Heather Joseph has served as the Executive Director of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) since 2005. In that capacity, she works to support broadening access to the results of scholarly research through enabling open access publishing, archiving and policies on a local, national and international level.
Amy Rosenbaum is SPARC's legislative policy expert with strong ties to Capitol Hill and the Administration and a deep policy, legislative and political background. Amy worked on Capitol Hill for fifteen years, having served for nearly five years as Policy Director for then-Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).
Andrea holds a Master’s degree in Communications from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature with a minor in Public Policy from the University of California, Los Angeles. For her master’s thesis she conducted an experiment testing reading comprehension in print and in digital, using Amazon’s Kindle. Her role is to manage all communications channels and to carry SPARC’s advocacy messages to all scholarly communication stakeholders.
In August 2009, Nick was hired full time as SPARC’s first director of student advocacy where he is responsible for growing SPARC’s relationship with the student community as well as managing the Right to Research Coalition, a group of local, national, and international student organizations that advocate for researchers, universities, and governments to adopt more open scholarly publishing practices. Under Nick’s direction, the coalition has grown to represent just under 7 million students in approximately 100 countries around the world and has facilitated student lobbying in over two hundred Congressional offices.
Nicole Allen is expanding SPARC's efforts to include Open Educational Resources (OER). Nicole joined SPARC in 2013 already established as a leading figure in the OER movement through her role at the Student PIRGs, where she directed a national campaign to combat the rising cost of college textbooks. Widely cited in the media for her work, Nicole brings seven years of experience in advocacy and grassroots organizing on OER and related issues.
Stacie joined SPARC in January 2007. Stacie works to ensure the coalition’s communications systems are up to date and to stay in close touch with SPARC members. Prior to joining SPARC, Stacie worked in scholarly publishing for 12 years at a number of different associations.
Raym Crow has been Senior Consultant at SPARC since February 2002. In this role, he works with campus-based publishing programs, scholarly and scientific societies, and other nonprofit publishers to incubate alternative funding models capable of sustaining open-access publications. He has over 25 years' experience in academic publishing, specializing in developing feasibility analyses and business plans for scholarly publishers.
Greg Tananbaum consults with publishers, technology companies, non-profit organizations, and other scholarly communication entities. He has served as the President of The Berkeley Electronic Press, as well as Director of Product Marketing for EndNote. He holds a Master's Degree from the London School of Economics and a B.A. from Yale University.
Alma Swan is a consultant working in the field of scholarly communication. She is a director of Key Perspectives Ltd. and holds honorary academic positions at the University of Southampton School of Electronics and Computer Science and the University of Warwick Business School. Alma is Convener for Enabling Open Scholarship, the global organization of universities promoting the principles of open scholarship in the academic community. Her work covers market research and business modeling, project management and evaluation, research communication practices and behaviors, and the study and promotion of new forms of scholarly communication in the age of the Web.
Lars Bjørnshauge, a long-standing member of the SPARC Europe Board, is taking on the overall management of the 93-member library organization. He will continue to lead SPARC’s high-level education and outreach programs, capitalizing on his more than twenty years experience in the library community.
Janna started as Program Officer for SPARC European Programs in March 2012. She is the contact point for SPARC Europe’s members and partner organizations and is responsible for the administration and organization of the European office. Janna is also responsible for SPARC Europe’s online communication and the development of information material for Open Access in Europe.