of America. Merger of Bank of America with Nations Bank.

Establishment of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
10

Interview with Gordon E. Moore. Lewis W. Coleman. Development of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. Representing Ideals of Gordon E. and Betty I. Moore. Role of President in Moore Foundation Formation. Human Resources Challenges. Process of Grantmaking.

Operations of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
21

Management Committee. Culture of the Moore Foundation. Policymaking Committees. Outcomes-Based Grant Process. Edward Penhoet. Role of External Consultants. Frank M. Jordan. Bay Area Initiative. Nursing Initiative. Mick Seidl. Kenneth G. Moore. Funding Strategies.

Index
32

About the Interviewer

Arnold Thackray

Arnold Thackray founded the Chemical Heritage Foundation and served the organization as president for 25 years. He is currently CHF’s chancellor. Thackray received MA and PhD degrees in history of science from Cambridge University. He has held appointments at Cambridge, Oxford University, and Harvard University, the Institute for Advanced Study, the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

In 1983 Thackray received the Dexter Award from the American Chemical Society for outstanding contributions to the history of chemistry. He served for more than a quarter century on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was the founding chairman of the Department of History and Sociology of Science and is currently the Joseph Priestley Professor Emeritus.

David C. Brock

David C. Brock is a senior research fellow with the Center for Contemporary History and Policy at the Chemical Heritage Foundation. As a historian of science and technology, he specializes in the history of semiconductor science, technology, and industry; the history of instrumentation; and oral history. Brock has studied the philosophy, sociology, and history of science at Brown University, the University of Edinburgh, and Princeton University.

In the policy arena Brock recently published Patterning the World: The Rise of Chemically Amplified Photoresists, a white-paper case study for the Center’s Studies in Materials Innovation. With Hyungsub Choi he is preparing an analysis of semiconductor technology roadmapping, having presented preliminary results at the 2009 meeting of the Industry Studies Association.