Cheryl A. Moore is President and Chief Operating Officer at the New York Genome Center (NYGC), an independent, nonprofit research institution focused on using genomics to advance breakthroughs in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with neurodegenerative disease, neuropsychiatric disease, and cancer. Ms. Moore oversees the NYGC’s financial and operational functions and works together with the Scientific Director and CEO, Tom Maniatis, PhD, in setting the strategic direction of the organization.
With her diverse experience as both a founder and change leader in the for-profit and nonprofit arenas, Ms. Moore is known for her strategic ability to resolve performance bottlenecks, develop innovation-intense environments, implement systems, and rationalize operations. Throughout her career, she has applied these skills across organizations at differing levels of maturity in the fields of healthcare, technology, biomedical research, and financial services, bringing more than twenty years of strategic executive experience in collaborative leadership involving some of the world’s highest-performing scientists and physicians.
Ms. Moore has a long history and extensive experience in leading research organizations. Before joining the NYGC, she served for six years as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), a $19B medical research organization, where she led collaborative strategic efforts and supervised key operational functions. From 2004 until 2010, she served as the founding Chief Operating Officer of HHMI’s Janelia Research Campus, an innovative research hub in Northern Virginia, where she played a pivotal role in Janelia’s launch. At Janelia, Ms. Moore guided development and implementation of its operating strategy, overseeing all operational aspects of the campus and its more than $100M annual budget. Prior to joining HHMI, Ms. Moore served as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Sanford-Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute in La Jolla, California, and previously held top management positions in both start-up and public healthcare companies that experienced intense periods of growth. Prior to her work in biomedical research, she served as a C-Suite leader at a healthcare company that grew from $5M to $1B over five years through acquisitions, and then helped the company prepare for its initial public offering.
Ms. Moore has led nonprofit and industry initiatives both domestically and internationally. She has long supported economic development and was most recently appointed by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to serve as Co-Chair of the New York City Regional Economic Development Council and has previously served on the Board of the Economic Club of Washington, DC. She has also been appointed by government officials to serve on the Grant Allocation Committee of the Commonwealth Technology Research Fund and on the Virginia Biotechnology Research Park Authority Board. Frequently tapped as strategic advisor, Ms. Moore serves on the Wellcome Trust’s Science Strategy Advisory Group and has served on the Advisory Boards of the Human Vaccines Project, the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study at George Mason University, and the Virginia Science and Technology Campus of George Washington University. Ms. Moore currently serves on the governing Board of the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour and previously served as Chair of the Wellcome Trust Centres Review Committee, Co-Chair of the Virginia’s Governor’s Biosciences Strategic Initiatives Task Force, and on the Boards of the Association of Independent Research Institutes and Virginia Biotechnology Association. In 2019, Ms. Moore was named to Crain’s Notable Women in Healthcare list.