Ronald J. Daniels
RONALD DANIELS is the 14th president of Johns Hopkins University and a professor in the Department of Political Science. Since taking office in 2009, Mr. Daniels has focused his leadership on three overarching themes—enhanced interdisciplinary collaboration, individual excellence, and community engagement. These themes are the backbone of the Ten by Twenty, the university’s strategic vision through 2020, and underscore the priorities of Rising to the Challenge, Johns Hopkins’ largest-ever fundraising campaign, a $5 billion effort. Under Mr. Daniels’ leadership, the university has launched a series of transformative, multidisciplinary initiatives that seek to advance the understanding of some of society’s most vexing issues, from realizing the promise of individualized health to addressing the challenges facing urban environments. A law and economics scholar, Mr. Daniels’ research focuses on the intersections of law, economics, development, and public policy in areas such as corporate and securities law, social and economic regulation, and the role of law and legal institutions in promoting third-world development. His recent writing has focused on advocating for young investigators in American life-science research and on the role of the research university in promoting community development. He is the author or co-author of seven books and dozens of scholarly articles, as well as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Before coming to Johns Hopkins, he was provost and professor of law at the University of Pennsylvania and dean and James M. Tory Professor of Law at the University of Toronto. Mr. Daniels earned an LLM from Yale University in 1988 and a J.D. in 1986 from the University of Toronto, where he served as co-editor-in-chief of the law review. He received a B.A. from the University of Toronto in 1982, graduating with high distinction. He has been visiting professor and Coca-Cola World Fellow at Yale Law School and John M. Olin Visiting Fellow at Cornell Law School.
Randolph W. Hall
RANDOLPH HALL is the vice president of research and a professor in the Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at University of Southern California (USC). As vice president, he is responsible for leading research initiatives across the university and overseeing research advancement, administration, and ethics activities. His office supports USC’s faculty in every discipline and works to build strong relationships with federal government agencies and foundations, in areas ranging from the biological and medical sciences, physical sciences, and engineering to the humanities and social sciences. Dr. Hall’s experience includes serving as the founder/principal investigator for two national research centers, the Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE), and the National Center for Metropolitan Transportation Research (METRANS). He also served as senior associate dean for research in the Viterbi School of Engineering for four years. Dr. Hall has been funded by the National Science Foundation, U.S. Departments of Homeland Security and Transportation, California Department of Transportation, Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, and LA Care. He has numerous publications in the areas of transportation, logistics, system engineering, and queueing. Dr. Hall received his Ph.D. (1982) and M.S. (1980) in civil engineering from University of California, Berkeley.
RENU KHATOR is chancellor of the University of Houston (UH) System and president of the University of Houston, overseeing a four-university organization that serves nearly 70,000 students, has an annual budget that exceeds $1.5 billion and generates a $3.8 billion-plus impact on the Greater Houston area’s economy each year. During her tenure as chancellor, the UH System has grown substantially, including expansion of UH-Clear Lake and UH-Victoria into full four-year institutions. Under her leadership as president, the University of Houston has experienced record-breaking research funding, enrollment and private donations. UH launched its 75-acre Energy Research Park, part of a $1-billion campus construction program, and became a member of the Texas Medical Center. Designated as a Tier One research university by the Carnegie Foundation, UH has also been recognized by the Princeton Review for excellence in undergraduate education, by U.S. News & World Report as a top-tier institution and by the Chronicle of Higher Education as an exceptional workplace. UH is constructing a new football stadium and joined the American Athletic Conference in 2013. Dr. Khator completed her graduate studies at Purdue University, earning a master’s and doctorate in political science. A noted scholar in the field of global environmental policy, she has authored several books and articles on this subject. The first Indian immigrant to head a comprehensive public research university in the United States, Dr. Khator was appointed in 2008. She is the first female chancellor of a Texas higher education system.
