Our board represents the research and technology communities and provides COS with valuable advice for meeting its mission.


Alison Mudditt

Alison Mudditt, Chair

CEO, Public Library of Science (PLOS)

Term: 2022 - 2024

Since June 2017 Alison has been CEO of PLOS, an organization dedicated to ensuring that research is discoverable, accessible and useable - and to continuing to push the boundaries of “open” in service of a truly equitable system of scientific knowledge and understanding. Prior to PLOS, Alison served as Director of the University of California Press and as Executive Vice President at SAGE Publications. Her 30 years in the publishing industry also include leadership positions at Blackwell Publishers and Taylor & Francis. Alison is a frequent speaker at industry meetings, writes for the Scholarly Kitchen blog, and serves on the Board of the Society for Scholarly Publishing, the Authors’ Alliance and the Center for Open Science as well as the American Chemical Society’s Governing Board for Publishing.

In the past, Alison has also served on the Scientific Publications Committee and the Open Science Committee of the American Heart Association; the Executive Council of the PSP Division of the American Association of Publishers; and as Co-Chair of the Dean’s Leadership Council at California State University, Channel Islands. She holds an MBA in addition to a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Bath.

Rebecca Saxe

Rebecca Saxe, Vice Chair

Professor of Cognitive Science, BCS at MIT

Term: 2022 - 2024

Rebecca Saxe is an associate investigator of the McGovern Institute and the John W. Jarve (1978) Professor in Brain and Cognitive Sciences. She obtained her PhD from MIT and was a Harvard Junior Fellow before joining the MIT faculty in 2006. She was awarded tenure in 2011. Saxe was chosen In 2012 as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, and she received the 2014 Troland Award from the National Academy of Sciences. Her 2009 TED talk has been viewed 2.8 million times. In 2008 she was named one of Popular Science Magazine’s “Brilliant 10” scientists under 40.

Jon Hill

Jon Hill, Treasurer

Managing Director, Investure

Term: 2022 - 2024

Jon Hill is Managing Director at Investure, a Charlottesville based investment firm that works primarily with nonprofits to invest their endowments. He has worked at Investure since 2004 and is responsible for researching and monitoring managers focused on real estate and real assets. Prior to his role as Director, Jon worked as an Associate focused on traditional and alternative equity managers. Before joining Investure, Jon worked at Merrill Lynch as a Senior Specialist after completing Merrill Lynch’s technology analyst program.

Jon earned his BS in systems engineering and his BA in economics from Virginia Tech, an Investment Banking Certificate from NYU, and completed coursework in the economics PhD program at the University of Virginia. Jon lives in Charlottesville with his wife Heather, who is Vice Mayor of Charlottesville, and their three children Aubrey, Warren, and Caroline.


George Banks

George Banks

Associate Professor, Department of Management, Belk College of Business at UNC Charlotte

Term: 2023 - 2025

Dr. George C. Banks (PhD) is an associate professor in the Department of Management in the Belk College of Business at UNC Charlotte. His research and teaching interests include strategic human resource management, leadership and team development, ethics, as well as research methods and statistics. Dr. Banks is a Senior Associate Editor at The Leadership Quarterly and has served as a special issue editor at Organizational Research Methods. He has over 50 publications in outlets such as Science, Nature Human Behavior, Journal of Management, and Academy of Management Journal. Dr. Banks has published on methods topics, such as meta-analysis, text analysis (e.g., topic modeling), and open science practices (e.g., study preregistration, analytic reproducibility, and transparency checklists). He was the recipient of the 2017 Sage Publications/CARMA Early Career Award from the Research Methods Division of the Academy of Management. Dr. Banks has taught open science short courses for the Consortium for the Advancement of Research Methods and Analysis (CARMA). Additionally, his work has been featured by popular media outlets, such as the Wall Street Journal as well as National Public Radio (NPR).

