Mary Ford, the Director of Education Programs at National Geographic Society, was formerly the Senior Manager for Citizen Science at the Society. Mary has an undergraduate degree in environmental science and policy from Harvard University and a master’s degree in environmental management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Her career has focused on environmental education and citizen science. She has worked at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, the World Wildlife Fund, the Council for Environmental Education, and the National Audubon Society. She has taught preschool, middle school, and high school, and has done ecology research from Borneo to Siberia. Mary has served on the board of the North American Association for Environmental Education, the Education Operating Committee of the American Forest Foundation, the Advisory Board of Toyota TogetherGreen, and the board and Education Working Group of the Citizen Science Association.
Margaret Gold is a mobile industry veteran now applying mobile and web technologies to participatory science at the Natural History Museum in London. In her role as Science Community Coordinator she is working with the Digital Collections Programme and running Citizen Science projects online. For more than 15 years she has worked with entrepreneurs and inventors to launch new businesses to market, has helped corporates to expand their offerings with innovative new products and services, and has run creative collaboration events (such as Hack Days and ThinkCamps) that apply technologies in new fields. Her start-ups have included: Gold Mobile Innovation Ltd / The Mobile Collective, Visijax / Wearable Technologies Ltd, 5-TILES Keyboard, Ether Books, Mobillcash (sold to Boku), Aditon (a PA Consulting Venture), and LUUP (a mobile payments service). Margaret was also the Co-Founder & Co-Organiser of Over the Air, London’s Annual Tech Fest celebrating software development as a creative pursuit, which ran for 9 years. Her move into the field of Citizen Science started as a consortium partner in the FP7 funded Citizen Cyberlab project as Director and Co-Founder of The Mobile Collective.