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Barbara R. Snyder

President Barbara R. Snyder

Barbara R. Snyder is president of the Association of American Universities. Prior to that, she served as president of Case Western Reserve University from 2007 to 2020, where she encouraged interdisciplinary excellence, catalyzed institutional collaboration, and reinvigorated alumni engagement and fundraising.

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Our Board of Directors

AAU’s 11-member Board of Directors consists of member presidents and chancellors and includes: a Chair, Vice Chair, Past Chair, seven additional Directors, and the AAU President (ex-officio).  

Eight of the Directors serve a term of three years (with a renewal option of one additional term) and two Directors, who have been members for five years or less, serve a term of two years (without an option for renewal). Directors are elected by the member presidents and chancellors.

The Board is the governing body of the association and among other responsibilities, it proposes policy positions for consideration by the membership, adopts policy positions on behalf of the membership as warranted, approves the association’s annual budget, and works with the AAU President and staff to carry out the association’s agenda.

Patrick Gallagher
Chancellor, University of Pittsburgh
AAU Chair

Carol Folt
President, University of Southern California
AAU Vice Chair

Christina Paxson
President, Brown University
AAU Past Chair

Lawrence Bacow
President, Harvard University

Gene Block
Chancellor, University of California, Los Angeles

Christopher Eisgruber
President, Princeton University

Howard Gillman
Chancellor, University of California, Irvine

Douglas Girod
Chancellor, University of Kansas

Andrew Hamilton
President, New York University

Robert Jones
Chancellor, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Our Staff

AAU’s team comprises talented and dedicated professionals who have past experience working for universities, government, business, and nonprofits.

The staff directory below is organized by department.

Executive Office


Barbara R. Snyder
President
Responsible for the overall activities of the association and works with the AAU Board of Directors and the member presidents and chancellors to define and implement the association's mission and agenda. She oversees the Chief Diversity Officers (CDO) constituent group.

 

Leah Norton
Chief of Staff
Responsible for management, coordination, and implementation of cross-team initiatives, task forces, advisory boards, and presidential working groups on behalf of the president for AAU’s top priorities. She staffs the AAU Board of Directors and the member presidents and chancellors.

 

Edweana Burke
Executive Assistant to the President
Responsible for providing executive, committee, and development support for the Chief of Staff and AAU President. She supports the Chief Diversity Officers (CDO) constituent group, the Membership Committee, and AAU’s biannual membership meetings.

 

Federal Relations


M. Matthew Owens
Executive Vice President and Vice President for Federal Relations
Provides strategic leadership and management for the association’s priorities and serves as back-up to AAU president as needed. He oversees AAU’s federal relations activities and has primary responsibility for the association’s federal budget/appropriations and tax priorities, including charitable giving and endowments. He oversees AAU’s Council on Federal Relations (CFR) constituent group. He shares responsibility for issues related to research costs and other regulatory and compliance issues.

 

Pamela Davidson
Associate Vice President for Federal Relations
Responsible for higher education funding and policy issues, including accreditation, student aid, college affordability, sexual harassment, the Institute of Education Sciences, and other Department of Education-related issues.

 

Julia Jester
Associate Vice President for Federal Relations
Responsible for funding and policy issues related to the National Science Foundation and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and research integrity issues. She shares responsibility for other STEM education and research policy issues related to American innovation and competitiveness and scientific openness and security.

 

Lizbet Boroughs
Associate Vice President for Federal Relations
Responsible for funding and policy issues related to the National Institutes of Health, including regulatory issues, research costs and compliance, access to scientific materials, and the USDA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI). She shares responsibility for other STEM education and research policy issues related to American innovation and competitiveness and scientific openness and security.

 

Hanan Saab
Assistant Vice President for Federal Relations
Responsible for funding and policy issues related to the Department of Defense’s Science & Technology programs and the Department of Energy’s Office of Science and ARPA-E. She shares responsibility for other higher education and research policy issues related to American innovation and competitiveness, scientific openness and security, and U.S. universities’ global engagement.

