The National Academies

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine are private, nonprofit institutions that provide expert advice on some of the most pressing challenges facing the nation and the world. Our work helps shape sound policies, inform public opinion, and advance the pursuit of science, engineering, and medicine. You can read more about the history of the National Academies here.

The Presidents

Each Academy is headed by an elected president that serve six-year terms. The National Academy of Sciences is led by Marcia McNutt, the National Academy of Engineering is lead by John L. Anderson, and the National Academy of Medicine is lead by Victor J. Dzau. You can read more about their backgrounds at our Presidents’ Corner.

The Presidents’ Circle

The Presidents’ Circle is a vibrant community that advises, engages with, and supports the presidents of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to provide intellectual, human, and financial resources needed to sustain the work of the National Academies. Members of the Presidents’ Circle are business, industry, scientific, engineering, health, and philanthropic leaders. They value science, engineering, and medicine, and help strengthen their vitality and their role in our economy, society, quality of our lives, and our international position. Membership is by invitation from the Academies’ Presidents. You can read more about Presidents’ Circle member opportunities and responsibilities here.