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Staff Pledge to Members

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:

We each have the responsibility of working with and for members toward the common goals of the association.

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Phone Numbers

Main: 703/528-1902
Fax: 703/528-3546


Ed Liebow, Executive Director, eliebow at americananthro dot org

Jeff Martin, Director, Communications & Public Affairs,  jmartin at americananthro dot org

Mailing Address

2300 Clarendon Blvd., Suite 1301, Arlington, VA 22201

Meet Our Staff

Executive Director's Office
Ed Liebow
, Executive Director

Ed Liebow

Ed is a cultural anthropologist who has served Executive Director of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) since 2013. Before joining AAA’s staff, Ed had a long career with the non-profit Battelle Seattle Research Center, conducting research and public policy analysis on a variety of energy, public health, and social policy issues. He has been affiliated with the University of Washington since 1986, and he has been a visiting professor at Università Carlo Cattaneo Castellanza, VA, Italy, and a Senior Fellow of the Fulbright Commission. He currently serves as Chair of the Board of the Consortium of Social Science Associations, and is also a member of the National Humanities Alliance board. He has served on the executive boards of the AAA, the Society for Applied Anthropology, the Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Community, and the Jack Straw Media Arts Foundation. He earned his PhD and MA from Arizona State University and his BA from Carleton College.


Kim Baker
, Organizational Governance Manager

Kim manages elections and balloting for AAA and sections, and staffs the Nominations Committee, Section Assembly, MPPAC and Executive Board. She supports section presidents and works with the Section Assembly Executive Committee as part of the 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. Along with her colleague, Jeff Martin she co-staffs AAA’s newest committee MPAAC: Members Programmatic, Advisory and Advocacy Committee.


Barbara Kochard
, Director of Development

Barbara KochardBarbara oversees the Association's fundraising efforts, including the Annual Fund, donor stewardship and cultivation, and the current Our Future Our Field comprehensive campaign. She brings more than a decade of progressive fundraising and strategic planning experience. Barbara received her undergraduate degree in Anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh, and a Masters in Nonprofit Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania.


Meagan Shirley
, Executive Office Coordinator

Meagan ShirleyMeagan supports the Executive Director, CFO, and Director of Development with various administrative duties in the AAA office. Her primary responsibilities in addition to supporting the Executive Director’s Office are handling the Annual Meeting Awards program, development research, and assisting with meetings.


Finance & Operations
Laura Roznovsky
, Director of Operations & Finance

Laura Roznovsky manages the association's finances and provides direction and oversight to development, IT/web, human resources, and operations. She is the staff liaison to the Finance Committee, Audit Committee, and the Association Operations Committee. Laura earned a BA from the University of Nevada, Reno and her MS from George Mason University, and is a Certified Association Executive.


Christian Martinez
, Controller

Christian supervises the operation and maintenance of all accounting and financial systems, office administration, and system administration, such as network operations and telephones. Some of his specific responsibilities include coordinating and assisting with budget development and oversight, supervising mailroom and reception operations, administering benefits, and managing procurement and purchasing activities. He 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.


Rose Ikpeme
, Staff Accountant

Rose is responsible in maintaining financial records and act as a backup to the controller.


Scott Hall
, Manager, Database and Web Services

Scott Hall  Scott is responsible for the association membership database and web site. Internally he assists with technical troubleshooting.


Shawn Ifill
, Web and Database Services Administrator

Shawn is responsible for the AAA website, content management system, section websites, listservs and web development and programming, and the Anthropology News website. He serves on the AAA homepage content team and assists with technical troubleshooting, and is backup to the manager, Web & Database for issues relating to the membership systems.


Furaha Mushingi
, Receptionist

Furaha Mushingi


Membership Services
Janice M. Ford
, Manager, Membership Development

Janice M. Ford Janice manages the day-to-day operations of the membership department including member acquisition, retention, and customer service. She also manages the ACE Job Board and supervises the Coordinator, Membership Services.


Ashley Bruckner
, Assistant Manager, Membership Development

Ashley Bruckner Ashley (she/her/hers) assists with maintaining the administrative process of the membership department while providing exceptional customer service to all current and potential members. She assists in managing member email and membership data in general.


Naomi Morgulis
, Membership Coordinator

Naomi MorgulisNaomi (she/her) assists with AAA inquiries, membership mailings and campaigns, membership database upkeep, and supports the Membership Department efforts to meet annual goals.


Meetings and Conferences
Nate Wambold
, Director of Membership, Meetings, and Conferences

Nate (he/him/his) 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 and is staff liaison to the Annual Meeting Executive Program Committee.


Mary Purvis
, Manager, Education & Meetings

Mary (she/her/hers) is responsible for overseeing program production for the AAA Annual Meeting and supports year-round education and member engagement programs. She is the staff liaison to the Annual Meeting Program Committee.


Amaris Morningstar
, Coordinatior, Access, Meetings and Conferences

Amaris Morningstar

Amaris Morningstar (she/her/hers) is the Coordinator for Meetings, Conferences and Accessibility. In her role, she oversees the accessibility for the association to include the annual meeting and all other programs and activities. Additionally, she assists with the AAA online program database, is the liaison with management and advertising vendors and assists the meeting director in AAA annual meeting logistics and services.


Melissa Schmidt
, Director of Publications

Melissa SchmidtMelissa (she/her) directs the AAA’s publishing program, including our AnthroSource portfolio of more than 20 journals, to ensure that its daily operations and strategic initiatives align well with our core values of quality, breadth, accessibility, equity, and sustainability. She provides guidance and support to the Publishing Futures Committee and the Anthropological Communications Committee.


Natalie Konopinski
, Editor, Anthropology News

Natalie (she/her/hers) oversees all content for Anthropology News (AN), the AAA’s award-winning member magazine. We publish bimonthly in print and online 24/7. The magazine includes feature articles, opinion columns, visual essays, AAA news, in memoriam notices, member profiles, section news, and more.



Sean Mallin
, Senior Managing Editor, American Anthropologist

Sean MallinSean (he/him/his) oversees the editing and publication of American Anthropologist, the flagship journal of the AAA, and manages the journal's website and social media.


Education, Research & Professional Development
Daniel Ginsberg
, Director of Education and Professional Practice

Daniel (they/them, he/him) manages the AAA’s institutional research program, which studies anthropologists’ careers in and out of academia, as well as anthropology education at the graduate, undergraduate, and pre-college levels. They support the AAA’s fellowship and internship programs, public education initiatives (RACE: Are We So Different? and World on the Move: 250,000 Years of Human Migration), academic relations, and professional services for student members and members working in business, government, and nonprofit settings. Daniel is staff liaison to the Task Force on Anthropology in Practice Settings and to the Organizational Relations Committee of the National Association for the Practice of Anthropology (NAPA).


Caitlyn Kolhoff
, Assistant Director, Education Programs

Caitlyn Kolhoff

Caitlyn (she/her) is responsible for the design, development and delivery of education and professional development programs, as well as informational resources on careers for anthropologists.


Communications & Public Affairs
Jeff Martin
, Director of Communications and Public Affairs

Jeff leads AAA’s communications, engagement, and outreach activities to the media, general public, universities, prospective employers, and policy makers. He supports the Association’s responses to public policy issues of concern to the membership and advises AAA on strategic priorities for long-term engagement on public policy issues at the state, federal, and international levels, including the UN. 


Meghan Horihan
, Marketing and Communications Manager

Meghan HorihanMeghan supports the Director of Communications and Public Affairs in the development, implementation and evaluation of the Association’s communications, engagement, and marketing activities. She helps expand member engagement and public outreach on AAA activities, products, and services.