Meeting the needs of members is the core goal underlying the daily professional duties of AAA Staff. AAA Staff are here to help and we pledge to:
Provide timely and accurate responses to member questions
Work diligently to anticipate member needs
Be professional and courteous when interacting with members
Be fiscally responsible with association resources
Be environmentally conscientious in carrying out our work
We each have the responsibility of working with and for members toward the common goals of the association.
Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (ET) (Closed on all federal holidays.) Main AAA Phone Number: 703/528-1902, Fax: 703/528-3546 Mailing Address: 2300 Clarendon Blvd., Suite 1301, Arlington, VA 22201
Department/Staff (Please click on the names below to view the staff biographies.)
Ed is responsible for the successful leadership and management of the AAA according to the articles of incorporation, bylaws and strategic direction set by the Executive Board, and for the consistent achievement of AAA's mission, purposes, goals and financial objectives. He serves as non-voting ex-officio on all association boards and committees, and is responsible for the oversight of the association's annual budget and investment funds. He assesses member needs and interests, and proposes programs and services to meet those needs with the overall goal of attracting and continually supporting AAA members, and encouraging member leadership and engagement. He determines staffing requirements for AAA's management and program delivery, and executes written contracts and agreements as needed.
He has come to the position of Executive Director for the American Anthropological Association in 2013 after a long career with the Battelle Memorial Institute, the world’s largest not-for-profit research and development organization. Ed first joined Battelle in 1986, the year he received his PhD in cultural anthropology from Arizona State University. He has conducted research and public policy analysis on a variety of energy, public health, and social policy issues concerning disadvantaged communities. While at Battelle, he rose from the rank of research scientist to project leader to director of research operations in the Seattle office. He maintains a position as affiliate associate professor of anthropology and interdisciplinary studies at the University of Washington. He has been a visiting professor of Applied Anthropology and Comparative Economics at Università Carlo Cattaneo Castellanza, VA, Italy, a Senior Fellow of the Fulbright Commission, and have served on the faculty of the CDC-sponsored Summer Evaluation Institute. He has also served on the executive boards of the AAA, the Society for Applied Anthropology, the Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Conference, and the Jack Straw Media Arts Foundation.
Kim manages elections and balloting for AAA and sections, and staffs the Nominations Committee, Section Assembly and Executive Board. She supports section presidents and works with the Section Assembly Executive Committee as part of the new AAA governance structure. Kim also oversees the official governance records of the association, including Executive Board meeting minutes, business meeting minutes, resolutions and section files, such as past bylaws, creation documents and officer lists.
Elaine's primary responsibilities are to support the Executive Director as deputy, serve as AAA's chief financial officer, and provide direction and oversight for membership, development, IT/web, accounting and administrative functions. She is staff liaison to the Finance Committee, Association Operations Committee and the Resource Development Committee. She also serves as the Human Resource administrator and on the AAA homepage content team.
Suzanne supervises the operation and maintenance of all accounting and financial systems, office administration, and system administration, such as network operations and telephones. Some of her specific responsibilities include coordinating and assisting with budget development and oversight, supervising mailroom and reception operations, administering benefits, and managing procurement and purchasing activities. She provides support to the deputy executive director with other functions as requested, and also serves as liaison to the section treasurers' group, AAA Audit Committee and Committee on Gender Equity in Anthropology.
Kathy assists the controller in day-to-day operations of the accounting office, with primary responsibility for accounts payable, accounts receivable, cash receipts and payroll. She maintains financial records and resolves any discrepancies that may arise. She is also staff liaison for the AAA Awards Committee (see award directory).
Richard manages AAA membership services, including responding to questions about membership qualifications, dues and benefits. He also manages AAA's Career Center, including print and online job ads. Richard tracks member counts, produces membership reports and publication mailing lists, and promotes renewals through mailings and other tools. He staffs the Anthropology Education Committee, Student Representative Assembly, and job vetting committee.
