Leadership & Staff

Research!America's dedicated staff are willing to work with you on your efforts to advocate for research to improve health.


The Honorable John Edward Porter The Honorable John Edward Porter is chair of Research!America's Board of Directors and a partner in Hogan Lovells US LLP Washington, DC, law office. Previously, he served 21 years as a congressman from the 10th district in Illinois. In Congress he was chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education; as vice-chair of the Subcommittee on Foreign Operations; and as vice-chair of the Subcomittee on Military Construction. More about The Honorable John Edward Porter. (Click on the photo for a hi-res color headshot.)

Mary WoolleyMary Woolley is the president of Research!America. Under her leadership, Research!America's membership has more than quadrupled as it has earned the attention and respect of research, media, and community leaders with its signature public opinion surveys and advocacy resource materials. More about Mary Woolley. (Click on the photo for a hi-res color headshot.)



Executive Offices

Executive Assistant to the President

Membership and Development

Director of Development
Manager, Membership Development


Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
Director of Operations

Policy and Advocacy

Vice President, Policy and Advocacy
Director of Policy and Advocacy
Policy and Advocacy Associate
Administrative Assistant, Policy and Avocacy
Science Policy Fellow
Science Policy Intern - Internship sponsored by Burroughs Wellcome Fund


Vice President, Communications
Senior Manager of Communications
Communications Manager
Communications Specialist

If concerted, long-term investments in research are not made, America will lose an entire generation of young scientists.
Brenda Canine, PhD; McLaughlin Research Institute, Montana