Chief Program Officer
Maureen Kearney, AAAS Chief Program Officer, joined AAAS in February 2018. Kearney brings an extensive mix of academic, management and public engagement experience to AAAS. Prior to joining AAAS, she served as Associate Director for Science at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History. Before that, she served as Program Director and Acting Division Director in the Division of Environmental Biology at the National Science Foundation. Previously, she worked as a research curator at the Field Museum of Natural History and a member of the Committee of Evolutionary Biology at the University of Chicago. She received her PhD in Biological Sciences, with a research focus on phylogenetics, evolution and biodiversity science from George Washington University. As the Chief Program Officer at AAAS, Kearney oversees programs such as Science and Technology Fellowships; Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights & Law; Science Diplomacy; STEM Education; and Dialogue on Science, Ethics and Religion.