East Joins ESA as Membership and Diversity Program Manager

Diversity, equity, and inclusion expert to lead Society’s efforts to recruit, retain members across professional spectrum in entomology

Stace L. EastAnnapolis, MD; October 13, 2020—The Entomological Society of America welcomes Stacie L. East to its team as the organization’s new membership and diversity program manager. Serving in a newly created staff position, East will be a leading voice for all ESA membership campaigns and engagement strategies, including new diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) initiatives.

East previously served as associate director of diversity and inclusion at the California Western School of Law, where, among other accomplishments, she launched a “lunch and learn” program to discuss DE&I topics, grew participation in a coaching program for new students, and guided school administrators on best practices and recommendations to meet DE&I goals. She currently resides in San Diego, California, and will work remotely for ESA.

“I am delighted to have Stacie joining our team,” says Chris Stelzig, CAE, executive director of ESA. “I have found that I learn a lot from every person on our team, and she’ll be no exception. Stacie has a passion for the pursuit of diversity and inclusion and is sure to lead ESA toward important new goals in the months and years to come as we seek to make ESA a welcome home for all who love and study insects.”

As ESA membership and diversity program manager, East will oversee all of ESA’s DE&I efforts and work to both expand their footprint and better integrate them throughout the Society’s core programs. She will also plan and execute membership recruitment, onboarding, and retention strategies and serve as staff liaison to the ESA Committee on Student Affairs, Committee on Early Career Professionals, and Committee on Diversity and Inclusion.

East brings a combination of experience rooted in DE&I strategy and higher education, presenting a strong foundation for advancing ESA’s diversity goals through active member engagement and professional development. After earning her law degree, East practiced as an attorney for 25 years while more recently gaining experience in teaching at the college level and building DE&I programs in the legal community.

“I am looking forward to working at ESA,” East says. “I hope to support ESA in its effort to recruit and retain members. ESA, like many professional associations, is becoming more diverse, and I hope to help ESA continue that trend while becoming more inclusive.”

East began her role as associate director of diversity and inclusion at the California Western School of Law in 2018 and has also served there as an adjunct professor since 2013. Prior to that, she worked as a solo practitioner specializing in professional licensing defense, administrative law, and federal and state criminal defense cases (2008-2018); as an associate attorney at law firm Coughlan, Semmer & Lipman (2005-2008); and as a deputy public defender at the San Diego Public Defender’s Office (1994-2004). She earned her B.A. in public policy at the University of Chicago in 1988 and her J.D. at Yale Law School in 1991.


CONTACT: Joe Rominiecki, jrominiecki@entsoc.org, 301-731-4535 x3009

ABOUT: ESA is the largest organization in the world serving the professional and scientific needs of entomologists and people in related disciplines. Founded in 1889, ESA today has more than 7,000 members affiliated with educational institutions, health agencies, private industry, and government. Headquartered in Annapolis, Maryland, the Society stands ready as a non-partisan scientific and educational resource for all insect-related topics. For more information, visit www.entsoc.org.