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Board of Directors

Page Van Meter

Page Van Meter received her PhD in Zoology and has published several articles in academic journals on the topic of hormones and behavior. As a researcher and educator, Page is particularly concerned about the state of science understanding and appreciation among the public. She has become more active with skepticism and with the skeptical community as a means of promoting science education, critical thinking, and greater understanding of the scientific process. Page works for Columbia University.

Michael Feldman

Michael Feldman has been active in the skeptical community for over ten years, beginning with a college internship at the James Randi Educational Foundation. He is the co-founder and president of New York City Skeptics, a co-founder of Drinking Skeptically, and a principal organizer of the Northeast Conference on Science & SKepticism.

In his spare time he practices law.

Benny Pollak

Benny Pollak realized he had always been a passionate skeptic in 2005 after listening to a "Skepticality" podcast interview with James Randi. Passionate about critical thinking, he found skepticism very much in synch with his interest in science and Objectivism. In 2007 he started the New York Skeptics Meetup. It was there that he met a fellow Skeptic who had bigger ambitions. Soon after that, with two other committed skeptics who shared the vision, he became a co-founder of the NYC Skeptics. He is the producer of Rationally Speaking, the official NYC Skeptics podcast. Benny makes a living as a V.P. in Equities Technology at Barclays Capital in New York City.

Jamy Ian Swiss

Jamy Ian Swiss is a magician, author, and public speaker with more than 20 years of skeptical activism experience. A founding member of the National Capital Area Skeptics, he has been a member of the board of NCAS since 1987. Jamy has spoken and performed across the U.S. on behalf of the Center For Inquiry; and he has presented or performed at all five of James Randi's "The Amazing Meeting." Jamy is thrilled have been part of the creation of the New York City Skeptics, and privileged to have served as its first Vice-President.

Julia Galef

Julia Galef is a San Francisco-based writer and public speaker specializing in science, rationality, and design. She is currently President of the Center for Applied Rationality. Additionally, she serves on the board of directors of the New York City Skeptics, co-hosts their official podcast, Rationally Speaking, and co-writes the blog Rationally Speaking along with philosopher of science Massimo Pigliucci. She has moderated panel discussions at The Amazing Meeting and the Northeast Conference on Science and Skepticism, and gives frequent public lectures to organizations including the Center for Inquiry and the Secular Student Alliance. Julia received her B.A. in statistics from Columbia in 2005.