Mary Woolley is the president of Research!America, the largest not-for-profit alliance in the US working to make research to improve health a higher national priority. Woolley is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine and serves on its Governing Council. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and serves on the National Academy of Sciences Board on Life Sciences. She is a Founding Member of the Board of Associates of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research and is a member of the visiting committee of the University of Chicago Medical Center. Woolley is also a member of the National Council for Johns Hopkins Nursing. She holds an honorary doctoral degree from the Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED). Woolley has also served as president of the Association of Independent Research Institutes, as editor of the Journal of the Society of Research Administrators, as a reviewer for the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation, and as a consultant to several research organizations, both in the US and internationally. She has a 30-year publication history on science advocacy and research related topics, and is a sought-after speaker, often interviewed by science, news, and policy journalists.