Executive Director

Heather Joseph serves as the Executive Director of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), an international coalition of academic and research libraries working to expand the global, cost-effective digital communication of research results. As SPARC’s Director since 2005, Ms. Joseph leads the strategic and operational activities of the organization, and has focused SPARC’s efforts on supporting emerging communications models for digital articles, data and educational resources. Under her stewardship, SPARC has become widely recognized as the leading international force for effective open access policy advocacy.

Assistant Director for Programs & Operations

Shawn serves as the Assistant Director for Programs & Operations, handling member services, federal and state policy, and general operations. Prior to joining the SPARC team in 2014, Shawn worked at The Sheridan Group as a Senior Policy Associate, where she developed and implemented advocacy strategies for her non-profit clients -- and one of her clients happened to be SPARC! She has also had the privilege of working for Senator Edward Kennedy on the Senate HELP Committee and serving in the personal office for Senator Paul Kirk.

Director of Programs and Engagement

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.

Director of Open Education

Nicole Allen leads SPARC's work on Open Educational Resources (OER), focusing on public policy and engaging and supporting the library community on this issue. Nicole joined SPARC in 2013 already established as a leading figure in the OER movement and has seven years of experience in advocacy and grassroots organizing on OER and related public interest issues.

Programs and Operations Associate

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.

Senior Consultant

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.

Assistant Director, Right to Research Coalition

Joseph McArthur is the Assistant Director of the Right to Research Coalition, SPARC's student initiative. Joe works to further strengthen the Right to Research Coalition's engagement with its membership of more than 75 student organizations, which collectively represent nearly 7 million students in over 100 countries around the world.


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.

Program Officer, SPARC European Programs

Vanessa Proudman is the owner of Proud2Know,
a consultancy that supports academic libraries by helping them create the
skilled and innovative digital library of the future. Vanessa has 20 years
international experience working with many leading university libraries
worldwide and headed information and IT at a UN-affiliated international
research institution in Vienna for 10 years.

Senior Researcher

Peter Suber is a Senior Researcher at SPARC, the Director of the Harvard Open Access Project (HOAP), a Faculty Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, a Special Advisor to the Harvard Office for Scholarly Communication, the Open Access Project Director at Public Knowledge, and a Research Professor of Philosophy at Earlham College. Peter writes the SPARC Open Access Newsletter. He has been active in promoting open access for many years through his research, speaking, and writing. For more information, see his home page and follow him at Google Plus.

Intern, Right to Research Coalition

Scott St. Louis is a student of the Frederik Meijer Honors College at Grand Valley State University (GVSU) and currently interning at SPARC supporting the Right to Research Coalition.