The Core Leadership Team is responsible for the day to day oversight of the ECPS Section. They represent the section on the ASPB Council and Membership Committees, and strive to make ASPB a better society for ALL members who consider themselves early career.
Rishi R. Masalia // Chair
The ECPS Chair is responsible for steering the section and executing the vision of the ECPS Council, Core Team, and Sectional Membership. The Chair sits on both the ASPB Council and ASPB Membership Committee to directly relay sectional concerns and voice to the highest levels of ASPB governance.
Alexander Meyers // Vice Chair
The Vice Chair serves as a backup to the Chair in all facets. They are directly responsible for understanding sectional membership concerns and making sure the sectional membership has a direct connection to the Core Team.
Ashley Cannon // Head of Internal Communications
The Head of Internal Communication is the glue that holds the section together. They are responsible for organizing all internal communications and meetings. Additionally, they are responsible for synthesizing one-sheets written by the ECPS Council, so that the Core Team can efficiently and effectively relay updates and agenda items to the sectional membership and the ASPB governance.
Helen Liu // Head of External Communications
The most familiar Core Team member to the sectional membership, the Head of External Communications is responsible for external communications. This includes updating the sectional membership through social media, emails, and maintaining the ECPS Plantae Blog.
Craig Schenck // Treasurer
The ECPS Treasurer works with ASPB to keep track of the section’s monies, including membership dues. Together with the Chair and Vice Chair, the Treasurer will write and submit necessary grants to either ASPB or other third-party granting bodies (academic, governmental, or private).
Katie Rodgers // ASPB Staff Advisor
Given that the ECPS Section is within the ASPB Society, having a direct connection the Society’s staff is a must. The ASPB Staff Advisor is a full, voting member of the ECPS Core Team, weighing in on section directions and how best to plug into ASPB’s already expansive platforms.
Early Career Plant Science Council
The Early Career Council is composed of the Early Career Representatives on ASPB Committees, Sections, and Programs. This body is responsible for taking sectional membership input, forming a cohesive platform, and advocating for that platform across ASPB.
Early Career Representative, Education Committee
Graduate Student Representative, Membership Committee
Vice Chair, Ambassador Alliance
Rishi R. Masalia
Post-Doc Representative, Membership Committee
Early Career Representative, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee
Early Career Representative, Programming Committee
Early Career Representative, Publications Committee
Early Career Representative, Women in Plant Biology Committee
Early Career Representative, Environmental, Ecological Plant Physiology Section