Our mission is to support scientific education, critical thinking and evidence-based understanding of the natural world in the quest to overcome religious fundamentalism, superstition, intolerance and human suffering.
Richard Dawkins, DSc, FRS
One of the most respected scientists in the world and the biggest draw in secularism, Richard Dawkins always generates impressive crowds when visiting North America. On his Fall 2011 tour he drew an enthusiastic crowd of 2300 at Eastern Kentucky University. This is a movement, and Richard Dawkins is the catalyst that galvanizes it.
Edwina Rogers - Executive Director
Edwina Rogers joined the Secular Coalition for America as the Executive Director in May 2012. She boasts two decades of experience on Capitol Hill as a lobbyist and attorney, including roles as General Counsel for several high profile politicians. Rogers has extensive experience as a public policy expert and has worked for two Presidents and four Senators. In her most recent role as Executive Director of the Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative, she organized a coalition that included major employers, consumer groups, labor unions and health care providers, and successfully implemented the Patient Centered Medical Home model around the country. She enjoys spending time with her two children, keeping up with current events and following pop culture. One of her favorite genres of music is Dubstep.
Office: 1(202)299-1091 ext. 202
Aisha Goss - Deputy DirectorAisha Goss joined the Secular Coalition in December 2012. A proud Georgia native, Aisha studied Communications at Howard University in Washington, D.C. She brings with her a wealth of fundraising and event planning experience from organizations such as the American Red Cross and the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association. An amateur chef, Aisha enjoys cooking, party planning, and exploring D.C. in her free time.
202-299-1091 ext. 202
Mike Cornwell - Operations Directormike@richarddawkins.net
Elisabeth Cornwell, PhD - Counselor
An evolutionary psychologist, Elisabeth has been involved with the Richard Dawkins Foundation since its inception. Her innovative ideas include the OUT Campaign, Non-Believers Giving Aid, the science vignettes, the Four Horsemen and other DVDs, and bringing childcare to national conferences. She has worked to create an atmosphere of cooperation within the secular movement, bringing Richard and other speakers to conferences and university campuses across the US and Canada. Elisabeth has published in the popular press on matters ranging from science to women’s issues. USA Today listed her as one of the prominent women in the Freethought community. Through her leadership, RDF-US will continue to influence and expand the ideas and values of secularism on a global level.
Dr. Andy Thomson, trustee
A psychiatrist, with an interest in evolutionary psychology, Dr. Thomson wrote the 2011 book, WhyWeBelieveinGod(s):AConciseGuidetotheScienceofFaith. Thanks to the revolution in cognitive neurosciences, and the labors of many scientists, we are tantalizingly close to a comprehensive scientific answer to that question. Dr. Thomson speaks eloquently on this and other topics.
Details available at http://www.jandersonthomson.com/
Greg Stikeleather - Advisory Board
Greg Stikeleather is a serial entrepreneur who currently invests in both for-proﬁt and non-proﬁt ventures. In the 1990s, Greg founded and was President and CEO of aha! software which produced and patented digital-ink processing technology – aha! was acquired by Microsoft. Greg then led another start up, Portola Communications, in the development of high-performance Internet email software. He served as President and CEO of Portola through its acquisition by Netscape. Greg was also a managing partner at Soﬁnnova Ventures, a San Francisco venture capital ﬁrm, for several years, and in 1999 cofounded Headsprout, a learning sciences company. He served as President and CEO of Headsprout until early 2006, when its award- winning early reading program was being used in schools, homes, and learning centers across the United States, and around the world. Greg was trained in the learning sciences with a graduate degree in experimental psychology. In the 1980s, he applied his learning science research as an instructional and interface designer at Apple, where he developed and ran the ﬁrst usability testing lab during the creation of Apple's ﬁrst graphical user interface.