Elizabeth Marincola has served since 2005 as President of the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit membership organization Society for Science & the Public (SSP) and publisher of the Science News family of publications. SSP’s education programs include the Intel Science Talent Search (formerly known as the Westinghouse Science Talent Search), the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair and the Broadcom MASTERS (for middle school students.)
Marincola was from 1991-2005 Executive Director of the American Society for Cell Biology, a leading scientific society, distinguished for its Congressional advocacy, promotion of open access scientific publishing, and support of women and underrepresented minorities in science. For its work, Marincola accepted the 2004 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring from the President of the United States. The ASCB honored her service in 2002 by naming her, with the late actor-advocate Christopher Reeve, the first Citizen Member of the Society.
Marincola served on the founding National Advisory Committee to PubMed Central of the National Institutes of Health from 2000-2003, as Director of the Joint Steering Committee for Public Policy (now the Coalition for Life Sciences) from 1991-2005, and on the Board of Directors of the Public Library of Science from 2005-2011. She currently serves on The Brain Trust of the Global Innovation Forum of the National Foreign Trade Council, The Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing at Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health and on The Women in Cell Biology Committee of the American Society for Cell Biology. She is the only nonscientist to be named the Fae Golden Kass Lecturer at Harvard Medical School.
Marincola was Director of Development for Stanford University Hospital and held other positions at Stanford, where she also earned her bachelor’s degree in 1981 and her MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1986.
Marincola is author or co-author of dozens of published articles including in the Harvard Business Review, Cell and Science. She writes a regular feature on science education for The Huffington Post.