Dr. Gregory Mack joins the foundation as a science program officer focused on the physical sciences, specifically astrophysics and theoretical physics, beginning September 19, 2022. Dr. Mack has worked in the fields of astronomy and physics for his entire career. Most recently, he was a senior program officer with the Board on Physics and Astronomy at the National Academy of Sciences where he was Study Co-director for the Astronomy and Astrophysics Decadal Survey (Astro2020) and managed the Committee on Astronomy and Astrophysics and the Committee on Radio Frequencies.
“Greg has a breadth of experience in the physical sciences – from academia to government – that is well-suited for the needs of the foundation and its science team,” remarked Chris Martin, director of physical sciences. “His experience in working with scientists across disciplines and collaborating with institutions to advance science will help us pinpoint unique opportunities as we expand our programmatic work.”
Prior to the NAS, Mack was manager of grassroots advocacy for the American Physical Society, where he led advocacy efforts for physicists and worked on education policy. He also held roles at the National Science Foundation as a program director in the division of Astronomical Sciences and as an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science & Technology Policy Fellow in the NSF Physics Division, where his work involved the proposal review process and communication issues for NSF Physics and NSF broadly.
Prior to the AAAS Fellowship, Dr. Mack was a visiting assistant professor of physics and astronomy at Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, OH, from 2009-2013. He earned his Ph.D. in physics from The Ohio State University specializing in theoretical particle astrophysics and cosmology, and he double majored earning B.A. degrees in physics and astronomy from Ohio Wesleyan.
“I am thrilled to become part of The Kavli Foundation and look forward to working with the science team as we strive to carry out our mission together,” said Mack. “Being in this role, I am excited to develop deeper connections with the science and scientists at the heart of the foundation’s current and future focuses in the physical sciences, and to help make an impact in the important and unique way The Kavli Foundation enables.”