Kevin B. Marvel has served as the Executive Officer for the American Astronomical Society, the largest professional organization for researchers in astronomy and related disciplines, since July of 2006. He began work with the AAS as Associate Executive Officer for Public Policy in 1998 establishing the Society’s public policy program becoming Deputy Executive Officer in 2003. Before taking up a position with the American Astronomical Society in 1998 he served as a postdoctoral fellow at the California Institute of Technology’s (CALTECH’s) Owens Valley Radio Observatory. He received his Ph.D. in Astronomy in 1996 from New Mexico State University.
He serves on the Executive Board of the National Capitol Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America and has served on the governing boards of the Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives and the American Institute of Physics. During his spare time, he enjoys fly-fishing, sailing, hiking, skiing and reading.
Kevin is the author of numerous articles both scholarly and general interest, book chapters and two books. He regularly speaks to the public about astronomy and will happily teach anyone to recognize the bright constellations while talking endlessly about the latest discoveries in astronomy.
He is married to Dr. Jennifer Kerns, M.D., M.S.H.S., a Hospitalist and Co-Director of Bariatric Surgery at the Washington DC VA Medical Center and Assistant Professor of Medicine at George Washington University and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. They are the proud parents of a delightful 2-year-old son, Graham, who is pretty darn cute.