A Force for Science: Introduction by CEO and Board Chair

Introduction From the Chair and the CEO

Certain moments in history call urgently to science, and 2020 was perhaps unprecedented in its need for scientific expertise, collaboration, communication and leadership as the world faced the COVID-19 pandemic and a long-overdue reckoning with systemic racism.

At no other recent time has the AAAS mission of advancing science, engineering and innovation throughout the world for the benefit of all people been more important. AAAS and the Science Family of Journals mobilized forcefully to help speed COVID-19 research and its dissemination among the scientific community and leaders establishing policy to protect human lives and the public.

Also in 2020, AAAS committed to combating systemic racism and inequity in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine. We began by appraising our own diversity, with a study of AAAS and Science authors, reviewers, award winners, program participants and fellows. That baseline data will be used to transparently track progress as AAAS invests in its ongoing diversity, inclusion and equity practices and programs, and looks for new and innovative ways to add to the discussion.

Throughout 2020, AAAS upheld and fostered the positive contribution of science as we grappled with a rapidly changing world. We are grateful to our members and supporters who are joining us in this important work.

Steven Chu

Chair, AAAS Board of Directors

William R. Kenan Jr., Professor of Physics and of Molecular
and Cellular Physiology, Stanford University

12th United States Secretary of Energy

1997 Nobel Laureate in Physics

Sudip S. Parikh

Chief Executive Officer, AAAS
Executive Publisher,
Science Family of Journals

2020 AAAS Board of Directors and Leadership

Board of Directors

Board Officers

Chair
Steven Chu
Stanford University

President
Claire M. Fraser
University of Maryland School of Medicine

President-Elect
Susan G. Amara
National Institute of Mental Health, U.S. National Institutes of Health*

Treasurer
Carolyn N. Ainslie
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Secretary
Sudip S. Parikh
AAAS

Board Members

Cynthia M. Beall
Case Western Reserve University

Rosina M. Bierbaum
University of Michigan and University of Maryland, College Park

Ann Bostrom
University of Washington

Kaye Husbands Fealing
Georgia Institute of Technology

Stephen P.A. Fodor
13.8 Inc.

S. James Gates Jr.
Brown University and University of Maryland, College Park

Laura H. Greene
National High Magnetic Field Laboratory and Florida State University

Maria M. Klawe
Harvey Mudd College

Robert B. Millard
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Alondra Nelson
Institute for Advanced Study and Social Science Research Council

William D. Provine
DuPont/Delaware Innovation Space

* Dr. Amara serves in a personal capacity and not as a representative of NIH.

AAAS Leadership
as of April 30, 2021

Sudip S. Parikh
Chief Executive Officer, AAAS
Executive Publisher,
Science Family of Journals

Tim Appenzeller
News Editor, Science

Zdenek Becka
Director, Information Technology

Shannon Benson
Director, Human Resources

Andrew Black
Chief of Staff and Chief Public Affairs Officer

Kathy Black
Director, Strategic Planning

Monica M. Bradford
Executive Editor, Science

Joanne PadrĂ³n Carney
Chief Government Relations Officer

Marietta Damond
Deputy Chief Program Officer

Joanne Heininger
Director, Membership

Stephen Issing
Director, Finance

Tanisha Lewis
Chief Financial Officer

Julia Jackson MacKenzie
Chief Program Officer

Shirley M. Malcom
Senior Advisor and Director, SEA Change

Kimberly Montgomery
Director, International Affairs and Science Diplomacy

Bill Moran
Publisher, Science Family of Journals

Beth Rakouskas
Creative Director, Science Family of Journals

Beth Rosner
Senior Advisor and Interim Director, Science and Technology Policy Fellowships

Michael Savelli
Chief Operating Officer

Juli Staiano
Chief Philanthropy Officer

Holden Thorp
Editor-in-Chief, Science Family of Journals

Randy Yi
Director, Business Systems and Financial Analysis, Science Family of Journals