Dion serves as the first point of contact for the day-to-day customer service needs of AAA members. Dion also develops broader initiatives and campaigns to boost understanding and awareness of membership benefits. In addition Dion assists in the management and operation of the AAA Career Center. This entails working with employers on placing job ads, as well as organizing Career Center job interviews during the annual meeting. Lastly, Dion coordinates the activities at the AAA booth during the annual meeting.
Lisa is responsible for the AAA website and association databases. She assists with the development and management of AAA-hosted section websites, maintains AAA committee and section listservs and serves as staff liaison for the Committee on World Anthropology. Internally, she serves on the AAA homepage content team and assists with technical troubleshooting.
Vernon is responsible for the section websites, listservs and databases, the Anthropology News website and is backup to the manager, Web & Database for issues relating to the membership and abstracts systems and the AAA website.
Jason is responsible for the strategic planning, fiscal management, and direction of the association’s meetings, conferences and related products. He provides guidance to AAA leadership and committees on matters related to the Annual Meeting and relevant conference initiatives including: budget and policy directives, organization and operations. He manages AAA staff and vendors who produce AAA’s meetings and conferences. He is staff liaison to the Annual Meeting Executive Program Committee and the AAA Labor Relations Commission.
Carla is responsible for managing AAA’s section spring meetings and the Exhibition at the Annual Meeting. She provides guidance to the section program editors/reviewers for the annual meeting and oversees the abstract submission process for the Annual Meeting. Carla assists in providing content for communications about the annual meeting with relevant staff and leaders within AAA. Carla also manages the print and web advertising program for the Annual Meeting.
Andrew is responsible for overseeing special events and projects related to AAA’s Annual Meeting and new conference initiatives. He assists section planners responsible for workshops and special events at the annual meeting. He updates the meetings website, assists with managing the call for papers and responds to queries from members about the annual meeting. He provides planning and logistical support with AAA’s new initiatives including face-to-face and virtual conferences.
Oona is responsible for oversight and overall management of AAA's peer-reviewed journals (such as American Anthropologist, plus 21 other titles), the AnthroGuide and eAnthroGuide, AnthroSource (online collection of the publications of the AAA), Anthropology News and eNews. She conducts staff reviews, team-building, and is responsible for the retention and hire of positions in her department. She oversees print manufacture of products; manages finances, budgeting and long-term planning for AAA publishing programs; seeks and administers grant funding for the program; and is staff liaison to the Committee on Scientific Communication and the Committee for the Future of Print and Electronic Publishing.
Emilia works closely with the Managing Editor and Director of Publishing to serve the publishing needs of all AAA members. She works on Anthropology News and provides administrative support to the editorial offices of the 22 AAA journals, and liaises with AAA publishing partner Wiley-Blackwell. She is staff liaison to the Committee for Minorities in Anthropology. She also fields questions about permission requests.
Courtney is responsible for academic and practicing anthropology services and initiatives. She oversees administration of the Department Services Program, and manages survey research, data collection and reporting. She also develops practical, career-enhancing publications and provides information and advice for anthropologists on finding research opportunities, conducting job searches, applying for funding, negotiating job offers, tenure and promotion, and writing and publications. Courtney is the staff liaison to the Committee on Practicing, Applied and Public Interest Anthropology (CoPAPIA).
Damon is responsible for providing leadership to the AAA in conceptualizing, planning and directing our government affairs, media relations and international policy functions. He coordinates AAA responses to public policy issues of concern to the membership and advises AAA on strategic priorities for long-term engagement on public policy issues. He monitors Congressional and Executive Branch actions relevant to anthropology research and education; advocates for anthropology interests with policymakers; prepares and submits AAA testimony to government groups; tracks relevant policy; identifies anthropologists to serve in federal policy roles; and cultivates relationships with international institutions, including the UN. He produces the biweekly AAA podcast, monthly Washington Wire column in Anthropology News and Annual Report.
Joslyn is responsible for the marketing and communications of AAA. She provides direct support in implementing a comprehensive media relations strategy by advancing the mission of AAA and its goal of advancing anthropology as a science that studies humankind in all its aspects. Joslyn implements and develops new marketing plans and communication initiatives to strengthen the media outreach capacity of the AAA and its members.