David Harwell, IGEN Backbone Lead, is a former chemistry professor at the University of Hawaii, Manoa. He currently serves as the Chief Scientist and CEO of Consulting Science, LLC. In-between, David worked for 18 years in executive management roles within two of the largest professional scientific associations in the world: the American Chemical Society (ACS) and the American Geophysical Union (AGU). David coordinates and manages all Alliance-wide activities which include planning and running the IGEN National Meeting, coordinating the NAB, managing virtual and in-person project meetings, setting agendas and recording actions and outcomes, communicating with the NSF INCLUDES Coordination Hub, tracking progress on milestones of each project component, managing sub-awards, working with the external evaluator, and managing project communications. David holds an Executive MBA as well as a Ph.D. in chemistry.