Claudia Welss is IONS Board Chairman and Interim CEO. Her work with IONS began in the 90s when IONS President Willis Harman invited her to join a five-year inquiry on peace building while she was at the University of California, Berkeley. She’s on the boards of Space for Humanity (“To Space, For Earth”), HeartMath’s Global Coherence Initiative, and is lead citizen scientist for the Global Consciousness Project 2.0. Claudia is founding chair of a working group at NEXUS Global, bringing practical consciousness research to nextgen philanthropists, impact investors, social entrepreneurs and activists focused on global transformation. An executive producer of the award-winning Edgar Mitchell Overview Effect Virtual Reality Experience (EMVRX), she’s co-investigator with Cassi Vieten (UC San Diego) studying shifts in perception and psychophysiology in response to EMVRX. Claudia convenes the IONS Overview Effect and Collective Consciousness webinar series and is contributing author to the Gold Nautilus award-winning Our Moment of Choice (Simon & Schuster).
Previously, Claudia founded NextNow Collaboratory, described by the director of MIT’s Center for Collective Intelligence as an example of “a new kind of collective intelligence,” and was a director at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business where she helped develop and deliver programs on strategy to global corporations while pioneering social responsibility and sustainability curriculum. She holds a B.S. in Business and an M.A. in Wisdom Studies.