Liz has been at OSA for more than 20 years in positions initially focused on operations, the last position being Chief Operating Officer. Beginning in 2002, she was honored with the role of Chief Executive Officer of OSA and the OSA Foundation. As OSA CEO, she reports to the Board of Directors and is responsible for the oversight, strategic direction and fiscal soundness of programs and activities of this $40M, 150+ staff Society. The Foundation has a $10M+ reserve and activities include both fundraising and program development. In 2016 Chad Stark became Foundation Executive Director. In addition, Liz is the Society’s spokesperson and advocate to a wide range of OSA constituencies, including its members, volunteers, co-sponsors and customers, throughout the global optics community.
Liz Rogan has spent 30 years working in the corporate, federal and non-profit industries. She worked on Capitol Hill for the Architect of the Capitol, spent time on a successful re-election senate campaign and with a political action committee. In Washington, she gained first-hand experience in the unique way things get accomplished in the world of government. She also learned the importance of grassroots advocacy and the value of listening and responding to constituent needs and interests, a skill that has served her well over the years. Liz held corporate positions in the real estate, public accounting and banking industries before she transitioned to the non-profit world as the Asst. Controller of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She holds a BA in Accounting from the University of Connecticut, is a CPA, and an alumnus of an executive business program from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.