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University of Colorado
Director, Strategic Programs, OVCR
strategic programming


"Dr. Emily CoBabe-Ammann is currently the Director of Strategic Programs in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of Colorado Boulder. In that role, she leads CU Boulder’s Grand Challenge: Our Space, Our Future, a campus-wide transformative effort that fuses CU Boulder’s unique strengths in earth, space and social sciences with new technologies and partners to address the pace and patter of changes for our environment, our resources and our planet. Prior to joining CU, she was the Director of UCAR Community Programs, strategically managing a $45M portfolio of education, training, data, and support programs. Emily has 15 years’ experience in education management and strategy and has worked extensively with NASA, NOAA, the Lunar and Planetary Institute, Southwest Research Institute, and the University of California. She served as the Higher Education lead of both the planetary and heliophysics NASA Science Mission Directorate Education and Public Outreach Forums, as well as the Education Lead for the Juno mission. In addition, she served the Education and Outreach advisor for the Commercial Space Federation from 2010 to 2013. She has served as the first E/PO representative to the NASA Astrobiology Institute Executive Council for two years, and appeared before the NRC Panel on Meeting the Workforce Needs for the National Vision for Space Exploration.  She was the chair of the SMD E/PO Management Operations Working Group (2008-2009) and the co-chair of the NASA SMD Program Definition Team on Student Collaborations (2008). Dr. CoBabe-Ammann received her Ph.D. in Earth and Planetary Sciences from Harvard University in 1991.