LEADERSHIP AND OPERATIONS TEAM
President and CEO
Cristin steers ASTC in its strategic
vision, championing public engagement
with science, setting course together
for new frontiers, and supporting and connecting members.
Chief Operating Officer
Christofer supports ASTC’s team in their work to champion and support science and technology centers and museums to thrive now and in the future through his leadership of ASTC’s operations, annual conference, and external partnerships.
Rachel Diamond, PhD
Chief of Staff
Rachel manages ASTC’s operations, facilitates teamwide collaboration, and coordinates board relations, while leading core components of ASTC’s community science initiative.
Coordinator of Operations
Na’ilah serves as a first point of contact for vendors and ensures smooth day-to-day operations across the ASTC team.
COMMUNICATIONS AND ADVOCACY TEAM
Adam Fagen, PhD
Director of Communications and Advocacy
Adam leads ASTC’s communications, policy, and advocacy efforts, from making the case for the work of our members and advocating for the importance of public engagement in science to engaging ASTC members across the association’s many communications platforms.
Senior Manager of Communications and Managing Editor, Dimensions Magazine
Susan oversees the production of ASTC’s award-winning bimonthly association magazine as well as a wide variety of other communications activities.
Senior Manager of Public Policy and Advocacy
Melissa is working to create advocacy tools that ASTC members can use to make the case for their work at the federal, state, and local levels with policy makers and funders, and she is working to grow U.S. federal funding and programs that support ASTC members.
Coordinator of Communications
Jamie advances ASTC’s communications objectives, provides editorial support on a variety of content, and leads production of the INFORMER, ASTC’s biweekly member enewsletter.
IMPACT AND INCLUSION TEAM
Senior Manager of Impact Initiatives
Acting Director of Impact and Inclusion
Lesley manages partnerships, pilots, and programs at the forefront of ASTC’s work to support its members in navigating future trends and serving their communities.
Manager of Gender Equity Initiatives
Amanda leads ASTC and the National Girls Collaborative Project in their joint equity in gender representation efforts as a part of the IF/THEN Coalition and works to spread and scale inclusive approaches that advance equity and access across our networks.
MEMBER ENGAGEMENT AND SERVICES TEAM
Senior Manager of Programs and Events
Wendy leads the programming for ASTC’s online and in-person events, coordinates the Annual Conference Program Planning Committee, and manages multiple partnerships that support ASTC members’ program design and delivery for everything from space science activities to teacher professional development.
Senior Manager of Member Engagement
Todd leads ASTC’s member engagement efforts to facilitate learning and collaboration and connects members with the many benefits and resources they have available through ASTC.
Manager of the ASTC Annual
Nina manages all aspects of the
ASTC Annual Conference, including
working with the host institution, presenters, exhibitors, sponsors,
and other partners.
Coordinator of Member Services and Conference
Gaby manages ASTC’s membership application, renewal, and support processes, leads registration for the ASTC Annual Conference, and supports a wide variety of member services and programs.
CAISE Project Director
Jamie provides leadership for CAISE, the resource center that convenes, connects, characterizes, and communicates the portfolio and work of the U.S. National Science Foundation’s Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program.
Sasha Palmquist, PhD
Senior Manager of Community
Sasha manages CAISE’s work to develop resources and to engage the U.S. National Science Foundation’s Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) principal investigators and project teams, as well as the broader informal science learning community.
CAISE Project Manager
Shannon leads project management for CAISE, including organizing principal investigator meetings for the U.S. National Science Foundation’s Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program and curating CAISE’s digital repository at InformalScience.org.
FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION TEAM
Senior Manager of Finance and Administration
Julian leads ASTC’s finance and administration activities and ensures the organization maintains strong fiscal and administrative management.
Joaquin executes ASTC’s accounting activities, works closely with our members, vendors, and funders, and provides a wide variety of other finance support across the ASTC team.
Erica Kimmerling, PhD
Senior Advisor for Science Engagement Policy and Partnerships
Erica connects and supports leaders throughout the science engagement ecosystem interested in taking collaborative action to nurture the relationship among all people and science, and she works to advance policies that support greater public engagement in science.
Senior Advisor for Global Challenges
Walter provides ASTC with advice, insights, and connections by drawing on his formidable network of international science museum leaders.