UNAVCO is a university-governed consortium facilitating research and education in geoscience using geodesy. We aim to transform understanding of Earth systems and hazards using geodesy.

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UNAVCO Board of Directors

Contact the Board: boardat symbolunavco.org

The UNAVCO Board of Directors are the governing body of UNAVCO Inc. Directors are elected by the membership and serve three-year terms. The Bylaws include detailed information about the non-profit UNAVCO Inc.

Member / OrganizationTerm / Representative Type
Dr. Ronni Grapenthin - Chairperson
University of Alaska, Fairbanks
Geophysical Institute
1st Term: January 2020 - December 2022
Institutional Representative
Dr. Leigh Stearns - Vice Chairperson
University of Kansas
Department of Geology
1st Term: January 2021 - October 2023
Institutional Representative
Dr. Gareth Funning - Secretary
University of Californina - Riverside
Department of Earth and Planetary Science
1st Term: January 2021 - October 2023
Institutional Representative
Dr. Adrian Borsa - Treasurer
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
UC San Diego
1st Term: January 2021 - October 2023
At-Large Representative
Dr. Roland Bürgmann
University of California, Berkeley
Department of Earth and Planetary Science
1st Term: January 2021 - October 2023
Institutional Representative
Brendan Crowell
University of Washington
Department of Earth and Space Sciences
1st Term: January 2022 - October 2023
Institutional Representative
Anne Sheehan
University of Colorado, Boulder
1st Term: January 2022 - October 2023
IRIS Committee Appointee
Dr. Tonie van Dam
University of Utah
Department of Geology and Geophysics
Replacing Inst. Rep until 10/23 (BSK resignation)
Pippa Whitehouse
The Palatine Centre
Durham University
1st Term: January 2022 - October 2023
At-Large Representative
Other Board Officers: Rebecca Bendick, President of UNAVCO

Committees of the Board

The UNAVCO bylaws provide for standing and advisory committees of the board and the members, as well as committees that are advisory to the president. The Board of Directors, Members or President may also establish advisory or other committees. Current UNAVCO advisory committees report to the board.

Standing Committees

Advisory Committees to the Board

Audit and Finance Committee

Contact the Audit and Finance Committee: audit-financeat symbolunavco.org

The Audit and Finance Committee, established in the bylaws, shall be responsible for overseeing corporate financial management functions, including investment and debt policies and transactions, recommending to the Board of Directors changes in financial management policy, and nominating to the Board of Directors the public accounting firm to be engaged to carry out the annual audit of the corporate financial position. Members serve three year terms and are eligible for reappointment.

NameOrganizationTerm End
Adrian Borsa, TreasurerScripps Institution of OceanographyOct 2023
Dan WilsonUniversity of ColoradoDec 2021
Carol Finn **USGSOct 2023
**Non-Voting Observers

Nominating Committee

Contact the Nominating Committee: nominating-committeeat symbolunavco.org

The Nominating Committee, established in the bylaws, is a committee appointed by the Members at the annual meeting to make nominations for the election of Directors and to fill vacancies on the Board of Directors. Members serve two year terms and are eligible for reappointment.

NameOrganizationTerm End
Eileen EvansCalifornia State University-NorthridgeDec 2022
Dara GoldbergUSGSOct 2023
William HammondUniversity of Nevada, RenoDec 2022
Hilary MartensUniversity of MontanaOct 2023

Membership Committee

Membership Committee, established by action of the board, reviews applications for institutional membership using criteria established in the bylaws and recommends action to the board. Members serve two year terms and are eligible for reappointment.

NameOrganizationTerm End
Cindy EbingerTulane UniversityDec 2022
Patricia MothesInstituto Geofisico, Escuela Politecnica NacionalDec 2022
Matt WeiUniversity of Rhode IslandDec 2022

Education and Community Engagement Advisory Committee (ECE AC)

Contact the ECE-AC: unav-ac-eceat symbolunavco.org

The Education and Community Engagement Advisory Committee (ECE AC) is appointed by and reports to the UNAVCO board of Directors, and provides recommendations (1) to the board, on issues of governance, policy, oversight, resource allocation, or strategic direction and (2) to UNAVCO management, on issues pertaining to ECE management. Recommendations to management are conveyed to the board as needed by the board liaison, in reports, and through distribution of the minutes. The ECE AC reviews the policies and effectiveness of the program in meeting commitments to its user community and in achieving the goals set forth in the UNAVCO Strategic Plan. The ECE AC interacts closely with the program director and the president. Each member serves a three-year term, typically to a maximum of two consecutive terms.