Richard D. McCullough
RICHARD MCCULLOUGH has been the Vice Provost for Research at Harvard University since 2012, working with the President and Provost to encourage, cultivate, and coordinate high impact academic research across all of Harvard’s schools and affiliated institutions. The Office of the Vice Provost for Research (VPR) has broad responsibility and oversight for the development, review, and implementation of strategies, planning, and policies related to the organization and execution of academic research across the entire university. Dr. McCullough leads a new office of Foundation and Corporate Development. He also assists in oversight of many of the interdisciplinary institutes, centers and initiatives across Harvard University. Under Vice Provost McCullough’s leadership, the Office of the VPR is particularly focused on removing barriers to collaboration, whether in University policies, or financial or administrative systems. Dr. McCullough is Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Harvard and is a member of numerous professional societies and boards. Prior to being named Vice Provost for Research at Harvard, Dr. McCullough was the Vice President for Research at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, where he previously served as the Dean of the Mellon College of Science, and Professor and head of the Department of Chemistry. Dr. McCullough has founded two companies: Plextronics Inc, and Liquid X Printed Metals. Dr. McCullough has a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Texas, Dallas, earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in chemistry at Johns Hopkins University. He did his postdoctoral fellowship at Columbia University.
ROBERT ROBBINS assumed his position as the 22nd president of the University of Arizona on June 1, 2017. Previously, he served as president and chief executive officer of the Texas Medical Center (TMC) in Houston from 2012 to 2017. In this role, he significantly enhanced TMC's commitment to collaboration, introducing five cross-institutional research initiatives centered on innovation, genomics, regenerative medicine, health policy and clinical research. Prior to his time in Houston, Dr. Robbins served as professor and chairman of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine, founding director of the Stanford Cardiovascular Institute, president of the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation, president of the Western Thoracic Surgical Association, president of the American Heart Association Western States Affiliate, president of the Bay Area Society of Thoracic Surgeons, and chair of the American Heart Association Cardiovascular Surgery and Anesthesia Council, among other roles. In 2016 he served as president of the American Heart Association Southwest Affiliate. His educational background includes a B.S. in chemistry from Millsaps College, and medical degree from the University of Mississippi.
Shirley M. Tilghman
SHIRLEY TILGHMAN (NAS/NAM) is president emerita and professor of molecular biology at Princeton University. Dr. Tilghman was elected Princeton University’s 19th president on May 5, 2001. An exceptional teacher and world-renowned scholar and leader in the field of molecular biology, she served on the Princeton faculty for 15 years before being named president. During her tenure, the university expanded its undergraduate and graduate student bodies, and instituted a four-year college system. She oversaw the creation of major new academic programs, including the Princeton Neuroscience Institute, the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, and the Lewis Center for the Arts. Upon the completion of her term in June of 2013, she returned to the faculty. During her scientific career as a mammalian developmental geneticist, Dr. Tilghman studied the way in which genes are organized in the genome and regulated during early development. Dr. Tilghman is an Officer of the Order of Canada, the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for Developmental Biology, the Genetics Society of America Medal, and the L’Oreal-UNESCO Award for Women in Science. She is a member of the American Philosophical Society, The National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine and The Royal Society of London. She serves as a trustee of Amherst College, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the Institute for Advanced Study, and the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, and as a director of Google Inc. Dr. Tilghman received her honors B.Sc. in chemistry from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, and her Ph.D. in biochemistry from Temple University.
Roger M. Wakimoto
ROGER WAKIMOTO became the Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) on July 1, 2017. Dr. Wakimoto is an accomplished atmospheric scientist specializing in research on mesoscale meteorology, particularly severe convective storms and radar meteorology. He is a former member of UCLA atmospheric sciences faculty in 1983-2005, serving as department vice chair in 1993-1996 and chair in 1996-2000. After his tenure at UCLA, Dr. Wakimoto served as the director of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Earth Observing Laboratory from 2005-2010 and subsequently as director of NCAR from 2010-2013. He most recently served as assistant director of the National Science Foundation Directorate for Geosciences from 2013-2017, where he led a division that supported atmospheric, geospace, polar, earth, and ocean sciences with a $1.3 billion annual budget. He recently stepped down as President of the American Meteorological Society. Dr. Wakimoto received his B.S. with honors and great distinction in meteorology from San Jose State University and his Ph.D. in geophysical sciences from the University of Chicago.
