The project is managed by an energetic and talented group of staff members who work with volunteer scientists, educators, and designers to produce cutting-edge programs based on reports produced by The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Explore this section to learn more about the staff. To contact a staff member, please email

Geoffrey Hunt, Director

Geoff is the Director of the new public engagement project, having started at the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in July 2017. Before coming to the NAS, Geoff worked at the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, first as the society’s Science Policy Fellow in the Office of Public Affairs before transitioning to serve as the Manager of Public Outreach at the beginning of 2012. In this role, Geoff led development of an online training program in science communication, managed funding programs that supported local outreach efforts, and organized outreach and communication-themed events throughout the country. Geoff graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University in 2003 with a degree in biochemistry, and received his PhD from Princeton University in 2009 for work on the effects of extracellular matrix proteins on embryonic stem cell behavior. In addition to (or as part of) his day job, Geoff has been known to perform the occasional science rap. 

Keri Stoever, Program Officer

Keri is the Program Officer for the project. Prior to joining the Koshland, she spent five years as a Research Associate with the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) working on environmental and toxicological studies. In addition to her time at NAS, Keri has worked to help the public connect with science through museum education positions with the Smithsonian National Zoo and the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center. Currently, she volunteers as an interpreter at the National Zoo’s Amazonia exhibit. Keri received her B.S. in Marine Biology from Stockton University and her M.A. in Museum Studies from Johns Hopkins University.

Monique C. McIlwain, Technology and Operations Manager

Monique is the Technology and Operations Manager for the project. Prior to joining the staff, Monique worked for the Prince George's County Planning Director of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. Monique has received certification in Computer Science from Stanford University Online.

Nell C. Nelson, Senior Program Assistant

Nell is the Senior Program Assistant for the project. Before relocating to Washington, D.C. Nell lived in Massachusetts where she worked as a Visitor Service Representative with Heritage Museums & Gardens. While at Heritage, Nell spent the majority of her time working with youth in the museum’s outdoor classroom, Hidden Hollow. Nell received her B.A. in US History from Stonehill College and her M.A. in Museum Studies from Johns Hopkins University.