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Madeleine Jacobs

Advisory Board Member

Madeleine Jacobs joined the Factum Global Advisory Board in 2021.

Madeleine is the President of Strategic Science, an organizational consulting, executive coaching, project design, and communication and writing services firm for scientific institutions and companies, professional societies, and associations.

Previously, Madeleine had a nearly 50-year distinguished career as a science journalist and executive working in a wide variety of scientific organizations spanning government and the not-for-profit world. She was Executive Director and CEO of the American Chemical Society, the world’s largest scientific society, for more than 11 years. Madeleine also served 10 years as Managing Editor and Editor-in-Chief of Chemical and Engineering News, the weekly newsmagazine of ACS. After retiring from ACS, she was president of the Council of Scientific Society Presidents.

Madeleine’s career includes stints at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum complex, where she was chief science writer and director of the Office of Public Affairs.

Madeleine is a member of numerous nonprofit boards and committees, including the George Washington University (GWU) Board of Trustees, and has received awards for her work in promoting diversity, gender equality, and careers in science, technology, education, and mathematics, as well as for science writing. She has authored more than 300 editorials and major articles in C&EN, Physics Today, Smithsonian, Smithsonian News Service, and other publications. She is a sought-after speaker and is the recipient of 21 named lectureships at U.S. universities and companies.

Madeleine received a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and an honorary Doctor of Science from GWU. She has many passions, among them visiting museums, cooking, swimming, strength training, and walking her standard poodle Beau. Madeleine is a native Washingtonian and has lived in Gaithersburg, Maryland, for 49 years.