Nancy Ryan Gray is the current President and Chief Executive Officer of the Gordon Research Conferences. Nancy received her B.S. degree in chemistry from the University of Notre Dame in 1981 and her Ph.D. in Fuel Chemistry from The Pennsylvania State University in 1985. She was a Scientific Fellow at the Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, during 1984. Nancy has participated in and been an invited speaker at the Analytical Pyrolysis Gordon Conference. Prior to joining GRC, Nancy served as the Director of Membership at the American Chemical Society (ACS). The Membership Division included the Departments of Career Services, Membership Activities, Meetings and Expositions, Awards and Divisional Activities, Local Section and Community Activities, and Industry Member Programs. In addition to serving as Membership Director, Nancy was the liaison to the Board Committee on Grants and Awards and the Council Committee on Nominations and Elections and was responsible for stewarding the ACS national election process. Prior to joining the ACS, Nancy spent nine years working as an industrial research chemist at Exxon Production Research Company in Houston, Texas. Nancy served as Research Specialist in Organic Chemistry working in the Environmental Conservation Section where she was responsible for communicating chemical data and technical results to operations and field management personnel at Exxon as well as to environmental compliance regulators and government representatives. Nancy developed, organized, and presented technical training courses in oil and gas exploration and production, petroleum geochemistry, and environmental site assessment and remediation. Nancy is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a member of the American Chemical Society.