- The Indian American was elected with 269 other accomplished individuals, drawn from academia, the arts, industry, policy, research and science.
Maya Ajmera, president and CEO of Society for Science and executive publisher of Science News was recently inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The Indian American was elected with 269 other accomplished individuals, drawn from academia, the arts, industry, policy, research and science, according to a Society for Science press release.
In a statement, Ajmera said she is “honored to be inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences with such luminary individuals,” and looks forward to “working with the Academy members to address some of the most pressing issues facing our world.”
Before joining the Society for Science, she founded the Global Fund for Children (GFC), “a nonprofit a nonprofit organization that invests in innovative, community-based organizations working with some of the world’s most vulnerable children and youth,” according to the Society for Science press release. She served as the inaugural Social Entrepreneur in Residence for Duke University and a visiting professor for the Practice of Public Policy at the university’s Sanford School of Public Policy. She was a visiting scholar and professorial lecturer at The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University and continues to serve as an adjunct on the faculty of the International Development Program.
An award-winning children’s book author, she is the recipient of the 2020 National Science Board Public Service Award, “recognized for her tremendous contribution to increasing the public’s understanding of science and engineering,” the press release said. She is a a recipient of the Henry Crown Fellowship at the Aspen Institute, the Echoing Green Fellowship, the William C. Friday Fellowship for Human Relations and the Rotary International Graduate Fellowship.
She is also a board member for Echoing Green, Kids in Need of Defense, Sibley Memorial Hospital/Johns Hopkins Medicine and the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics Foundation. She holds an A.B. from Bryn Mawr College and an M.P.P. from The Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. Ajmera is married to David Hutzler Hollander Jr., a partner at Adduci, Mastriani & Schaumberg. They have one daughter.
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