NameOrganizationTerm End
Nicolas Barth, ChairUniversity of California, RiversideDec 2022
Becca Bussard (Student Rep.)University of OregonDec 2022
Eileen EvansCalifornia State University, NorthridgeOct 2023
Noah FayPima Community CollegeOct 2023
Heather MacdonaldWilliam & MaryDec 2022
Kevin MahanUniversity of ColoradoOct 2023
Franz MeyerUniversity of Alaska FairbanksDec 2022
Lisa WhiteUniversity of California-Berkeley's Museum of PaleontologyOct 2023
Tonie van Dam (Board Liaison)**University of Utah Oct 2023
John Taber (Ex-Officio)**IRIS Education and OutreachN/A
**Non-Voting Observers

Geodetic Data Services Advisory Committee (GDS AC)

Contact the GDS-AC: unav-ac-gdsat symbolunavco.org

The Geodetic Data Services Advisory Committee (GDS AC) is appointed by and reports to the UNAVCO Board of Directors, and provides recommendations (1) to the board, on issues of governance, policy, oversight, resource allocation, or strategic direction and (2) to UNAVCO management, on issues pertaining to GDS management. Recommendations to management are conveyed to the board as needed by the board liaison, in reports, and through distribution of the minutes. The GDS AC reviews the policies and effectiveness of the program in meeting commitments to its user community and in achieving the goals set forth in the UNAVCO Strategic Plan. The GDS AC interacts closely with the program director and the president. Each member serves a three-year term, typically to a maximum of two consecutive terms.

NameOrganizationTerm End
Julie Elliott, ChairMichigan State UniversityDec 2022
Andy BarbourUSGSOct 2023
Clara ChewUCAROct 2023
Frossie EconomouVera C. Rubin ObservatoryOct 2023
Jamie FarrellUniversity of UtahDec 2022
Philip HarrisMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyOct 2023
Angie MooreJPL/CaltechDec 2022
Jerry Carter**IRISN/A
Brendan Crowell (Board Liaison)**University of WashingtonDec 2022
Eric Lindsey, Liaison from WInSAR EC**University of New MexicoDec 2022
**Non-Voting Observers

Geodetic Infrastructure Advisory Committee (GI AC)

Contact the GI-AC: unav-ac-giat symbolunavco.org

The Geodetic Infrastructure Advisory Committee (GI AC) is appointed by and reports to the UNAVCO Board of Directors, and provides recommendations (1) to the board, on issues of governance, policy, oversight, resource allocation, or strategic direction and (2) to UNAVCO management, on issues pertaining to GI management. Recommendations to management are conveyed to the board as needed by the board liaison, in reports, and through distribution of the minutes. The GI AC reviews the policies and effectiveness of the program in meeting commitments to its user community and in achieving the goals set forth in the UNAVCO Strategic Plan. The GI AC interacts closely with the program director and the president. Each member serves a three-year term, typically to a maximum of two consecutive terms.

NameOrganizationTerm End
Elisabetta D'Anastasio, Co-ChairGNS ScienceOct 2023
Bill Hammond, Co-ChairUniversity of Nevada, RenoOct 2023
Seebany Datta-BaruaIllinois Institute of TechnologyOct 2023
Mong-Han Huang*University of Maryland, College ParkOct 2023
Shimon WdowinskiFlorida International UniversityOct 2023
Ben Brooks**USGSOct 2023
Anne Sheehan (Board Liaison)**University of Colorado, BoulderDec 2022
*Term Start - May 2022
**Non-Voting Observers

The Polar Science and Technology Committee (PSTC)

Contact the PSTC: pnscat symbolunavco.org.

The Polar Science and Technology Committee, established jointly by action of the board and the IRIS consortium, advises the boards of UNAVCO and IRIS on the activities of this UNAVCO program. Members serve three year terms and are eligible for reappointment.

NameOrganizationTerm End
Paul Winberry, ChairCentral Washington UniversityDetermined by IRIS
Matthew Siegfried [U], Co-ChairColorado School of MinesOct 2023
Surendra Adhikari [U]Jet Propulsion LaboratoryOct 2023
Tim BartholomausUniversity of IdahoDetermined by IRIS
Seth Campbell [U]University of MaineOct 2023
Julien ChaputUniversity of Texas, El PasoDetermined by IRIS
Peter Clarke [U]New Castle UniversityDec 2022
Amanda LoughDrexel UniversityDetermined by IRIS
Phil Wannamaker (IRIS Board Liaison)University of UtahDetermined by IRIS
Pippa Whitehouse (UNAVCO Board Liaison) [U]The Palatine Centre-Durham UniversityDec 2022
[U] = UNAVCO appointed committee member

WInSAR Executive Committee

Contact the WInSAR Executive Committee: unav-winsar-ecat symbolpostal.unavco.org

The WInSAR Executive Committee, established by action of the board, advises the board on the activities of the WInSAR consortium which is hosted by UNAVCO. Members serve two year terms and are eligible for reappointment.

NameOrganizationTerm End
Eric Lindsey, ChairUniversity of New MexicoDec 2022
David BekaertJet Propulsion LaboratoryDec 2022
Jingyi (Ann) ChenUniversity of Texas, AustinDec 2022
Brent MinchewMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyDec 2022
Katia TymofyeyevaJet Propulsion LaboratoryDec 2022
Roland Bürgman (Board Liaison)**University of California-BerkeleyDec 2022
Kristy Tiampo, Ex-Officio**University of Colorado, CIRESDec 2022
**Non-Voting Observers