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Judith Giordan

ecosVC, Managing Director

Candidate for ACS President-Elect, 2021


Why are you running for President-Elect?

https://www.jgiordan.com/acsandthefuture for details.


I am not a newcomer to ACS or ACS governance. I believe ACS must remain a strong force and advocate for the chemical sciences and chemical scientists/engineers at the national, state, local levels and to non-scientists. And that the chemistry community needs to ensure that diversity, equity, inclusion and respect COME TO FULL FRUITION with ACS “walking the walk” in all we do for ALL PEOPLE.…..

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What are the top changes/improvements that you believe would improve ACS? How would you tackle these during your Presidential succession?

My belief in the greatness of chemistry has led me to be an ACS contributor/volunteer for 44+ years. I know a three-year ACS presidential term goes quickly, so I have four key initiatives aimed at supporting members which I believe – working together - are achievable in that time. If elected, I will work across ACS with Divisions, Local Sections and Committees to achieve:

Diversity, equity, inclusion and respect in all forms as the bedrock upon which ACS initiatives are built and measured to ensure all people can contribute to the fullest extent to technical solutions to global challenges, while building meaningful careers and living fulfilling lives.

Innovation and Career Development with programs to bring together students/student chapters with industrial members; work to rebuild industrial membership including reaching out to start-ups and demonstrating the value of ACS membership for all chemists and the ventures that employ them; and ensuring everyone knows ACS is the place to network with today’s innovators from academe/industry/government labs.

Connection and Advocacy all year long using virtual and hybrid platforms to enable interactions among ACS members across the globe and with other technical societies to advocate for chemistry and to discuss topics important to all scientists; to support chemistry-related topical meetings involving divisions/committees/local sections; to help members  grow their connections, gain skills and network for job opportunities; and to build a Virtual ACS Speaker Service with Local Sections to bring more diverse speakers to all our members.

Safety and Sustainability with advocacy for safety in all walks of chemistry; support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through internationally-aligned thematic programming and exploring and implementing opportunities for co-sponsored programming with other scientific societies showcasing the tole ACS and chemistry can play in multiplying the impact of global scientific safety and sustainability.

in impactful activities for the benefit of ACS and society.

How and when did you get started in ACS?

I am not a newcomer to ACS … and I am honored to have served ACS in many roles at the national, regional and local levels in my 44 years of membership!

Current Section Affiliation: Connecticut Valley Section; ecosVC, Pelham,MA/Tucson, AZ/Corvallis, OR

Honors:  ACS P3 Award NORM 2017; Alexander von Humboldt Innovative Networking Prize, 2015; Henry F. Whelan, Jr. Award for Business Excellence and Development BMGT Division of the American Chemical Society, 2014; Fellow of the American Chemical Society, 2013; Garvin-Olin Medal of the American Chemical Society, 2010; Who’s Who in International Leaders of Business, 1994-96; Who’s Who in American Women of Science, 1993; Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow, 1980-81; Gillette Research Fellow, University of Maryland, 1979-80; George H. Cook Scholar, Rutgers University, 1974-75; Alpha Tau Alpha and Alpha Zeta.

Service in ACS National Offices: Board Committee on Corporation Associates consultant/member 2015-date; Women Chemists Committee, consultant/member 2006-2015; Board of Directors, District III, 1993-96; Councilor, ex officio, 1993-96; Board Committee on Public Affairs and Public Relations, 1995-96, Chair, 1995-96; Committee on Professional and Member Relations, 1993-94; Committee on Publications, 1991-96; Task Force on Public Image, 1995; Ad Hoc Committee on Industry Relations, 1995; Chemical & Engineering News Publishing Board, 1992-93, 1995-96.

Service in ACS Offices:  MPPG Co-chair Fall 2020 ACS National Meeting 2018-2020; Chair Presidential Initiative on Innovation 2017-2019; Member ACS Task Force on Governance 2016-2019; Program Track Co-Organizer PNW Regional Meeting 2019 (Portland, OR); Program Track Co-Chair PNW Regional Meeting 2018 (Richland, WA); Program Co-Chair PNW Regional Meeting 2017 (Corvallis, OR); ACS Tour Speaker 2000-2006; Chair Presidential Poll Task Force 2001.

