Lou bridges bridges people, science, and technology, championing both human and technical infrastructure within science. Prior to her current role at CSCCE, Lou spent more than five years at AAAS, where she launched the Community Engagement Fellows Program and led other community-focused initiatives. Before AAAS, she oversaw Nature Publishing Group’s community projects, including Nature Network, the nature.com blogs, and online coverage of the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings and Nobel Week Dialogue. Lou has organized community-focused events of various formats and sizes, including conferences, unconferences, monthly discussion series and multiple online events. A molecular biologist by training, Lou brings experience in frontline research to bear on her work building scientific communities.
Communications Director and Content Archivist
Katie is a science communicator and community manager with a background in biological research. In her role at CSCCE, she is working to develop and share the center’s products as well as champion and support our community of practice. Before joining the CSCCE team she spent seven years as Communications Director for the Deep Carbon Observatory, a decade-long Earth and life sciences program. In that role, she managed a 1200-member international and multi-disciplinary community, and collaborated with the Metcalf Institute for Environmental Reporting, NSF’s Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations, the International Continental Drilling Program, and others to help scientists better engage key stakeholders through a variety of communications media. In 2017, Katie participated in the Community Engagement Fellows Program (CEFP 2017).
Lead Trainer and Curriculum Development Specialist
Camille applies her background in higher education, workforce development, social work, and political science to support and train scientific community managers. Before joining the CSCCE she helped start up The City University of New York’s Advanced Science Research Center, where she created community and public engagement programs, organized events and professional development training, and oversaw various communications and marketing projects. Camille has additionally designed, delivered, and evaluated evidence-based career development programs sponsored by the US National Science Foundation and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. In 2019, she participated in the CSCCE Community Engagement Fellowship Program (CEFP 2019).
For more than a decade, Donna Okubo worked at The Public Library of Science (PLOS), where she instituted and directed their 150-member Institutional Membership program. While at PLOS, she co-founded Open Access Week, a global event connecting researchers, academic institutions, government agencies, funders, and businesses, and led the convening of a group of US, international funder, and infrastructure stakeholders to form the Open Research Funders Group. She holds a BA in advertising, and was a fundraiser for a variety of non-profits including KQED, the Japanese American Citizens League, the Tech Museum, and the Women’s Funding Network. Donna also serves on the advisory committee for the Knowledge Equity Lab at the University of Toronto, and previously served on the ASAPbio Preprint Licensing Task Force.