Leadership & Staff

Henry Samueli
Henry Samueli

Dr. Henry Samueli co-founded Broadcom Corporation in 1991 and currently serves as Chief Technical Officer of Broadcom Limited (Broadcom Corporation was acquired by Avago Technologies Limited in 2016 and renamed Broadcom Limited). Broadcom Ltd. is a global leader in providing semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications. Since 1985 Dr. Samueli has also been a professor in the Electrical Engineering Department at UCLA. He has been on a leave of absence from UCLA since 1995 in order to be at Broadcom full time. Since 2003 Dr. Samueli has also been a Distinguished Adjunct Professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at UC Irvine. Dr. Samueli received a B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from UCLA in 1975, 1976, and 1980, respectively. He was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) in 2000, a member of the National Academy of Engineering in 2003, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2004.

Susan Samueli
Susan Samueli

Susan Samueli, a native of Los Angeles, received her B.A. in Mathematics from UC Berkeley. She worked with IBM Corporation until 1985, after which she devoted her time to raising her children and working in the alternative health care field. Subsequently, she received a Ph.D. in nutrition from the American Holistic College of Nutrition in 1993 and a Diploma of Homeopathy from the British Institute of Homeopathy in 1994.

Gerald Solomon
Gerald Solomon
Executive Director

Gerald Solomon serves as the Executive Director for the Samueli Foundation, overseeing Samueli Philanthropy. Prior to this position, Mr. Solomon served as President & CEO of Public Health Foundation Enterprises (PHFE) for seven (7) years where he transformed the organization from an LA-centric provider of funding and services into national prominence.

Mr. Solomon offers a diverse executive leadership background, having served as President and CEO of several highly successful and nationally recognized nonprofit as well as for-profit organizations, including a distinguished 18 year career as a civil trial attorney and Judge Pro Tem.

Michelle Freeman
Program Officer

Michelle Freeman serves as Program Officer, overseeing grantee capacity building, program development, project management, evaluation, communications, data analysis and reporting.

She has served as a Peace Corps Volunteer and a Court Appointed Special Advocate. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services with a minor in Child and Adolescent Studies from California State University, Fullerton, a Master of Arts from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Chicago Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies.

Wayan Kaufman
Office Manager/Grants Administrator

Wayan Kaufman serves as Office Manager/Grants Administrator, overseeing grants management, communications, and special projects for the Foundation.

She has over a decade of experience with Orange County nonprofits, both in staff and volunteer capacity, spanning arts, higher education, and food justice organizations. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Politics from the University of California, Santa Cruz.