 

Alexander Perez
Federal Relations Officer
Responsible for funding and policy issues related to the National Endowment for Humanities, the Department of Education’s Title VI International program, and shares responsibilities for overall budget and appropriations issues. Teams with other staff to provide policy, legislative, and analytical support for federal relations priorities.

 

Ashleigh Jones
Executive Assistant
Supports the Executive Vice President and Vice President for Federal Relations as well as related AAU working groups, meetings, and activities. She supports the Council on Federal Relations (CFR) constituent group.

 

Jonathan Kobert
Federal Relations Assistant
Supports the federal relations department and various federal relations-related AAU task forces, working groups, meetings, and activities. He covers hearings and helps to monitor and analyze legislation, regulations, and policies.

 

Science Policy and International Issues


Tobin Smith
Vice President for Science Policy and Global Affairs
Provides strategic leadership and management for the association’s priorities. He oversees matters relating to science and innovation policy, broader impacts of science, and AAU’s international activities. He shares responsibility for matters concerning research costs and other regulatory and compliance issues, including facilities and administrative costs, export controls, scientific openness and security, public access to research results, and technology transfer. He oversees the Senior Research Officers (SRO) constituent group and serves as AAU’s liaison with the Global Council for Research Intensive Universities Network.

 

Vacant
Associate Vice President and Counsel for Policy and Federal Relations
Responsible for intellectual property, technology transfer, open and public access, and copyright issues. The AVP also supports AAU’s policy and federal relations work in areas that require legal expertise, such as tax issues related to research, research security policy, and other regulatory matters important to America’s leading research universities. The AVP oversees the General Counsels (GC) constituent group.

 

Natalie Tynan
Associate Vice President for Immigration and International Issues
Responsible for immigration, international students and scholars, and other international issues. Shares responsibility for other research policy issues including science and security, export controls, science diplomacy, and related higher education and regulatory matters.

 

Meredith Asbury
Senior Policy Officer
Responsible for policy projects and assisting with federal relations activities relating to immigration, science and security, technology transfer, economic development/engagement, and regulatory reform. Leads AAU activities relating to the Golden Goose Award and the Toward and Open Monograph (TOME) Initiative. She co-staffs the Senior Research Officers (SRO) and General Counsels (GC) constituent groups.

 

Beverly Shelton
Executive Assistant for the Vice President for Science Policy and Global Affairs
Supports the Vice President for Science Policy and Global Affairs as well as related AAU working groups, meetings, and activities. She supports the Senior Research Officers (SRO) constituent group.

 

Ryan Bock
Policy Assistant
Supports the science policy and international issues department as well as related AAU working groups, meetings, and activities. He covers hearings and helps to monitor and analyze legislation, regulations, and policies. He supports the General Counsels (GC) constituent group.

 

Survey Research and Institutional Policy


Kenneth Goldstein
Vice President for Survey Research and Institutional Policy
Provides strategic leadership and management for the association’s priorities. He oversees AAU’s public polling, institutional surveys, and research studies in support of AAU’s advocacy messaging and campaigns as well as AAU’s institutional policy activities. He also leads special projects on a variety of topics of importance to America’s leading research universities. He oversees the Chief Academic Officers (CAO) constituent group.

 

Emily Miller
Deputy Vice President for Institutional Policy
Leads and manages AAU’s institutional policy projects, initiatives, and grant-funded activities, including the AAU Undergraduate STEM Education initiative and the AAU PhD Education initiative. She oversees the AAU STEM Network and the Association of Graduate Schools (AGS) constituent groups and serves as liaison to the AAU Arts & Science Deans group.

