Employment and Education History, and Selected Accomplishments

Information policy and management, 5/15 to present

National Academy of Sciences (NAS), Washington, DC., 5/15 - 9/16.

Director, Board on Research Data and Information (BRDI)
Policy and Global Affairs Division, NAS, 10/08 – 4/15. [http://www.nationalacademies.org/brdi].

Visiting Professor, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing
Institute for Remote Sensing and Digital Earth, 11/13 – 1/14 (concurrent with BRDI).

Director, Program on Digital Knowledge Resources and Infrastructure in Developing Countries
InterAcademy Partnership, 9/08 - 12/11 (concurrent with BRDI).

Director, International Scientific and Technical (S&T) Information Programs
Board on International Scientific Organizations, Policy and Global Affairs Division, NAS, 8/99 – 9/08.

Associate Executive Director
Commission on Physical Sciences, Mathematics, and Applications (CPSMA), NAS, 4/91-7/99.

Senior Program Officer
Space Studies Board, NAS, 9/87-4/91. 

Directed numerous strategic research and policy studies on environmental remote sensing and solar system exploration programs for NASA (see publications list below). Co-directed a study in 1990 for the President's Advisor for Science and Technology to review NASA's Earth Observing System program.

Program Officer
Space Studies Board, NAS, 11/85-9/87.

Provided similar functions as senior program officer, as described above.

Foreign Affairs Specialist
National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service, Department of Commerce, Washington, D.C., 11/84-10/85. 

Worked on domestic and international remote sensing law and policy, including the drafting of the Commerce Department's Regulations for Licensing Private Land Remote Sensing Space Systems, negotiation of intergovernmental memoranda of understanding regarding the nation's civilian meteorological satellites, and coordination activities for federal interagency programs.

Private Consulting
Academy Industry Program, NASA, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Texaco, Consortium for an International Earth Science Information Network, Millennium Infotech, UNESCO, United Nations Environment Programme, National Institutes of Health, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, University of California at San Diego, Global Biodiversity Information Facility (Denmark), Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information, Creative Commons, CONICYT (Chile), Duke University, Institute for Remote Sensing Applications (China), Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Legal Assistant
McCutchen, Doyle, Brown & Enersen, San Francisco, CA, 1/78-5/80.

Worked in all pre-trial phases of antitrust litigation in several major cases.

Translator (part time)
Joint Publications Research Service, Arlington, VA, 1/78-6/79. 

Translated from Czech to English for the U.S. government.

Restaurant Vasata, New York, NY, 6/77-1/78.



University of San Diego School of Law, J.D., 1983
University of San Diego, M.A. in International Relations, 1984
University of San Diego Program on Latin American Comparative Law, Guadalajara, Mexico, Summer, 1981
University of Oregon, B.A., History, 1977
Alliance Française, Paris, Summer studies, 1972
Middlesex School, Concord, MA, 1972
Town School, New York, NY 1968


Various senior management and technology courses and seminars, and computer applications training.


English – native language
Czech/Slovak - fluent
French – speak and read very well
Spanish – speak proficiently, read very well
Russian, German – speak and read some


National Academy of Sciences Scholar
AAAS Fellow (2011)
CODATA International Data Prize (2010)
National Academies sabbatical to the International Council for Science in Paris, France (2006)
National Research Council Special Achievement Award (1997)
National Research Council Cash Awards (2008, 1990)
Who’s Who listings
Academic scholarships: Town School, New York, NY (grades K-8); Middlesex School, Concord, MA (grades 9-12); University of San Diego




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