The Carpentries announces new Executive Director

Posted by g.law on 28 April 2020 - 9:49am
Karo Jordan headset
Kari L. Jordan
Photo courtesy of The Carpentries

The Carpentries has appointed Kari L. Jordan as its new Executive Director.

Jordan has been on the Core Team of The Carpentries since 2016 and succeeds former Executive Director, Dr. Tracy Teal, who moved on from the role in January of 2020. Jordan has served as the Acting Executive Director since Teal’s departure, The Carpentries said.

“Kari’s role as Executive Director for The Carpentries is exciting for all of us,” said Elizabeth Wickes, Chair of the Executive Council. “Her expertise in engineering education, diversity and inclusion, and leadership means that The Carpentries will continue to be one of the best sources for open science and data skills training in the world.”

In addition to her work as the Acting Executive Director, Jordan held the role of Senior Director of Equity and Assessment where she guided The Carpentries through the development of an Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility Roadmap and was the liaison to the Code of Conduct Committee. Before this, she was the Director of Assessment and Community Equity where she streamlined The Carpentries' assessment strategy and expanded the mentoring program.

“During her time at The Carpentries, Kari has demonstrated a strong commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion, and has earnestly embodied the values of our community,” said Dr. Amy Hodge, a member of The Carpentries Executive Council and search committee. “We are confident that Kari has the vision and the integrity to guide this community thoughtfully and inventively toward achieving our mission and vision.”

"Serving The Carpentries has been my honour for nearly four years. As Executive Director, I will continue to work alongside our Core Team and community to advance our mission. I am committed to our core values, and will continue to put the interests of this incredible community above my own. My goal is to empower our Core Team and community members to reach their full potential, and further position The Carpentries as the leading inclusive community teaching computing and data skills. Thank you for trusting me in this capacity. We have work to do!," Jordan said.