Elizabeth Albro - (Ex Officio Member)
ELIZABETH ALBRO (Ex-Officio Member) is the Commissioner of the National Center for Education Research, Institute of Education Sciences at the U.S. Department of Education. Dr. Albro joined the U.S. Department of Education in 2002 as a Society for Research in Child Development/American Association for the Advancement of Science policy fellow at the Office of Educational Research and Improvement. She subsequently served as an education research analyst at the Institute of Education Sciences. In that role, she served as the program officer for multiple research grant topics, including cognition and student learning, reading and writing education, and interventions for struggling adolescent and adult readers and writers. In 2007, she was named associate commissioner for the Teaching and Learning Division of the National Center for Education Research. Prior to joining the Department, Dr. Albro served on the psychology faculty at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts. She has also served on the child development and education faculty at Whittier College, and as lead preschool teacher at the Cochabamba Cooperative School in Bolivia. Dr. Albro served on review panels for the Office of Educational Research and Improvement, and reviewed for journals such as Social Development, Early Childhood Research Quarterly, and Narrative Inquiry. Dr. Albro's research has focused on the development of young children’s narrative understanding, a foundation of early reading comprehension. In addition, she has explored the ways in which preschool children’s memory for interpersonal experiences contributes to their socio-emotional well-being. Dr. Albro received her B.A. in behavioral sciences, her M.A. in the social sciences and her Ph.D. in psychology with a focus on cognition and communication from the University of Chicago.
Courtney Brown - (Ex Officio Member)
COURTNEY BROWN (Ex-Officio Member) is the vice president of strategic impact at Lumina Foundation, the nation’s largest private foundation focused specifically on increasing Americans’ postsecondary success. In this role, she oversees the Foundation’s efforts in the areas of strategic planning, impact, and learning. She also leads Lumina’s international engagement efforts. She joined the Foundation in 2011 with a strong background in performance measurement, research and evaluation. Prior to joining Lumina, Dr. Brown was a senior research associate at the Center for Evaluation and Education Policy at Indiana University. In that role, she led multiple studies and evaluations focused on education and postsecondary programs both within the United States as well as throughout Europe. She also developed, designed and implemented performance measurement systems for multiple programs throughout the United States. Dr. Brown serves on the University of Virginia’s Curry Foundation Board of Directors, on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for Girls Inc. of Indianapolis, and on the Indiana Evaluation Association board. She holds a bachelor’s degree from James Madison University and earned her master’s and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia.
Jean-Claude Burgelman - (Ex Officio Member)
JEAN-CLAUDE BURGELMAN (Ex-Officio Member) is Head of Unit C2, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD), European Commission. He is responsible for open science and data policies of DG RTD, European Commission. He joined the European Commission in 1999 as a Visiting Scientist in the Joint Research Centre (the Institute of Prospective Technological Studies - IPTS), where he became Head of the Information Society Unit in 2005. In January 2008, he moved to the Bureau of European Policy Advisers (attached to the president of the European Commission) as adviser for innovation policy. Since 2008, he joined DG RTD, as advisor and then Head of Unit in charge of top level advisory boards like the European Research and Innovation Area Board, the Innovation for Growth Group and the European Forum for Forward Looking Activities. Till 2000 he was full professor of communication technology policy at the Free University of Brussels, as well as director of the Centre for Studies on Media, Information and Telecommunication and was involved in science and technology assessment. He has been visiting professor at the University of Antwerp, the European College of Brughes and the University of South Africa and sits on several academic journals. He chaired the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Innovation and was a member of its Science Advisory Committee.
Mary Sue Coleman - (Ex Officio Member)
MARY SUE COLEMAN (NAM) (Ex-Officio Member) began her tenure as president of the Association of American Universities (AAU) on May 31, 2016. Prior to joining the AAU, Dr. Coleman was president of the University of Michigan from 2002 to July 2014 (where she is now president and professor emerita), and president of the University of Iowa from 1995 to 2002. Long involved with the AAU, Dr. Coleman served as chair in 2011-2012. In 2010, Dr. Coleman was named by President Obama to help launch the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership, and U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke named her as co-chair of the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Time magazine named her one of the nation’s “10 best college presidents,” and the American Council on Education honored her with its Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014. Elected to the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine), she is also a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Prior to becoming a university president, Dr. Coleman was vice chancellor for research and graduate education at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and provost at the University of New Mexico. Dr. Coleman earned her undergraduate degree in chemistry from Grinnell College and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She holds honorary doctorates from a number of institutions including Grinnell College, Dartmouth College, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Notre Dame University, the University of North Carolina, Indiana University and Michigan State University.
