The task force was set up by the R Foundation in December 2015 to address the underrepresentation of women and rebranded in January 2017 to accommodate more under-represented groups such as LGBT, minority ethnic groups, and people with disabilities in the R community.

The members of the task force were invited to participate based on their interest in routing for specific under-represented groups and their contributions in the area of diversity and inclusion, to reflect different genders, ethnic groups, work contexts, career stages and aspects of the R project (e.g. CRAN and Bioconductor). The task force is organised as a core team plus a number of sub-teams that focus on particular tasks as outlined below:

  • Community: General outreach to help people from under-represented groups get into R and develop as useRs.

  • Conferences: Focusing on R Foundation conferences, liaising with organizers/program committee on policies and inclusion initiatives.

  • On-ramps: Creating paths for useRs to develop their skills and make contributions to the R/BioConductor package ecosystem.

  • Social Media: Posting to Twitter and/or Facebook, soliciting blog posts and publishing them, maintaining website.

  • Surveys: Running and analysing community surveys, packaging up data and tools and maintaining the Data page.

  • Teaching: Methodology, materials and workshops designed for under-represented groups.

The activities of the taskforce are recorded in the minutes of our bimonthly core team teleconferences and alternate monthly all team slackathons. We are open to new member joining one of our sub-teams. If interested, please contact

The task force is happy to engage with other individuals and organisations (such as R-Ladies) that are concerned about diversity and inclusion and actively seek outside collaboration on specific tasks.

Core Team Members

Heather Turner - Chair. Heather works as a freelance statistical programmer and is on the board of the R Foundation. More about Heather.

Emily Dodwell - Administrator. Emily is a Senior Inventive Scientist in the Data Science and AI Research Organization at AT&T Labs, and the lead organizer of the R-Ladies NYC chapter. More about Emily.

Tania Allard - ‘Community’ team leader. Tania works as a Research Software Engineer and works on data and research software projects across a number of disciplines. She shares her passion for R through classes and R users groups. More about Tania.

Kevin O’Brien - ‘Community’ team leader. Kevin is a data scientist working for a forestry company, modelling forestry resources, as well as one of the main organizers of Dublin R. More about Kevin.

Julie Josse - ‘Conferences’ team leader. Julie is a professor of statistics at École Polytechnique in France and promotes her passion of R through R classes and statistical teaching. More about Julie.

Noa Tamir - ‘Conferences’ team leader. Noa is a Data Science Manager, an organizer of the R-Ladies Berlin and Women in Machine Learning and Data Science Berlin Meetups, and has recently organized the satRday Berlin 2019 conference. More about Noa.

Jenny Bryan - ‘On-ramps’ team leader. Jenny works as a developer for RStudio and is Assoc Professor (on leave) at the University of British Columbia. She’s member of the R Foundation and rOpenSci. More about Jenny.

Michael Lawrence - ‘On-ramps’ team leader. Michael is a Computational Biologist at Genentech and a member of R Foundation, R Core and Bioconductor Core.

Augustina Ragwitz - ‘Social Media’ team leader.

Tatjana Kecojevic - ‘Surveys’ team leader. Tatjana is a statistician, instructor and consultant, of which roles she is responsible for in her company DataTeka. She is a founder and co-organiser of R-Ladies Manchester and Belgrade chapters. More about Tatjana.

Isabella Gollini - ‘Teaching’ team leader. Isabella is Assistant Professor in Statistics at University College Dublin and an RLadies mentor. More about Isabella.

Angela Li - ‘Teaching’ team leader. Angela is the R Spatial Advocate at the Center for Spatial Data Science at the University of Chicago and founder/co-organizer of R-Ladies Chicago. More about Angela.

Jonathan Godfrey - Disability advisor. Jonathan was the first totally blind person in the world to gain employment as a Lecturer in Statistics (Massey University, NZ). More about Jonathan.

Sub Team Members

Joslynn Lee - ‘Community’ team member.

Ileena Mitra - ‘Community’ team member. More about Ileena.

Yizhe Xu - ‘Community’ team member.

Charlotte Wickham - ‘On-ramps’ team member. More about Charlotte.

Liz Kellogg - ‘Social Media’ team member.

Wenfeng Qin - ‘Social Media’ team member. More about Wenfeng.

David Smith - ‘Social Media’ team member. More about David.

Madlene Hamilton - ‘Surveys’ team member. More about Madlene.

Nujcharee Haswell - ‘Surveys’ team member. More about Nujcharee.

David Meza - ‘Surveys’ team member. More about David.

Di Cook - ‘Teaching’ team member. More about Di.

Ritwik Mitra - ‘Teaching’ team member. More about Ritwik.

Joyce Robbins - ‘Teaching’ team member. More about Joyce.

Previous Members

Stella Bollman
Rudolf Debelak
John Fox
Jasmine Dumas
Andrea Foulkes
Gina Griffin
Os Keyes
Gina Merchant
Maëlle Salmon
Tracy Shen
Carolin Strobl
Hadley Wickham