Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is the governing and managing body of the Association for Advancing Participatory Sciences (AAPS). The Board is responsible for proposal of and approval of AAPS policies and guidelines, oversight of some staff, and working with staff on budget, fundraising, and programming.

Past board chairs from left Austin Mast, Alison Parker, and Heather Fischer

If you are interested in being considered to serve on the board, please fill out the AAPS Board Interest form, and we will contact you. Filling out this form does not guarantee a position on the board and does not require you to serve on the board immediately or at all. This form is an initial step in expressing your interest.

If you want to learn more about board service, see the board service FAQ page.

Association for Advancing Participatory Sciences Board of Directors

Active Board members, listed by cohort (officer roles in parentheses)

* Second term ** First full term


  • Jessica Bean, UC Berkeley/FieldScope
  • Michael Bear (MEMBER AT LARGE), Ocean Sanctuaries
  • Jay Benforado (SECRETARY), US EPA (Retired)
  • Alison Cawood (VICE CHAIR), Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
  • Cheyanne Olson, Rogers State University


  • Heather Fischer* (CHAIR), STEM Research Center, Oregon State University
  • Valerie Johnson, Shaw University
  • Eveline Wandl-Vogt, Austrian Academy of Sciences


  • Mónica Ramírez-Andreotta, University of Arizona
  • Ted Smith (TREASURER), University of Louisville
  • Austin Mast*, Florida State University

On Leave: Julie Vastine*, Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring, Dickinson College, is on leave from the CSA Board during a year-long appointment to the US Environmental Protection Agency.

Emeritus Board Members

Affiliations listed for time of service.

  • Melinda Butsch Kovacic, Cincinnati Childrens’ Hospital –(2020-2023)
  • Leda Cunningham, WildEast Strategies –(2022-2023)
  • Maria Palamar, Resolve Conservation –(2022-2023)
  • Calvin Cupini, Activate –(2020-2022)
  • Angel Hjarding, Independent Researcher –(2018-2022)
  • Eva Lewandowski, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources –(2019-2022)
  • Julia Parrish, University of Washington College of the Environment –(2019-2022)
  • Sacoby Wilson, University of Maryland – College Park –(2019-2022)
  • Alison Parker, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars –(2018-2021)
  • Tina Phillips, Cornell Lab of Ornithology –(2018-2021)
  • Michael Pocock, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Natural Environmental Research Council –(2018-2020)
  • Caren Cooper, North Carolina State University & North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences –(2017-2020)
  • Cat Stylinski, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science –(2017-2020)
  • Alison Young, California Academy of Sciences –(2017-2020)
  • Lea Shanley, South Big Data Hub –(2017-2019)
  • Greg Newman, Colorado State University –(2015-2019)
  • Anne Bowser, Wilson Center –(2016-2019)
  • Shannon Dosemagen, Public Lab –(2016-2019)
  • Na’Taki Osborne-Jelks, Spelman College –(2016-2019)
  • Sarah Kirn, Gulf of Maine Research Institute –(2016-2019)
  • Darlene Cavalier, Arizona State University — (2015-2018)
  • Rebecca Jordan, Rutgers University — (2015-2018)
  • Kris Stepenuck, University of Vermont — (2015-2018)
  • Laura Stewart, U.S Environmental Protection Agency — (2016-2018)
  • Rick Bonney, Cornell Lab of Ornithology — (2015-2017)
  • Rajul Pandya, AGU’s Thriving Earth Exchange — (2015-2017)
  • Martin Storksdieck, Oregon State University — (2015-2017)
  • Muki Haklay, University College London — (2015-2017)
  • Nolan Doesken, Colorado State University — (2015-2016)
  • Mary Ford, National Geographic Society — (2015-2016)
  • Eric Jolly, Science Museum of Minnesota — (2015-2016)
  • Tom Baker, ESRI — (2015- 2015)