Executive Officers

Working social scientists, the SSRC’s executive officers inspire and manage programming and operations with the counsel and oversight of the Board of Directors.

Current Executive Officers


ALONDRA NELSON
President


RONALD KASSIMIR
Vice President of Programs



FRED PALM
Vice President of
Administration and Operations


A History of Leadership

1923–27

Charles E. Merriam

(chairman)

1927–29

Wesley C. Mitchell

(chairman)

1927–31

Robert S. Lynd

(permanent secretary)

1929–31

Edwin B. Wilson

(president)

1931–32

Robert S. Woodworth

(president)

1931–45

Robert T. Crane

(permanent secretary, 1931–32; executive director, 1932–45)

1945–48

Donald Young

(executive director, 1945–47; president, 1948)

1948–68

Pendleton Herring

(president)

1948–70

Paul Webbink

(vice president)

1966–71

Henry W. Riecken

(vice president, 1966–68; president, 1969–71)

1971–72

Ralph W. Tyler

(acting president)

1972–79

Eleanor Bernert Sheldon

(president)

1973–89

David L. Sills

(executive associate)

1974–78

David Jenness

(executive associate)

1979–85

Kenneth Prewitt

(president)

1985–86

Francis X. Sutton

(interim president)

1986–89

Frederic E. Wakeman Jr.

(president)

1988–89

David L. Szanton

(executive associate)

1988–89

Richard C. Rockwell

(executive associate)

1989–95

David L. Featherman

(president)

1990–95

Stanley J. Heginbotham

(vice president)

1995–98

Kenneth Prewitt

(president)

1997–present

Mary Byrne McDonnell

(executive program director, 1997–99; executive director, 1999–2018;
senior vice president for strategic learning and special initiatives, 2018-2019)

1998–99

Orville (Bert) Brim Jr.

(interim president)

1999–2012

Craig Calhoun

(president)

2012–2017

Ira Katznelson

(president)

2015–present

Ronald Kassimir

(executive program director, 2015-2018; vice president of programs, 2018-present)

2017–present

Alondra Nelson

(president)

2019–present

Fred Palm

(vice president of administration and operations)