The Executive Committee is the governing body of the Section and conducts, manages, and directs the business and affairs of the Section in accordance with the ACS Governing Documents and our bylaws. The Executive Committee consists of the officers of the Section (Chair, Chair-Elect, Secretary, and Treasurer), the Immediate Past Chair, the Councilor(s), and Alternate Councilor(s), and the chairs of the standing committees.
The Chair presides at Section meetings, carries out the Committee's decisions and recommendations, appoints committee chairs and committee members, and carries out any other duties required.
Chair-Elect (2021), Program Chair
The Chair-Elect assists the Chair with the direction and management of the Section and takes on the duties of the Chair in the Chair's absence.
The Secretary maintains records for the Section and Executive Committee, including membership lists and reports to ACS as required.
The Treasurer keeps records of all financial transactions, disburses funds as needed, and maintains the financial health of the Section.
Past-Chair (2021), Awards Chair, Nominations Chair
The Immediate Past Chair prepares the Section's annual report and serves as Chair of the Nominating Committee.
Councilor (2021), Diversity Chair
The Councilor attends and represents the Section at the ACS Council meetings.
Alt. Councilor (2021)
The Alternate Councilor attends and represents the Section at meetings the Councilor cannot attend.
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Chair: Sandra Fiskum
The Awards Committee solicits nominations for the Section awards and other nominations supported by the Section as well as provides narrative description for their award candidacy:
- Section award Local Section Volunteer of the Year
- National award ACS Fellow
- Regional award ACS E. Ann Nalley Northwest Regional Award for Volunteer Service to the American Chemical Society
Diversity and Inclusion Committee
Chair: Anna Cavinato
The Diversity & Inclusion committee is committed to fostering an inclusive environment where members feel respected and connected to one another. The committee organizes events that celebrate diversity, foster dialog around DEI&R issues and promote and strengthen participation of underrepresented minorities at all levels in the chemical sciences.
Chair: Colby Heideman
The Education Committee monitors and advocates for all educational outreach by the Section as well as provides a direct communications channel to the Executive Committee for Student Chapters and their Chapter Advisors. The committee also helps guide the Section’s activities to increase and dissemination of chemical knowledge; promote of scientific interests and inquiry; and foster public STEM awareness and education.
Government Affairs Chair
Government Affairs Committee
Chair: Kristin Omberg
The Government Affairs Committee increases the visibility of scientists as an important interest group in the public policy arena by empowering the Section’s members to effectively advocate for chemistry, the chemical enterprise, and the importance of science in public policy.
Chair: Tamas Varga
The Membership Committee endeavors to maintain and increase the membership of the Section. This includes outreach to new members to welcome them, and working with the Public Relations Committee to reach members.
Chair: Sandra Fiskum
Committee works to solicit nominees for Executive Committee positions in time for voting and then provide the slate of officer candidates to the Executive Committee for approval.
Chair: Cristina Padilla-Cintron
The Program Committee arranges the regular programs and may, with the concurrence of the Chair of the Section, schedule special meetings and programs. The committee organizes the Annual ACS Honors and Awards Ceremony and others. The Chair-Elect serves as the chair of the Program Committee.
Public Relations Chair
Public Relations Committee
Chair: Steve Krogsrud
The Public Relations Committee keeps the Section’s members and affiliates as well as the public informed about the activities of the Section. The Newsletter Editor and Webmaster are members of the Public Relations Committee.
Women Chemists Chair
Women Chemists Committee
Chair: Shirmir Branch
The Women Chemists Committee advocates for women chemists; helps them integrate into and advance in their careers and scientific fields; and helps guide women chemists and early professionals into a successful career and active involvement in the ACS with an emphasis on community outreach and mentoring.