Anne-Marie Coriat - (Ex Officio Member)
ANNE-MARIE CORIAT (Ex-Officio Member) is Head of Research Landscape at Wellcome. She has over 20 years’ experience in planning, policy, delivery and funding of research. Dr. Coriat leads for Wellcome on work that supports an environment in which research can flourish. Specifically maximising the credibility / usefulness of research and developing a more positive culture for careers. Dr. Coriat received her degree from Cardiff University, was a research technician at Baylor College of Medicine and worked as a hospital biochemist before completing a Ph.D. in developmental biology in Manchester, UK. Prior to joining Wellcome, Dr. Coriat was Director for Skills and Infrastructure at the UK Medical Research Council and Chair of the Research Councils UK, Research Group.
Susan M. Fitzpatrick - (Ex Officio Member)
SUSAN FITZPATRICK (Ex-Officio Member) is President of the James S. McDonnell Foundation (JSMF), St. Louis, Missouri. The McDonnell Foundation is one of a limited number of international grant-makers supporting university-based research in biological, behavioral, and complex systems sciences through foundation-initiated programs. As president, Fitzpatrick serves as JSMF’s chief executive officer. Dr. Fitzpatrick served as the associate executive director of the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis (1989-1992), a comprehensive basic science and applied science research center focused on restoring neurological function to persons with spinal cord injury. As executive director of the Brain Trauma Foundation (1992-1993), Dr. Fitzpatrick guided the foundation through a re-organization. Dr. Fitzpatrick joined the JSMF in 1993 as the foundation’s first program officer. She was promoted to program director in 1997 and to vice president in 2000. Dr. Fitzpatrick is an adjunct associate professor of Neuroscience and Occupational Therapy at Washington University School of Medicine (St. Louis) and teaches neuroscience in both lectures and seminars. Dr. Fitzpatrick serves on the boards of the Ontario Brain Institute and Research!America, is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Foundation Science Council, and is a member of the International Advisory Council of the Rotman Institute for Philosophy. Dr. Fitzpatrick is a past member of the board of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Occupational Therapy Foundation, and is a past-president and former chair of the board of the Association for Women in Science. Dr. Fitzpatrick received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Neurology from Cornell University Medical College (1984) and pursued post-doctoral training with in vivo NMR spectroscopic studies of brain metabolism/function in the Department of Molecular Biochemistry and Biophysics at Yale University.
Maryrose Franko - (Ex Officio Member)
MARYROSE FRANKO (Ex-Officio Member) is the Executive Director of the Health Research Alliance (HRA) a multi-national consortium of nonprofit organizations working to maximize the impact of investment in biomedical research to improve human health. Dr. Franko’s background includes over 20 years of program management at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). Duties at HHMI included strategic planning as well as creating, implementing, and managing over a dozen programs and initiatives. These initiatives include scientific research fellowships, an innovative university science education program, a joint initiative with the National Institutes of Health, and a student program at HHMI’s state-of-the-art research facility, Janelia Research Campus. Dr. Franko received her Ph.D. in molecular genetics from the University of Southern California and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the National Institutes of Health before joining HHMI. Her collaboration to produce Making the Right Moves: A Practical Guide to Scientific Management for Postdocs and New Faculty, which was a joint effort of HHMI and Burroughs Wellcome Fund, contributed to the collaborative efforts that led to the creation of HRA. Dr. Franko was a founding board member of HRA, serving from 1995 to 2012 and has served as its Executive Director since 2015.
Nicholas Gibson - (Ex Officio Member)
NICHOLAS GIBSON (Ex-Officio Member) is a Senior Program Officer for Human Sciences at the John Templeton Foundation. Dr. Gibson is responsible for developing grant programs on the scientific study of religion and non-religion, the psychology of virtues and character strengths, and the interface between spirituality and health. He has a particular interest in projects taking a cognitive approach to these areas. Dr. Gibson studied psychology and physiology at the University of Oxford and received his Ph.D. in psychology of religion from the University of Cambridge. He was subsequently a research fellow in science and religion at Queens’ College, Cambridge, where he also taught social psychology.
