our people

Eben Fiske Ostby

Founding Trustee

• Direct descendant of Nathaniel Sylvester, 17th century plantation owner on Shelter Island; major benefactor of Sylvester Manor Educational Farm
• Began his career as a computer systems software designer and animator — one of Pixar Animation’s first employees — and currently serves as Pixar Technical Department Head.
Technical Director or Supervising Technical Director for several motion pictures, among them “Toy Story” and “Cars”; Academy Award winner (Scientific & Engineering) for developing Marionette 3-D computer animation system. 
• B.A. Vassar College (computer science major)
• Sc.M. Brown University
• Resident: El Cerrito, California