Central to the Foundation’s commitment to increase the number of women in physics and astronomy in the US academy is its Physics and Astronomy Leadership Council.

Founded in 2017, this distinguished group of eight women in varying career stages throughout the country provides strong leadership, insights, and feedback for the Foundation’s Science program. Each member brings outstanding scientific expertise and experiences, combined with innovative thinking, to increase diversity within the US talent pool. The Foundation is proud to partner with the eight Council members and their home institutions to prototype new practices and increase the level of scientific discoveries that come from a rich and diverse talent pool.

Dr. Bonnie Fleming
Professor of Physics
Yale University

Deputy Chief Research Officer
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory

Dr. Andrea Ghez
Professor of Physics and Astronomy

Director, UCLA Galactic Center Group
UCLA College

Dr. Jenny Hoffman
Professor of Physics & Applied Physics
Harvard University

Dr. Shardha Jogee
Professor and Department Chair
Department of Astronomy
University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Young-Kee Kim
Louis Block Distinguished Service Professor of Physics

Chair, the Department of Physics
The University of Chicago

Dr. Nadya Mason
Professor of Physics

Director, Illinois Materials Research Science and Engineering Center
University of Ilinois

Dr. Risa Wechsler
Professor of Physics
Stanford University

Director, Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology

Dr. Lindley Winslow
Jerrold R. Zacharias Career Development Assistant Professor of Physics
Massachusetts Insitute of Technology

In the News

How to Reopen the Economy Without Killing Teachers and Parents
Opinion Piece by Dr. Shardha Jogee
The New York Times July 20, 2020

Nine MIT School of Science professors receive tenure for 2020
Article featuring Dr. Lindley Winslow
MIT News July 9, 2020

Astronomers Creep Up to the Edge of the Milky Way’s Black Hole
Article featuring Dr. Andrea Ghez
Quanta Magazine October 30, 2018

Nadya Mason elected APS Fellow
Article on Dr. Nadya Mason
Illinois Physics College of Engineering October 1, 2018

Paying it Forward: Fellowship Boosts Women in Physics
Article on Dr. Lindley Winslow
MIT News August 2, 2018

Making physics more inclusive at Stanford
Article on Dr. Risa Wechsler’s work to increase diversity, equity and inclusion at Stanford’s Physics Department
Stanford News August 1, 2019

Risa Wechsler Named Director of KIPAC
Article on Dr. Risa Wechsler
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory July 31, 2018

Lean In, Lean On: HGWISE Mentor of the Year Award
Article on Dr. Jenny Hoffman
Harvard University June 25, 2018

SLAC’s Risa Wechsler Named American Physical Society Felow
Article on Dr. Risa Wechsler
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory