Dorothy Lemelson, President and Board Chair Emeritus
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 Board Chair
Robert Lemelson, Ph.D., is a research anthropologist at the Semel Institute of Neuroscience and an adjunct professor of anthropology, both at UCLA. In 2007 he founded Elemental Productions, an ethnographic documentary film production company dedicated to producing films focusing on culture, psychology, and personal experience. In that capacity he has produced and directed more than a dozen films on subjects including trauma and health, the sex trade, mental illness, kinship, ritual, and more.
Dr. Lemelson has been conducting psychological and visual anthropological research in Indonesia, on the islands of Bali and Java, yearly for the past 25 years, and his work has appeared in in numerous journals and book chapters. He is the co-editor of two volumes with Cambridge University Press: "Understanding Trauma: Integrating Biological, Clinical, and Cultural Perspectives" and "Re-Visioning Psychiatry: Cultural Phenomenology, Critical Neuroscience, and Global Mental Health." His newest book, "Afflictions: Steps Toward a Visual Psychological Anthropology" will be published in Fall 2017 by Palgrave Press.
Eric Lemelson, Vice President and Treasurer
As a longtime Oregonian, Eric Lemelson has been involved in many community based environmental projects, blending a variety of approaches to land use, energy, and climate change mitigation. He currently manages a number of projects incorporating diverse strategies under the rubric of resiliency. Eric’s volunteer work includes the Oregon Global Warming Commission, 1000 Friends of Oregon, and other related local, state, and regional efforts.
In addition to serving on the board of The Lemelson Foundation, Eric is also the Founder and President of the Karuna Foundation, a family foundation that focuses on climate adaptation strategies in the Eastern Himalaya region, most notably in Bhutan. He received his JD in Environmental and Natural Resources Law in 1992 from the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College. He has been a member of the Oregon Bar since 1993.
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.