Who We Are

Leadership Team

The UMass ADVANCE Leadership Team includes, from top left, Laurel Smith-Doerr (Principal Investigator and Director of ADVANCE), James Allan (Co-PI), Donna Baron (Program Manager), Caryn Brause (Team Leader for Research), Caitlyn Butler (Team Leader for Practice), Elisa Martinez (Postdoctoral Research Associate), Joya Misra (Co-PI and Director of Programming), Jennifer Normanly (Co-PI and Director of Research Collaboration), Paige Warren (Team Leader for Practice), Kelsey Whipple (Team Leader for Research), and Ximena Zúñiga (Team Leader for Practice).

Leadership Team List


Internal Advisory Board

The Internal Advisory Board provides a campus leadership and the main stakeholder perspective to the Program development and implementation that aims at the institutional transformation advancing equity for the benefit of all faculty at UMass Amherst, particularly STEM women, international faculty, and faculty of color.

Internal Advisory Board List


External Advisory Board

The External Advisory Board provides an expert perspective on the Program development and implementation, members are volunteers who have expert knowledge of academic and research affairs including in STEM fields at organizations and institutions sharing their mission with UMass Amherst.

External Advisory Board List


ADVANCE Faculty Fellows

ADVANCE Faculty Fellows partner with the ADVANCE-IT Team, providing recommendations and feedback about ADVANCE programming and resources, and promoting ADVANCE program efforts in their departments. We seek one faculty member from each department for a twelve-month term.

ADVANCE Faculty Fellow List