Previously Dr. Banks worked as a consultant for HRinterax, Inc. (Shelton, CT) and Human Technology, Inc. (McLean, VA). He has worked with diverse clients, such as the Missile Defense Agency, the Forest Service, the Transportation Security Administration, the Patent and Trade Office, as well as the Foreign Agriculture Service. He received his Ph.D. from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2012.

Elaine Chen

Elaine Chen

Cummings Professor of the Practice of Entrepreneurship, Tufts University; Director of Tufts Entrepreneurship Center, Tufts Gordon Institute; Founder and Managing Director, ConceptSpring

Term: 2021 - 2024

Elaine is the Cummings Professor of the Practice of Entrepreneurship and Director of the Tufts Entrepreneurship Center. Prior to joining Tufts, Elaine served as Senior Lecturer and Entrepreneur-in-Residence for nearly a decade at the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship, teaching entrepreneurship in startup, corporate, non-profit and government settings to students at all stages of their educational and professional journeys. Elaine founded and led the implementation of multiple academic and co-curricular offerings at MIT. She designed a new course on corporate entrepreneurship, reimagined entry level and advanced entrepreneurship courses, coached hundreds of student entrepreneurs every year, and spearheaded the development of platforms and infrastructure that use technology to scale up access to entrepreneurship education – on and off campus.

Elaine plays an active role in entrepreneurship enablement in the community. She received the MIT Monosson Prize for Entrepreneurship Mentoring in recognition of her impact on entrepreneurship education. She was selected by the American Academy for the Advancement of Science and Lemelson Foundation to serve as an Invention Ambassador. She also served on the board of the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge, a non-profit organization that helps early stage entrepreneurs succeed.

Elaine brings a wealth of experience to Tufts, having served as an engineering and product management VP at six companies, including Rethink Robotics, Zeo, Zeemote, and SensAble Technologies. She has brought numerous hardware and software products to market and holds 22 patents. As Founder and Managing Director of ConceptSpring, a corporate innovation and entrepreneurship consulting company, Elaine helps corporate leaders build entrepreneurial organizations via innovation consulting and custom training programs to clients in industries ranging from healthcare IT, industrial automation and robotics, consumer electronics to retail innovation, FinTech, non-profits, government agencies, and more.

As a thought leader, keynote speaker and author, Elaine has been featured in Xconomy, TechCrunch, Huffington Post, Forbes, and Fortune. She is author of Bringing a Hardware Product to Market: Navigating the Wild Ride from Concept to Mass Production. She has extensive international experience with particular expertise in the Asia-Pacific area.

Elaine received her BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Maryrose Franko

Maryrose Franko

Executive Director of the Health Research Alliance (HRA)

Term: 2021 - 2023

Maryrose Franko is the Executive Director of the Health Research Alliance (HRA), a multi-national consortium of nonprofit organizations working to maximize the impact of investment in biomedical research to improve human health.

Dr. Franko’s background includes over 20 years of program management at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), including strategic planning as well as creating, implementing, and managing over a dozen programs and initiatives. These include scientific research fellowships, an innovative university science education program, a joint initiative with the National Institutes of Health, and a student program at HHMI’s state-of-the-art research facility, Janelia Research Campus.

Dr. Franko received her PhD in molecular genetics from University of Southern California and did a post-doctoral fellowship at the National Institutes of Health before joining HHMI. Her collaboration to produce Making the Right Moves: A Practical Guide to Scientific Management for Postdocs and New Faculty, which was a joint effort of HHMI and Burroughs Wellcome Fund, contributed to the collaborative efforts that led to the creation of HRA. Franko was a founding board member of HRA, serving from 1995 to 2012.

