Elizabeth (Liz) Rogan was appointed Optica Chief Executive Officer in 2002. Previously, she served as the organization’s Chief Operating Officer. From her earliest days with the association, Rogan listened to constituents to understand their areas of interest and suggestions. Her strong connection with the community and enthusiasm for exploring new opportunities have influenced the strategies she has helped bring to life.
Under Rogan’s guidance, the Optica annual budget has grown to US$50M, with 150 staff members. In 2002, she launched the Optica Foundation, a charitable entity that now has US$150M in reserves. Her legacy covers the expansion of the society's global community to include more than 400,000 scientists, engineers, and business leaders as well as worldwide growth in membership, meetings, public affairs and publications.
In 2019, Rogan was named an Optica Fellow for outstanding long-term management of the society and leadership across the optics and photonics community, guiding extensive growth in programs, member engagement, diversity, inclusivity, and public policy. She was among the first class of Foreign Fellows of the Chinese Optical Society (COS). The COS Fellow designation is bestowed to those who have made notable contributions to the development of optics and photonics science and technology in China.
In 2020/2021, Rogan’s creativity and agile leadership during the COVID-19 crisis enabled Optica to quickly transition to virtual operations and service delivery so that programs could continue without interruption.
Rogan is a CPA, an alumnus of the University of Connecticut, U.S., and a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business Executive Education Program.