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Dr. Shirley Malcom

Senior advisor to CEO and Director, SEA Change, AAAS


Shirley Malcom is senior advisor and director of SEA Change, an institutional transformation… (more)

Shirley Malcom is senior advisor and director of SEA Change, an institutional transformation initiative of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). In more than 40-years at AAAS she has worked to improve the quality and increase access to education and careers in STEMM for all.

Dr. Malcom is a trustee of Caltech and regent of Morgan State University, an HBCU in Baltimore, MD.  She is a former member of the National Science Board, the policymaking body of the National Science Foundation, and served on President Clinton’s Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology.  Malcom, a native of Birmingham, Alabama, received her PhD in ecology from Penn State, M.A. from UCLA and B.S. from the University of Washington. Malcom is an elected fellow of the AAAS and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences where she serves as International Secretary. She served as a member and co-chair of the Gender Advisory Board of the UN Commission on S&T for Development and as co-chair of Gender InSITE, an international collaboration to support application of a gender lens in policymaking in STI.

A former high school science teacher and university faculty member, Malcom serves on the boards of the Heinz Endowments, Kavli Foundation and Public Agenda.   She chairs the board of the National Math-Science Initiative. In 2003, Malcom received the Public Welfare Medal of the National Academy of Sciences, the highest award given by the Academy