INS Staff

Karen HeadshotKaren Graham, Executive Director

As executive director of the International Neuroethics Society, Karen Graham strives to actively engage and energize the Society’s membership, board and committees toward achievement of its mission, goals and strategy of promotion of the responsible application of neuroscience.

Karen’s background includes more than a decade on Capitol Hill, public relations in two associations (both non-profit and as a registered lobbyist). Most recently, Karen organized and managed public programs and events, designed educational materials, and promoted ongoing relationships with national health organizations for the Dana Foundation. 

Contact: or 301-229-1660.


Elyssa Pedote, Administrator

Elyssa is currently a junior at the University of Pennsylvania majoring in Health and Societies with a concentration in Health Care Markets and Finance. At Penn, she is a member of the Women's Varsity Swimming and Diving team and was the recipient of the Class of ’81 Team Spirit Award in 2013. In her spare time, she volunteers teaching swimming lessons with the We Can Swim! program and is involved in the international children's charity organization, Operation Smile.