The ACS Office of International Activities Staff
The ACS Office of International Activities (OIA) serves as a focal point for the Society as it reaches out to a global community and refines its efforts to be more welcoming to chemists with international interests. In particular, the Office serves the ACS Committee on International Activities and ACS membership, governance and the worldwide community of chemical scientists and engineers by applying and building international recognition of the ACS - its brand - and the Society's relevant programs and activities. OIA endeavors to find creative ways to apply ACS products and services to local needs around the world. OIA works with the Society’s International chapters and alliance partners and also organizes international conferences and professional exchange and research collaboration programs. OIA works with ACS governance and other ACS units to build global networks for our members and to enable the broader chemistry community to engage in international research and education - targeting areas where chemistry provides solutions to global challenges. OIA also administers the Society's Board-approved Science and Human Rights activities and the ACS International Center, a curated, web-based information resource on global exchange and research collaboration opportunities for chemistry related professionals and students.
Chief International Officer & Director of International Activities
Bradley Miller, Chief International Officer and Director of International Activities, American Chemical Society (ACS) Office of International Activities, has worked for ACS since 1999 developing programs, products, and services to advance chemical sciences through collaborations in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. At ACS, the world’s largest single disciplinary scientific society, he works with ACS committees, technical divisions, local sections and members to create opportunities for chemistry to address global challenges through in-person and web-based scientific network development, research collaborations, and educational exchange. Miller serves on the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO and in 2009 was appointed to co-chair the ACS 2011 International Year of Chemistry Staff Working Group. Brad holds a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona, a master's degree from the University of Northern Colorado and a baccalaureate degree from University of Virginia - Wise, and speaks French, Spanish and Portuguese.
Ricardo joined the ACS in August 2012, and is responsible primarily for managing international value, engagement and recruitment initiatives. He works closely with the International Activities and Membership Marketing offices to increase the ACS presence globally. He holds an undergraduate degree in management from the University of Guyana and MBA from the University of the West Indies, Cavehill, Barbados. Ricardo has extensive international marketing and product management experience and has worked in Canada, the Caribbean, South and Central America.
Christopher joined the ACS in October 2014 and serves as Manager for the Office of International Activities. Christopher manages a number of programs that enhance the Society’s international collaborations and partnerships as well as its international education initiatives. Additionally, Christopher works to grow ACS’s civil society and science diplomacy portfolio. Christopher joined ACS from the Global Program’s department at the Society for Neuroscience where he managed the organization’s global activities and partnerships-specifically training programs in Latin America and Europe. His interest in international education started as an American Studies and English instructor in Aachen, Germany prior to relocating to Washington, D.C. Christopher holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Affairs and Political Science from The Florida State University where he also had the opportunity to study in Dresden, Germany. Christopher is fluent in German and has substantial experience working with global constituencies.
Lori is a Senior Associate for the Office of International Activities whose responsibilities include science and human rights and program management. She has been with ACS since June 2013. Her responsibilities include coordinating webinars as part of the ACS Science and Human Rights webinar series and monitoring cases of chemists and related scientists who have had their rights abridged. She also manages the ACS Pittcon Travel Grant and a variety of other programs. Lori has a background in politics, and has worked for the U.S. House of Representatives and a small lobbying firm. Prior to joining ACS, she served as an election observer in El Salvador. Lori holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Evansville where she had opportunities to study abroad in Spain and intern with the U.S. Congress.
Patricia is the Office Administrator for the Office of International Activities and she has been with ACS since December 2014. Her responsibilities include coordination of office operations and finances as well as support for the Committee on International Activities. She also manages the Festival de Química program and helps with a variety of special projects. Patricia has a background in entrepreneurial development and insurance. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a Minor in Women’s Studies from the University of Connecticut where she had opportunities to study abroad in Italy and intern with Connecticut’s former governor. She also received a Certificate from the Women’s Campaign School at Yale.
Lily Raines recently completed a Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Cellular, and Molecular Biology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. As a graduate student, she was an active volunteer in a number of science outreach programs and interned at the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) in Rockville. She is principally managing the ACS Festival Series program and the BOOST program.