Letters to a Pre-Scientist is brought to you by a dedicated Executive Team.
Chief Executive Officer
Lucy is excited to begin her new role as Project Director and CEO of Letters to a Pre-Scientist as we begin being fiscally sponsored by Social Good Fund! She discovered LPS while teaching seventh grade science in Durham, North Carolina with Teach For America five years ago, and had the fortunate opportunity to be the first teacher after Macon to host the program in her class. She found her students were exposed to the broad application of science in the real world, learned about the hard work it takes to become a scientist, and experienced the wonderful suspense of waiting for snail mail! In August 2013, she relocated to California, where she began working with Macon and Anna on the LPS organizing team to grow the program in other schools across the US. She has since hosted the program in her classroom three more years. During the summer of 2017, Lucy moved back to the east coast to Boston with her husband. Energized by the passion that surrounds the LPS community, she is looking forward to helping LPS grow!
Chief Technical Officer
Anna helped create Letters to a Pre-Scientist while getting her Ph.D. in Chemistry at UC Berkeley. Being from rural North Carolina herself, she understood the importance of a good science education, and she wanted to help inspire students to keep working hard in school. She wants the pre-scientists to realize that science is more than just a list of facts in a textbook; it can be a tool for bringing positive change to people’s lives. She also wants to give scientists the opportunity to reach out and see what a difference they can make in the lives of young people. Anna currently lives in Massachusetts and is a postdoc researching policy and management of energy innovation.
Chief Operations Officer
Macon previously taught 6th grade science in a rural, low-income community in eastern North Carolina through Teach For America. Wanting to expand her student’s global understanding and connection to science disciplines, she created Letters to a Pre-Scientist in 2010 with the help of Anna Goldstein. Her goal for the program is to continue providing students with personal connections to scientist mentors, breaking down stereotypes of what a scientist should look like, and expanding their curiosity for learning. While teaching, Macon witnessed how lack of health care access, education and infrastructure negatively impacted her student’s ability to learn so she left the classroom with the aim to bridge the gap between health and education sectors. Macon is a public health nurse in southern California, where she has been involved with programs for risk reduction in teens, HIV/AIDS outreach, smoking cessation, cancer screening, and children’s health insurance enrollment. She holds a Masters in Public Health from UNC-Chapel Hill and a Masters of Science in Nursing from Columbia University.
Chief Brand Officer
Aliyah was a pen pal in Letters to a Pre-Scientist in 2015 and 2017, and was the social media coordinator since 2016 before transitioning into her current role. Aliyah is a PhD candidate in the Department of Immunology at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research focuses on how to manipulate the immune system’s response to solid tumors. Aliyah did her undergraduate work in molecular biology & biochemistry and French literature at Rutgers University in New Jersey, and previously worked at Fox Chase Cancer Center (Philadelphia) and Cordeliers Research Center (Paris). Aliyah is also passionate about writing and science outreach, and has participated in several initiatives related to disseminating scientific information to audiences in Pittsburgh and around the world. She is excited to be a part of the executive team this year as LPS begins to grow!