Daniel L. Goroff - (Ex Officio Member)
DANIEL GOROFF (Ex-Officio Member) is vice president and program director at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, a grant-making philanthropy that supports breakthroughs in science, technology, and economics. He is also professor emeritus of mathematics and economics at Claremont’s Harvey Mudd College, where he served as vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty. He earned his B.A.-M.A. degrees in mathematics summa cum laude at Harvard University as a Borden Scholar, an M.Phil. in economics at Cambridge University as a Churchill Scholar, a masters in mathematical finance at Boston University, and a Ph.D. in mathematics at Princeton University as a Danforth Fellow. Dr. Goroff’s first faculty appointment was at Harvard University in 1983. During over two decades at Harvard, he rose to the rank of professor of the practice of mathematics while also serving as associate director of the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning. Dr. Goroff has held visiting positions at the Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques in Paris, Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley, Bell Laboratories in New Jersey, and Dibner Institute at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in their Mathematics Section. In 1994, Dr. Goroff was elected to a three-year term on the board of directors of the American Association for Higher Education. During 1996-97, he was a division director at the National Research Council in Washington, and during 1997-98, worked for the President’s Science Advisor at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). A former chair of the U.S. National Commission on Mathematics Instruction at the National Research Council, he has also served there on the Board on International Scientific Organizations and the Forum on Open Science. During 2010, he served part time as assistant director for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Science at OSTP.
Robert J. Hanisch - (Ex Officio Member)
ROBERT HANISCH (Ex-Officio Member) joined the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in July 2014 as the director of the Office of Data and Informatics within the Material Measurement Laboratory. He is focused on providing data management and dissemination services for NIST research data products, including the Standard Reference Data collection and the Materials Genome Initiative. He is active in national and international data sharing and interoperability initiatives such as the National Data Service Consortium and the Research Data Alliance. Dr. Hanisch was previously a Senior Scientist at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI), Baltimore, Maryland, and the director of the U.S. Virtual Astronomical Observatory, a program funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). He was the first chair of the International Virtual Observatory Alliance Executive Committee (2002-2003). From 2000 to 2002 he served as Chief Information Officer at STScI, overseeing all computing, networking, and information services for the Institute. Prior to that he had oversight responsibility for the Hubble Space Telescope Data Archive and led the effort to establish the Multimission Archive at Space Telescope as the optical/UV archive center for NASA astrophysics missions. He completed his Ph.D. in Astronomy in 1981 at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Patricia Hswe - (Ex Officio Member)
PATRICIA HSWE (Ex-Officio Member) is the program officer for Scholarly Communications at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which she joined in August 2016. In this role she works on a range of grants and initiatives supporting libraries, archives, museums, universities, presses, and other institutions that further the world's collective knowledge of the humanities. Previously, Dr. Hswe was digital content strategist and co-department head of Publishing and Curation Services at Penn State University Libraries (2010-2016) and, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, program manager (2008-2009) for several digital preservation projects funded by the Library of Congress. She began working in academic libraries as a Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) postdoctoral fellow, also at the University of Illinois, in 2004, the year that CLIR launched the program. Dr. Hswe has also served as an in-house editor (2001-2003) for Bruccoli Clark Layman, publisher of reference works in literary and social history, and has taught in the Russian department at Amherst College (1990-1994). Originally a Russian literature scholar, Dr. Hswe received a Ph.D. from Yale University in Slavic languages and literatures. She also holds an A.B. in Russian language and literature from Mount Holyoke College and an M.S. in library and information science from the University of Illinois. She is active in a variety of professional associations, including the Modern Language Association and the Association of College and Research Libraries.
Boyan Konforti - (Ex Officio Member)
BOYANA KONFORTI (Ex-Officio Member) is Director of Scientific Strategy and Development at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), a science philanthropy organzation whose mission is to advance basic biomedical research and science education for the benefit of humanity. Previously, Dr. Konforti was director of Education and Outreach for the Simons Foundation. As a scientist, writer, editor and professional speaker, she has spent the past 15 years communicating science to a wide range of audiences, working and engaging with diverse scientific communities across the entire spectrum of the life sciences. Before joining the Simons Foundation, Dr. Konforti served as the launch editor of Cell Reports, strategically positioning and overseeing the new publication’s rapid growth, as well as writing and speaking extensively for the publication, contributing editorials and posting frequently to its Cell Reporter blog. Before her work at Cell Reports, Dr. Konforti served for seven years as chief editor at Nature Structural & Molecular Biology, where she oversaw and positioned the relaunch of the publication from its previous incarnation as Nature Structural Biology. Dr. Konforti did postdoctoral work at Columbia University and Rockefeller University in RNA splicing. She received a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Stanford University, where she studied the mechanism of DNA recombination. Dr. Konforti earned her B.A. at York University in Toronto.
