The Board of Directors of the Foundation for Earth Science has named Erin Robinson as its new Executive Director. Ms. Robinson began working with the Foundation as a graduate student in 2004. Since 2010, she has served as the Information and Virtual Community Director for the Foundation.
Passionate about fostering innovation through collaboration across diverse constituents, Ms. Robinson operates at the intersection of community informatics, Earth science and nonprofit management. Over the last 10 years, she has honed technical and managerial skills to create communities and programs with lasting impact on science, data and technology. In her free time, she enjoys mountain biking, hiking and skiing.
Ms. Robinson received a master’s degree in energy, environmental and chemical engineering, and a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Washington University in St. Louis.
The Foundation for Earth Science is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) scientific and education organization created to support research networks and communities that provide the information systems backbone for disseminating and use of Earth science information. The initial and continuing primary responsibility of the Foundation is to provide executive support to the Federation for Earth Science Information Partners (www.esipfed.org).
Karl Benedict, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Foundation said, “We are very excited to open this next chapter for the Foundation with an Executive Director who is ready to hit the ground running with a clear vision of how the Foundation can broaden its impact across the Earth science data and informatics community while continuing to expand our relationship with the Federation of Earth Science Information Partners.”
“The Federation considers Ms. Robinson an excellent choice as the next Foundation Executive Director. Having known her for well over a decade, it is clear that not only does she possess a deep understanding of how ESIP functions and grows, but has developed a clear and viable vision for its future. I am confident that she will work with all ESIP members to attain that vision.” remarked Peter Fox, President of the Federation of Earth Science Information Partners.
Since its inception in 1998, the ESIP Federation has continually grown and attracted a diverse group of partners that includes more than 160 member organizations. It is supported by both NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. In the past two years, with support from the National Science Foundation, the Foundation has also provided executive support to EarthCube (http://earthcube.org/).
Additional information about the Foundation for Earth Science is available at http://earthsciencefoundation.