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Leadership & Staff

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Leadership Team



  • Mike Coburn   
    Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
  • Aimée Lefever  
    Director of Operations
  • Michelle Reddersen 
  • Lisa Montgomery  
    Executive Assistant
  • Melissa Patton   
    Manager of Operations

Development & Membership

  • Anne Mandeville   
    Vice President of Development and Membership
  • Katie Goode  
    Senior Director of Development and Membership
  • Joel Nepomuceno  
    Director of Membership
  • Emma Gogol   
    Development and Membership Associate

Policy & Advocacy

  • Eleanor “Ellie” Dehoney   
    Senior Vice President of Policy and Advocacy
  • Samantha Miller 
    Associate Director of Policy & Advocacy
  • Victoria Schneider 
    Global Health R&D Program Manager
  • Jacqueline Lagoy 
    Global Health R&D Operations and Events Coordinator
  • Savannah Sims   
    Senior Associate, Global Health R&D Advocacy
  • Francesca Manzella   
    Dr. Leroy Hood Science Policy Fellow
  • Uche Ihekwereme   
    Science Policy Intern, Internship sponsored by Burroughs Wellcome Fund

Advocacy Programs & Initiatives

  • Sheila Murphy   
    Vice President of Advocacy Programs and Initiatives
  • Sara Chang   
    Senior Director of Policy and Advocacy Programs
  • Shilpa Rajan   
    Director of the Science and Technology Action Committee
  • Jasmine George  
    Manager of Advocacy Programs
  • Jamelle Simmons   
    Dr. Louis Sullivan Science Policy Fellow
  • Trent Carlson   
    Science Policy Intern, Internship sponsored by Burroughs Wellcome Fund

Communications & Civic Science

  • Jenny Luray   
    Senior Vice President of Strategy and Public Engagement
  • Tim Haynes   
    Senior Director of Communications
  • Taylarr Lopez   
    Director of Communications
  • Sophia Kaska  
    Senior Manager of Science Initiatives and Outreach
  • Erin Brown   
    Manager of Communications and Marketing
  • Fanuel Muindi  
    Lasker/Research!America Fellow for Civic Science
  • Abigail Bender  
    Civic Science Intern
  • Rylee Stephenson  
    Science Communications Intern, Internship sponsored by Burroughs Wellcome Fund