Officers and Councilors
AGS Staff Members
The American Geographical Society would like to announce that it has a new Director:
Timothy Heleniak become the new Director of the American Geographical Society in June, 2012. Dr. Heleniak has extensive experience, which he brings to this position.
For the last several years, he has been a Research Associate at the University of Maryland and an International Development Consultant for the World Bank, Economist Intelligence Unit,
UN Development Programme, Pew Research Center, and other international organizations. He previously worked for the World Bank, UNICEF, and the U.S. Census Bureau and taught at
Georgetown University. His regional specialties are Russia and the other countries of the former Soviet Union and the Arctic. He has traveled extensively to these and other regions.
He has researched and written extensively on migration, population change, and regional development in the former Soviet Union. He is the Editor of the journal, Polar Geography.
The AGS has a long and rich history in Polar exploration and research and Polar Geography was initially published under the auspices of the AGS.
He is one of the lead authors of the Arctic Human Development Report. He has a PhD in Geography and an MBA in Finance from the University of Maryland. He is originally from Seattle.
He can be reached at email@example.com .
Comptroller and Office Manager.
Maria V. Rosa has been with the AGS since 2005, as the controller and office manager. She is responsible for the finances and bookkeeping of the society. Maria is also the intern supervisor, providing young professionals with the opportunity to learn
about the society through the AGS internship program. She has also is one of the editors of Ubique since 2008. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Ubique Editor and Subscription System Manager. Book Review Editor, Geographical Review.
Peter Lewis has been a crucial part of the AGS office for over 30 years. He is the Society’s archivist, editor of Ubique and author of EarthWorks for over 20 years. He recently, became the book review editor for the Geographical Review.
He can be contacted at PGLewis@amergeog.org .
Jason Black is a recent graduate of the University Of Nottingham, United Kingdom, where he received his MSc in Environmental History. He completed his undergraduate education at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts,
with a BA in Geography. His interests include environmental science and natural disasters. Jason’s everyday tasks involve assisting the AGS staff members and doing research on new projects. Jason can be contacted at
Mary Lynne Bird
Executive Director Emerita.
Mary Lynne Bird served as the Executive Director of the American Geographical Society from 1983 to October 2010, when she retired from active duty. She came to the position from having served on research staffs at the Center for
Research in Personality at Harvard University, the Center for International Studies at Princeton University, the School of International Affairs at Columbia University, the Twentieth Century
Fund, and the Council on Foreign Relations. She was a Program Officer for the Executive Council on Foreign Diplomats and then Development Director for the Institute for World Order, Development Director for the Fund for Peace—which at the time included the Center for Defense Information—and Development Director for Engender Health (an international family planning agency).
Along the way she has done fundraising consulting for the Federation of American Scientists and reviewed books for the New York Times. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Syracuse University,
a member of Phi Beta Kappa, a Trustee of the Institute for Current World Affairs, and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
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