Dr. Lea Shanley is the Director and CEO of the International Computer Science Institute, an Affiliated Institute of the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Shanley previously served as a White House Presidential Innovation Fellow under the Obama Administration in residence at NASA and GSA 18F; a founding co-Executive Director of the NSF South Big Data Innovation Hub; Director of the Wilson Center’s Commons Lab; an AAAS Congressional Science Fellow and science advisor in the US Senate; and co-founder of an open science community across the federal government, which resulted in Citizenscience.gov, a White House Memorandum, a federal statute, and team recognition as a finalist for the 2017 Ash Award by Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
Her research has focused on bringing spatial technologies, computer-supported cooperative work, and social computing to bear on scientific and societal challenges, as well as on tackling issues in technology policy, including privacy and IP. Dr. Shanley previously served on the advisory committee for the NASA Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center, on the Scientific Council for the NASA Consortium for the Valuation of Applications Benefits Linked to Earth Science, and on the Board of Trustees for US/ICOMOS (International Committee of Monuments and Sites). She is currently an AI Grid Ambassador, and a member of the IEEE Indigenous Data Sovereignty Working Group, and the intergovernmental Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Data Working Group. Dr. Shanley holds a Ph.D. in Geographic Information Science and remote sensing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.