Laurel Haak

I am a dynamic executive with global-scale experience across government, academia, non-profit, and corporate sectors. I bring big picture strategic capability and a collaborative agile approach to making ideas real, from pitching and managing projects to leading start-ups to scale-up and acquisition. I am a frequent speaker and writer on research policy, evaluation, innovation, information infrastructure, transparency and trust, and have served on a number of advisory boards for start-up organizations.

As the founding Executive Director of ORCID, I have led the establishment and growth of what is now a core piece of global research infrastructure. I oversaw unprecedented growth of an end-user digital resource from zero to over 8 million users, 1000 members, and financial sustainability in 7 years. I drove these results in a non-profit start-up using a novel organizational model of a fully remote organization with staff in 13 countries engaging with communities in over 15 languages.

While Chief Science Officer at Discovery Logic, Inc. I created and grew their Analytics Division, which provided high-touch consultative services for funding agencies, research foundations, and academic institutions, delivering cutting-edge workforce analysis, program evaluation, metrics, benchmarking, and data visualizations. I was responsible for thought leadership activities in program evaluation and research management knowledge management systems, and co-authored papers, including Race, Ethnicity and NIH Awards (2011) and Standards and Infrastructure for Innovation Data Exchange (2012) and I also served as a key member of the team that led the acquisition of the company by Thomson Reuters.  I received the Best Team Player Award from Discovery Logic in 2007,  and in 2009 received the NIH Director’s Award for my work on the electronic Scientific Portfolio Assistant system, an enterprise system for evaluating research grant portfolios.

As a program officer for the US National Academies, I managed expert panels and the development and publication of research policy reports for the US government, academic, and association stakeholders, including Facilitating Interdisciplinary Research (2005), Policy Implications of International Students (2005), and Beyond Bias and Barriers (2007). This work built on my experience as editor of Science‘s Next Wave Postdoc Network at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, where I helped to build a community of practice around postdoctoral workforce policy and fostered the founding of the National Postdoc Association, work for which I was awarded the National Postdoctoral Association’s Distinguished Service Award in 2006.

Laure received a B.S. and an M.S. in Biology from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience in 1997 from Stanford University Medical School, and was a postdoctoral researcher at the US National Institutes of Health investigating the cellular and molecular basis of circadian rhythms.

Learn more at:

Contact Laure at laurel dot haak at-sign ronininstitute /dot/ org