Meredith McPhail - (Ex Officio Member)
MEREDITH MCPHAIL (Ex-Officio Member) serves as the Science and Technology Manager at the Arnold Ventures. Ms. McPhail helps manage the Science and Technology portfolio. Before joining Arnold Ventures, she served as a decision science analyst at a major financial service provider. In that role, she helped departments use analytical methods to solve internal problems, mitigate risks, and achieve their objectives. She also previously worked as an analyst for a global economic consulting firm in Washington, D.C., where she researched the potential impacts of proposed energy and environmental regulations for clients. Ms. McPhail served as a research assistant in the economics department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, assisting in evaluations related to development and spatial economics and trade theories. She holds a master's in economics from Duke University and graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor's in economics and Spanish from Trinity University.
Peter McPherson - (Ex Officio Member)
PETER MCPHERSON (Ex-Officio Member) is president of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), the nation’s oldest higher education association comprised of public research universities, land-grant institutions, and university systems in all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, four U.S. territories, Canada and Mexico. Mr. McPherson joined APLU as president in January 2006 and brought with him a distinguished background of leadership positions in higher education, government and business. Under Mr. McPherson, APLU has emerged as the leading research, policy, and advocacy organization for public research universities with an active agenda designed to increase degree completion, advance research, and strengthen engagement. He previously served as a special assistant to President Gerald Ford, administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development under President Ronald Reagan, Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Department, and president of Michigan State University from 1993 to 2004. A tax lawyer by profession, he was also managing partner of the Washington D.C. office of a large Midwestern law firm. He later served as an Executive Vice President of Bank of America, where his responsibilities included the bank’s operations in Canada and Latin America. Mr. McPherson received his undergraduate degree from Michigan State University in 1963. Returning from the Peace Corps, Mr. McPherson earned a master’s in business administration from Western Michigan University in 1967 and a law degree from American University in Washington in 1969.
Chris Mentzel - (Ex Officio Member)
CHRIS MENTZEL (Ex-Officio Member) leads the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation’s Data-Driven Discovery Initiative, a $60 million effort within the Science Program to enable data scientists to turn the scientific data deluge into opportunities to address some of today's most important research questions. Previously, Mr. Mentzel led the grants administration department and also worked as senior network engineer for the foundation. He has also held positions as a systems engineer and integrator at the University of California, Berkeley, and at various Internet consulting firms in the Bay Area. An active member of the broader big data and open science communities, Mr. Mentzel serves on a number of advisory boards and program committees and speaks frequently at conferences and workshops on topics related to data-driven research. Mr. Mentzel received a B.A. in mathematics from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and an M.Sc. in management science and engineering at Stanford University.
Ross Mounce - (Ex Officio Member)
ROSS MOUNCE (Ex-Officio Member) is the Director of Open Access Programmes at Arcadia. He was previously a postdoc in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Cambridge, a Software Sustainability Fellow, and a Panton Fellow for open data in science. Dr. Mounce also involved with Open Knowledge and the Open Science Working Group. He advocates for open access and open data. Dr. Mounce gained his doctorate at the University of Bath, where his thesis focused on the role of morphology in analyses of evolutionary relationships that include fossil species.
