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Ellen Sigal, PhD, is Chair and founder of Friends of Cancer Research, a cancer research think tank and advocacy organization based in Washington, DC. During the last twenty years, Sigal has been an advocate for finding new and better treatments for patients through advancing science and research. She has served on the National Cancer Institute Board of Scientific Advisors and the National Institutes of Health Director’s Council of Public Representatives.

Sigal was a presidential appointee to the National Cancer Advisory Board where she chaired the Budget and Planning Committee that oversees the federal cancer budget. She is also Vice-chair of the Board of Directors of the Reagan-Udall Foundation for the FDA and Chair of the Public-private Partnerships Committee of the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health. She is a board member of the American Association of Cancer Research Foundation and Duke University Cancer Center. Sigal received a BA and masters from Brooklyn College and a PhD from Rutgers.

Sigal served on the Board of Governors from September 2010 to September 2022. She also served as a member of the Science Oversight Committee.

Conflicts of Interest

As of January 28, 2022

Financial or Business Associations:

  • JPMORGAN BETABUILDERS EUROPE ETF, Stock, Spouse
  • JPMORGAN BETABUILDERS JAPAN ETF, Stock, Spouse
  • ISHARES CORE MSCI EMERGING, Stock, Jointly and Spouse
  • ISHARES CORE MSCI EAFE ETF, Stock, Spouse
  • ISHARES RUSSELL 1000 VALUE ETF, Stock, Spouse and Jointly
  • ISHARES MSCI EAFE ETF, Stock, Jointly and Spouse
  • SPDR S&P 500 ETF TRUST, Stock, Jointly
  • ISHARES CORE MSCI EAFE ETF, Stock, Jointly and Spouse
  • ISHARES RUSSELL 1000 GROWTH ETF, Stock, Spouse and Jointly

Personal Associations:

  • Friends of Cancer Research, Chair or other Board Officer
  • Foundation for the National Institutes of Health, Board member
  • Stand Up 2 Cancer, Committee or Work Groups member
  • MD Anderson Cancer Center, Advisory Board member
  • Duke University Cancer Center, Board of Overseers
  • Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center Advisory Council, Advisory Council Member
  • GWU Milken Institute School of Public Health, Advisory Board Member
  • Reagan-Udall Foundation, Chair or other Board officer
  • Stand Up 2 Cancer (SU2C) Catalyst Executive Committee, Committee/Work Groups Member
  • Grail, Consultant
  • EQRx, Consultant
  • George Washington University, Board member, Spouse
  • New York University (Faculty of Arts and Science Board), Spouse

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