Lea Shanley joins as new co-Executive Director at the UNC-CH Location

Reposted, original post on Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Dr. Lea Shanley has joined our South BD Hub team as co-Executive Director based at RENCI at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Lea will work closely with Dr. Renata Rawlings-Goss, the new South BD Hub co-Executive Director at Georgia Tech, to implement the vision and strategic direction of the South BD Hub and manage Hub activities. 

Lea brings an impressive background to the Hub that includes organizing community partnerships, working with government agencies on technology policy issues, and developing strategies to engage the public in scientific research and problem solving through open innovation. She served as a Presidential Innovation Fellow at NASA Headquarters from 2014 to 2015. She also was the chief organizer and co-founder of the Federal Community of Practice on Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science, which has grown rapidly to include more than 200 federal staff from 35 federal agencies.

Previously, Lea founded and directed the Washington-based Wilson Center Commons Lab, which analyzes emerging technologies, networks, and methods that mobilize public participation in science, technology, and policy. She also has conducted research and engaged local, state, and tribal governments in developing GIS-based decision support systems for city planning, environmental monitoring, coastal management, and disaster response. She holds a PhD in Environment and Resources, with a focus on Geographic Information Science and remote sensing, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Lea will be the main point of contact for Hub activities at the UNC-CH location and can be reached at lshanley@renci.org or 919-445-0470. We also extend our sincere gratitude to RENCI’s David Knowles, who served as Interim co-Executive Director and helped manage our early Hub activities, including our launch in late 2015.

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