Dr. Osa Brand is the director of Outreach and Strategic Initiatives for the National Council for Geographic Education. Prior to joining NCGE in 2003, she served as the director of Educational Affairs for the Association of American Geographers. She received a B.A. in geography from Barnard College and taught middle school before returning to Columbia University for graduate work, also in geography. After receiving her Ph.D., Dr. Brand taught at the college and university level, most recently at George Mason University. She especially enjoyed teaching pre-service and in-service educators, and much of her subsequent association work has focused on developing projects that support geography instruction at all levels.
Osvaldo Muñiz-Solari holds a Ph.D. in geography from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and an M.A. in geography from Michigan State University, East Lansing. He is a professor in the Department of Geography at Texas State. His initial academic preparation was in pedagogy in geography, history, and civic education at University of the North, Antofagasta, Chile. As a geographer, he held academic positions in several universities and developed international consulting work mainly in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Chile. His specialties in geography education are focused on new technologies for international collaboration, online learning methods, and scientific networking. His research interests in economic geography are related to global economy and international flows in South America. He has been member of the steering committee for the International Geographical Union’s Commission on Geographic Education since 2008.
Dr. Michael Solem is the educational affairs director for the Association of American Geographers. Dr. Solem currently directs the Enhancing Departments and Graduate Education in Geography (EDGE) project and the Center for Global Geography Education (CGGE) initiative, both funded by NSF. He currently serves as the North American coordinator of the International Network for Learning and Teaching Geography in Higher Education (INLT), and is treasurer for the International Geographical Union's Commission on Geographical Education. Dr. Solem twice received the Journal of Geography in Higher Education’s award for promoting excellence in teaching and learning for his research on faculty development and graduate education in geography.