 

Kimberlee Eberle-Sudré
Assistant Vice President for Policy Research
Leads AAU’s data and analysis efforts across a wide range of research and higher education policy issues and directs policy-related projects and initiatives. She staffs the Chief Diversity Officers (CDO) constituent group, the Membership Committee, and serves as liaison to the AAU Data Exchange (AAUDE).

 

Tara King
Higher Education Project Manager
Supports the policy department’s advancement of strategic and grant-funded initiatives. She provides direct support to AAU’s Undergraduate STEM Education initiative, PhD Education initiative, and other post-secondary institutional projects. She staffs the Association of Graduate Schools (AGS) and the STEM Network constituent groups.

 

Taylor Shotwell
Policy Research Associate
Works with the Assistant Vice President for Policy Research and other policy staff to support AAU’s policy and federal advocacy agenda. Conducts research and analysis related to AAU’s federal relations and advocacy activities as well as AAU policy initiatives.

 

Vacant
Institutional Policy Assistant
Supports the Deputy Vice President for Institutional Policy, Assistant Vice President for Policy Research, and the Higher Education Project Manager with various meetings and activities related to AAU’s undergraduate and graduate education initiatives. She supports AAU’s Association of Graduate Schools (AGS) and STEM Network constituent groups.

 

Giacomo Squatriti
Survey Analyst
Responsible for gathering and analyzing surveys and others forms of data to gain strategic insight into public opinion on higher education issues.

 

Communications


Pedro Ribeiro
Vice President for Communications
Provides strategic leadership and management for the association’s priorities. He oversees and directs AAU’s public affairs, communications, campaigns, and media relations activities. He oversees the Public Affairs Network (PAN) constituent group.

 

Rob Marus
Associate Vice President for Communications
Directs AAU’s writing and messaging, ensuring message consistency and clarity as well as utility in reaching AAU’s strategic communications goals. He leads the drafting and editing of AAU’s presidential communications and works in collaboration with the Vice President for Communications to execute AAU’s communications strategy.

 

Daniel Kleine
Senior Digital and Social Media Relations Officer
Manages and maintains AAU’s digital media footprint. He works closely with staff to ensure that AAU’s entire digital presence is timely, relevant, appropriate, innovative, informative, and creative.

 

Kritika Agarwal
Editorial Officer
Manages AAU’s constituent and public outreach operations by the timely drafting, delivery, and placement of AAU’s member communications and other related communications products.

 

Mikayla McClue
Communications Assistant
Supports the Vice President for Communications and the Vice President for Survey Research and Institutional Policy as well as related AAU working groups, meetings, and activities related to AAU’s public affairs and institutional policy initiatives. She supports AAU’s Public Affairs Network (PAN) and Chief Academic Officers (CAO) constituent groups.

 
 

Office Operations


Roxanne Murray
Vice President for Administration
Provides strategic leadership and management for the association’s priorities. She oversees AAU’s operations, finance, IT, meeting planning, and human resources and serves as AAU’s chief diversity officer. She oversees the Membership and the Audit and Finance Committees and staffs the Chief Diversity Officers constituent group.

 

Tom Bozzo
Chief Information Officer
Responsible for AAU’s technology strategy, operations, and security.

 

Eileen Fox
Chief Financial Officer
Responsible for AAU’s finances, investments, and employee benefits. She staffs the Audit and Finance Committee.

 

Raquel McKeveny
Director of Meetings
Responsible for all logistical planning and on-site management of AAU’s constituent group meetings and various other in-town meetings and events. She staffs the Partners constituent group.

 

Andrew Parrish
Business Systems Analyst
Responsible for planning, implementation, training, and support of organizational technology and data-driven initiatives, systems, and services.

 

Sean King
Human Resource and Office Operations Coordinator
Responsible for day-to-day tasks supporting AAU’s office operations, including human resource management, benefits, and finance.

 

Charles Gushue
Meetings Assistant
Responsible for general office support, management of AAU’s conference rooms, and assists with the logistical and administrative planning of AAU’s constituent meetings.