Mona Miller Named New Executive Director of ASHG

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Nalini Padmanabhan
ASHG Communications Manager

For Immediate Release
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
4:30 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time

Mona Miller, incoming Executive Director of ASHG. (credit: Joe Shymanski Photography).

BETHESDA, MD – The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Mona Miller will join the organization on July 24 as Executive Director. In this capacity, Ms. Miller will be responsible for representing the Society on a day-to-day basis, for guiding and implementing its broad agenda in consultation with the President and Board, and for interacting on an ongoing basis with Society committees.

Ms. Miller is currently the Deputy Executive Director for Programs and Finance at the Society for Neuroscience (SfN), a professional society of basic scientists and physicians who study the brain and nervous system. Previously, she served as SfN’s Senior Director of Communications and Public Affairs, as Senior Officer of Public Affairs at the Pew Charitable Trusts, and as communications director to former Senator Barbara A. Mikulski. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Tulane University and earned a master in public policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. She is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Society of Association Executives.

“We are really excited about working with Ms. Miller, who comes to us with a superb background,” said Nancy Cox, PhD, ASHG President. “She inspires confidence in her leadership abilities, and the Board of Directors joins the entire ASHG team in welcoming her to our society.”

Joseph McInerney, the current Executive Vice President of ASHG, will remain as a consultant to the Executive Director in the coming months and will retire at the end of 2017.

“Mr. McInerney has been a terrific leader for ASHG and helped the Board and the Society to move toward a more strategic outlook in our activities,” said Dr. Cox. “It has been a great pleasure to work with Joe, and while we will miss him, his work for the society will stand us in good stead as we go into the future with the more strategic focus that he helped us to build.”

About the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG)

Founded in 1948, the American Society of Human Genetics is the primary professional membership organization for human genetics specialists worldwide. Its nearly 8,000 members include researchers, academicians, clinicians, laboratory practice professionals, genetic counselors, nurses, and others with an interest in human genetics. The Society serves scientists, health professionals, and the public by providing forums to: (1) share research results through the ASHG Annual Meeting and in The American Journal of Human Genetics; (2) advance genetic research by advocating for research support; (3) educate current and future genetics professionals, health care providers, advocates, policymakers, educators, students, and the public about all aspects of human genetics; and (4) promote genetic services and support responsible social and scientific policies. For more information, visit:

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