Geraldine (Geri) Richmond is the Presidential Chair in Science and Professor of Chemistry at the University of Oregon. Her teaching and outreach activities focus on science literacy and policy, and the development and implementation of career buildling and mentoring programs for globally engaged scientists. Her research using laser spectroscopy and computational methods focusses on understanding environmentally and technologically important processes that occur at water, semiconductor and mineral surfaces. Richmond is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and is a Fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the American Physical Society (APS) and the Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). She has served in leadership roles on many international, national and state governing and advisory boards including as a current member of the National Science Board, U.S. Science Envoy for the Lower Mekong River Countries and recent President of AAAS. She is the founder and director of COACh, a grassroots organization that has been assisting in the career advancement of scientists around the globe since 1997. Awards for her scientific accomplishments include the National Medal of Science from President Obama, the ACS Joel H. Hildebrand Award, the APS Davisson-Germer Prize and the Priestley Medal of the ACS. Awards for these education, outreach and science capacity building efforts include the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring, the ACS Award for Encouraging Women in the Chemical Sciences and the ACS Charles L. Parsons Award. Richmond received her B.S. degree in Chemistry from Kansas State University and her Ph.D. in physical chemistry at the University of California at Berkeley.