Margaret Fraiser (she/her/hers) is the Director of Diversity and Inclusion at AGU. Margaret served as a program director in the National Science Foundation (NSF)’s Directorate for Geosciences in the Frontier Research in Earth Sciences and Sedimentary Geology and Paleobiology Programs. She helped execute NSF programs focused on advancing scientific knowledge and developing an inclusive STEM workforce.
Prior to her rotation at NSF, Margaret was an Associate Professor and undergraduate faculty advisor in the Department of Geosciences at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is a member of the Paleontological Society’s inaugural Diversity and Inclusion Committee and was previously elected as Membership Coordinator. Margaret has served as Associate Editor and Editor-in-Chief of international, peer-reviewed, scientific journals. Margaret received a B.S. degree in geology from the University of Georgia and an M.S. and Ph.D. in geological sciences from the University of Southern California.
Pranoti Asher (she, her, hers) is the assistant director for grants and education programs at AGU.
She has also served as the inaugural scholar in residence at the American Geosciences Institute. Asher works in close partnership with the AGU Ethics and Equity Center as the lead staff member for the AGU Bridge Program, a component of the National Science Foundation (NSF)-sponsored Inclusive Graduate Education Network. The AGU Bridge Program was initiated in 2019 to develop, adopt and share inclusive practices for recruiting, admitting and retaining women and underrepresented students in STEM graduate programs.
Prior to joining AGU, Asher spent 18 years as a geoscience faculty member. In her last faculty position, she was a tenured member of the geology and geography department at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro.
She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in geology from the University of Bombay, India, and a Ph.D. in the geological sciences from the University of Connecticut.
Billy M. Williams (he/ him/ his) is the Senior Vice President for Ethics, Diversity, and Inclusion at AGU. Williams was the Principal Investigator for the September 2016, NSF-funded workshop, Sexual Harassment in the Sciences: A Call to Respond, and serves as a co-PI on the 2017 NSF Grant, ADVANCE Partnership: From the Classroom to the Field: Improving the Workplace in the Geosciences. He is currently the PI on Catalyzing Cultural Change in the Sciences with New Resources and Tracking Tools, a project funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Williams was a member of the 2017-2018 National Academy of Sciences’ Committee on Impact of Sexual Harassment in Academic STEMM, and the 2019-2020 Committee on Increasing the Number of Women in STEMM. Prior to joining AGU in 2012, he served as a Senior Program Officer at the National Academy of Sciences and as a Global R&D Director at the Dow Chemical Company.
Hope Garland is a Media Relations Specialist at AGU, where she supports the organization’s press and social media operations. Her work also concentrates on promoting specific AGU programs, including AGU LANDInG, within the geosciences. Prior to joining AGU, Hope led and contributed to strategic public relations campaigns for B2B and technology brands in everything from AdTech to transportation. Hope graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in English.
Brandon Bobisink (he/ him/ his) is the Director for the office of project management at AGU. Brandon spent the last 15 years managing projects across the globe that have supported the advancement of science and human rights. These projects have included things like developing sustainable water infrastructure in Sub-Saharan Africa, building the STEM pipeline for rural Americans and renovating the first commercial Net-zero energy building in Washington D.C.
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