"Open Access: A Funder’s Perspective" Avice A. Meehan has served as HHMI’s Vice President for Communications and Public Affairs since 2002. She leads HHMI initiatives that focus on informing a wide range of external audiences about the work and accomplishments of the Institute. Meehan played a significant role in the development of HHMI’s public access publishing policy; members of her team provide ongoing support for the policy to HHMI scientists and others. She is also responsible for a portfolio that includes media relations, publications, the HHMI Web site, special events, and public outreach. Meehan joined HHMI from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, where she served for eight years as vice president, public affairs. At Memorial Sloan-Kettering she managed a fast-paced, issues-driven communications agenda and an active media relations, Web, and publications program. Prior to that, Meehan served Connecticut governor Lowell P. Weicker, first as communications director for his gubernatorial campaign and then, for nearly four years, as his press secretary. A graduate of Mount Holyoke College, Meehan also earned a master’s degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She started her professional career as a journalist.