Emily Backes is the Senior Program Officer at the Societal Experts Action Network and the Standing Committee on Emerging Infectious Diseases and 21st Century Health Threats at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. SEAN is sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The Standing Committee is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.