Chief Executive Officer
Throughout my career, I have been passionate about improving public understanding of science, and most especially astronomy. So I am very proud and honored to serve as the Chief Executive Officer of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. I am a native San Franciscan who has spent most of my life in the Bay Area. I hold a master’s degree in physics and astronomy from San Francisco State University and an Ed D in science education from Boston University. Before coming to the ASP, I was a Staff Scientist and Director of the Teacher Institute at the Exploratorium – San Francisco’s renowned science museum. During my 21-year tenure at the Exploratorium, I led the development and implementation of an internationally acclaimed science teacher professional development program, including an innovative beginning science teacher program and a teacher leadership program. I have co-authored several science activity books for children and written numerous popular science articles. I have also conducted research on student astronomy learning, science teacher induction and retention, and gender equity in science. My other passions include writing science fiction short stories, knitting, and spending time with my husband and two rescue greyhounds.