Heather Pierce - (Ex Officio Member)
HEATHER PIERCE (Ex-Officio Member) is the senior director for science policy and regulatory counsel at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). In this role, she serves as AAMC’s staff leader for scientific regulatory issues including clinical research, conflicts of interest, evidence-based regulation, and collaborations between industry, government, and academia in biomedical research. She is also the designated subject matter expert for the AAMC Forum on Conflict of Interest in Academe and for Convey, the AAMC’s global financial interest disclosure system. Ms. Pierce is Chair of the Board of Directors of Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R), and regularly speaks at national forums on issues related to the protection of human subjects, conflicts of interest, scientific misconduct, and the regulation of research. She has served on ad hoc committees and task forces convened by organizations including the National Academies, The Pew Charitable Trusts, the National Dialogue on Healthcare Innovation, and PRIM&R. Prior to joining AAMC, Ms. Pierce was an attorney in the Health Care Group of the law firm of Ropes & Gray LLP in New York. Her regulatory practice focused on medical research and clinical care. She received her law degree from NYU School of Law and her M.P.H. in Health Law from Boston University.
Brian Quinn - (Ex Officio Member)
BRIAN QUINN (Ex-Officio Member) is Associate Vice President, Research-Evaluation-Learning (REL) at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. In this role, he collaborates with the vice president for REL in leading a team dedicated to understanding and measuring the key health and health care issues that are part of the Foundation’s strategy, as well as assessing the Foundation’s organizational performance. Dr. Quinn works with the vice president on the team’s strategic and tactical decisions and oversees its daily operations. He also ensures that the Foundation’s 40 years of research and evaluation initiatives, which have been integral to its success and have informed the field of philanthropy as a whole, receive widespread dissemination. Dr. Quinn holds a Ph.D. in health services and policy analysis from the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.A. in economics from Colby College in Maine. His training includes a certificate of study from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Jerry Sheehan - (Ex Officio Member)
JERRY SHEEHAN (Ex-Officio Member) is the Deputy Director of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), which is part of the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Mr. Sheehan joined the NLM as Assistant Director for Policy Development in September 2006. From September 2015 to January 2017, Mr. Sheehan was on detail to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy where he served as Assistant Director for Scientific Data and Information and helped advance open science policies across the Federal Government. Mr. Sheehan came to NLM from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris, where he served as Principal Administrator and Senior Economist in the Science & Technology Policy Division from 2000 to 2006. Prior to joining the OECD, Mr. Sheehan held positions as a Senior Program Officer with the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board of the National Research Council and as an Analyst in the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment. Mr. Sheehan has been actively involved in international government discussions about intellectual property rights, public access to the results of government-funded research and industry-science relationships. He serves as Chairman of the OECD Working Party on Innovation and Technology Policy, Co-chair of the Interagency Working Group on Open Science, and Vice President of the International Council for Scientific and Technical Information. He previously served as Chair of CENDI (the Federal STI Managers group). He holds B.S. (Electrical Engineering) and M.S. (Technology and Policy) degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Alan Tomkins - (Ex Officio Member)
ALAN TOMKINS (Ex-Officio Member) is Deputy Division Director for Social and Economic Sciences (SES), Directorate of Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE), with the National Science Foundation (NSF). Previously, Dr. Tomkins was the founding director of the Public Policy Center (appointed in July 1998) and served as professor of psychology and law at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He lead projects that worked to advance methods and interdisciplinary theories for understanding trust in government; examining effective public participation and science communication; and understanding distrust and unauthorized online activities, such as hacking. In addition, he consulted with local, state, and federal government entities on participatory budgeting, strategic planning, performance measure options, workplace climate, resident input on policy decisions, and so on. Since 2007 he has served as co-editor of Court Review, journal of the American Judges Association, and prior to Court Review he served 12 years as Co-Editor and Editor for Behavioral Sciences & the Law. Dr. Tomkins received a B. A. degree from Boston University (1975) with a joint major in Psychology and Philosophy. He earned a J. D. and Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis in 1984.
Thomas J. Wang - (Ex Officio Member)
THOMAS WANG (Ex-Officio Member) chairs the Open Science Committee of the American Heart Association and is director of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine and the physician-in-chief of the Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Dr. Wang previously taught and practices at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, where he directed the heart failure disease management program and served as the associate director of the heart failure/transplantation section. At Vanderbilt, he oversees basic and translational research, the clinical program and fellowship training. His specific areas of research interest include the role of the natriuretic peptides in cardiovascular health, mechanisms of obesity-related cardiac dysfunction, the effects of vitamin D on the heart and identification of novel cardiometabolic biomarkers. Dr. Wang earned his B.S. degree at Harvard University and his M.D. at Harvard Medical School.