Marcia McNutt

Marcia McNutt

President, National Academy of Sciences

Term: 2021 - 2023

Marcia McNutt is a geophysicist and president of the National Academy of Sciences. From 2013 to 2016, she served as editor-in-chief of the Science journals. Prior to joining Science, she was director of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) from 2009 to 2013. During her tenure, the USGS responded to a number of major disasters, including earthquakes in Haiti, Chile, and Japan, and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. McNutt led a team of government scientists and engineers at BP headquarters in Houston who helped contain the oil and cap the well. She directed the flow rate technical group that estimated the rate of oil discharge during the spill’s active phase. For her contributions, she was awarded the U.S. Coast Guard’s Meritorious Service Medal.

Before joining the USGS, McNutt served as president and chief executive officer of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), in Moss Landing, California. During her time at MBARI, the institution became a leader in developing biological and chemical sensors for remote ocean deployment, installed the first deep-sea cabled observatory in U.S. waters, and advanced the integration of artificial intelligence into autonomous underwater vehicles for complex undersea missions.

From 2000 to 2002, McNutt served as president of the American Geophysical Union (AGU). She was chair of the Board of Governors for Joint Oceanographic Institutions, responsible for operating the International Ocean Drilling Program’s vessel JOIDES Resolution and associated research programs.

McNutt began her academic career at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where she was the E.A. Griswold Professor of Geophysics and directed the Joint Program in Oceanography/Applied Ocean Science & Engineering, jointly offered by MIT and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Her research area is the dynamics of the upper mantle and lithosphere on geologic time scales, work that has taken her to distant continents and oceans for field observations. She is a veteran of more than a dozen deep-sea expeditions, on most of which she was chief or co-chief scientist.

McNutt received a BA in physics from Colorado College and her PhD in Earth sciences at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. She holds honorary doctoral degrees from the Colorado College, the University of Minnesota, Monmouth University, the Colorado School of Mines, University of Miami, Uppsala University, Michigan State University, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, George Washington University, Boston University, and Texas A&M University. McNutt is a member of the American Philosophical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a Foreign Member of the Royal Society, UK, the Russian Academy of Sciences, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences. She is a fellow of AGU, the Geological Society of America, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the International Association of Geodesy. In 1988, she was awarded AGU’s Macelwane Medal for research accomplishments by a young scientist, and she received the Maurice Ewing Medal in 2007 for her contributions to deep-sea exploration.

Susanna-Assunta Sansone

Susanna-Assunta Sansone

Professor of Data Readiness; Associate Director, Oxford e-Research Centre; and Academic Lead for Research Practice, University of Oxford

Term: 2023 - 2025

Sansone is the Professor of Data Readiness, in the Department of Engineering Science, Associate Director and Principal Investigator at the Oxford e-Research Centre, and Academic Lead for Research Practice at the University of Oxford, in the UK. She helped to create the peer-reviewed journal Scientific Data in 2012, to promote data as a first class object, and in 2016 co-authored the FAIR data principles, a set of guidelines for the scientific ecosystem to ensure that data is Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable. Her Data Readiness Group works with partners world-wide to research and develop methods and tools to improve data reuse, work for data transparency, research integrity and the evolution of scholarly publishing. Her group also runs informative, educational registries to enable data readiness, essential in Data Science, such as the FAIRsharing service.

Sansone carries extensive experience serving on nonprofit Boards of several global organizations and advisor groups, including Dryad (Board of Directors), the Research Data Alliance (RDA, Technical Advisory Board), and the EOSC FAIR Metrics and Data Quality Task Force (advisory member). In Life Science, she co-leads the ELIXIR Interoperability Platform, and is on the management team of the ELIXIR UK Node (Standards and Curation area lead).

Sansone completed a Diploma (1997) and PhD (2000) in Molecular Biology in the Faculty of Medicine, St Mary’s Hospital, of the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine in London.

Yvette Seger

Yvette Seger

Director of Science Policy, Deputy Director of the Office of Public Affairs, and Director of Strategic Scientific Program Advancement at the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)

Term: 2023 - 2026

Yvette Seger, PhD, is experienced in science policy analysis, advocacy, and strategic planning, representing a wealth of knowledge and experience. She currently holds multiple roles as Director of Science Policy, Deputy Director of the Office of Public Affairs, and Director of Strategic Scientific Program Advancement at the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), in Rockville, Maryland.

