our team

Science Center  Management Team


Tiffany Wilson

President & CEO

Tiffany brings more than 18 years of leadership transitioning innovative medical technologies from benchtop to bedside, building partnerships across academia, industry and economic development organizations. She most recently served as CEO of Global Center for Medical Innovation (GCMI), an Atlanta-based non-profit dedicated to supporting the development and commercialization of innovative medical products. She joined GCMI in 2011 to lead its startup phase, establishing an overall vision, building strategic relationships and bringing together key stakeholders of the medical device ecosystem. Wilson’s strong background in medical devices, commitment to fostering innovation and understanding of business strategies propelled her into a leadership role in the Southeast and brought her into the national spotlight.  Wilson served on the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE) of the U.S. Department of Commerce. She was recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of “17 Inspiring Women to Watch in 2017” and one of Becker Hospital Review’s “110 Women in Medtech to Know in 2017.” 

 

Wilson earned a BBA in International Business from Loyola University and an MBA from Georgetown University McDonough School of Business. Wilson joined GCMI from Scientific Intake, where she served as the Vice President of Business Development and Strategy, evaluating marketing and distribution opportunities and driving product development projects for the global obesity market. Prior to Scientific Intake, she was Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Finance at ACell, Inc., a regenerative medicine and tissue engineering company based in Columbia, Maryland. At ACell, she led a broad range of initiatives including corporate finance, investor relations, strategic and operational planning, business development, regulatory, and reimbursement. 

 

Wilson serves as Past President of the Board of the Southeast Medical Device Association (SEMDA), Founding Member of Medtech Women @ SEMDA, Chair of the Advisory Board for GCMI’s preclinical testing facility, and as a member of the Georgia Bio Board of Directors. She led the Sponsorship Committee of the 2013 SEMDA Conference and has served as the Co-Chair of the Medical Device Subcommittee of the Metro Atlanta Chamber Bioscience Leadership Council. In 2015 Wilson received the prestigious Georgia Bio Community Award and in 2017 she was presented with the Industry Growth Award, the highest honor bestowed each year by Georgia Bio.        

Curt Hess

Senior Vice President, Real Estate

Curt Hess joined the University City Science Center in 2002.  Curt is responsible for the management, leasing and development of more than 1.5 million square feet of office and lab space on our Philadelphia campus. He has more than 25 years of diversified real estate experience.  In 2018, Curt did an eight-month stint as Interim President and CEO. 

 

Before joining the Science Center, Curt served as the Director of Operations for Brandywine Realty Trust, where he was responsible for the management and leasing of 40 properties totaling more than 3.0 million square feet in the Southern Suburban Region. Prior to that, he was Vice President of Asset Management at Lubert-Adler Management overseeing a portfolio of 24 investments including office, residential, hotel, and retail properties. Before joining Lubert-Adler, Curt spent 14 years at Equitable Real Estate in several different capacities including Vice President of Portfolio Management responsible for a $1.2 billion equity portfolio of major joint ventures with Japanese partners.

 

Curt received his B.A. from West Chester University in Business Administration, is a Certified Public Accountant, and has his Real Property Administrator designation with BOMA.  He serves on the boards of University City District and International House Philadelphia.

 

 

Saul Behar

Senior Vice President, Advancement & Strategic Initiatives

Saul Behar joined the University City Science Center as Vice President and General Counsel in 2009, and was promoted to his current role in 2019.  He leads all activities in the areas of public and private fundraising; government and community relations; workforce development; legal; and corporate governance.  In addition, Saul oversees the team that conceived and operates FirstHand, the Science Center’s STEM education initiative.

 

Saul brings to his position a wealth of experience as an attorney, senior executive and strategic advisor.  Prior to joining the Science Center, Saul was a partner at Wolf Block LLP in Philadelphia. Prior to that, he served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary at Provident Senior Living Trust, a privately owned real estate investment trust based in Princeton, New Jersey that owned 68 senior housing facilities in 19 states. Before joining Provident, Saul served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary at Keystone Property Trust, an NYSE-listed real estate investment trust headquartered in West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania that focused on industrial real estate. Both Provident and Keystone were highly successful firms that were acquired by the leading companies in their industry sectors.

 

Earlier, Saul served as senior counsel at Pep Boys in Philadelphia. He began his career at Dechert Price & Rhoads (now Dechert LLP) in Philadelphia.

 

Saul received his bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and his law degree from The University of Chicago Law School.  He serves on the boards of Reinvestment Fund, RF Impact Advisors, PolicyMap, The Village of Arts and Humanities, and the Lower Merion Township Scholarship Fund.

Tracy S. Brala

Vice President, Ecosystem Development

Tracy S. Brala joined the Science Center as VP Ecosystem Development in June 2018. In this role, Tracy leads the expansion of Quorum as a significant and sustainable revenue stream for the Science Center. She is also responsible for ensuring that Quorum and uCity Square are key participants in the region’s innovation ecosystem. Tracy has overall responsibility for the Science Center’s community engagement strategy and is charged with growing and extending the successful existing Quorum programming and operations, creating and expanding new Quorum programming and operations, and ensuring the successful launch of implementation of Venture Café powered by Quorum programming.

 

Tracy came to the Science Center from Comcast where she served as the Executive Director for Growth & Strategy for Xfinity services. She and her team were responsible for the creation and launch of several new Xfinity products including Xfinity WiFi Hotspots, the nation’s largest, fastest WiFi network. Tracy’s experience also includes a successful career at Campbell’s Soup Company and the founding of her own consulting company to help businesses grow through product and business development, branding, and marketing.

 

She earned a BS, Accounting from Villanova University and an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. 

 

Tracy has served as the President of the Villanova University Alumni Association Board of Directors, on the Villanova University President’s Advisory Council and founded the Villanova University Alumni Diversity and Inclusion Task Force. She currently sits on the Anne Welsh McNulty Women’s Leadership Institute Advisory Board and the Boy Scouts of America Cradle of Liberty Council Board Marketing Committee.

 

LORRAINE G. LOPRESTI

Chief Financial Officer

Lorraine LoPresti, MBA, CPA joined the University City Science Center as Vice President, Finance & Administration in 2016. She was promoted to CFO in 2018.  Lorraine is responsible for the overall fiscal and risk management of the organization, providing financial oversight of the corporate, real estate, treasury, programs, insurance and financial planning activities. She also has oversight of the Science Center’s HR Administration and IT functions.

 

Prior to joining the Science Center, Lorraine was Chief Administrative Officer and CFO for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. Prior to that, she served as a CFO consultant to early-stage life science and technology companies in the Greater Philadelphia area. Lorraine was the Science Center’s Director of Financial Services from 2005-2007, before serving as CFO for BioNano Genomics, Inc. (which originated in the Science Center’s Port business incubator). 

 

Earlier, Lorraine held positions of increasing responsibility in financial management at Campbell Soup Company, Aramark and Wawa.  She began her career in public accounting with Arthur Andersen in Philadelphia.

 

Lorraine has earned a BS, Accounting from Villanova University, and an MBA from Rutgers University, and holds a CPA in New Jersey.  She serves on the board of directors of the Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technologies (PACT).