In 2018, while transitioning into science policy and starting to learn more about the field, I was selected as Director of Communications & Outreach for JSPG. This role proved instrumental in understanding the journal’s communication and public relations, and social media and marketing strategies, which are critical to running a digital publication with global reach. In 2020, I was promoted to JSPG’s Chief Outreach Officer, where I understood the role that outreach played to raise awareness of the journal in relevant science policy circles, target specific communities, and seek opportunities to highlight published authors. In large part, I attribute my success as JSPG CEO to having gained a solid understanding of the critical role that communication and outreach play for publication submissions and highlighting published authors. Still, nothing could have prepared me for the privilege and responsibility I would feel to our authors, editors, ambassadors, advisors and to the entire science policy community, to do well as the third CEO.
Building on the foundation
Being the CEO of JSPG for the past two years has been a great honor and taught me so much. I am grateful to have worked with fantastic colleagues and advisors, and to learn from those smarter than me, both in terms of policy knowledge and business skills. This role allowed my creative and entrepreneurial personality to flourish, and taught me what servant leadership means. I am thankful to those who came before me for creating this space for the next generation to publish their policy research, and for building a solid foundation upon which to build what will now become my legacy. When I took over as JSPG CEO, the appetite for science policy among the young generation had been steadily growing. Staying true to our mission, I chose to say yes to opportunities that would help the organization grow in specific strategic areas, while continuing to find ways to expand in new directions. I am proud of the achievements we had over the past two years, which exceeded my expectations of what was possible at the start.
Taking on the challenge
I am grateful for the opportunity to leave a mark on the journal and to shape it based on my own beliefs and desired directions, and for the support I received along the way. This role has become an integral part of my professional identity and gave me a chance to spread my wings, discover what I was capable of, and push a little beyond that every day to see how far we could go. But I did not always have it all figured out. In fact, I almost didn’t apply for the CEO role. It seemed beyond my reach and I didn’t think I could do it well. But I decided to try anyway. The interview process had several rounds. To my surprise, I passed all the rounds and was offered the position. Once in this role, there were times when I didn’t feel brave for having taken it on, or when I didn’t know what the right answer was. I learned to trust my gut and intuition and keep going, to always continue innovating, and to ask for advice from trusted peers and advisors when needed.
Examples of growth
The journal’s published issues have continued to grow and remain timely and relevant in a number of areas in science policy and governance.
Examples of innovation
The journal has expanded nationally and internationally into specific policy spaces through outreach, programs, and innovative partnerships.
Examples of impact
These innovative developments allowed us to showcase the policy impact achieved by published authors, including the journal’s alumni and others in the community.
At the conclusion of my tenure as JSPG CEO, I would like to thank everyone who has supported our mission since the beginning, and those who continue to promote our initiatives. Thank you to those who submitted to the journal in the past few years for giving us the opportunity to celebrate your contributions in various ways. Thank you to our staff, senior advisors, editorial leadership, associate editors, competition reviewers, ambassadors, governing and advisory board members for believing in our mission. Finally, thank you to our many (and growing) partners and sponsors who continue to bring their expertise and enthusiasm to the journal and elevate published work and authors.
As Strategic Advisor for JSPG, I will seek to provide guidance and lend my expertise to support future leadership in the next phase of the journal, while continuing to engage with the broader science policy community. Additionally, I look forward to leveraging the lessons learned and knowledge gained as JSPG CEO to continue growing my own impact and influence in the field through other roles that seek to develop the next generation of leaders in science policy and governance.
With much gratitude,
JSPG CEO & Managing Publisher