Board of Directors
AGU member since 1992. Dean, College of the Environment, University of Washington, Seattle, Wash.
Volunteer experience: A key role of an advisory board is to assess the wisdom of changing course to seize opportunities. I am on the Board of Directors of Forterra, one of the nation’s largest land trusts. Recently, we redirected Forterra’s strategic plan to address rapid urban development in the Pacific Northwest. As a board member, I am particularly attuned to evaluating progress towards achieving the vision, particularly in the context of new opportunities, partnerships, and business models.
AGU has made significant strides in implementing its strategic plan since it was first adopted in 2010. What excites you about this time in AGU’s history? What experience can you draw on as a Board member to further advance AGU’s mission as a leader and an innovator?
Among scientific societies, AGU is at the forefront in proactively engaging with societal challenges, from scientific literacy to global change to sustainability. This has added another dimension to what has always been an element of AGU culture—inspiring scientists from multiple disciplines to tackle complex problems. I am fully on board with AGU’s priority to bring Earth and space sciences to bear on the policies and practices that sustain the planet. That said, I’m equally dedicated to ensuring that curiosity-driven research in Earth and space sciences is fully supported and celebrated as the foundation on which all of our solutions depend. AGU needs to strategically balance support for the development of deep disciplinary knowledge and interdisciplinary problem solving. Articulating this balance as well as our societal relevance, both to our members and the public, must be at the top of AGU’s agenda.
I want to serve on the Board because AGU mirrors my career-long passion for promoting interdisciplinary scientific approaches to critical environmental challenges and for creating institutions that produce “actionable science.” In addition, I see an opportunity to bring to bear my experience in developing strategies that proactively address changing resources and demands.