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Project Leadership

Steering Group Chair

  • Richard A. Meserve, Covington & Burling LLP; Emeritus, Carnegie Institution for Science


  • Emilio Bizzi, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Geoffrey Cowan, University of Southern California
  • Ellen Futter, The American Museum of Natural History
  • Sylvester James Gates, Jr., Brown University
  • Robert M. Hauser, American Philosophical Society; Emeritus, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Rush D. Holt, Jr., American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Annenberg Public Policy Center, University of Pennsylvania
  • Venkatesh Narayanamurti, Harvard University
  • Nora S. Newcombe, Temple University
  • Geneva Overholser, formerly, Democracy Fund;
    formerly, USC Annenberg School of Journalism
  • Kenneth Prewitt, Columbia University
  • Rebecca W. Rimel, The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Cristián Samper, Wildlife Conservation Society; formerly, Smithsonian’s Museum of Natural History
  • Samuel O. Thier, Harvard Medical School; Emeritus, Brandeis University; formerly, Massachusetts General Hospital and National Academy of Sciences

The Academy is also leveraging the expertise of an advisory group comprised of scholars and practitioners of diverse backgrounds.