Dorothy Lemelson, President and Board Chair
Dorothy Lemelson serves as chair of The Lemelson Foundation, continuing the direction she and her late husband, Jerome Lemelson, set to inspire future generations of inventors. Born and raised in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, Dorothy graduated from Parsons School of Design in Manhattan. She established herself professionally as an interior designer and owner of Dorothy Ginsberg and Associates in New Jersey. For many years, her work provided financial support to her family, while her husband, Jerry, pursued his work as an independent inventor.
In addition to her efforts on behalf of The Lemelson Foundation, Dorothy personally supports K-12 education and arts organizations and was an early advocate for the integration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) in K-12 public schools. In 2013, the Dorothy Lemelson STEM Academy, a public elementary school in Reno, Nevada, was named for Dorothy in recognition of her scholarship program, which has provided close to 300 teachers access to Literacy and STEM master’s degrees from the University of Nevada.
Dorothy’s two sons, Eric and Robert, also are directors of The Lemelson Foundation. Read more about our Founders, Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson
Robert Lemelson, Vice President and Secretary
Robert Lemelson, Ph.D., is co-Vice President and Secretary of The Lemelson Foundation. Rob is an anthropologist who received his M.A. from the University of Chicago, and Ph.D. from the Department of Anthropology, UCLA. . He was a Fulbright scholar in Indonesia in 1996-1997, has conducted research for the World Health Organization, and is additionally trained as a clinical psychologist. His area of specialty is Southeast-Asian Studies, psychological anthropology and transcultural psychiatry. He is currently a research anthropologist at the Semel Institute of Neuroscience at UCLA He is also the president and founder of The Foundation for Psychocultural Research, a non-profit research foundation supporting research and training in the neurosciences and social sciences. In addition, Dr. Lemelson is the director of Elemental Productions, a documentary film production company.
Eric Lemelson, Vice President and Treasurer
Eric Lemelson owns and manages Lemelson Vineyards, a producer of Pinot noir and other cool-climate wines located in Carlton, Oregon, but his real passion is for the earth. In addition to being co-vice president of The Lemelson Foundation, he manages a small foundation that focuses on climate change impacts in the Himalayas. He received a J.D. in Environmental and Natural Resources Law from Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland in 1992. Eric is a Board Member of the Oregon League of Conservation Voters, 1000 Friends of Oregon; Potential Energy; and several other NGOs and private companies.
Jennifer Bruml, Director
Jennifer Bruml is a member of the Board of Directors of the Lemelson Foundation. She is currently coordinating a school garden program at a public elementary in Oregon, while participating in the first Farm to School initiative in the state. Jennifer received her BA from Boston University, and continues to pursue her artistic focus in pottery.
Susan Morse, Director
Susan Morse, a founding member of the Foundation's Board of Directors, is an architect and currently serves as the design principal of SML Design Sudio in Los Angeles, CA. She earned her Masters in Architecture (M.Arch) from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-ARC) in 1996. Susan worked in the field of education policy before turning to architecture. She received her M.A. from the University of Chicago, Division of Social Sciences, with a focus on public policy. In addition, Susan has a passion for painting. Her work can be seen on the cover of Robert Lemelson's edited volume Understanding Trauma, Cambridge University Press.