The ELISS Team

Staff & Leadership

Edward G. Derrick – Chair of ELISS oversight committee and Chief Program Director, AAAS Center of Science, Policy, and Society Programs

Renske Erion – Program Director, ELISS

Mark S. Frankel – ELISS program lead at AAAS and Director, AAAS Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights & Law Program

Ellen Platts – Program Assistant, ELISS and Program Assistant, AAAS Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights & Law Program

Melanie Roberts – Founder and Director, ELISS

Advisors: National

  • Valerie Bockstette – Managing Director, FSG
  • Chris Ernst – Global Head, Learning, Leadership & Organization Development, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Aaron Goldner – Energy Policy Advisor, United States Senate
  • David Goldston – Director of Government Affairs, Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Melvin Greer – Senior Fellow, Lockheed Martin and Managing Director, Greer Institute for Leadership and Innovation
  • Margaret Krebs – Program Manager, Leopold Leadership Program
  • Neal Lane – Former Presidential Science Advisor and Director of the National Science Foundation and Distinguished Professor of Science and Technology Policy, Rice University
  • Bree Mitchell – Associate Director, Strategic Partnerships, Brenden-Colson Center, Oregon Health & Science University
  • Gary Olson – Professor, Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences, University of California - Irvine
  • Raj Pandya – Thriving Earth Exchange, American Geophysical Union
  • Patrick Rose, Director, Pandemic & Catastrophic Preparedness, National Association of City and County Health Officials
  • Cynthia Robinson – Director, AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships
  • Tobin Smith – Vice President for Policy, American Association for Universities
  • Linda Staheli – Founder and CEO, Global CoLab Network
  • Kate Stoll – Senior Policy Advisor, MIT
  • Victor Udoewa – Innovation Specialist at 18F, Education Design and Technology Consultant
  • Samantha White – Science Communications and Coordination Specialist, NINDS, National Institutes of Health

Advisors: Local

University of Washington

Purdue University

  • Colleen Gabauer – (Lead Advisor) Director of Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs, Purdue Graduate School
  • Candiss Vibbert – Assistant Vice President for Engagement, Purdue University
  • Sara Peel – Director of Watershed Projects at Wabash River Enhancement Corp   
  • Robert Sorensen – Higher Education Administration (Retired) and Community Leader

University of California, Irvine

  • Jacob Levin – (Lead advisor) Assistant Vice Chancellor, Research Development, UCI Office of Research
  • Beth Krom – Councilmember, City of Irvine
  • Matt Bailey – Chief Collaboration Strategist, UCI Institute for Innovation
  • Neil Sahota – Master Inventor and Ecosystem Engagement Manager, IBM

Duke University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
(working together to engage the Research Triangle region)

  • Nita Farahany – (Duke Lead Advisor) Director of Duke Science & Society and Professor of Law and Philosophy, Duke University
  • Heidi Harkins – (UNC Lead Advisor) Director of Professional Science Master's Programs, The Graduate School, UNC
  • John Hardin – Executive Director, North Carolina Board of Science, Technology & Innovation
  • Rebekah Layton – Director, Training Initiatives in Biomedical & Biological Sciences; Assistant Director of Professional Development, UNC
  • Joanne Pierce – Deputy Public Health Director
  • Bono Sen – Training and Capacity Building Expert, NIEHS-WHO Collaborating Center
  • Ken Tindall – Senior Vice President, Science and Business Development, North Carolina Biotechnology Center
  • Erika Weinthal – Associate Dean for International Programs, Professor of Environmental Policy, Duke University

Project Leads


ELISS would not be possible without volunteers with many different skills who asked “how can I help” to advance the ELISS mission. We are so grateful to the many, many people who have donated time and wisdom to help ELISS start and grow.