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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~
Several individual document links can be found to the right under "Group Specific Links"

    Current Leadership Council Members

    Emma Aronson
    Science & Engagement Team Representative
    University of California, Riverside
    June 2020 - May 2022

    Dave Fulker
    Technology and Architecture Committee Representative
    September 2019 - May 2021

    Mike Daniels
    Ronin Institute
    June 2020 - May 2022

    Maša Prodanović
    Member, At-Large
    University of Texas at Austin
    September 2019 - May 2021

    Corinna Gries
    Council of Data Facilities
    University of Wisconsin, Madison
    July 2020 - June 2022

    Jed Brown
    Member, At-Large
    University of Colorado, Boulder
    ​September 2019 - May 2021
    Emmanuel Njinju
    Member, At-Large, Early Career
    Virginia Tech
    June 2020 - May 2022
    Isabel Cruz
    Member, At-Large
    University of Illinois
    ​June 2019 - May 2021
    Denise Hills
    Science & Engagement Team Representative
    Geological Survey of Alabama
    ​June 2019 - May 2021

    Christine Kirkpatrick, "ex officio"
    Principle Investigator, EarthCube Office
    San Diego Supercomputer Center
    ​October 2019 - June 2022




    The Leadership Council is elected voice of the EarthCube Community, setting the strategic direction for EarthCube and making decisions critical to the success of EarthCube. The Leadership Council will conduct its business at the EarthCube All Hands Meeting, another face-to-face meeting, and a minimum of one virtual meeting in each of the remaining ten calendar months. It is anticipated that most Leadership Council decisions will be achieved through dialogue and consensus. Except where other wise specified, if a vote is called, a two-thirds majority of all LeadershipCouncil voting members is required to approve the measure.

    Mindful of the potential for either expansion or contraction as circumstances dictate, the nucleus of the Leadership Council comprises ten elected, voting members: the Chair; one representative each from the Council for Data Facilities, the Science Standing Committee, the Technology and Architecture Standing Committee, the Engagement Team and the Liaison Team; and four at-large members, representative of the constituencies of the National Science Foundation Directorate for Geosciences. The EarthCube Office Principal Investigator, or their designated representative, serves as a non-voting member of the Leadership Council, as does the newly-elected Leadership Council Chair. The preceding Chair and a representative from the National Science Foundation may also participate as non-voting members of the Leadership Council.

    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.