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EarthCube Leadership Council - November 2016

The Leadership Council is the elected voice of the EarthCube community, setting the strategic direction for EarthCube and making decisions critical to its success, with input from the community and in consultation with NSF.

~Key Documents~
Individual document links are listed to the right under "Group Specific Links"

The Leadership Council comprises representatives of the EarthCube governance entities and at-large members of the community.  Nine voting members include the chair, three committee representatives (Science Committee, Technical & Architecture Committee, and Council of Data Facilities), and five at-large representatives from geoscience domains (one each of Atmosphere, Earth, Oceans, and Polar) and Cyberinfrastructure.  Four non-voting members include representatives from the Engagement Team, the Liaison Team, and the National Science Foundation, and the EarthCube Office Director.

To fulfill this role, the Leadership Council will:

  • Ensure consistency and transparency in policies, procedures, and decision-making, including providing multiple ways for people to participate in the process of making decisions, and communicating outcomes of decisions to the broad EarthCube community.
  • Enable communication between governance organizational units to close gaps, eliminate duplication, and build synergies.
  • Establish and manage Standing Committees and Working Groups as needed to perform critical functions.
  • Foster business models to sustain and maintain the infrastructure of EarthCube.
  • Establish, facilitate, and maintain policies and procedures.
  • Provide for public dispute resolution and proactive management of risk and conflicts of interest.
  • Act as the single point of communication for coordinating with and making recommendations to the NSF and other funding agencies on behalf of EarthCube.

Current Leadership Council Members

Tim Ahern
Council of Data Facilities Representative
July 2016 - July 2018

Scott Peckham
Member, At-Large

University of Colorado
June 2016 - May 2018

Janet Fredericks
Member, At-Large
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute
June 2016 - May 2018

Lindsay Powers
Liaison Team Representative
​January 2015 - May 2017
Rebecca Koskela
Technology and Architecture Committee Representative
Executive Director, DataONE
​November 2016 - May 2018
Mohan Ramamurthy, ex officio
Project Director, EarthCube Science Support Office (ESSO)
​May 2016 - April 2019


Simon Goring
Engagement Team Representative
University of Wisconsin, Madison
June 2016 - May 2018
Ken Rubin
Science Committee Representative
University of Hawai'i, Manoa
​June 2016 - May 2018


Farzad Kamalabadi
Member, At-Large
University of Illinois, Urbana
January 2015 - May 2017

Lynn Yarmey
Member, At-Large
Research Data Alliance/US
December 2015 - May 2017

Kerstin Lehnert
Columbia University
December 2015 - May 2018