A geneticist by training, Seger tracks critical science policy and regulatory actions affecting biological and biomedical research and ensures FASEB policy recommendations evolve in tandem with rapidly advancing science and technology. She applies her policy acumen to the development and implementation of two multi-million-dollar strategic investments: FASEB DataWorks! and the FASEB Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion (DEAI) Program. Launched in September 2021, FASEB DataWorks! seeks to bring the biological and biomedical research communities together to advance human health through data sharing and reuse. DataWorks! achieves this through conversation spaces (DataWorks! Salons), annual challenges (DataWorks! Prize), and self-service resources (DataWorks! Help Desk). Through FASEB’s DEAI program, she is leading the first of its kind to provide a suite of diversity and inclusivity programs for working scientists throughout the life sciences. The program strives to build a scientific workforce that more fully reflects our increasingly diverse nation.

Seger has spearheaded community discussions and recommendations to enhance research rigor and reproducibility in the biological and biomedical sciences and is a proponent of open scholarship. Her contributions to the open scholarship community include co-chairing the Alliance for Open Scholarship, a cohort of societies and associations collaborating to promote a culture of open research, and serving as an ex officio member of the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine’s Roundtable on Aligning Incentives for Open Science.

Elaine Westbrooks

Elaine Westbrooks

Carl A. Kroch University Librarian, Cornell University

Term: 2021 - 2024

Since July 2022, Elaine L. Westbrooks has been the Carl A. Kroch University Librarian at Cornell University. She is responsible for the leadership and general administration of the University Library which includes over 15 libraries and 350 librarians, archivists, and staff. She has held leadership roles at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Michigan, and the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

Westbrooks is a member of the Association of Research Libraries Scholars and Scholarship Committee, the Executive Committee of Triangle Research Libraries Network, the Digital Public Library of America Board of Directors, and the HathiTrust Board of Governors. Because of Westbrooks expertise and leadership in scholarly communications and the crisis of academic publishing, she has been interviewed by numerous media outlets, including Vox, Inside Higher Education, and the Chronicle of Higher Education. Westbrooks has also emerged as a leading thinker on issues related to equity, inclusion, and social justice in academic Libraries. Westbrooks coauthored Metadata in Practice with Diane Hillmann in 2004 and coedited Academic Library Management: Case Studies with Tammy Nickelson Dearie and Michael Meth in 2017. In recognition of her acumen and her efforts to build strategic partnerships across borders, she was honored with the Foreign Expert Award by Fudan University in Shanghai, China, in 2015 and 2016. She has a BA in Linguistics and a MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh.


Brian Nosek

Brian Nosek (non-voting)

Co-founder and Executive Director, Center for Open Science

Brian Nosek is Co-founder and Executive Director of the Center for Open Science, which operates the Open Science Framework. COS is enabling open and reproducible research practices worldwide. Brian is also a Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Virginia. He received his PhD from Yale University in 2002. He co-founded Project Implicit, an multi-university collaboration for research and education investigating implicit cognition--thoughts and feelings that occur outside of awareness or control. Brian investigates the gap between values and practices, such as when behavior is influenced by factors other than one's intentions and goals. Nosek applies this interest to improve the alignment between personal and organizational values and practices. In 2015, he was named one of Nature's 10 and to the Chronicle for Higher Education Influence list.


Arturo Casadevall

Term: 2020 - 2023

Archie Holmes, Jr.

Term: 2017 - 2020

Thomas C. Katsouleas

Term: 2019 - 2021

Alan G. Kraut

Term: 2016 - 2019

Alan I. Leshner

Term: 2017 - 2019

Arthur Lupia

Term: 2016 - 2018

Lara Mangravite

Term: 2020 - 2023

Beth Simone Noveck

Term: 2017 - 2020