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Andrew Black

Chief of Staff and Chief External Affairs Officer

Andrew Black is Chief of Staff and Chief External Affairs Officer at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the Science family of journals. With 120,000 members and more than 260 affiliated societies, AAAS represents 10 million people across all fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.  He joined AAAS in February 2015.

In his current role, Black serves as chief of staff and senior advisor to the CEO, and oversees the association’s communications and public programs (including the AAAS Annual Meeting), government relations and advocacy, philanthropy and strategic partnerships, and program units, including work in science policy; STEM education; diversity, equity, and inclusion; and science diplomacy. He also oversees the governance affairs of the association. Black is a co-founder of the Societies Consortium on Sexual Harassment in STEMM, a group of more than 120 cross-disciplinary scientific, engineering, and medical societies established in 2018 that is dedicated to eliminating sexual and gender harassment from STEMM fields. He currently serves as co-vice chair of the Consortium’s Executive Committee.

Prior to joining AAAS, Black was a senior aide to Congressman Rush Holt of New Jersey for more than a decade.

Black holds a B.A. in sociology and political science from The College of New Jersey and a J.D. from American University Washington College of Law. He is a member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), and the Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives (CESSE).