Jennifer Weisman - (Ex Officio Member)
JENNIFER WEISMAN (Ex-Officio Member) is director, office of the president, and chief of staff for the Global Health Division. She drives the prioritization, communication, and execution of Global Health objectives. She also leads the team that directly supports the president, Global Health, and mentors the foundation Fellows placed in the division. Dr. Weisman joined the foundation after ten years in Washington, DC as a federal employee at the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Health and Human Services, and as a consultant at the Pentagon and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Dr. Weisman has held fellowships with the SB7.0 Biosecurity Program, the Emerging Leaders in Biosecurity Initiative, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and National Academies Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Fellowship Programs, and the Giannini Family Foundation for Medical Research in antimalarial drug discovery at the University of California, San Francisco. She holds a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.S. in chemistry from The College of William & Mary.
Richard Wilder - (Ex Officio Member)
RICHARD WILDER (Ex-Officio Member) is the General Counsel and Director of Business Development at the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI). Previously, he served as associate general counsel in the Global Health Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, responsible for providing legal support in a range of projects for the development and delivery of drugs, vaccines and diagnostics in the developing world. Mr. Wilder has also held positions as associate general counsel for Intellectual Property Policy at Microsoft Corporation and director of the Global Intellectual Property Issues Division of the World Intellectual Property Organization, a specialized agency of the United Nations in Geneva. He has a B.S. in mechanical engineering and a J.D. from University of New Hampshire School of Law. Mr. Wilder formerly served as an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center and continues to be a mentor to students and graduates.
Duncan Wingham - (Ex Officio Member)
DUNCAN WINGHAM (Ex-Officio Member) is Executive Chair for the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) of the United Kingdom and holds the ‘Open Science’ Portfolio for United Kingdom Research and Innovation (UKRI). He was Chief Executive of the Natural Environment Research Council from 2012 to 2018. He joined University College London (UCL) in 1986, where he held lecturing posts at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory and the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering. He was appointed as a chair in the Department of Space and Climate Physics in 1996, and was Head of the Department of Earth Sciences at UCL from 2005 to 2010. He was founder and director of the NERC Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling from 2000 to 2005, which among other things discovered the widespread mass loss from the West Antarctic Ice Sheet and its origin in accelerated ocean melting. He was instigator and project scientist of the Esa CryoSat-1 and CryoSat-2 satellite missions. Professor Wingham received a B.S.c. from the University of Leeds in 1979, and a Ph.D. from the University of Bath in 1984, both in physics.
Garabet Yeretssian - (Ex Officio Member)
GARABET YERETSSIAN (Ex-Officio Member) is the Director for the Helmsley Charitable Trust’s Crohn’s Disease Program, which supports impactful ideas and mobilizes a global community committed to improving the lives of Crohn’s disease patients while pursuing a cure. Prior to joining Helmsley, Dr. Yeretssian was an assistant professor in the Immunology and Tisch Cancer Institutes at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai where he led a research team investigating the implication of innate immune and cell death mechanisms in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, Crohn’s disease, colorectal cancer and other gastrointestinal disorders. Previously, he was a postdoctoral fellow and later on an associate researcher at McGill University, studying host-microbe interactions at gut mucosal surfaces. Dr. Yeretssian earned a PhD in biotechnology, cell and molecular biology from the University of Nantes, and an MS degree in biochemistry, cell and molecular biology from the University of Burgundy. Earlier, he also completed an MS degree in biological sciences at the Lebanese University in Beirut.
Thomas S. Arrison - (Staff Officer)
TOM ARRISON is a program director in the Policy and Global Affairs Division at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Mr. Arrison was study director for the report Open Science by Design: Realizing a Vision for 21st Century Research and is staff director for the new Roundtable on Aligning Incentives for Open Science. He has over 28 years of experience with the National Academies, including directing a range of studies and other projects on international science and technology relations, innovation, information technology, and strengthening the U.S. research enterprise. Other recent projects include the NASEM reports Fostering Integrity in Research and Ensuring the Integrity, Accessibility, and Stewardship of Research Data in the Digital Age, and the InterAcademy Partnership reports Responsible Conduct in the Global Research Enterprise: A Policy Report, and Doing Global Science.