Member Service:  Member of ACS since 1977. ACS Divisions Current: Agricultural & Food Chemistry; Small Chemical Businesses; Business Development & Management; Inorganic Chemistry; PROF; ACS Divisions Past: Chemical Technicians; National and Regional ACS Meeting Symposium Organizer 2009-Present; Invited Symposium Speaker 1995-Present.

Related Activities:  Industrial Research Institute: Board of Directors, 1993-96, Seminar Committee, 1995-96, Study Groups, 1994-95, Chair, Pre-College Education Committee, 1991-93; Conference Board: Speaker and Advisory Committee, 1993 to 1997; National Research Council: Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology, 1994-97; Board for Science and Math Standards 1997-1999; National Science Foundation: Member Waterman Committee 2004-2007/Chair 2007; Chemistry Division Advisory Committee; Math and Physical Sciences Advisory Board, 1996 to 1999; Chemical Manufacturers Association (now the American Chemistry Council): representative Henkel Corporation, 1994-96; Executive Committee Corporate Council on Math and Science Education, 1992-94; University Advisory Boards: Oregon State University College of Science Industry and Innovation Board Member 2018-Present; Purdue University Innovation Commercialization Board 2017-2018; University of Maryland Chemistry Department Visiting Committee 2012-2015; Pennsylvania State University, ISBM, Smeal Business School 2003-2005; University of Maryland, College of Life Sciences Advisory Board 2001 to 2004; Government Relations roles: Testimony given before Congressional Committee on Science, 1993. Representative to White House Symposium honoring Women in Industrial Science, 1993. Venture Co-Founder/Board member (examples include): ecosVC, Inc (formerly Visions in Education) 1992 – date; Chemical Angels Network 2012- date; nexTC 2019-Present; Qteros, Inc/LLC 2006-2014; Zygote Games, LLC 2005 to 2006; Integral Solutions, LLC dba 1EXECStreet 2001 to 2003; Steel City, RE 2003-2008; Voltage, Inc. 2000 to 2005.

Given that the Younger Chemists Committee is a voice for ACS members under the age of 35 and our constituency makes up over 20% of ACS members, how do you plan to use the Committee, or younger chemists in general, to achieve your goals as ACS President?

I believe any volunteer ACS leadership role - especially that of ACS President-Elect and the Presidential succession - is about the members we represent and the work we want to do for those members and the Society.

Younger ACS members have already been contributing to insights from the survey I posted! Younger chemists with membership of 1-5 years constitute 24% of the respondents. If you have not yet done so, please share your input on both your needs as an ACS member and on the ideas I shared at the Town Hall that would be priorities for me. Please CLICK HERE to complete the 5 minute survey! Overall results can be viewed at: https://www.jgiordan.com/survey-results

Here are some examples of how I hope that all of our younger members work toward being involved in multiple aspects of ACS. Input is needed and having a voice across the various aspects of ACS matters.

  • I believe ACS needs your input. HOW do we demonstrate to younger chemists there is a value to being involved with ACS? I would be delighted for younger chemists to lead the charge in helping define and determine this, and would be delighted to support it. ACS NEEDS YOUR INPUT. I want to hear it.
  • I will look to build Theme Teams around each of the four key initiatives I outlined – all of which resonated strongly with all survey respondents, and to recruit younger chemists from all venues – students, professionals to join those teams to help guide the work including programming that can occur all year long on topics of scientific and career impact and importance across the chemical enterprise – across the breadth of research from lab to market.
  • As a former ACS Tour Speaker, I would like to build a virtual ACS Speaker Service to help get a broader array of diverse speakers to all our Local Sections and create access for students online and in their dorm rooms/apartments to participate! I would hope younger chemists would both be speakers and help define critical topics
  • I would like to help build stronger ACS University/student chapters. In some places they are great...I believe that we need to engage our active younger chemists on how to better show the value of ACS membership to students.


Judith Giordan